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Hi guys,

I'm building a machine after a loooong time and need your help. My main use for this system would be emulating networking hardware which requires a lot of processing power and RAM so that's my main concern. I'm not going to be doing gaming so the video card is not an issue. I've been doing some research for the last few hours and have put together some components for a high-end system. I'd really appreciate all your suggestions and advice on the below configuration:

Final Build

Motherboard……Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset……239.99
CPU……Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache……339.99
Memory……G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 16GB (4x4GB)……209.99
Hard Drive 1……OCZ Vertex 3 SSD……???
Hard Drive 2……SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s……64.99
Video Card……PowerColor (AX5770 1GBD5-H) ATI Radeon HD 5770 Chipset (850Mhz)……124.99
PSU……Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply……99.99
Case……Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case……129.99
CPU Cooler……Noctua NH-C12P SE14……69.88
Optical Drive……ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer……24.99
Keyboard……Logitech Illuminated USB Keyboard /w Palm Rest, Backlit -Black ……44.99
Mouse……Logitech RX1500 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser Mouse……34.88




Initial Build

Motherboard..........Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset 239.99
CPU..................Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache 339.99
Memory...............Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 240-pin DIMM
Memory...............G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Fan Series DDR3 2133MHz (PC3-17000) 16GB (4x4GB) 369.99
Hard Drive 1.........OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ???
Hard Drive 2.........Western Digital Caviar Green (WD20EARS) 2000GB (2TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB (OEM) 74.99
Video Card...........A decent one (no gaming) ???
PSU..................Corsair HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX EPS12V Power Supply 159.99
Case.................Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case 129.99
CPU Cooler...........Noctua NH-C12P SE14 69.88
Keyboard.............Logitech Illuminated USB Keyboard /w Palm Rest, Backlit -Black 44.99
Mouse................Logitech RX1500 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser Mouse 34.88


All prices are from Canada Computers.


I have the following questions regarding the build:

1) What's the performance difference between the two rams? I know that the heatsinks on the Corsair interfere with larger cpu coolers. Does anyone have experience with either of the two RAMs? Would appreciate your input.

2) Is there a better 2TB HDD you guys can recommend? Something, less expensive than the SATA-III Barracuda XT but better than the current one? Even a 4TB one?

3) Any confirmed release date for the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD?

4) Please recommend a low-end GPU that can comfortably handle HD videos and other graphics-intensive applications (other than video games). I don't want to rely purely on the on-board video card because we all know how bad they can be.

5) I want to get a very good cooler but I don't want it to interfere with the Corsair Vengeance, which I'm leaning towards as far as RAM is concerned. Is there anything comparable to the Noctua NH-C14 or the NH-C12P but not insanely expensive that can give me the required clearance for the Vengeance?

My heartfelt thanks to all who reply.
Edited by totallystubby - 4/7/11 at 8:23am
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1) The Ripjaws are much better for overclocking in general. If your primary objective is overclocking, then I'd go with the Ripjaws. I own the Vengeance 8GB set, wonderful RAM. It's being nominated for an award. If overclocking isn't your primary objective, then go with the Vengeance. Even so, I've seen SB builds using Vengeance kits get as high as 5.5ghz with the right timings.

2) I really don't personally see the purpose of a 2TB HD. 1TB is more than enough for me, and I mix music/render videos/game/etc. I still have over 800 GBs free. If you absolutely must have 2TBs, I'd actually recommend grabbing 2 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3's and running them in RAID. You'd get some nice performance increases

3) I don't personally know.

4) Low end? Hmm, anything cheap in the 4xxx or 5xxx series for ATi cards should be fine.

5) I'm going to get chewed out for this, but check out Corsair H50/60/70. It is a wonderful cooler, and it's not gigantic either. You should have very nice clearance and plenty of headroom near your CPU.

The only reason I said I'm going to get chewed out for this is because lots of people believe you can get better for what you pay for the 50/60/70. Which in most cases is true, but it's still a wonderful series of cooling. And also because they apparently have a problem with it being 'fake' watercooling? Silly, but you can't please everyone.

I'm not a genius when it comes to hardware, so these are just my personal opinions. Hope I at least gave some valuable advice
Edited by pjBSOD - 3/3/11 at 2:35pm
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Nothing wrong with a H50 cooler straightforward installation, inexpensive and not made for those who like fans stacked atop their case's and lighted tubes of thermal coolant running to and fro. Some of these computers look as they are used to launch NASA rockets or that they may in fact be one!
    
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1) The Ripjaws are much better for overclocking in general. If your primary objective is overclocking, then I'd go with the Ripjaws. I own the Vengeance 8GB set, wonderful RAM. It's being nominated for an award. If overclocking isn't your primary objective, then go with the Vengeance. Even so, I've seen SB builds using Vengeance kits get as high as 5.5ghz with the right timings.

2) I really don't personally see the purpose of a 2TB HD. 1TB is more than enough for me, and I mix music/render videos/game/etc. I still have over 800 GBs free. If you absolutely must have 2TBs, I'd actually recommend grabbing 2 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3's and running them in RAID. You'd get some nice performance increases

3) I don't personally know.

4) Low end? Hmm, anything cheap in the 4xxx or 5xxx series for ATi cards should be fine.

5) I'm going to get chewed out for this, but check out Corsair H50/60/70. It is a wonderful cooler, and it's not gigantic either. You should have very nice clearance and plenty of headroom near your CPU.

The only reason I said I'm going to get chewed out for this is because lots of people believe you can get better for what you pay for the 50/60/70. Which in most cases is true, but it's still a wonderful series of cooling. And also because they apparently have a problem with it being 'fake' watercooling? Silly, but you can't please everyone.

I'm not a genius when it comes to hardware, so these are just my personal opinions. Hope I at least gave some valuable advice
Memory overclocking has been completely decoupled from CPU overclocking with the proliferations of unlocked processors.
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
1) The Ripjaws are much better for overclocking in general. If your primary objective is overclocking, then I'd go with the Ripjaws.
Change the RAM. Went with cheaper ones with lower timings because I'm not gaming. Also, it would allow me to use the Noctua HSF because these sticks don't have the humongous heat spreaders that the Vengeance has.

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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
2) I really don't personally see the purpose of a 2TB HD. 1TB is more than enough for me, and I mix music/render videos/game/etc. I still have over 800 GBs free. If you absolutely must have 2TBs, I'd actually recommend grabbing 2 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3's and running them in RAID. You'd get some nice performance increases
Changed the HDD to Samsung Spinpoint F3

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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
4) Low end? Hmm, anything cheap in the 4xxx or 5xxx series for ATi cards should be fine.
Would there still be a need for a separate video card if I'm utilizing the on-board HD 3000 that comes with the i7-2600k?
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Nothing wrong with a H50 cooler straightforward installation, inexpensive and not made for those who like fans stacked atop their case's and lighted tubes of thermal coolant running to and fro. Some of these computers look as they are used to launch NASA rockets or that they may in fact be one!
I might OC the CPU so I don't want to have any heating issues. I think the Noctua's a safe bet, do you agree?
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Any optical drives I need?
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Yes, that Noctua should serve well in an overclocked system. It won't be as good as the NH-D14 though, as top-down coolers just aren't as efficient as tower coolers. But I'm sure you knew that already...

That's a nice system. You've made good choices.
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Thanks to everyone for your replies. I will be sure to post benchs after I build the system if I manage to put it together without breaking things.
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Did you buy the parts yet? NCIX is having a sale on some of the items you listed.

Intel 2600k it $310
The RAM you chose is $90 for 8GB, so $180 for 16GB
I'm sure the board is on sale as well. If not Why not go with the P67 Sabertooth for $210?

NCIX also has free shipping.

If you have purchased them already, I've heard Canada Computers does price matching, not sure what their policies are, their link on the website seems to be broken...
    
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