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I've just spent a while looking around Newegg with a view to building a new pc for my in-laws, who want to replace an aging Dell XPS (2004? Pentium 4/Win XP/6800 Ultra). It's been a while since I built my sig-rig and would like some input/confirmation I haven't overlooked any obvious choices. Quality is the key here, not necessarily bargains. A well rounded machine with excellent cooling to last the next 8? years. thumb.gif

Budget is $1450, need everything except a monitor. It all needs to come at once from Newegg and am not interested in any MIR offers.


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
Potentially drop to an i5-2500K if needed to meet other changes and staying on budget.

COOLER: Noctua NH-D14
Overkill for what is probably going to remain a stock PC except for initial testing, but I <3 Noctua products and want this build to last as well as it can.

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA1155
Unsure on this board, would usually prefer an Asus/Gigabyte option, but it seems to be popular round here atm and the price is good.

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3
Too many choices, anything right/wrong with these?

CASE: Antec 902
An old favorite, worked with it many times, willing to look at anything similar (preferably with less lights but equally good airflow).

PSU: Corsair HX650W
Any other modular choices that compete?

GPU: Sapphire HD6850 1GB
Will be powering 1920x1080 at the most, more likely 1680x1050.

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB
Caviar Black drives have yet to let me down.

ODD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Again, lots of choices, willing to look at any alternatives, don't need Blu-Ray.

O/S: Windows 7 Professional 64
As requested, non-negotiable.

KEYB: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
Owned one previously, couldn't find another full-height keycap, wired keyboard I preferred, as of this post.

MSE: Logitech M505 Wireless
Looking for a reliable wireless mouse that can be used left or right handed. As I hate wireless products I have zero hands on experience with the current selection, any input very welcome.


If there's still room in the budget for a pair of stereo or 2.1 speakers, they'd be welcome but far from essential.

Thanks in advance for your help. cheers.gif
Edited by Arch@ngel - 1/26/12 at 12:18pm
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With your budget I would definitely up the gpu power to something around a gtx 560ti 2gb or a 6950 2gb if you are looking to future proof. (Although this depends on if you are using the machine for gaming.)

I would personally go with a 2500k instead of the 2600k because hyperthreading is next to useless for gaming but if you are using apps that can take advantage of 8 threads then it is worth the extra $100.
Edited by icehotshot - 1/25/12 at 5:36pm
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Might want to look into the low profile Vengeance or maybe some Ripjaws. There could be clearance issues with the cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
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Originally Posted by icehotshot View Post

With your budget I would definitely up the gpu power to something around a gtx 560ti 2gb or a 6950 2gb if you are looking to future proof.
I would personally go with a 2500k instead of the 2600k because hyperthreading is next to useless for gaming but if you are using apps that can take advantage of 8 threads then it is worth the extra $100.

Or the new 560 ti 448 core. thumb.gif
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If this is a gaming rig I recommend dropping to a 2500k and getting a better GPU, a 6950 that can be unlocked perhaps.
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The Seasonic X750 power supply is on special right now, you get a 80+ Gold 750W psu for the same price as the HX650.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

And this combo saves you $7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.791365.13-157-271
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Might want to look into the low profile Vengeance or maybe some Ripjaws. There could be clearance issues with the cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
^This. Ripjaws are awesome and regular vengeance might have trouble fitting with the NH-D14
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The Seasonic X750 power supply is on special right now, you get a 80+ Gold 750W psu for the same price as the HX650.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
No point in 750W psu as the HX650 is like 200W more than the rig needs.

@OP
How about Arc midi for the case? Stylish, packed with features, great airflow, cheaper...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007
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^This. Ripjaws are awesome and regular vengeance might have trouble fitting with the NH-D14
No point in 750W psu as the HX650 is like 200W more than the rig needs.
@OP
How about Arc midi for the case? Stylish, packed with features, great airflow, cheaper...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

why not get 750? that's like saying don't get leather seats for your car if the dealer is offering them for free ^_^
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why not get 750? that's like saying don't get leather seats for your car if the dealer is offering them for free ^_^

lol no it's not biggrin.gif It's like getting oversized carburetor (or something...) for your car for free tongue.gif just wastes gas without offering any additional performance.
Too low usage isn't good for the psu and the efficiency gets screwed too.
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Originally Posted by Blizlake View Post

No point in 750W psu as the HX650 is like 200W more than the rig needs.
@OP
How about Arc midi for the case? Stylish, packed with features, great airflow, cheaper...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

Well it's the same price as the HX650, why wouldn't you want a free upgrade?

About the efficiency, that unit will be efficient even with low loads, here's johnnyguru test:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story2&reid=192
Edited by Frank08 - 1/26/12 at 11:12am
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