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Buying Today! Need Help Confirming SB Gaming Build

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March 7, 2011 4:43:25 PM

Hey Everyone. This is my 2nd post. I have decided to go with a SB gaming (WoW, SC2, Diablo 3, SWTOR) build.

Budget <$900. Don't need monitor, keyboard, mouse, Windows 7.

Could you please let me know if you see something wrong with this build or if there are cheaper substitutes out there? I am hoping to make these purchases (minus MoBo) in the next two hours. Microcenter is selling the i5-2500K for $180 and I don't want to miss out on that price. THANKS!

My questions:
- Is everything compatible?
- Will everything fit inside HAF 922?
- Would I need a cooler? I don't plan on getting 2nd GPU until Christmas...


MOBO: ASRock Extreme4 P67 (~$150) NOT AVAILABLE YET

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Microcenter $180 Pickup

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
Microcenter $60 Pickup

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($50 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: HAF 922M mid-Tower ATX Case
Microcenter $100 Pickup
Tigerdirect $100

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) ($250, $5S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tigerdirect $250, $10MIR, $5S

PSU: XFX 750w ($130, $30MIR, $6S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tigerdirect $130, $30MIR, $5S

DVD: ASUS 24x Black ($19)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 7, 2011 6:14:15 PM
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Is everything compatible? Yes.
Will everything fit inside the HAF-922? If you don't buy an eATX motherboard, yes.
Do you need an aftermarket cooler? It's always better but not a complete must, I suggest the Coolermaster Hyper212+. If you're planning to overclock then you really should get an aftermarket cooler.
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March 7, 2011 6:27:56 PM

Or you can buy any other cooler that's for a 1156 socket, there compatible with the 1155.
March 7, 2011 7:06:57 PM

Thanks all. I went ahead and picked up the CM Hyper 212. Don't I also need the thermal paste as well? Recommendations?

March 7, 2011 7:07:07 PM

Best answer selected by nevernudes.
March 7, 2011 11:06:49 PM

1. I'f budget absolutely demands, I wouldn't steer ya away from ASrock, but if ya can afford an extra $25 or so, I'd get the Asus P8P67 Pro board.

2. The stock cooler does just fine at OC's up to 4.5 GHz

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-sabertooth-p67-tuf-r...

3. I'd rather see the money spent on a MoBo change but if ya have the $40, the Scythe Mugen 2 stands alone ... only things that challenge it are the Prolimatech Megahalms, Thermalright Silver Arrow, Coolermaster V6 GT, Venemous X RT ..... and they all at least 50% more and some still need ya to buy fans.

If ya but thermal paste, skip the AS5 and it's 200 hour cure time.... you don't wanna wait 200_ hours before ya dial in your OC's.

http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm

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Important Reminder:
Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.


Shin Etsu matches AS5's performance but no curing issues:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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5 Polysynthetic Thermal Compound (4) Polysynthetic Silver Low / Thin 37.55°C A+
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 (0) Aluminum Oxide Moderate 37.55°C A+
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