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February 15, 2011 10:01:30 AM

This will be the first pc I build myself, and i'm looking at the 2-3k range.
Do all of these parts go well together, or would you suggest anything?


Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail - Noctua
Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - Corsair
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) - Lite On
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty 015-P3-1580-AR - EVGA
New Western Digital HDD 1TB WD10EARS Caviar Green SATA3.0 Desktop Storage 64MB Cache Bare - Western Digital
Intel Core i7 960 3.2GHz Clock Speed 8M L3 Cache LGA1366 Desktop Processor BX80601960 - Intel
Corsair 120 GB Force Series Ultra Fast TRIM Supported Solid State Drive CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT - Corsair
Kingston Cooling Fan for HyperX PC Memory KHX-FAN - Kingston Technology
Kingston Technology HyperX 6 GB Kit (3x2 GB Modules) 6 Triple Channel Kit 2000 (PC3 16000) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX - Kingston Technology
Gigabyte LGA1366/ Intel X58 SATA3 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard GA-X58A-UD5 - Gigabyte
Cooler Master SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Storm Scout ATX/MATX/ITX Mid Tower Case (Black) - Cooler Master USA, Inc
Creative Labs SB0570L4 Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card - Creative

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2011 10:43:32 AM

Hello Lavinski;

Everything is compatible.
Looks like you're leaving the door open to a 2nd GTX 580 video card judging by the PSU choice.

Maybe upgrade the HDD from Green to Blue, or even Black. (a system this powerful isn't so 'green' anyway)

The RAM cooling fan is not required. You have a case with above average cooling.

The motherboard onboard sound is actually quite good. Test that out before you decide if you actually need a discrete sound card.
If the onboard 7.1 audio isn't up to your expectations I think the budget SB Audigy SE would also fall short of what you're expecting for audio.
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February 15, 2011 9:36:35 PM

Thanks for the feedback, I also looked breefly at the ati5970, would this card work well for this build, and would you go 6GB of ram or 8GB?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2011 9:45:18 PM

O.O if you wait a month for SB. You'll only need to spend 1500$ for a really good build. Plus you won't need HSF that are as expensive as Noctua's.

Check out my siggy for the 1500$/1200$ build. should work out very well.
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February 15, 2011 10:05:14 PM

I agree with aznshinobi and will also add that a i7 950 is easily clockable to a i7 960
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2011 10:07:45 PM

^ XD The 2500K will OC to the 5.1ghz on a Hyper 212+ while 4.6ghz on a stock cooler XD
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