Need advice for a $2000 new build

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fathergod
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So I'm getting money next week and I'm wondering what I should buy for a system from the ground up.
I need help with the:

mobo
video card
sound card
memory
cooling
monitor
hhd
psu.

My friend suggested that I get a SSD and put windows on it and use my hdd for everything else.
I've already got the HAF 912 case and the only thing I'm sure of right now is the cpu which I'm wanting to get the 2600k

Thanks!

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Unless you do quite alot of multimedia editing (video, picture, music, etc) there is no advantage of Hyperthread. The 2500K; while it doesn't have hyperthread, they can accomplish many tasks such as gaming.

Otherwise if you are an heavy media editor, you could go for the 2600K, or otherwise, there's a 2700K. But I recommend sticking with the 2600K or 2500K if you game quite alot because you will have to spend a bit more on a decent graphics card, PSU that's above 800W at least, 4GB of memory and above.

But before we get anywhere, what's your main purposes of the new build?

fathergod
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It would be for gaming, writing college papers, internet.

Basically when I upgrade my system, it has to last for 10 years so I usually get the best that I can now

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OK, I've dropped the sound card as based on your purposes, you don't need a perfect sound, unless you're an extreme audiophile. You got 2 options:

Here's the list of parts with the 2700K

  • Motherboard
  • Video Card
  • Memory
  • Cooling
  • CPU
  • Monitor
  • PSU
  • SSD
  • If you want the 2500K instead, you can drop that CPU. the 2500K is basically the i7 without Hyperthread.

    Depending on the size of your current HDD, you could still use it for storage.

    fathergod
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    Looking at the reviews of the 2700, a lot of people have said it doesn't justify the cost since it isn't much stronger than the 2600k.

    Do have a question however. Why a 1000W power supply? Just seems like overkill to me

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    You said that you want your next PC to be ready for 10 years, so I'd give you more headroom for power consumption next time you add like a more powerful video card or having a multi-GPU setup. Some future technologies could be power hungry like the LGA2011 CPUs. The TDP is around 130W which, IMO, quite high but since it's a 6 core it was obvious.

    But if you're good with less than that and want to be more efficient, here's an alternative: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

    Remember that the PSU's power strain must not be more than 60-80% approx. So with 850W, I think it'll cut through clean.

    Also, I think if you want to save more, go ahead with the 2600K as there will be a great deal on them or already.

    fathergod
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    After messing around with the list, I've stuck with most of what you suggested except I'm ditching the SSD to buy a better mobo and video card.

    EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD Video Card - 2560MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16) Video Card
    ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ROG Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express Mobo

    Looking at the monitor connections, I'll have to either buy a DVI cord or change the monitor

    Ratchet
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    Those specs should be fine as well.

    fathergod
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    Yeah except I realized how BIG a 24' monitor is haha The desk I'm using is 28' wide so I'll need to either downgrade the size of my monitor to 20' or put it on a stand :|

    Ratchet
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    You can always get a 22" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. That'll solve the space issue :)

    fathergod
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    I'll be wall mounting it since my desk isn't too far from the wall. It helps that my power outlet is almost dead center under my desk haha

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    fathergod wrote:

    Do have a question however. Why a 1000W power supply? Just seems like overkill to me

    why not a 1000W Psu?I havent run under a 1000W for the last 5 yrs(currently corsair ax1200)
    The PSU IS the most important part in any system,its the heart of It.Even with what i'm running,my PSU doesnt even get warm,thus less heat and less stress.

    OH! are you in canada or the US?makes a diff on pricing.

    this 6970 would be more prefered due to the better cooler.quiter also:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957

    fathergod
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    Wow...fuck me man...Does ANYONE know of a good gaming monitor with VESA around $200 US?

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    fathergod
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    Well shit, I just realized the mobo I want to get won't fit in the HAF 912 BLEH