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April 16, 2011 10:32:55 AM

Hey, soon I'll be building a PC for the first time and am looking for some confirmation on what I've picked so far, and help on where to go from here.


Approximate Purchase Date: I'd like to make the last purchase/s within 2 weeks.


Budget Range: As close to $800 as possible (before rebates). -I'm already over budget though.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, light Photoshop, lighter video editing at some point


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I'm pretty set on the i5 2500K. For the mobo...I like Asus because I know them.


Overclocking: Yes, once I read more about it.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually.


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 atm but will be moving up soon


Additional Comments: Here is the list of what I like so far. I really like the case, but would like to save money in that dept too. Besides that I need to make sure everything will be compatible, fit, etc; before I start buying stuff.

Motherboard: At first I was settled on the Asus Sabertooth P67 TUF, but someone mentioned the P8P67 Deluxe and I haven't been able to look back.

CPU: i5 2500K

RAM: Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - 1 now, 1 later

PSU: I have the Corsair CMPSU-750TX on my list, but I'm hoping for suggestions.

Video Card: I won a Sapphire Radeon HD5550 (512mb version) a while ago which I'll use until I can upgrade it.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 - I really like this case, but I've seen some nice cases that didn't cost as much too. -Any suggestions?

I don't have to worry about any after-market cooling for the CPU until I get into OC'ing, right?

Still have to buy Windows and a DVD burner too, but I haven't looked into either yet.

Thank you much for all the help. :) 

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April 16, 2011 11:02:01 AM

Well one thing i can suggest is you don't need close to 750 watts with that computer. you could save your self good money by dropping down to 550 or 600. even with a upgraded video card (no sli of course or dual gpu cards i think a 750 is minimum there depending on cards.) you should be more then fine. I personally got an Enermax 650 watt but I'm also running a lot more then you are and they tend to have the better quality psu's. Corsair isn't a bad brand however. your build looks fine for some good gaming though the video card would hold you back if you were looking into a high res lcd and like high detail. perhaps a 6850?
April 16, 2011 12:53:32 PM

Thank you for the response and info. I thought I was planning way ahead with the 750w psu. It does seem smarter to save the money now (if enough) and put it towards a new GPU. I'd be happy with a newer GPU for a while I think, so when I'm ready for 2x GPUs I'll update the PSU too.

For the time being, I'm a bit lost though. I went and started comparing 500-600w PSUs, then 600-700w. Either way, the first thing I noticed was the difference in price for what seemed like very similar items. There may have been an extra plug here or there, but nothing too dramatic. This makes me think it just boils down to who made it. -I don't need the best, but I do need reliable. If I were to go with an Enermax I'd probably be paying more than the 750w I was looking at. I still really don't know what to do/get. -Could too much power be a bad thing?

Thanks again.
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April 16, 2011 8:12:31 PM

Alright, so after some time and research I've decided on the Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2. -What do you think? It seems like a great PSU, and I like the (at least) Bronze Cert.

I do have one more question before I think I'm ready. Is the 8gb or RAM too much right now?

After that I should be good to go. Thanks again to everyone. This forum has been a Huge help.

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April 18, 2011 1:18:16 AM
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Seeing how you plan on upgrading your monitor and vid card later on...stick with the 750w psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $174.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $164.98
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or get that board here....

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $164.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 - this mobo even comes with a Front USB 3.0 Panel (2 x 3.0 USB ports and an SSD bracket)...it's on this link.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- more pics and specs on that CM Sout
April 18, 2011 3:18:37 AM

First, I appreciate the work you did for that post^. -Very cool.

Now for fun... I was actually just working with the combo maker myself and came up with this for the Mobo + Ram. Because of that, do you think I should still move to the 4gb of ram? -Same with the board. I had switched to the Pro last night to save some nice money on things I won't use (or find out how to).

I had also just made the choice to stick with a 750w PSU and found it here for $100.

The Scout was actually third on my list. First being the Sniper and second the HAF. They all seemed like great cases, but last night I pulled the trigger on the HAF along with an extra fan and filters. I went ahead and got the HYPER 212+ and MX-4 paste too.

I'm almost there...
April 18, 2011 6:56:17 AM

Don't buy asrock garbage, they're a foxconn rebrand.
April 18, 2011 7:15:16 AM

Either way, I just hit "Buy" before checking here. I went with the:

Cooler Master HAF 922
Asus P8P67 Pro
i5 2500K
Corsair CMPSU-750TX v2 PSU
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x 4gb 1600/12,800
Spinpoint F3 1TB
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 OEM

I can't wait to put that in my sigs. :D 

Oh yeah, I have the HD 5550 gfx card here too. That may need an upgrade before going in the sig though. -Thanks again. This place is great. :) 
April 18, 2011 4:02:04 PM

farsuka said:
Don't buy asrock garbage, they're a foxconn rebrand.

Next time you post something like that post a link to back it up. Asrock is a subsidiary of Asustek aka Asus.

This board is better off if you just completely refrain from posting.
April 18, 2011 7:42:38 PM

Why_Me said:
Next time you post something like that post a link to back it up. Asrock is a subsidiary of Asustek aka Asus.

This board is better off if you just completely refrain from posting.

What do you think ASUS is?
Next time that you try and talk actually know what it is you're talking about. Your I said a bad word AA from DeVry doesn't mean anything in the big boy world.
I've never seen you post something correct. You're obviously a nooblord who needs to leave this forum.
April 18, 2011 7:49:41 PM

farsuka said:
What do you think ASUS is?
Next time that you try and talk actually know what it is you're talking about. Your shitty AA from DeVry doesn't mean anything in the big boy world.
I've never seen you post something correct. You're obviously a nooblord who needs to leave this forum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn <---- Try again, or better yet troll somewhere else.
April 18, 2011 7:59:14 PM

farsuka said:
How stupid are you?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn#Clients
>ASUS
Asus is rebranded foxconn mobos. Did you actually read what you linked to before you posted? Typical ITT reject.

Show me a link as to where Asrock boards are re branded Foxconn boards. Let's see it.
April 18, 2011 8:00:46 PM

I don't need to, you just linked it.
April 18, 2011 8:04:48 PM

farsuka said:
I don't need to, you just linked it.

It says nothing about Asrock boards being rebranded Foxconns, neither does it say Asus boards are rebranded Foxconn boards. Now either prove your point or troll somewhere else.

While your at it, try not to advise peeps on here to get triple channel RAM for an 1155 mobo like you have in the past.
April 18, 2011 8:10:23 PM

How about you stay on topic, this isn't your thread to cry about on. You have no solid proof it isn't, and foxconn makes their motherboards.
If you continue to post off topic, I will be forced to report you.
April 18, 2011 8:10:40 PM

The stock heatsink on the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K should work well until you start to overclock. I am running on my system here with the Intel Core I7 2600K and it is working very well.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
April 18, 2011 8:20:29 PM

farsuka said:
How about you stay on topic, this isn't your thread to cry about on. You have no solid proof it isn't, and foxconn makes their motherboards.
If you continue to post off topic, I will be forced to report you.

You made a post on this thread telling the OP to stay away from Asrock boards for the fact they were rebranded Foxconn boards...and you made another slur while making that post. Now you can't back up that post for the fact you have zero proof...even though you still made that post.

Now please report me and see how long you last on here. Any bets ? And while I'm at it, I'm going to make sure the mods have a link to every topic in this forum you have posted on so they can see the great language you choose to use on here while giving wrong advice to peeps.
April 18, 2011 8:31:56 PM

Why_Me said:
You made a post on this thread telling the OP to stay away from Asrock boards for the fact they were rebranded Foxconn boards...and you made another slur while making that post. Now you can't back up that post for the fact you have zero proof...even though you still made that post.

Now please report me and see how long you last on here. Any bets ? And while I'm at it, I'm going to make sure the mods have a link to every topic in this forum you have posted on so they can see the great language you choose to use on here while giving wrong advice to peeps.

I have made the moderation team aware of your personal vendetta against me, this is very uncalled for. You're upset that you linked proof stating that Asrock=Foxconn, then in a fit of rage accuse me of "trolling" and ask for me to leave the forum. I understand that you may be unable to interact normally with other human beings due to your autism, but please refrain from continuing to post off topic and slandering more experienced power users such as myself.
April 18, 2011 8:43:15 PM

@farsuka Please go troll some where else and, stop providing people with false information furthermore i don't see any reason what so ever to report Why_Me, atleast he provides people with correct information and doesn't use a bad language.

@CtrldLoonacy The build looks solid overall but, if you want to save a bit of cash try getting the asrock extreme4 and downgrade the ram to a 4gb kit that if you want to save some cash.
April 18, 2011 8:44:56 PM

Keep it civil guys...
April 18, 2011 8:51:00 PM

farsuka said:
I have made the moderation team aware of your personal vendetta against me, this is very uncalled for. You're upset that you linked proof stating that Asrock=Foxconn, then in a fit of rage accuse me of "trolling" and ask for me to leave the forum. I understand that you may be unable to interact normally with other human beings due to your autism, but please refrain from continuing to post off topic and slandering more experienced power users such as myself.

Asrock are a spin off from Asus IIRC and that was done to compete with Foxconn and ECS not to act as resellers for them.
April 18, 2011 10:35:00 PM

WoW! Why_Me is pickin off trolls in my topic?!? I'm super new here, but even I know what that means. Keep it goin guys...I feel famous. :)  -Jokes.

@IntelEnthusiast -Thanks for the reassurance. I went ahead and got the 212+ anyway, so it's there when I need it.

@mrhoshos96 -Yeah, after Why_Me's first post I started reading up on the Extreme4. Of course, it seems like a great card, but there was one thing that stuck out in my mind while reading everything. That was the fact that I will (should) have no trouble finding help if/when I need it with the Asus P8P67 Pro. Because this is my first build I figured that was just a safer choice. I know I didn't really need it, but I got the 8gb of RAM and the 750w PSU just so I feel like I'm kinda ready for upgrades. -That RAM + Mobo combo didn't hurt at all either.
April 30, 2011 6:21:08 PM

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April 30, 2011 6:28:23 PM

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