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Hi all,

I'm looking at building another PC for myself. It's been 10+ years since I did a build, and so, I'm basically brand new all over again, which is scary in a way, but refreshing and exciting because I get to learn about all the new technology that has developed since I looked into building a custom PC.

I've outlined a draft of my build (below). All the prices are off one of the main PC parts websites right now for me to get a rough idea of my budget. I'll be doing some extensive reading for the next month or two at least before I start shopping around properly and buying the parts to do the build. In the meantime, any thoughts or advice you have would be greatly appreciated!

Budget

~ $2,000 total (excluding LCD and peripherals)

Main Uses

- FPS gaming (COD and BF series)
- Photo / Video editing (Photoshop, Final Cut Pro)
- Folding@home
- General web browsing, watching videos, e-mail, office

Future Plans

I'd like a system that's going to be "current" for a few years, bar the exception that I *may* upgrade the video cards in the future, and as I learn more about the over-clocking process, I would like to gain enough confidence to migrate from the stand-alone CPU cooler to a more complete liquid cooling system.

Component List:

Case

Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Full Tower Case - $280

Motherboard

Asus Maximus IV Extreme - $380
ASUS Rampage III Formula - $300

CPU

Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Processor - 3.4 GHz - $280
Intel Core i7 950 Processor - 3.06 GHz - $300

Cooling

CPU: Corsair CWCH70 Hydro Series H70 CPU Liquid Cooler - $110
Upgraded FANs on radiator to 2 x Scythe GT AP-15 - $30

RAM: Corsair Airflow Pro - $50

RAM

Corsair Dominator GT Triple Channel 12GB PC15000 DDR3 Memory 1866MHz, 6x2048MB - $335

Hard Drives

I already have 4 x 1 TB Western Digital SATA drives (currently in external cases) which I plan to migrate to the PC once it's built. I may look at buying an SSD to install the OS and base applications on, but I'm still researching the cost vs benefits of this.

Video Cards

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card - $500

2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked Video Card (SLI Pair) - $460

Power Supply

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000-Watt Power Supply - $220
Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - $120

Media Drives

LG 10x Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter - $110
1 x Pioneer BDR-2205 Blu-Ray Burner - $200

Running Total: $2295

Like I said, the above is a draft, so if I've missed anything, or if something doesn't match something else, please let me know

*Edit 1 - Updated motherboard and CPU to the next-generation Sandy Bridge platform, added some cooling upgrades for the RAM and CPU cooler's radiator, replaced the SLI cards with a single high end card (with an option to buy a second at a later date if needed), upgraded the Power Supply for future upgradability, and, removed the expensive Blu Ray burner with an alternative option. Cost went up an extra $190*
Edited by FireSnake33 - 1/23/11 at 9:30pm
post #2 of 12
Definitely go for Sandy Bridge if this is a new build.
Skylake build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-6700k @ 4.6ghz Asus Z170-A MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro 256gb, Samsung 850 Pro 256gb, 2... Asus 24x DVD±R Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m, Dell 2007WFP (S-IPS) Deck Legend Ice (Tactile) Corsair RM750i Fractal Design Define R5 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Func F30.r Creative Sound Blaster Z JDS Labs ODAC+O2 (Preproduction TOSLINK version) 
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Sennheiser HD600 Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
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i7-6700k @ 4.6ghz Asus Z170-A MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro 256gb, Samsung 850 Pro 256gb, 2... Asus 24x DVD±R Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m, Dell 2007WFP (S-IPS) Deck Legend Ice (Tactile) Corsair RM750i Fractal Design Define R5 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Func F30.r Creative Sound Blaster Z JDS Labs ODAC+O2 (Preproduction TOSLINK version) 
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Sennheiser HD600 Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
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post #3 of 12
Try looking for a better deal on the 800D and get the i7 from Microcenter ( last time I checked they were about 230).

Personally, I wouldn't get an H70. Either get a nice air cooler, or go full water cooling. Save up, it's worth it if you want it.

Get some Gskill Tridents instead of Dominators.

If you decide on keeping the HDDs, will you be putting them in Raid?

Do you really need a 200 dollar blu Ray burner?
Parvum
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 6 2x Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 512GB M.2 950 Pro NVMe Windows 10 Dell 1440p Pok3r 
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EVGA 750GQ Parvum M1.0 Logitech G9X Corsair 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 512GB M.2 950 Pro NVMe Windows 10 Dell 1440p Pok3r 
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post #4 of 12
What's the purpose of the build? Gaming, encoding, etc?

Edit: Sorry missed that part where you listed it lol.
Edited by Lampen - 1/23/11 at 5:57pm
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i7 6700K ASUS Z170-Deluxe GTX 770 SLI 6 GB Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600 MHz 7-7-7-20 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force LX Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX Windows 10 Home Premium 3 x ASUS VX279Q 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force LX Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX Windows 10 Home Premium 3 x ASUS VX279Q 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lampen View Post
what's the purpose of the build? Gaming, encoding, etc?
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- fps gaming (cod and bf series)
- photo / video editing (photoshop, final cut pro)
- folding@home
- general web browsing, watching videos, e-mail, office
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Parvum
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 6 2x Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 512GB M.2 950 Pro NVMe Windows 10 Dell 1440p Pok3r 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA 750GQ Parvum M1.0 Logitech G9X Corsair 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 512GB M.2 950 Pro NVMe Windows 10 Dell 1440p Pok3r 
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EVGA 750GQ Parvum M1.0 Logitech G9X Corsair 
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post #6 of 12
Microcenter nearest to you:

13929 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 664-8500 ‎

i7 950: $216.49

Much better deal than anywhere else.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700K ASUS Z170-Deluxe GTX 770 SLI 6 GB Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600 MHz 7-7-7-20 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force LX Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX Windows 10 Home Premium 3 x ASUS VX279Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Corsair RM850i Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Corsair Sabre RGB 
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i7 6700K ASUS Z170-Deluxe GTX 770 SLI 6 GB Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600 MHz 7-7-7-20 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force LX Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX Windows 10 Home Premium 3 x ASUS VX279Q 
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Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Corsair RM850i Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Corsair Sabre RGB 
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post #7 of 12
I agree with above grab a sandy bridge the price's are really nice on both boards and processors saves money for good performance there, then buy a different psu...can get a nice quality 750 from a brand I personally trust more such as corsair for around that ultra's price..
    
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intel core i7 6700k Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Sapphire Fury Nitro Oc+ 32 GB Corsair Dominator 
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512 San Disk SSD 1Tb Seagate Asetek LCLC Push Pull Microsoft Windows 10  
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
Qnix 27" 2560x1440 PLS Cooler Master Octane Nzxt Source 340 Black/Orange Cooler Master Octane 
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MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
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I'd get a i7 2600k and a gtx 580 instead of sli gtx 460
would make it more "future proof"
    
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i5 2500k P8p67 pro Rev3 MSI Gtx560Ti Twin FrozerII 8gb XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your responses so far I'll look at Microcentre and do some shopping around before I buy, the listing of the pricing was just for me to get a rough budget together.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xdanisx View Post

Personally, I wouldn't get an H70. Either get a nice air cooler, or go full water cooling. Save up, it's worth it if you want it.

Get some Gskill Tridents instead of Dominators.

If you decide on keeping the HDDs, will you be putting them in Raid?

Do you really need a 200 dollar blu Ray burner?
I actually really want water cooling. But, I am totally new to it all, and a bit nervous about doing it, what kits are good (bear in mind, I haven't done any reading or research yet, but I plan to do that over the next few weeks)

Re Disks, yes, I'll be putting them into a RAID (hardware preferably) for redundancy.

Re Blu ray burner, I only picked the Pioneer one (more $) because I have had experience (years ago) with other brands, and I found Pioneer burners to be the best and most reliable. Things may have changed though, so I'll look into a more cost effective one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by martyr187 View Post
I agree with above grab a sandy bridge the price's are really nice on both boards and processors saves money for good performance there, then buy a different psu...can get a nice quality 750 from a brand I personally trust more such as corsair for around that ultra's price..
I read a couple of comments about going Sandy Bridge. If I was to go that way, what CPU and matching Motherboard would you suggest (for similar pricing to the items I listed above)

Quote:
Originally Posted by CookiiMonster View Post
I'd get a i7 2600k and a gtx 580 instead of sli gtx 460
would make it more "future proof"
I've thought about that, and agree to some extent, I guess you're implying that I get the 580 now, and then save up for another 580 later (if I want) and SLI them in the future, right?
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Made some changes after doing some further reading, based on the comments and suggestions made above. Let me know what you think.
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