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March 3, 2011 2:36:20 PM

So I am going to build my first computer!! I am very excited and have become very fascinated with the process. Computer parts are consuming my thoughts! I don't know much of anything, I have really only started my research 3 days ago.... but, I am pretty sold on doing this thing. Originally I was going to just customize a rig though CyberpowerPC, but it seems I can save a little bit of money this way, get a opportunity to really learn my machine and be able to use Silverstones Raven.

I will be using the computer for gaming, graphic design software and as a entertainment center. I plan on using eyefinity and utilizing crossfire in the near future as well. So here is what I have came up with.

CASE: SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K4/8GX
OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Final price tag of around $1350 after a few mail in rebates.

First question, do all the pieces fit, will this work?
Am I missing anything imperative?
Should I go with liquid cooling over the Hyper 212? Do I need extra fans?
Should I go with the Deluxe over the Pro on my MOBO? Will I even utilize the extra features the Deluxe offers?
5870 vs 6870.. If I plan on going crossfire months down the road, should I still stick with the 5870?
I wish to make this wireless, bluetooth enabled, but I have yet to do any research on that yet. Is there a certain quality of chip I must get?
Lastly, am I in way over my head or is the process of building your first computer really not all that difficult?

Thank you very much for your feedback, I really do appreciate it!



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March 3, 2011 2:44:55 PM

Your questions


1) Yes, and this is better RAM and is the same price.

2) No.

3) Hyper 212+ by CM is the best "bang for buck" air-cooler on the market, great choice.

5) HD5870 if you're not Crossfiring but HD6870 if you do plan to Crossfire.

7) The first time I built a computer, I was really nervous but it really is easy and doesn't take long to do. Enjoy!
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March 3, 2011 6:37:03 PM

Thank you Omni,

What do you think of the build? Is it good?
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March 3, 2011 7:02:23 PM

Check out the sticky for step by step build guide and troubleshooting guide.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-read-postin...

Wireless kB and mouse tech is all USb based. So it's just plug in receiver install drivers if necessary. Most wireless KB + mice aren't bluetooth though.

Changes
Go with a RV02E rather than RV01 case though. Much improved.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Swap PSU to a 750. Best deal ATM would be XFX 750 Black edition $100 AR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAm change as suggested above is good, though you can consider paying some more for Cas 7 Kit.

HD i'd swap to a f3 1tb $55 right now. Much better deal and performance is about the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't actually have a need for a blue ray burner, don't bother. Future is digital distribution.

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March 3, 2011 8:04:18 PM

Double the capacity
Half the transfer rate

Samsung HD103SJ, as Banthracis stated above is the better choice of HDD. Especially for only $55! It's regarded as the best SATA2 drive on the market for the price.
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March 3, 2011 9:27:53 PM

banthracis said:
Check out the sticky for step by step build guide and troubleshooting guide.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-read-postin...

Wireless kB and mouse tech is all USb based. So it's just plug in receiver install drivers if necessary. Most wireless KB + mice aren't bluetooth though.

Changes
Go with a RV02E rather than RV01 case though. Much improved.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Swap PSU to a 750. Best deal ATM would be XFX 750 Black edition $100 AR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAm change as suggested above is good, though you can consider paying some more for Cas 7 Kit.

HD i'd swap to a f3 1tb $55 right now. Much better deal and performance is about the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't actually have a need for a blue ray burner, don't bother. Future is digital distribution.


Will read the guide tonight, thanks!

With the case, I am willing to pay a little extra for the look alone. Its the best looking case I have seen imo. Unless of course, the functionally and efficiency is superior on the RV02E?

Will 750 be enough power for what I am doing? Or should I look into getting something larger? It seems the PSU is very important, but I do not know much about it yet. Not sure where the quality vs size comes into play yet.

Is this the RAM you are referring to?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

When it comes to the HD, how important is the size of the cache? Should I look into getting something with a larger RPM or will 7200 be sufficient?

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March 3, 2011 9:45:25 PM

Samsung HD103SJ

7200rpm is standard and anything higher is just a marketing scheme.
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March 4, 2011 5:54:29 AM

Updated! Thanks! Changed the CASE, RAM, HARD DRIVE, PSU and added a SSD.

Still debating on the GPU, not sure when I want to drop another 200+ to go crossfire. I do plan on running Eyefinity soon with 3-24" monitors, would it be wise to go crossfire before hand or can the 5870 handle it well?

Also, for Longevity purposes, I am still debating whether I should just go with the i7-2600k now. What do you think?
What do you think of this build? Is it looking respectable?

CASE: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SOLID STATE DRIVE: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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