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March 13, 2011 3:59:09 PM

Purchase Date: next week
Budget Range:
System Usage: Gaming
Parts not req: keyboard, mouse, cpu, mobo, monitor, speaker, os
Preferred Website for Parts: local vendors
Country of Origin: India
Parts Preferences: Intel + nvidia
Overclocking: Yes
SLI: Later
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Accessories being re-used (they are lil old and normal... couldn't find any links)
1. Logitech black normal keyboard and mouse
2. Creative 2.1 speaker system
3. Creative HQ 1300 stereo headphones
4. LG Flatron L224WS Monitor 1680x1050

Components already ordered:
1. ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
2. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Components need opinion:
1. RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
OR
CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9

2. GPU
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OR
ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

3. PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

4. Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OR
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I've already ordered Intel i5-2500K and Asus p8p67 Pro Rev3. I'm planning overclocking in future. I'm happy with my monitor and no plans to buy audio and input devices for the time being.

So, I'm looking for suggestions on RAM, GPU, PSU and case. Corsair is my fallback (the computer market in my city is not all that good, so I need to have an alternate in case...) RAM and Collermaster is fallback casing. But in case of GPU, it's not just an alternate, I'm confused between MSI and ASUS. I think MSI is better for overclocking. Suggestions/opinions please...
March 13, 2011 11:21:46 PM

Looks fine, though I'd go with the Asus video card, I don't think the RAM really matters and you should edit 'SLI: No' to 'SLI: Maybe later' because you've got a few SLI ready components.

Cheers.
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March 14, 2011 1:43:41 AM

Thanks Martin.

I'm planning use my Seagate Barracuda 80gb 7200 HDD from my previous build. Or should I get a new one? What about RAID setup or a SSD? Will getting new HDD/RAID/SSD give me notable performance difference?

And should I get the CPU cooler right away? Or can I wait untill I'm overclocking?
March 21, 2011 11:34:40 AM

Martin9630 said:
Looks fine, though I'd go with the Asus video card, I don't think the RAM really matters and you should edit 'SLI: No' to 'SLI: Maybe later' because you've got a few SLI ready components.

Cheers.


Thanks Martin for the suggestion about SLI. I'm now seriously thinking about it. Not now, but sulrely later. So i've updated my specs for the same.

Intel core i5-2500k
Asus p8p67 pro
Coolermaster HAF 922
Corsair HX 850W
G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 2x4gb
MSI GTX 580 Twin-Froster II
Cooler Master Hyper N520
Razer DeathAdder
Razer Goliathus Fragged Speed Edition

Keyboard, speakers, headphone and monitor from my previous build. Please advice on memory cooler. And is it a good idea to use my 9600GT as physx card in this new build? And i heard about oversized cpu cooler having space issues with memory modules. Am I good with this setup? please advice.
March 21, 2011 2:11:56 PM

Man you should go for a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for the air cooler.
I believe you will be buying all your parts in India. You can get it for Rs.1900 from Nehru Place, Delhi
http://bit.ly/dTGedB

For the mother board i certainly suggest the Msi P67A GD55
http://bit.ly/dE854x

I think you will definitely need a bigger HDD, the 80gigs wont be enough.
I suggest this
http://techshop.in/store/seagate-momentus-500gb-solid-s...
Its between a SSD and HDD, saves money and quite fast. I use one too.
Rest looks fine.
March 22, 2011 9:48:32 AM

Great suggestions guys... Thanks...

The MSI MOBO seems to be really good. I'm afraid CPU n MOBO are already shipped.. cant change :( .
I'm buying in India.
Did some google and found that Hyper 212+ provides more cooling and N520 is quieter. Since OC is not my primary concern, I'll stick with the quieter one.
I didnt know about the black/blue/red thing about G.Skill... will sure check it out.
I decided to get an SSD, Corsair F40 Force 40gb as boot drive(lil tight on budget now. 40+ my old 80gb, i've enough space for games. And the machine is only for gaming). i'm planning for a SATA3 SSD in future, may be a 120gb.
Selling 9600 seems to be a good idea, though I dont have any exp on ebay. I can spend the money on SATA3 SSD :) .

Any thoughts guys...
Also pls advice on memory cooler. Or do i require one?
March 26, 2011 2:53:10 AM

So my 1600 memory modules dont require a cooler... Thanks for the info.
I agree on the SSD size. As I said I'm lil tight on budget now. They are very costly. Even for the F40 I'm paying like $130. I'll have to settle down on 40gb for now. I'll upgrade it later.
I did a check on the memory as you suggested. I cant find more about it as the vendors dont seem to know much. From what i see, it's CL9 and red...
BTW I've ordered the components. I'll get them on coming monday. Here are the sites i use.
http://www.theitdepot.com/
http://www.techshop.in/store/main.php
http://www.smcinternational.in/index.php

Online shopping is not so popular in India. People prefer local shops.
March 26, 2011 2:57:44 AM

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