Any Opinions On these components


Jul 21, 2011
hello Everyone

I am in the process of building a New Machine and any experences and opinions on the following components?

Fisrt off im not a gamer, the completed machine will be used for GNS3 Cisco network emulation thus graphics is not so important.

Major Components are:

1) CPU: Intel I7 2600k

2) Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3P B3 Intel P67 (B3) Express Chipset

3) RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D RL Series 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3-1600 240-Pin CL9

HDDs i am still deciding on 3 x WD Black caviar (2 HDDs for RAID 1), or undecided about seagate, which brand do people like?

Kind Regards

Stuart :)


This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117 <------ :)
Some thoughts for you:

1) The "K" cpu's are designed for overclocking. To do that, you need either a P67 based motherboard like you listed, or a Z68 based motherboard.
The P67 motherboard will need a discrete graphics card to provide display function.

I think it is better to get a Z68 based motherboard which provides both OC capabilities and the display function. The integrated display capability of a 2600K is about the equivalent of a $50 discrete graphics card. It should be sufficient for you.

2) If the extra $100 price premium of the 2600K does not mean that much to you, go ahead and get it.
Or, the 2500K will oc to the same levels. If your workload is multi thread enabled, and can use more than 4 cores, then the 2600K is good, otherwise, consider spending the $100 elsewhere.

3) I love the SSD. It will make everything feel so much snappier. Consider a 80-120gb ssd for your os and apps. Plan on $1.50 to $2 per gb.

4) WD black caviar is good. Samsung spinpoint is good also. What size are you looking at? Larger drives, like 1tb are faster.

5) Why are you planning on raid-1? The value of raid-1 and it's variants like raid-5 is that you can recover from a drive failure quickly. It is for servers that can not tolerate any interruption. Modern hard drives have a advertised mean time to failure on the order of 500,000+ hours. That is something like 50 years.
With raid-1 you are protecting yourself from specifically a hard drive failure. Not from other failures such as viruses, operator error,
malware, fire, theft, etc.
For that, you need external backup. If you have external backup, you do not need raid-1.

6) The Z68 chipset enables ssd cacheing for your hard drives. That capability might be very good for you.
Here is such a motherboard which also includes a 20gb slc cache:

7) Plan on including an aftermarket cpu cooler. It will keep your cpu cooler, quieter, and easier to oc. It need not be expensive. The Xigmatek gaia is $30: