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January 23, 2011 12:46:32 AM

My wife's computer croaked so I am building myself a new PC a little earlier than I expected & passing mine on to her. Due to trying to keep cost down, I decided to go with the H67 chipset intitially so that I wouldn't need a video card for now. I am not a gamer but do often have many programs going at once. I went the extra $15 for the k cpu due to HD 3000 over HD2000. It's used pimarily for business so I am going to try to do my 1st RAID set up for data redundancy. I am trying to build a system that will be a little quieter than my current PC - that is the primary reason for a new Sonata case. I would have gone for the P183, but it is $70 more & I don't like having a door in front of CD drives. My hope is that in a year or so, I will upgrade to dedicated graphics & maybe a SSD for the OS & perhaps to a faster CPU if prices have come down by the time I get ready to do that. My current system has a Q6700 (2.67GHz) w/ 3GB of RAM so I am hoping to get an improvement in performance as well.


NewEgg Item List:
27-135-204 DVD BRN ASUS | DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS% - OEM $19.99
17-139-005 PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT $89.99
11-129-018 CASE ANTEC|SOLO BK/SIL RT $94.99
35-118-054 CPU COOL ZALMAN|CNPS9900NT RT $59.99
22-136-533 HD 1T|WD 7K 64M SATAIII WD1002FAEX - OEM 2@ 89.99=$179.98
19-115-072 CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2500K 3.3G 6M R $224.99
13-131-686 MB ASUS|P8H67-M PRO/CSM H67 1155 R $129.99
20-148-347 MEM 4Gx2|CRUC CT2KIT51264BA1339 R $84.99

+ Windows 7 Professional Upgrade from Amazon (I have XP CD's that should qualify me for upgrade)

I went w/ Asus MB over Intel because the Intel doesn't appear to support dual monitors on MB.

Anyone see any major flaws in my component list?

This will be my first upgrade from XP. Will I benefit at all from getting a fast USB drive to keep in for Turbo Boost? It appears from what I have read that on higher end systems w/ plenty of RAM there may be no benefit.

I have ordered the Zalman fan but am unsure if it is worth the extra $ or not. I have read that the stock fan that comes with the k processors is an upgraded model so I wonder if it will be needed, but I wondered how quiet the stock one would be. - Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give.

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January 23, 2011 12:57:53 AM

That build looks fine, swap the WD Blacks in for Samsung F3's though, you'll save some cash and have the same performance. You should also look into getting the Asrock Extreme4 if you plan on getting a dedicated card and doing some overclocking. Since the H67 will hinder OCing and the board sizes are a bit small to fit a larger sized card. You don't need alternate CPU cooling, the 32nm of SB allows them to run cool so the stock cooler is fine. People used the Stock cooler to get up to 4.6ghz, so no need for the Zalman.

As for everything else it looks just fine. Check out the link in my siggy for more advice or whatever you need. You should also looking into the Antec 300 Illusion for the case, cheaper and better IMO.
January 23, 2011 2:14:28 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS Black 24X DVDRW: $17

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM: $130 ($65 each)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec Sonata III 500 Black Mid Tower + 500W Power Supply: $120 -> you definitely don't need a 650w PSU... and here you get the quiet Sonata + an Antec PSU too

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333: $83

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i5-2500K: $225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8H67-M LE H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $100 -> save money here - you don't need the 'Pro' version

TOTAL: $675

February 1, 2011 11:40:05 PM

Well, now that I have built the system, there is a recall on the H67/P67 Chipsets. AARRGGHH! I guess I will have to wait & see what Intel & Asus do to rectify this situation. God news is the system is running well with no problems to date.

As I understand the problem, I potentially only have a problem accessing the DVD drive as the 2 HD's are on the high speed ports. SInce I am not overclocking, hopefully they will have a fix before problems arise for me.

Other than that issue, I am very happy with this build. It is VERY quiet & also lightning fast compared to my Q6700.
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