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Old 03-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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GPU- $359.99 EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU- $299.99 Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600

MOBO- $239.99 ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MONITOR- $189.99 ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

BLU-RAY- $129.99 ASUS Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1LT LightScribe Support - OEM

SSD- $124.99 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

PSU- $99.99 Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

HDD- $89.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM- $64.99(x2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM (2 Sets)

CASE- $59.95 Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CD/DVD- $18.99 ASUS 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM

SPEAKERS- $88.99 Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

KEYBOARD- $79.99 RAZER Lycosa Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard

MOUSE- $39.99 RAZER ABYSSUS Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3500 dpi High Precision Gaming Mouse

CPU HEATSINK- $35.24 CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler

For a grand total of $1988.05 not including taxes, shipping, or rebates. Unfortunately, I could have gone with the i5-2500k, but this processor was bought before that advice was given to me.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That memory, besides being out of stock, will make it so you can't upgrade if you'd ever want more memory. This is 8gb by itself and will allow you to get more if you'd ever find the need to (which is unlikely, but the option is there): Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

Also, I wouldn't bother getting a factory overclock gpu, get the regular and overclock yourself.

PSU: I don't think you'll need 850 watts, unless you plan on SLI. Newegg.com - Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Also, it doesn't look like that monitor comes with an HDMI cable...so plan on getting one...unless DVI is fine for you...
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I liked the RAM I picked because it was relatively cheap while still being CAS 7. But that RAM you picked is only $20 more, so I may be able to squeeze that in. But then again, it isn't the recommended 1.5v. As far as the PSU, I do plan on SLI at a later time when I've saved up some more money. And I have found a mini-HDMI cable sold seperately, I guess I didn't find it important enough to add to the build list . So, don't get the overclocked GPU? Is it very difficult to overclock a regular one myself? I don't want to burn it out or destroy it.

This is the cable I was planning on getting for my monitor. Link Depot 10 ft. Mini HDMI Male to Male High Speed Networking Cable Model MHHSN-10 - OEM. It's not really a brand I know, but it's just a cable and it's cheap.
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It sucks that the RAM I picked is out of stock, well, my mobo was as well, but I just put an auto-notify on it. I guess I'll do the same for the RAM. I was debating on getting the RAM you suggested, but it's $20 more and it isn't the recommended 1.5v. So, if I get the factory over-clocked GPU, I won't be able to over-clock it anymore? I don't really have any experience in overclocking, so I'm not sure if I want to go that route either. I do plan on SLI at a later time so the PSU should be good wattage-wise. I may look at a different brand, though. And I found a HDMI to mini-HDMI, 10ft, for about $10, so I should be good there. The only part of this build I'm really questioning now is the PSU, not wattage, but brand. And I'm a bit upset that I've already bought the i7-2600 instead of the i5-2500k. But I'm not too upset, I think I already have the CPU cooler as well, no big loss there, I guess I can still use it even though it isn't needed at this point. Or I'll just return it...or return the CPU and get the i5-2500k...any thoughts in that area?
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Whoa 8 gig of RAM would be more than enough for me!
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Well if you have the 2600 and not the 2600k, there's no need for a third party cooler; the stock cooler will do fine when not overclocking. I wouldn't bother trying to return the cpu for the 2500(k)...

About the RAM, I saw it was not 1.5 volts, but it says its made for Sandy Bridge processors...so I don't think it will be a big deal.
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Well, if I don't return the CPU, I'll have a cooler that I really don't need. You know what? I'll use it anyway, can't hurt, right?
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If your even considering overclocking then the i7 2600 is useless. If you want to have the option of overclocking then you need to spend the extra $20 and buy the i7 2600K.

If your not interested in overclocking then the i7 2600 will work great but the P8P67 Deluxe is overkill, any of the other Asus P8P67 motherboards will work just as well.

As for the memory, while Cas7 is better than Cas8, the difference is minimal. I would go with this memory (which I am using myself).
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
or I would go with these.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

The Rosewill 850 watt power supply is another poor choice. In all reality this 750 watt Corsair is probably capable of producing more power than the Rosewill and it's $10 cheaper (after a rebate, and Corsair will honor the rebate).
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
If you just have to have a 850 watt power supply then you should spend the few extra dollars and buy a power supply from a reliable company.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And I have to agree with the others, don't buy a "Pre" overclocked Video card. Just buy the standard model and overclock it yourself, it's extremely easy to do with EVGA Precision or MSI Afterburner.
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Yeah, I know I can't overclock the i7 2600, my debate was on whether to return it for an i5 2500k, or return the cooler. But I figured against returning the cooler, since it's pretty cheap anyway. I do like your choice of RAM, the G.Skill anyway. If I can't notice the diff between CAS 7 and CAS 8, I might as well go with the CAS 8 and have room to grow later. After all, it's the exact price of my two sets of 4GB. Good call. The heatsinks on the Corsair RAM looks really tall for some reason. I figured I needed a better brand for the PSU, 750w just makes me nervous. But if you say it can support the two GPU in SLI later, then I'll get it. Thanks guys.
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Well I don't know about 750 or 850 watts for (2) GTX 570's in SLI. I need to hook up my watt meter to my PC now that I've upgraded to a 2600K, but my old i7 920 @ 4.2GHz with (2) GTX 480's was pulling right at 1000 watts (with a huge overclock on everything)

This is only $120 after a rebate, I think it would be better suited for SLI in the future.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

I would return the 2600 for a 2500K.
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