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I'm going for a mostly silent gaming rig with a reasonable price tag. Suggestions


Things I already have:
500gb Seagate 7200.10
2x Samsung 2433BW 1920x1200 Monitors


Newegg List

CPU: Core i7 2700K
Case: Corsair 800D

Combo Price: $564.98 (after $20 MIR)

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
RAM: Corsair Vengance 8gb (2x4gb) 1600mhz cas8

Combo Price: $124.98 (after $10 MIR)

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe $209.99
Keyboard/Mouse: MS 7ZJ-00001 Wired $21.99
Optical: Sony Optiarc 24x $17.99


Promo Code: EMCNGNJ22 for 15% of Corsair PSU -$15.75

Shipping: $8.60

Total: $962.78


Amazon List
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified (Used)

Total: $81.78



OCN Marketplace
GPU: MSI 6950 2gb (unlocked to 6970) $230ish

Total: $230ish


Sidewinder Computers List
Kit: XSPC Rasa RX360 Kit $189.95
Fittings: Bitspower Black Compression 7/16" ID 5/8" OD (x8): $39.92

Total: $246.82



Things to add in the future: SSD

I haven't been able to find a waterblock for the 6950 2gb anywhere in stock.


Big Total: $1521.38


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Considering the reviews i am reading for the 78x0 series GPU's right now, if possible, you may try an hold out for one of those.
If silent is your goal, the power consumption and heat looks to be vastly improved vs Cayman, making cooling quieter.
I understand a 7850 is roughly $20 more than the unlocked 6950, but accoding to this chart:

http://techreport.com/articles.x/22573/12

It should preform roughly the same, with 50+watts less juice. Not to mention overclocking. You would be able to get ~1100 mhz on stock volts!

Other than that, thats a beastly machine. Im envious of the performance!
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"Gaming" and "Reasonable" can't be in the same rig as the 2700k.
If you want to keep the cost down, get the i5 2500k for almost $200 less. $1500 rig should include the new 7950/70 from AMD and definitely an SSD. I advice getting the Crucial M4. I would also recommend a Z68 board, as you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge
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Originally Posted by Hatchet View Post

Considering the reviews i am reading for the 78x0 series GPU's right now, if possible, you may try an hold out for one of those.
If silent is your goal, the power consumption and heat looks to be vastly improved vs Cayman, making cooling quieter.
I understand a 7850 is roughly $20 more than the unlocked 6950, but accoding to this chart:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/22573/12
It should preform roughly the same, with 50+watts less juice. Not to mention overclocking. You would be able to get ~1100 mhz on stock volts!
Other than that, thats a beastly machine. Im envious of the performance!

That's a really nice article. If it really is released on the 15th, then this is definitly worth waiting for. It will probablly also be easier to find a block for it since it will be brand new.
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Originally Posted by TinDaDragon View Post

"Gaming" and "Reasonable" can't be in the same rig as the 2700k.
If you want to keep the cost down, get the i5 2500k for almost $200 less. $1500 rig should include the new 7950/70 from AMD and definitely an SSD. I advice getting the Crucial M4. I would also recommend a Z68 board, as you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge

i5 2500K costs $225 with EMCNHHB25 it costs $210. Since there isn't a combo that will make this work out nicely (ie the Corsair 800d combo goes away), the savings is actually $97. While not negligible, I don't think it's the end of the world. The 7950/7970 are very overpriced for the performance increase over the 6950/6970. It's almost a 100% increase in cost ($230 for a used 6950 2gb vs a 7950 at $460 new as they are not readily available used...and those that are sell for nearly full price)for ~35% increase in performance. Source I just can't justify the extra cost and it would force me to cut out the watercooling.

I did note that I was going to be adding in an SSD, but that it was not going to be in the initial purchase as this is essentially my funds stretched as far as they can go. I agree with the Crucial M4 as I was thinking the 128gb would work fine (hopefully newegg puts them back on sale).


As for the Z68, what would the advantage be? Potentially I could use the onboard video until the 7850/7870 came out, but I don't see any other advantage over the P67 (which does already have a bios update out to support ivy).
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Originally Posted by ChickenInferno View Post

That's a really nice article. If it really is released on the 15th, then this is definitly worth waiting for. It will probablly also be easier to find a block for it since it will be brand new.
i5 2500K costs $225 with EMCNHHB25 it costs $210. Since there isn't a combo that will make this work out nicely (ie the Corsair 800d combo goes away), the savings is actually $97. While not negligible, I don't think it's the end of the world. The 7950/7970 are very overpriced for the performance increase over the 6950/6970. It's almost a 100% increase in cost ($230 for a used 6950 2gb vs a 7950 at $460 new as they are not readily available used...and those that are sell for nearly full price)for ~35% increase in performance. Source I just can't justify the extra cost and it would force me to cut out the watercooling.
I did note that I was going to be adding in an SSD, but that it was not going to be in the initial purchase as this is essentially my funds stretched as far as they can go. I agree with the Crucial M4 as I was thinking the 128gb would work fine (hopefully newegg puts them back on sale).
As for the Z68, what would the advantage be? Potentially I could use the onboard video until the 7850/7870 came out, but I don't see any other advantage over the P67 (which does already have a bios update out to support ivy).

z68 advantages over the p67: 1. Quick sync 2. SSD caching. 3. Integrated graphics support.

If your not interested/will not use those features, p67 will be just as good. You already mentioned the last: support for 22nm CPU's.

edit: I had read this before....but i dug up anadtechs article about SSD caching. In certain apps, the performance can be substantially better. Something to consider.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching-review/4

And just for validation, i agree with your analyses on the 79x0 GPU's.
Edited by Hatchet - 3/5/12 at 9:23am
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z68 advantages over the p67: 1. Quick sync 2. SSD caching. 3. Integrated graphics support.
If your not interested/will not use those features, p67 will be just as good. You already mentioned the last: support for 22nm CPU's.
edit: I had read this before....but i dug up anadtechs article about SSD caching. In certain apps, the performance can be substantially better. Something to consider.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching-review/4
And just for validation, i agree with your analyses on the 79x0 GPU's.

I am thinking that the integrated gpu might be worth it to use while I wait for the 7850/7870. Which z68 would you recommend?
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I am thinking that the integrated gpu might be worth it to use while I wait for the 7850/7870. Which z68 would you recommend?

Im going to be honest and tell you the only z68 motherboard i have used is a Gigabyte z68-UD3 that i have with a 2500k. It let me take my 2500k to 4.9ghz @ 1.4v, so ive been VERY pleased with it. (Only a $139 board from microcenter). But it doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles.

Having said that: Ive always been partial to ASUS boards. I love the UEFI BIOS. (Used it on a Sabertoouth 990fx).
If it were me, i would pick up the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO. (Similar price to the p67 board you had previously).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
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