Please critique this $2200 Sandy Bridge build - hopefully buying today


May 17, 2010
Looking for some last minute thoughts on my build before I buy. I've got all the stuff waiting in my shopping cart and will be buying today unless you guys make me think twice about something.

This is primarily a gaming build, and I'll be overclocking it as far as I can on air. I'll be hooking this up to an ASUS VW266H 25" 1920x1200 monitor that I already have, and hope to run all games at max settings. I don't need keyboard/mouse/speakers either.

Here are the components I've selected:

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard $189.99
This is probably the component I'm the least certain about, so input here would be great.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $329.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH $159.99

Power Supply:
OCZ Z Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $239.99
I know this is overkill, but I wanted something future proof as well as the Gold certification that will hopefully keep my electric bill a little lower

Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.99
Not 100% sure about this case - is it a good one? Will everything fit? [EDIT: Having some 2nd thoughts about this case. Don't think I want lights - that could be annoying if trying to watch a movie in the dark..... might look for a more performance/cooling one?]

Graphics Card:
2 x ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $599.98
I'm going to flash the BIOS on both of these to essentially turn them into 6970's

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $218.99
Might wait on this to get a Vertex 3

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $179.99

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $15.99

CPU Cooler:
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $89.99

Total comes to $2134.89 (after a few rebates)

So please critique that build. Am I missing anything? Do I need to order any case fans? Do I need any additional cables, such as for the HDD and DVD since they're OEM. Anything else?

The mb (Asus a good choice, IMO) will come with several SATA cables and at least one ribbon cable for PATA; standard....

Good plan on 6950 reflash, but, even a single 6950 turned 6970 might be anough for 1920x1200, but would certainly be a beast with a pair! good luck with it!


May 17, 2010

Would it be worth going to the Deluxe version of the motherboard for more overclocking?

Any better case recommendations out there for cooling?

How about case fans.... do I need some?

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