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Windows 7: Awesome i7 Sandy Bridge rig!

01 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Awesome Intel i7 "Sandy Bridge" rig!

Case: Cooler Master 932 Advanced (Newest case from CM) $159
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K $326
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (REV 3.0 / Intel P67 / LGA 1155) $347
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR3-2200 / PC3-17600 Ripjaws X Series $99
Corsair TX 950 950W $149 (I probably won't need all of that but hey.. lol)
Optical Drive:
Lite-On IHBS112 12X Internal Blu-ray Disc Writer $107
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 6970 (waiting to see theR6970 Lightning from MSI, btw any news on that?)
HDD /SSD: Don't know yet..
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6GT or V8 - help me out here guys -

Total Price: Approximately $1187 (USD) without the CPU Cooler

PERIPHERALS (Completely optional, of course)
Mouse: GIGABYTE M8000X $59
Keyboard: GIGABYTE K8100 $69
Headphone: Audio-Technica ATH-A700 or Fischer Audio FA-002w (Beech Light Brown) The ATH-A700s are better I think but the FAs have a outstanding design, those wooden made ear-cups are really beautiful and they're made by hand, can you believe that?!) $127 or $203 respectively.

I honestly think I've got the "best bang for buck" products here, what do you think guys?

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01 Apr 2011   #2


Looking good so far
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01 Apr 2011   #3


For the "best bang for buck", I'd have gone for the i5-2500k, but if you can afford to stretch to the i7, then go for it.
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01 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you guys, more comments are welcome!
Tho' it's extremely hard to find those Gigabyte mice and keyboards..

I'll take that in consideration, thanks.
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01 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Nice spec :)
I prefer the HAF X though :)
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01 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks buddy.

Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler added.
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02 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

BUMP! Need more opinions guys!
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02 Apr 2011   #8

windows 7 ultimate x64

hey buddy :)
nice setup, i just built up my i7 950 rig, and im really pleased with it.
cant imagine how good the second gen i7 would be
i personally think that you should buy a HD radeon 6970. the gtx580 is a better card, yes. but for 300 i find the 6970 better value. thats just opinion, though im still going to throw it out there!

good luck man.
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02 Apr 2011   #9

windows 7 ultimate x64

also, if your gaming a normal HDD will do. as games load everything needed, read/write doesn't happen as often.
but, if you have the money, grab yourself a SSD and install your OS on it, and enjoy 10 second boot up :)
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02 Apr 2011   #10

7x64 SP1

This is just my opinion, but I think you should go for either 6 or 8gb of RAM. 4gb these days is what I would consider "bare minimum" if you're going to be doing anything RAM intensive like gaming, photoshop, firefox, iTunes, or 3D Modeling. 6gb gives you lots of breathing space but 8gb is just easier to do because you can just buy an 8gb kit. Of course, I may be missing something here but I imagine the low amount of RAM is due to it being 2200, right?
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 Awesome i7 Sandy Bridge rig!

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