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September 25, 2013 12:15:23 PM

Total newbie here. This is my first build from scratch. My son and I just updated his system and due to my shopping error (decided last minute to buy an ASUS Z87-Pro instead of a Z77 board and neglected to notice that a 4th gen processor was required. I ended up with an "extra" Intel i5 3570K processor, that I could return...until I saw the performance of my son's computer compared to my circa 2010 Alienware Aurora...OMG...MUST UPGRADE. Which brings me here.)

Sooo, would you kind persons please review this list and see if there are any compatibility issues or if I am missing anything? Any suggestions for improvement/cost cutting are welcome!

Timing: Ready to buy now.
Location: California, USA

Case: Rosewill Blackhawk Gaming ATX mid tower with 5 fans, window side panel, top HDD dock ($89.99) (Video Card Concern: Specs say "Supports up to 11.8" (30cm) length VGA card (HDD cage NOT removed". Card (below is 11.61"L x 5.08"W x 1.69"H). I am really struggling with what case to get. This one has lots of fans, which is the draw as I don't want to mess with liquid cooling. I would prefer to stay with a smaller tower, but space really isn't an issue so a full size tower would be fine as well.

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE-750W bronze certified, modular, single _ 12V rail, ATX12V v2. ($89.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracude ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0b/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($69.99)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HCMI SATA 5Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($114.99)

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($219.00)

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($79.99)

Video Card: Gigabyte GV-N760OC-2GD REv2.0 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Windforce 3X 450W ($259.99)

Blue Ray: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD_RE 16X DVD=R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blue-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D play Back - OEM ($79.99)

Win 7 Pro ($69.00)

Total Cost: $1002.94

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September 25, 2013 5:17:56 PM

Will prob want a CPU cooler for your 3570K, I've hot a Hyper 212 EVO on my 3570 K (at 4.7) and all is nice and cool, the EVO runs about $30-35
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September 25, 2013 5:37:31 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Will prob want a CPU cooler for your 3570K, I've hot a Hyper 212 EVO on my 3570 K (at 4.7) and all is nice and cool, the EVO runs about $30-35


I was hoping all the fans on the case and the video card would counter heat issues. Do you feel the case selected will have adequate room for a cooler considering the motherboard and video card selected? The card seems pretty beast size wise. From reading the measurements of the case, it barely squeaks in there.

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a c 615 4 Gaming
a c 195 U Graphics card
September 25, 2013 5:47:52 PM

CPU's generate a lot of heat, if OCing it (and figured you would with the K model) you'll want a good cooler, the case should handle all fine, it's a little over 8" wide
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September 25, 2013 6:04:09 PM

Tradesman1 said:
CPU's generate a lot of heat, if OCing it (and figured you would with the K model) you'll want a good cooler, the case should handle all fine, it's a little over 8" wide


Thanks! :)  That's pretty cheap insurance. This cooler/fan replaces the fan that comes in the box with the processor, right?

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a c 615 4 Gaming
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September 25, 2013 6:08:17 PM

Correct! Let us know how the build goes, can prob close the thread, any problems give me a shout
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September 30, 2013 11:59:08 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Correct! Let us know how the build goes, can prob close the thread, any problems give me a shout


Hi Again. I put everything together, but I am struggling with the case fans. The motherboard has the following connections:
CPU-FAN1 (4 pin) - Hyper EVO 212 fan
PWR-FAN1 (3 pin)
CPU-FAN2 (3 pin)
CHA-FAN1 (4 pin)
CHA-FAN2 (3 pin)
CHA-FAN3 (3 pin)
The Chassis has 5 fans. 2 front, 1 rear, 1 top and 1 side. All have big connectors. The power supply is modular. One of the "extra" cords has several plugs: an end to plug into the power supply, 3 connectors that match the fan connectors and a plug that matches a plug on the motherboard (it's a small 4 pin connector). Can I use that cord? And if I do use it, do I plug it into the power supply, the fans (3) AND the motherboard? Sorry for the dumb question, but I am losing sleep lol.

Another related question: Can I use all the unused fan connectors for chassis fans even though there are only 3 fan connections labeled for chassis use? (can I plug a chassis fan using an adaptor into the PWR-FAN1 and CPU-FAN2?)

Thanks in advance for your help. :D 

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