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Hello, I've been researching forums and newegg reviews for a few weeks now and now I am looking for some advice. I'll add my reasonings to some ideas and naivety will be displayed so I appreciate everybody's inputs and patience.

Mainly the desktop will be used for HTPC and gaming and also used for those in that order and also need it to be versatile incase my interests lean elsewhere. It will be my first build in 4 years. I can go up to $1100 with a little bit of wiggle room if the utility is increased. I want this computer to last for some time relatively speaking. I do plan on overclocking. Opinions or questions will be posted in parenthesis. All items I plan to buy off newegg as I'm familiar with them.

For my monitor i'm going to be using a 65'' 1080i projection tv and a wireless keyboard and mouse will most likely be necessary.

OS:
Windows 7 ultimate:

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K (2500K also a possiblity)

Motherboard: (when socket 1155 are available again)
ASUS P8P67 deluxe
(need some advice on this as it may be over the top but I would rather have too much then not enough)

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
(would it be better price to performance to go with lower CAS latency ram for more money or to go with the higher frequency 4GB with 7 CAS latency. Need help here)

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
(will this work good with the 65'' display?)

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


Case:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(if anybody has some aesthetically cool ideas please expand!)

Keyboard/mouse:
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 310 Laser

DVD/CD drive:
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
(i play almost all videos from the hard drive BLU ray videos and dvd videos are downloaded and played as such)

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
(do i need anything else to help cool?)

To conclude thoughts, I'm very open to all ideas. Whether that is going lesser in one area to add a SSD or completely rearranging my ideology on the system components. Thank you guys so much for the input and support i really appreciate it!
Edited by skeletor6 - 2/26/11 at 11:25am
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Very nice. Looks similar to my next planned build. Have you looked into the 560ti it seems like a good choice at the right price.
    
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if you are buying win7 ultimate, dont. home premium is sufficient.
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Thank you for the quick response. I have not looked into the 560ti just did a search on it and it looks compelling. One of the reasons I was leaning towards the 5850 was the fact that when I was ready to upgrade I read alot about the performance of two 5850's in crossfire's being a good price/performance, but like i said I'm very open to ideas about the video card as when i was looking at the higher priced cards many reviews were stating it might be a better option to get two cheaper ones for crossfire. I will surely look into it thanks! Let me know how your build turns out.
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Thank you, but I'm not planning on buying it lol.
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Originally Posted by skeletor6 View Post
Hello, I've been researching forums and newegg reviews for a few weeks now and now I am looking for some advice. I'll add my reasonings to some ideas and naivety will be displayed so I appreciate everybody's inputs and patience.

Mainly the desktop will be used for HTPC and gaming and also used for those in that order and also need it to be versatile incase my interests lean elsewhere. It will be my first build in 4 years. I can go up to $1100 with a little bit of wiggle room if the utility is increased. I want this computer to last for some time relatively speaking. I do plan on overclocking. Opinions or questions will be posted in parenthesis. All items I plan to buy off newegg as I'm familiar with them.

For my monitor i'm going to be using a 65'' 1080i projection tv and a wireless keyboard and mouse will most likely be necessary.

OS:
Windows 7 ultimate:

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K (2500K also a possiblity)

Motherboard: (when socket 1155 are available again)
ASUS P8P67 deluxe
(need some advice on this as it may be over the top but I would rather have too much then not enough)

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
(would it be better price to performance to go with lower CAS latency ram for more money or to go with the higher frequency 4GB with 7 CAS latency. Need help here)

Video Card:
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
(other considerations were gtx 460, 6870 6850 etc....also this is one of my weakpoints i'm very flexible and need help with this component)

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
(dont know if this is too much?)

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(if anybody has some aesthetically cool ideas please expand!)

Keyboard/mouse:
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 310 Laser

DVD/CD drive:
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
(i play almost all videos from the hard drive BLU ray videos and dvd videos are downloaded and played as such)

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
(do i need anything else to help cool?)

To conclude thoughts, I'm very open to all ideas. Whether that is going lesser in one area to add a SSD or completely rearranging my ideology on the system components. Thank you guys so much for the input and support i really appreciate it!
Your build is looking good. I wouldn't worry about RAM frequencies at all (anything over 1,600MHz is wasted unless you're a hardcore benchmarker). Timings are disputed, but honestly for what you're doing it's not worth getting sucked into. In short: the RAM you selected is fine.

Motherboard -- Good choice. A dependable and reliable mobo. I haven't personally used one though, so someone else will have to comment specifically on any flaws.

Power supply -- I'd recommend going with an AX750 over the TX. The AX is a gold rated power supplier and modular. If you're not going to be packing it full of stuff (and care about cable management), the AX will suit you better. There are of course many other good 600-800w modular PSUs. I only selected the Corsair because you had already chosen one (and they are good PSUs too)

Video card -- Good solid choice. A very good card for the money, overclocks well, and runs cool. If you're wanting to bump up to the current gen, the 6950 would be the next choice (if you stay ATI). Though depending on how much gaming you do, the 5850 would be more than plenty.

Hard drive -- Save yourself some money and don't get the SATA III 6.0Gbps WD. HDDs don't come anywhere close to reaching SATA II's limits. The SATA III HDD is nothing but marketing trying to net a few extra dollars from your pocket.

CPU cooler -- the best $30 you'll spend. The 2600K is already a cool running, efficient processor. Toss in the Hyper 212+ and the end result is a solid 4-4.5GHz @ ~65

Case wise, the 300 is a tad small and cable management isn't the greatest. If you're looking for some other options in that size-range, CoolerMaster's Storm Scout and HAF 922 both offer more space and cable management. (I'm a CM fan )



Any more questions?
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Thanks so much for the input, it reinforced and cleared up a lot of questions I had. In light of your response I'll edit the build.

Some more questions I have are the efficacy of adding an SSD or pairing a couple drives in RAID 0. I've read a lot of threads where people suggest saving money in some areas and with the money saved buy an SSD. Mainly in 2600K vs 2500K debates.

Also, on the possibility of upping the video card. Its an issue I definitely need to address since I'm going to need this computer to last a deal of time. I plan on buying a video card now and when that no longer is able to do what i need it to do buying another and pairing them. I believe its an area where experience is most knowledgeable. Would a 5850 now and pairing it with another 5850 later be a better idea then lets say a 6950 now and a 6950 later. I guess I just dont know how long these cards serve.
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If your gonna just be doing gaming, save yourself 100$ and put it to a better gpu.
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Originally Posted by skeletor6 View Post
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Thanks so much for the input, it reinforced and cleared up a lot of questions I had. In light of your response I'll edit the build.

Some more questions I have are the efficacy of adding an SSD or pairing a couple drives in RAID 0. I've read a lot of threads where people suggest saving money in some areas and with the money saved buy an SSD. Mainly in 2600K vs 2500K debates.

Also, on the possibility of upping the video card. Its an issue I definitely need to address since I'm going to need this computer to last a deal of time. I plan on buying a video card now and when that no longer is able to do what i need it to do buying another and pairing them. I believe its an area where experience is most knowledgeable. Would a 5850 now and pairing it with another 5850 later be a better idea then lets say a 6950 now and a 6950 later. I guess I just dont know how long these cards serve.
Faster HDDs (Western Digital Caviar Black, Samsung Spin Point 3) in RAID 0 will give you about as good throughput as an SSD. Access times however, (the real reason you notice the speed of an SSD) aren't that much better than a single drive. SSD wise, Crucial C300 and Corsair Force series are good and affordable SATA III and SATA II drives respectively. Although, the new Vertex 3 SATA III SSDs are now available and offer read write speeds of over 500MB/s which blow everything else out of the water. The 128GB drive is in the mid to upper $200s I believe.

If you want to go a couple years on a GPU, I would then recommend going to the 6950 over the 5850.
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Post updated....wondering if the hard drive selection is a good one added storage and was about $20 less. I'm going to be doing more than gaming it's also going to function as HTPC and be used for school and whatever other interest i have in the future. In other words, i need it to be somewhat versatile.
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