8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 24, 2011 11:21 AM by Harm Millaard

    New Intel Core i7 2600K build

    Jack Banatoni Level 1

      It's time to build a new PC and I always appreciate the hardware feedback here.  I work primarily with Canon DSLR footage.  The specs listed below fall into my price range, but I'm open to alternate suggestions.

       

      I'm salvaging what I can from my current build (PSU, case, drives, Win7 Pro 64-bit, Production Premium CS5) and adding the following:

       

      Intel Core i7 2600K

       

      ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card   

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424 


      16GB worth of: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL    

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&Tpk=N82E16820231314 


      ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard   

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771 

       

      (Is this worth the extra expense?  ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)    

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131704&Tpk=N82E16813131704 

       

      (Or would this board be fine?  ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)  

         http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706 

       

      COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7   

         http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=N82E16835103065 

       

      Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound  

         http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&Tpk=N82E16835100007  

       

      Obviously, I'm stuck on a motherboard decision.  I've read that the cooling fan may sit uncomfortably close to the memory sticks - any advice there?  Is there a cheaper video card that can make use of the MPE with similar results?  This will be the first system I'm overclocking, so tips would be helpful. 

       

      Thanks!

      JB

        • 1. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Have you looked at the results page at the CS5 Benchmark http://ppbm5.com/ to see what people are using?

          • 2. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
            Jack Banatoni Level 1

            Thanks for the link - that was actually my starting point for these specs.  Just trying to narrow it down or see if a slight change in hardware would be worth the difference.  Cheers, JB

            • 3. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
              John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              I can't really comment on those motherboards, but since your links are all Newegg, take a look at the Black Friday links I've posted in the Lounge

               

              http://forums.adobe.com/thread/928670 has Amazon and Newegg (plus Smarthome for home automation)

              • 4. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                '16GB worth of: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)' amounts IMO to 8 and not 16 GB or did you mean 2 x 8 GB sticks? Or 4 sticks (4 x 4 GB)?

                 

                Why not the i7-2700K? It is only marginally more expensive but has the better clock speed.

                 

                Consider a P8Z68 mobo or similar from other brands because of the SRT support. What will your disk setup look like? The 560 Ti looks good. If you intend to overclock, as you stated, I would not skimp on this. What gold label PSU do you have in mind? Something in the 850W range?

                • 5. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
                  RjL190365 Level 4

                  Why not the i7-2700K? It is only marginally more expensive but has the better clock speed.

                   

                  Unfortunately, Harm, at Newegg (the OP's reference), the i7-2700K is actually significantly more expensive at $370 versus $320 for the i7-2600K. The 100MHz increase in the clock speed is definitely not worth the extra $50, IMHO. It is worth no more than $10 extra, IMHO.

                   

                  Maybe in your area, where the 2700K is only about €10 more expensive than the 2600K. But not in the US, where the next higher step is a whopping $50 more.

                   

                  As for the motherboard, I agree with you. The P67 is now a bit outdated, and will be the very last of the mainstream P-series chipsets without IGP support. All enthusiast-mainstream chipsets will be Z-series chipsets from now on.

                   

                  The memory that the OP will be getting will actually be two kits of the G.SKILL dual-channel 8GB kit. Two 8GB kits total 16GB (hence, 4 x 4GB). That's the exact memory that I'm currently running on my current main editing rig although I had to downclock the memory to DDR3-1333 in order for the two 8GB kits combined to run stably on my system (at least with the current installation of Windows 7 Pro that has seen its share of hardware upgrades in the year and a half since it was first installed on another Intel-based system. Maybe it's time for me to wipe out the old Windows installation and reinstall Windows on my system from scratch?

                  • 6. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
                    Jack Banatoni Level 1

                    Thanks for the response, everyone. This is why I always check here before building a system.

                     

                    To clarify, that's two sets of 2x4GB sticks... 4x4GB (16GB) total.

                     

                    Planning on a 2600k over a 2700k for the price difference ($279.99 vs $369.99, Microcenter prices). Seemed like a marginal difference in clock speed for the price? Also, the last time I bought “the latest” processor I ran into incompatibility issues, so I'm leaning toward the one that's been available longer with a proven track record.

                     

                    Any experience with this motherboard? Will the onboard video cause conflicts with the 560Ti?

                     

                         ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

                          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

                     

                    Going to use my current PSU, 750W.  I believe this is it:

                    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009R

                     

                    I'll wait on hard drives to see if the prices come back down.  Currently using 7200 RPM Seagate drives - 1TB for OS, 1.5TB internal for media, 1.5TB e-SATA as needed.

                     

                    Are hard drives the only component that had a recent price hike?  Should I wait a few more months on everything else, too?

                     

                    Harm, can you elaborate on what you mean by “If you intend to overclock, as you stated, I would not skimp on this”?

                     

                    Thanks!

                    JB

                    • 7. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
                      RjL190365 Level 4

                      Jack,

                       

                      As far as the Z68 boards are concerned, you can turn off the onboard video in the EFI BIOS setup. Some very-high-end Z68 boards have no video out and thus have their onboard video disabled.

                      • 8. Re: New Intel Core i7 2600K build
                        Harm Millaard Level 7

                        Harm, can you elaborate on what you mean by “If you intend to overclock, as you stated, I would not skimp on this”?

                         

                        Not lower than a 560.