Need advice on my 1st build. thanks

REDO in correct format... kindly suggested by WannaTurnUpTheHeat

I should note that I have never built a computer before, but I've read quite a bit about parts and have seen some videos.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1700-$1900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, watching movies, Folding@Home, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe SLi

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments:

This place is AWESOME! :bounce:

Parts list:

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Sparkle Computer Corp GOLD CLASS SCC-850AF 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active, 0.99PF Typical PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ARCTIC COOLING ACFZ13 92mm High Performance CPU Cooler for Intel and AMD

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:SSDSC2MH120A2K5

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Recertified: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
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  1. The Sparkle PSU is not something I would use. It may be quite nice but Sparkle has a long history of junk and I see no reason to jump on the sparkle wagon because of one well-reviewed PSU. Let's stick to more quality manufacturers with a history.
    As an aside, the actual manufacturer of the PSU is Great Wall, and as an OEM they are quite new to the high quality market. I think most of thier PSUs have stayed in China up to now.

    Corsair AX850

    Corsair HX850

    XFX 850

    Your build will never break 600W, so a 750W will work too. I would probably do an 850W as well, but need to mention it.

    Seasonic X750

    On to the CPU cooler. You could use a bit more in that dept:

    Corsair CAFA70
  2. Thanks will choose the Seasonic X750 and Seasonic X750.

    Just waiting for the asus p67 board to become available again from newegg.

    really appreciate it
  3. good build, i would have said the same about the PSU.

    I am awaiting the new B3 version of the asus p67 also, they are apparently due next week in smaller numbers, with the bulk coming at the end of the month.

    one suggestion, i would switch out the cooler for a hyper 212+. larger, better cooling and very cheap.
  4. sure was looking at that one also. since this is my first build chose arctic 13 because, I really wanted to use one of the coolers with pre-applied thermal paste, to reduce risk of damage to cpu.
  5. but I will carefully apply the paste correctly and use a far better/cheaper cooler.

    I like the dual fan push/pull though


    My desk"s pc cabinet also does not have vent holes, just a vertical gap of 23" tall and 2" thick in the back of the cabinet for wires and air I suppose. has a door that stays closed, and even if I remove the door completely, I am afraid their will be insufficient airflow...

    any advice?
  6. applying thermal paste isn't especially difficult, and decent thermal paste can have a noticeable affect on temps. the 212+ is a very good cooler, so i would still recommend it. but if you really don't want to go that route, then the cooler you have selected will suffice.

    SB chips are very low TDP anyway, and overclock well without needing a huge cooler. so it's not going to be an issue. but personally i would go for the better one.

    I haven't built my sandy bridge system (my final part, the mobo, arrives tomorrow) but i also am using only a 92mm cooler (scythe samurai ZZ), though due to my cases size restrictions. I'm still expecting to hit at least 4.5Ghz though. hopefully closer to 5.
  7. Just saw your next post. that case certainly doesn't sound ideal. I would really go for something with more airflow. even something cheap like an antec 300 would make a huge difference. Just make sure after install you monitor temps. you don't want to ruin your new rig.

    EDIT: sorry, you meant the desk. not the case itself. Are you not able to put the PC up top, next to your monitor? again, airflow is a big deal. the more room your case has to breathe, the better your pc will run.
  8. It's not the case, but the desk.

    Why not mod the desk? Turn the door into a frame and staple a black screen onto the inside. Cut holes in the back and maybe even mount some fans back there.

    Either that or put the case somewhere else.
  9. ok so taking the front door off this desk, will not cut it?

    Somerset Hansen Cherry 71 Inch L-Shaped Desk
  10. doesn't look like it. in fact, the HAF x will probably only barely fit in there. its a big case.
  11. yeah I measured it and the cabinet is 23 inches tall on the inside from top to bottom, and if the dimensions posted all over the web are correct, then it will fit, but I will not be able to make use of the optional wheels, which would raise it up too close to the top. Will an an inch -1.5" or so be enough to let the top case fans do their jobs?
  12. plus I really like the case, just the fact that it is modeled High Air Flow.

    Should I do something like the Antec Skeleton with the front door off the cabinet?

    Antec Skeleton Black ATX Tower Computer Case
  13. thanks for your help, ventilation is more suited as custom for each situation/desk setup.

    Read the reviews for my desk, but aside from drilling and cutting, No help.

    This desk is a beast and hard to take apart, as the whole thing is up against walls on both sides.

    I guess I could drill and vacuum, but need to make sure the flow airflow is done correctly
  14. Yes it's a nice desk. You should put the computer on the floor. I doubt you can really make that cabinet work, it needs to have lot's of space above the case as well.
  15. thanks for the honest suggestion, I will follow sound advice from someone who has seen a pic of my desk for themselves.

    thanks again Proximon
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