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:confused:I am building a gaming rig using the i7 2600k Sandy Bridge processor. I need help on what to get as I only have mid level knowledge on what goes good together. My budget is $1,200-$1,500 and I need every BESIDES a case and a power supply. Here is what I have thought of buying.

Asus Maximus IV OR MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard
EVGA or Palit GTX 570 or 580 GPU
Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2133 2x2 gb RAM
Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB HDD
Corsair H60 water cooler (I heard it was optimized for 1155 socket)

I need help choosing RAM to go with each motherboard, whichever one I choose. I need as many opinions as I can get on anything I have listed above. Feel free to change anything above and tell me what you think is best. I am at quite a stand still right now because I am confused on what to get.

Please help, and thank you for your time smile.gif
post #2 of 17
The corsair H70 is better than the H60. I also suggest getting a Good Non-Reference GTX 580. For the motherboard, a sure you will find overclocking much more easy on a GIGABYTE board. maybe the P67 UD5 or UD7?

Hope this helps you.
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Thanks for the reply.
I was looking into the Asus or MSI motherboards because of the UEFI BIOS. I heard that Gigabyte motherboards do not have that yet. I currently do own a Gigabyte P35 Motherboard right now though. I suppose the H70 is better, so I will probably go with that then. smile.gif
post #4 of 17
Why 2600k and not 2500k? will you be doing 3D rendering, video encoding?

You can find the faster and bigger 1TB F3 Spinpoint for $55 shipped at newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

2500k + Asus UEFI mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.635133

You need Monitor keyboard mouse speakers OS also?

For SB processors you can get 1333 RAM because OCing a 2500k/2600k doesn't affect RAM speeds due to just changing the multi on the CPU. Go with the great timings on this set:

GSkill Ripjaws X DDR3 1333 7-7-7-21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440
Edited by PowerTrip - 4/22/11 at 8:19am
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Thanks for the reply PowerTrip.
1. I choose the i7 2600k simply because I want more headroom for overclocking if I needed it, also I wanted the best.lol.

2.I don't neccessarily need alot of memory, just enough for maybe 15-20 games at the most. I would rather go RAID-0 with 2 or something, but thank you for that suggestion:)

3. I do not need a monitor, keyboard, or any of that. All of that is in a separate budget.

and thank you for the links, I will definitely check them out, see reviews, and things like that. Thank you again.
post #6 of 17
To tell you the truth, if you will not be doing anything more intense than just gaming and surfing the web, you will be doing the 2600k and yourself injustice.

2500k can hit 5Ghz with good cooling.
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post #7 of 17
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Really? I was only going to overclock to 4.6 or 4.7 anyways. You just saved me a good bit of money smile.gif
post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Weezernation;13228560 
Thanks for the reply PowerTrip.
1. I choose the i7 2600k simply because I want more headroom for overclocking
some people would argue the 2500k has more headroom since you need to disable hyperthreading for stable high overclocks anyway
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I've had several 2500K's and 2600K's and they will overclock about the same. It's luck that decides on how good of an overclocker you get. Do you really need the hyper-threading of the 2600K? Generally the 2500K's can clock higher on lower voltage due to lack of hyper-threading. Sure you can disable hyper-threading on a 2600K, but why pay $100 for a feature that you're not going to us. The L3 cache difference between the 2 is virtually irrelevant. But again, totally depends on how lucky you are in the chip you get.

I prefer Gigabyte or Asus boards. What feature's you need will reveal which board will suite you best. If you need to shave a few bucks due to budget, MSI and ASRock aren't a bad option. Again, which one exactly depends on what features you need. Minimum for SLI I would go for is the GB P67A-UD4-B3 or the Asus P8P67 Pro R3. Anything more than that would require you to have a need for the extra features offered on the more expensive boards IMO.

I wouldn't bother with more expensive RAM. It's been proven time and time again that lower latency or higher speed ram doesn't offer much gain if any. I would get the G.SKILL Ripjaw X DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 4GB or 8GB kit or the Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 4GB or 8GB kit. DDR3-1600 CL7 really doesn't justify the cost. Same with DDR3-2133. If benching or e-peen is your priority, then by all means go all out.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Weezernation;13228560 
Thanks for the reply PowerTrip.
1. I choose the i7 2600k simply because I want more headroom for overclocking if I needed it, also I wanted the best.lol.

2.I don't neccessarily need alot of memory, just enough for maybe 15-20 games at the most. I would rather go RAID-0 with 2 or something, but thank you for that suggestion:)

3. I do not need a monitor, keyboard, or any of that. All of that is in a separate budget.

and thank you for the links, I will definitely check them out, see reviews, and things like that. Thank you again.

RAID 0 is yesterdays news. Most people nowadays would rather have the faster speed and simple setup of an SSD as a boot drive and then a fast storage drive like the F3 Spinpoint.

I would highly recommend looking at the SATA III C300 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148361

You like saving money or you like having the best?
The C300 is great performance for your dollar but If you want the best, the Vertex 3 120GB SSD is around $300
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