Building a computer, check my build

So, I am one of those guys that has went through high school and college, taking little pieces off of other peoples computers when they throw them away to keep my computer running through the years. This has been due to the fact that I have never had enough money with my school loans and moving expenses. Now though, I have a stable career and am making enough money and with my bonus this last year, I decided I was going to try and build a computer that would blow all of my old ones out of the water.

Let me know if this works together and what you think of the build (also, I don't know what to do yet on the case, I have a 3 yr old mid size case, but not for sure everything will fit in there, suggestions appreciated):

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MOBO: MB MSI|P67A-GD65 P67 LGA1155 R


Video Card: VGA EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GTX470

Memory: MEM 4Gx2|G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Hard Drives: Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda St320005N1A1AS-RK 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Monitor: 3yr old ACER ~22" widescreen, will probably look at getting a second one of these if I can find out if they are still making it. Since I am away from my home computer, I can't remember exactly which model it is, but it has done me well throughout the years

Like I said, suggestions on anything are great!

Currently, I use a frankenstein computer and it barely lets me play any games made within the last 2 yrs, I have trouble with adobe photoshop work. I get by with the internet, though it runs slow to load pages, even though it doesnt on my laptop. And it often restarts on me. These are all of the problems I am looking to fix with this new rig.
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  1. I would swap the MSI motherboard out for the Asrock P67 Pro3, the CPU cooler to a Hyper 212, and HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F4, but other than that you are in good shape!
  2. K, I have never used an Asrock, is the BIOS menu user friendly?

    I will definitely switch to the different heatsink and HDD.

    Also, did you have a recommendation on case? Does it seem like I will have to go up to full size?
  3. sadams04 said:
    I would swap the MSI motherboard out for the Asrock P67 Pro3, the CPU cooler to a Hyper 212, and HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F4, but other than that you are in good shape!

    Just to clarify, you'd want the Hyper 212+. Though it's not prevalent, you may come across the Hyper 212, which won't work on your system (it's a 775 socket).

    Also, I would recommend the Samsung F3 over the F4. Though it's not a 2TB, it's much faster, and is the fastest 7200 RPM drive out there.
  4. the F3 1 TB is very fast, but even though its a 5400 RPM drive, the F4 2 TB isn't much slower, because of its dense 667 MB platters.
  5. -Asus wins the OC competition and you can get the Asus MoBo w/ 2500k for $9 more than with the Asrock MoBo plus get Civilization V thrown in

    -The new 560 Ti outpaces the older 470,2845.html

    -Cooler - When looking at cooler test sites, make sure they still aren't using the older LGA 775 socket as their test bed as the 1155/1156/1366 socket CPUs have different heat signatures. Pick one of the top 3 here:

    If budget a consideration the Scythe Mugen 2 is $40 and pair it wiuth teh Shin Etsu TIM

    SSD - Intel's been outshined by the Vertex 2's

    C300 does faster reads but it's write speed is half the V2's

    -GFX - 470 is old news .... the 560 Ti ($250-ish) is it's current replacement or opt for the 570 at $350-ish

    Case / PSU Options:

    Full Tower - Performance oriented, aesthetics ya gotta make your own choices on. Recommended for twin 570's (thinking one now and addinga 2nd come Xmas 2011 or 2012.

    $ 280 DF-85 w/ CP-850 - Outstanding air flow and features, rugged throughout interior, al cas efans have built in speeed controls, exterior hot swap 2.5" drive bay, swappable HD and SSD bays on interior. PSU is 10.0 performanc erated @ jinnyguru and it's quiet enough to make silentpcreview,com';s editor's choice list.

    $310 HAF-X w/ XFX Black Edition 850 - Most of the features of DF-85, matching performance w/ PSU tho not as quiet.

    Mid Tower -Same idea Recommended for twin 560's (thinking one now and addinga 2nd come Xmas 2011 or 2012.

    $ 210 HAF 922 w/ Corsair TX-750
    $ 240 DF-35 w/ TP-750
  6. ^ At his resolution if he is running a 1920x1080 or higher than the 6950 1GB would be a better option at 260$. (


    As for as for anything else, IF you overclock (which you probably will) then I suggest getting the Asrock Extreme4 ( ) W/ BIOS revision the Asrock gets a 5.1ghz on air cooling. Cept really it's all preference, I personally just like asrock.
  7. Thanks everyone, I have decided to go with the ASRock, and I will be OCing the machine, I have also decided to go with the upgraded video card, especially since I was planning on getting the second one for SLI this next christmas, like you had mentioned.

    The cases that you had recommended are nice, I am still looking at which one to go with, but I am sure it will be one of those. Once again thanks!

    Another question for you guys, is does anyone have a preference on the current game to get to test your system out? Testing for FPS, shading, quality of sound, temp of CPU/GPU, etc.
  8. Well SLI doesn't work with the Asrock Extreme4 to my knowledge, and with your high res the 6950 1GB gets better performance than the 560 Ti
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