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Old 07-10-2011, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone! I am currently building a new gaming comp for some of the great upcoming games. (Can you say Skyrim plox?) And I am looking for some input on whether my build is the best for the cost and making sure everything is nice and compatible.
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Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm

Thanks for your input!
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I'd go for Sandy Bridge. Probably and i7 2600k or an i5 2500k, with an Asus P8P67 Pro (or Deluxe), and DDR3 1600 memory (same brand as you have right now, just 1600 instead of 1333).
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DO NOT GO 1366. The 1155 2500 or 2600k wipe the floor with the 950., and the 2500k is cheaper.

The rest of the parts are good.
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Thanks for your help guys. Really knowledgeable people on these forums.
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Only problem I see is that the i5 2500 doesn't support hyper threading. Also the Asus P8P67 Pro seems to be getting bad reviews so I think I might get the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO instead for a bit more price.
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i7 2600k supports hyperthreading, but you don't really need it unless the programs you run can support more than 4 cores. The Asus P8z68-V Pro is the same thing has the P8P67 Pro except it has the z68 chipset which allows for SSD caching and use of onboard graphics when the dedicated card isn't being used...if you won't use those features, it's a waste of money...the reviews on that motherboard do not give it justice (I'm assuming you're talking about Newegg right?)...it is perfectly fine.
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I have been looking at it but also the Asrock P67 Extreme4 due to its cheapness but if the reviews are misleading for mobo I might get the Asus instead because I like their products.
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When it comes to motherboards, I always recommend Asus...
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Go with the 2500k and save some $$. The Asrock P67 Extreme4 is a good board and should be fine for you. It's parent company is ASUS fyi.

For a little more $$ I would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint f3 HDD or Western Digital black as they're a little faster .

Everything else looks good.
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So the (seemingly) final specs are:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Cheap)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Cheap and Sata 6Gbp/s)

COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

But I do have some questions. I am planning on keeping this for a awhile so probably will be upgrading and such in future years. So if I plan on getting a better graphics card which will no doubt be bigger, hotter and consume more power; along with more RAM and faster HDD's would it be prudent to get a larger, better ventilated case and higher wattage PSU?

If so I was eyeing the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior for the case and the XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1-750S-NLB9) 750W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 for the PSU. Are the extra $'s worth the future ease to upgrade and improved performance? Cause I am on the budget of about 1,100$ and don't really wan't to go over it that much.
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