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November 11, 2010 6:04:23 PM

Hey guys,

I've been spending a lot of time looking over components and trying to get the best parts for the money for my new system, and I've received a great deal of help and advise from the community. I was just looking for some final thoughts on my build before I push the purchase button lol.

Before I get to my build I should note that I don't know anything about overclocking, and probably won't attempt to even learn until further down the road when my computer isn't performing as well as I'd like it to but don't want to spend any more money.

So here is my build (At the bottom I've listed my final concerns over choices):


NZXT Hades ATX Mid Tower Case = $74.99 (after MIR)

G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB = $65.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 = $37.99

ASUS Sabertooth I55 LGA1156 P55 = $166.44

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT = $93.79

ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor = $192.44

Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN = $104.99

ASUS Radeon HD 6870 913MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ x 2 = $485.98

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM = $22.95

Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor = $199.99

OCZ Alchemy Series Elixer USB2.0 Gaming Keyboard = $22.99

Gigabyte GM-M6800 5 Button Dual Lens Optical Mouse = $11.22

Logitech X-140 2.0 5W RMS Black Analog Speakers = $24.45

Scythe Shuriken 3 Heatpipe Low Profile CPU Heatsink = $29.99
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Total: $1629.20


I'm still trying to decide between some components, but as of now this is what I intend to order.

Case: NZXT Hades vs. Cooler Master HAF 912 (Plus a 200MM top fan and a 120MM side fan)

Hard Drive: Contemplating getting two Seagates for RAID 0 or a Western Digital 1TB (FAEX series)

Motherboard: Sabertooth i55 vs. P7P55D Deluxe vs. P7P55D-E Pro vs. MSI P55A-GD65 vs. Gigabyte P55A-UD4P

I chose the Sabertooth because of the 10-channel audio, the durable components and cyramic coating.
They all seem fairly equal to me. The rest came with auto-OC features which I would feel tempted to use despite being told not to lol (mostly because I don't have a clue about OC myself and this gets someone else to do it for me for free - I see it as a free performance boost but it seems unsafe). I don't foresee any need for USB 3.0 atm, but I could be wrong.

Heatsink: I picked up the extra heatsink just in case I decided to make an attempt at overclocking later. I've heard horror stories about removing stock heatsinks and having left over thermal compound causing issues. I figured if my computer came with a decent heatsink to start with I wouldn't have to worry about that. If I decided to go with the Cooler Master HAF 912 case I would replace the Scythe Shuriken 3 with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

So with that said: Any suggestions or general criticism?

Thank you all for helping me with this build!
November 11, 2010 6:17:38 PM

What games are you playing/programs are you going to be using?

A 6850 would probably do you well, and save you money, and in the future it's easily over-clockable.
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November 11, 2010 6:39:46 PM

weird... its like my build I'm doing in December..
Compare mine to yours and swap any parts if you want :D 
(I am not asking for advice on mine, just so I don't seem like a douche, its just for you to compare)

Intel Core i5-750 2.66Ghz lga 1156 - $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-115-215&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo (750 because I'll be OCing so no need to pay for the higher stock frequency.)

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 - $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-621&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo (wanted USB3 and SATA III, hell, some SSD's are already maxing out SATA 2 speeds. Like the Crucial C300's read speed)

COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

Cooler Master 120MM Green Fan - $10 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103090

HIS Radeon HD 6870 - $240 x 2 = $480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&Tpk=HIS%20radeon%206870

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 Cas 7 - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= (low freq, tight timings)

XFX Black Edition 750W - $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003 (modular, silver certified)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 (storage)

OCZ Vertex 2 60GB 2.5" SSD - $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550&cm_re=ocz_vertex_2-_-20-227-550-_-Product (OS/maybe 1 or 2 games)

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Rev. 1 - $63 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154011 (not needed if you won't OC)

Shin-Etsu - $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&cm_re=shin-etsu-_-35-150-080-_-Product

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

=$1542 before shipping, combo's, MIR's.
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November 11, 2010 10:01:15 PM

davewolfgang said:
What games are you playing/programs are you going to be using?

A 6850 would probably do you well, and save you money, and in the future it's easily over-clockable.


For the moment I intend to play World of Warcraft, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and Starcraft 2.

I know some of those are not crazy graphic dependent but I also like a future-proof computer (somewhat anyways). The double 6870 is probably overkill, and I guess you could argue I could buy a second later for less money... which I've been considering. Is crossfiring these difficult? I'm having NCIX build this for me to make sure it's done correctly. What's involved with setting of two cards in crossfire?

@vindictive
Wow that really is very similar to mine haha. Yeah as far as OC goes I don't know wtf I'm doing so I'm sticking with stock until the time comes that the extra power is necessary to keep up with future games.

I'm going to compare though to see if maybe I can swap a few things out haha.
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November 11, 2010 10:14:30 PM

My PSU for example is just as good a quality, + its modular and after MIR its $5 more than what you have listed for yours.
and I was also going to get the sabertooth but decided to use the extra $40 to have usb 3.0 (dont really care about) and sata 3 (do care about some SSD's are already maxing out sata 2 speeds so in 2 years this will be used allot more.)
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November 11, 2010 10:43:57 PM

To be honest I don't really know a lot about Power Supplies. What exactly does modular mean? Haha..

Someone else recommended I get the Antec TruePower New TP-750. How does that measure up compared to yours?

As far as Sata III goes I wasn't sure if I'd use it. My current hard drive options are all Sata II and I don't know when/if I'll ever get a SSD. The trouble to move my OS and everything over to it may not be worth it. (Unless there's some easy way to transfer OS, I assume that's the main purpose of the SSD). I'd be getting that same MOBO though if I decided I wanted USB 3.0 and Sata III.
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November 11, 2010 10:53:05 PM

Looks good especially with the 10% promo code.
The only thing I'm not sure of is that it runs on 4 rails. PSU's are my weakest area as well. But I believe 1 rail is better than 4.
xfx black says: "It has a single, high-power +12V rail that eliminates the problems associated with multiple +12V power distribution." If someone could clarify this that'd be nice.

anyway; modular means that you can unplug most of the cords out of the back of the PSU. if its not modular, everything is attached all the time even if your not using it. Having it modular provides for neater cabling = better airflow. (plus bad cable management is ugly :p )
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November 12, 2010 6:32:53 PM

Hmm yeah I've been wondering about the multiple vs. single rail as well. According to XFX a single is better... I'm sure they're not lieing lol. I agrre though.. some clarification would be great.

The modular part sounds really nice... I think I might go ahead and get that exact same power supply you have. :p 

Thanks for the help!
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November 13, 2010 1:13:42 AM

Ah very good. I price matched the Antec and XFX and both are the same really. I decided to go with the XFX because of the warranty. Thanks for pointing this little guy out haha. :) 
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November 13, 2010 8:10:58 PM

Update:

Trying to figure out which case would be best for me now. I've built up quite a list since I've been looking around last night. The HAF 912 seems to be a nice, cheap choice. I've also been looking at the HAF922. I'll just list my now gigantic list of choices below as I've gotten myself more confused than ever over which case to choose:

1. NZXT Hades
2. Coolermaster Haf 912
3. Coolermaster Haf 922
4. NZXT Tempest Evo
5. Azza Fantom 900
6. Azza Solano 1000
7. Lancool PC-K62
8. Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition
9. Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced

I believe the Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced is too short to fit the 69xx series however. I'm not so sure about the rest. I also had the Antec Nine Hundred Two on my original list but that was also too short and had no ventilation on the bottom for the PSU.

I'm undecided on if I'll ever want/need a 69xx card.. or if maybe I should even wait and get that over Xfire 6870s. I've had a few people suggest I just hold tight for a while.

I'm guessing for the most part the cases are pretty equal and a lot of it comes down to personal preference.. but if I could knock a few off the list that would help a lot.

So close to having this built... yet so far away lol.
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November 13, 2010 8:57:15 PM

Haf 922 or cm690 II advanced. I believe it's long enough for the 12" cards. Go to overclockersclub.com and read the review that case is amazing. ( I'm on my iPod cuz my netbook keyboard broke and is soaking in water right now so I can't link it)
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November 13, 2010 11:01:06 PM

No according to their review it has 11.96" of space so it won't fit the 5970 for example. Of course that may not be an issue if I never decide to upgrade to such a large card. But I like to be safe than sorry so I'm not sure what I want to do lol. So many people say the 690 II is a great case... I'm just afraid to try it lol.
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November 13, 2010 11:09:57 PM

I still suggest the cm690 ii advanced.
The 69xx will fit. And I think that gpu makers are trying to get small and powerful. Like the 69xx for example.
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November 13, 2010 11:55:56 PM

Yeah that's a good point... They're probably intending to shorten those beasts.

Another question just came to mind though: With the 690 provide sufficient airflow with its stock fans or does it require some additional fans before it really outperforms the others? Because as of right now adding additional fans is really pushing my budget. I'd like to keep the price of my case around $90 or less and the 690 is $90 alone.
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November 14, 2010 12:22:08 AM

The 690ii comes with 3+ fans doesn't it? Once again I can't check cuz of no pc ATM.
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November 14, 2010 9:27:45 AM

Cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 14, 2010 10:58:12 AM

vindictive said:
The 690ii comes with 3+ fans doesn't it? Once again I can't check cuz of no pc ATM.


Comes with 3 fans and has room for 10 in total.
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November 14, 2010 1:30:58 PM

Okay I think it'd be fine. It got tested on overclockersclub.com with stock fans and performed equal to other cases.
I was going to add a $10 120mm fan on the bottom infront of the psu when I ordered mine to cool the gpu's from the bottom
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November 14, 2010 2:49:04 PM

vindictive said:
Okay I think it'd be fine. It got tested on overclockersclub.com with stock fans and performed equal to other cases.
I was going to add a $10 120mm fan on the bottom infront of the psu when I ordered mine to cool the gpu's from the bottom


I was considering the same actually. Though I'm trying to keep the price as low as I can. I think the only way I'm going to get away with a cheap case however is with the Haf 912 with a few extra fans installed. Otherwise I'm paying about $90-$110 for a case.
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November 14, 2010 3:03:35 PM

Or see if the cm690 is in a combo with any of your other items.
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November 14, 2010 3:05:57 PM

Or see if the cm690 is in a combo with any of your other items.
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