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post #11 of 34
This case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216
This Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231449
This HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-_-Product
This PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151087 Promo is over

It would come out to 989.97 with the parts I picked.
Edited by nagle3092 - 4/19/11 at 12:27am
 
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What's your friend going to be using the rig for? The 2600k in most applications (including games) doesn't perform any better than the 2500k. With the money saved by getting the 2500k you could look at getting a 6970.
post #13 of 34
if you want WC loop with excellent performance from 1366
please help me out if he doesn't mind 2nd hand parts

http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...m-cpu-gpu.html
post #14 of 34
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What's your friend going to be using the rig for? The 2600k in most applications (including games) doesn't perform any better than the 2500k. With the money saved by getting the 2500k you could look at getting a 6970.
Or he could unlock the 6950

unless you know you need an i7 you don't. Only really useful for rendering, encoding,hardcore number crunching or for any other heavily multi-threaded application, for gaming and every day use its a waste of money.

Honestly splash on a different case you will hate yourself come build time if you don't. I speak from the bitter experience of having just done a build in my mates old 900 and its a horrible case, no cable management incredibly small for being so big on the outside, and the drive bay system was designed by satan himself. No joke the cm "elite" a £20 case is better to work in by miles :'(
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post #15 of 34
Case is worthless for that price imo. Sorry, but that's the truth, but u can pick it up for like 70 at bestbuy

Anyways, 1.65v ram works fine. I would just ignore people who say it isnt...they're just being ignorant.
    
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Anyways, 1.65v ram works fine. I would just ignore people who say it isnt...they're just being ignorant.
It works fine its just older ram that's just in spec for SB, why not buy 1.5v or even 1.25v for the same price?
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post #17 of 34
Well , i think it is misleading when people recommend lower voltage ram and especially ram that is marketing SB READY all over it

Im pointing out the fact that 1.65v ram is fine- for those who currently have a set. If youre buying new, then by all means, go for it (1.5v or w/e).

Im just saying there are many 1.65v ram that has amazing timings and speed that you might as well go for it.

It's just the hype of SB READY RAM that annoys the heck out of me.
    
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post #18 of 34
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Or he could unlock the 6950

unless you know you need an i7 you don't. Only really useful for rendering, encoding,hardcore number crunching or for any other heavily multi-threaded application, for gaming and every day use its a waste of money.

Honestly splash on a different case you will hate yourself come build time if you don't. I speak from the bitter experience of having just done a build in my mates old 900 and its a horrible case, no cable management incredibly small for being so big on the outside, and the drive bay system was designed by satan himself. No joke the cm "elite" a £20 case is better to work in by miles :'(
A guy on this very site did a test with a 6950, unlocked vs standard and spreadsheeted it. You get about 3% extra performance from unlocking shaders. The 6970's are much better cards as they have higher OC room and they are binned chips.
post #19 of 34
agreed if you already have 1.65 ram no point in buying new, but with SB it is pretty pointless worrying a huge amount about timings they make pretty negligible difference outside of benching. anyway.
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You could easily find a better PSU option, something in the 500-600w range of decent quality for around $60 or so.

Next, would be the RAM. Corsair is great and all, but there's usually better for cheaper. Find the fastest speed with the tightest timings you can get for these CPU's. My sticks are 9-9-9-24 rated for 1600, and I'm kicking myself for getting them now.

Finally, there's no need for a 2600k unless you KNOW you need it. The 2500k is overkill for most people. So save $100 there.

Finally, with that money saved, get him a better GPU (assuming gaming). He could easily step into a 6970 or a GTX570 / 580. And no, don't buy a 6950 to unlock it. The 6950's have less power connections available to them, so they can't run as well as a stock 6970 would (well, overclocking).
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