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New PC Spec.

Discussion in 'PC Discussion' started by Jon, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    Alright. So! I built my current PC back in '08. It's time to upgrade for the new year.

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    CPU    Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
    GPU    Powercolor HD 3850 PCS 512MB DDR3 (Replaced)
    GPU2   Powercolor HD 3850 PCS 512MB DDR3 (Replaced)
    GPU3   XFX HD 4890 1024MB DDR5 (Current)
    MOB    Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 Motherboard
    RAM    Team Xtreem Dark 2x2GB DDR2 800Mhz CL4
    COO    Tuniq Tower 120 Cooler
    PWR    CoolerMaster Real Power M850 Modular
    HDD    Western Digital Caviar 500GB SATA II
    HDD2   500GB ITE
    HDD3   Western Digital Green 1TB WD10EARS
    CASE   Thermaltake Armor+ Black VH6000BWS
    DVDR   ASUS DRW-2014L1T 20X DVD/CD SATA LightScribe
    
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    CPU    Intel Core i7 2600K
    GPU    MSI Radeon HD6950 2GB Twin Frozr III PE/OC 
    MOB    ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 Motherboard 
    RAM    G.Skill Sniper F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR1 (4x4GB) DDR3 
    COO    Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler 
    [B]PWR    CoolerMaster Real Power M850 Modular[/B]
    [B]HDD    Western Digital Caviar 500GB SATA II[/B][B]
    HDD[/B]    [B]Western Digital Green 1TB WD10EARS[/B]
    HDD    Crucial M4 SSD 64GB  [I](Smart Response)[/I][B]
    CASE[/B]   [B]Thermaltake Armor+ Black VH6000BWS[/B]
    [B]DVD[/B]    [B]ASUS DRW-2014L1T 20X DVD/CD SATA LightScribe[/B]
    
    tl;dr Keeping parts that don't need upgrading, such as the powersupply, case, hdds and dvdr.

    What is everyones thoughts and opinions, before I go and place my order?

    2500k/2600k Debate; I'll be using hyperthreading for various graphics works, including video and audio.
     
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  2. coleam

    coleam Death Eater

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    Everything looks fine. The sealed liquid coolers I've heard aren't the best value for the money (and the i-series chips overclock to 4+ GHz fairly easily on air), but there's nothing inherently wrong with them.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    Well, for the cheapest parts the cost for a watercooling setup still exceeds 200 bucks so..yeah. I'm more interested in the lower temperatures and the low noise than pimping out my pc. >_>
     
  4. KaiDASH

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    Sandforce based ssd's (like the ocz vertex 3) suck, get a Crucial M4.

    Are you overclocking? If you are, stick with your 2600k, if not get this http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=17283

    Everything else looks good.

    EDIT: For a low temp low noise setup, the high end air coolers beat the H80, but you might have clearance issues with your case/ram (i don't actually know either way).

    Silver Arrow - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=16967 or D14 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=13232
     
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  5. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    Yeah overlclocking.

    I switched your recommendation for the ssd, however.
     
  6. KaiDASH

    KaiDASH Auror DLP Supporter

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    I edited too jon, regarding cooling (at teh same time as your post)
     
  7. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    Considering the options for CPU cooling now.

    NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
    CoolerMaster V6GT
    Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler
     
  8. KaiDASH

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    the 212 evo is great and will take you to 4.5ghz easy (at the minimum). probably won't cut it if you're aiming for 4.9++ though (depending on voltage, mostly).

    I think you'll have clearance issues with the v6gt and havik 140, even with low profile ram, so you'll have to do research to make sure it's all ok.

    h80 (and aio coolers in general) are overpriced and don't do better than high end aircoolers.
     
  9. World

    World Oberstgruppenführer Moderator DLP Supporter

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    As far as noise goes, a good case can make quite the difference. My case may not have a fancy window in it, but it's damn quiet. Although I usually keep the fans slow - since you're overclocking, that might not be viable.
     
  10. Sacro

    Sacro Seventh Year

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    The DDR3 1600 RAM is not really necessary, since the highest the i7 can handle is 1333, so you could save a few bucks there.

    Also, why don't you wait till mid. 2012? After all, Intel announced a new CPU series for the 2nd quarter of 2012
     
  11. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    Because I want to, and need to upgrade now. My computer is showing signs of hardware failure and I want to avoid any possible downtime.
     
  12. KaiDASH

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    Completely untrue regarding the ram. The gains by getting faster ram are often trivial, but Jon has stated he does video editing/encoding, so they will be useful for him.

    Ivy Bridge is a die shrink, not an architecture upgrade so it only has around a 5% performance gain clock for clock for most tasks. However, IB should also overclock better than Sandy Bridge cpu's because of the die shrink, but overall it's nothing worth waiting for imo, especially since Jon is coming from a q6600.
     
  13. Sacro

    Sacro Seventh Year

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    I completely missed that, so thanks for the correction.

    Yeah, it's a shrink to 22nm iirc, but isn't one of the new features, besides the DDR3 1600 support, PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection? Could be worth waiting for if he plans to keep the system for some time.

    Also, there's still the AMD Bulldozer series, which includes the new 8 core CPU, that could be worth looking into.
     
  14. KaiDASH

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    uh. 1600+ ram is already supported by the motherboard manufacturers, which is what matters - not the intel specification.

    gen3 Z68 chipset motherboards already support pci-e 3.0, and modern cards aren't limited by pci-e 2.0 at x16 anyway so this is a rather trivial thing.

    Bulldozer sucks.
     
  15. Jon

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    Settled on the Silver Arrow.

    I'm also getting replacement fans for the case, as well as some vent brackets for the pci slots to cover up a few cards I'm ditching. Grabbing a fan controller and putting the 230mm side, 140mm front and the two 120mm from the cpu on it.

    Also, getting a new keyboard. Looking at the Black Widow from Razer. Mechanical <3 Depending on if the 6950 is there or not I might upgrade it to a 6970.

    Placing the order tomorrow, so last opinions in the next... 12ish hours, if you'd be so kind.
     
  16. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

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    BAM! Ordered.

    Silverarrow for cooler

    HD6970 for GPU. A few replacement case fans, but everything else is basically the same.
     
  17. w1lliam

    w1lliam Groundskeeper

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    Just seen this thread, but you might have saved a bit on the graphics card by going for a HD6950 but not the one in the op, and then unlocking it to perform like the HD6970.
     
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