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April 16, 2011 5:59:33 PM

Well after much advice from here I think I'm ready to buy the components at NewEgg, here they are:

I have a 22" monitor and would like to build a replacement PC for the one I have now with better performance,probably an i5,3.3 Ghz for simming and photography. I mainly run iRacing and a few other flying sims. Also use it for Photoshop as well.Would like to run Win 7, maybe 64Bit. This should be around $1100:

MotherBoard- AsRock P67 Extreme 4 $152

Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K $220
3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache

CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30

Memory- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 240 pin DDR3 SDram $99

Graphics- MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr 1 GB 256 bit GDDR5 PCI Express $249

Hard Drive- Seagate Constellation ES ST3500514NS 500GB 7200RPM $89
SATA 3.0 GB/s 3.5 Enterprise Bare Drive

Optical- (2)Samsung 22X DVD+/-R DVD Burner Black Model SH-S222A- OEM $40

Case- Antec Three Hundred $65

Power- Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W $89

OS- Win7 Home premium 64 bit 1 Pack for system builders-OEM $99

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April 16, 2011 8:32:24 PM

Looks good for the most part.

I if you are not over clocking then the stock cooler on the i5 will be fine.

I would suggest using a samsung HD, but I can see you chose that drive for performance. the samsung drive is slightly slower, but saves $30.

I'm not a fan of the Antec 300 case (no reason, but the price seems high to me). check out this case. 4 fans, a fan controller and temp display.

ZALMAN Z9 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you are thinking to SLi the GTX560 in the future you should go with the Corsair 750TX just to be safe. in theory the 650 will hold them, but if your budget can handle it...

Also, I like to use 1.5v Ram on the P67 MB's. the Hyper X is 1.65v. 1.5v should run cooler and give some better OC potential. I suggest G.skill Ripjaw X, or Corsair Vengence ram.
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April 16, 2011 8:48:36 PM

bsmooth said:
Well after much advice from here I think I'm ready to buy the components at NewEgg, here they are:

I have a 22" monitor and would like to build a replacement PC for the one I have now with better performance,probably an i5,3.3 Ghz for simming and photography. I mainly run iRacing and a few other flying sims. Also use it for Photoshop as well.Would like to run Win 7, maybe 64Bit. This should be around $1100:

MotherBoard- AsRock P67 Extreme 4 $152

Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K $220
3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache

CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30

Memory- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 240 pin DDR3 SDram $99

Graphics- MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr 1 GB 256 bit GDDR5 PCI Express $249

Hard Drive- Seagate Constellation ES ST3500514NS 500GB 7200RPM $89
SATA 3.0 GB/s 3.5 Enterprise Bare Drive

Optical- (2)Samsung 22X DVD+/-R DVD Burner Black Model SH-S222A- OEM $40

Case- Antec Three Hundred $65

Power- Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W $89

OS- Win7 Home premium 64 bit 1 Pack for system builders-OEM $99


Did you have a question or did you just feel like posting your parts list again?
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April 16, 2011 9:13:13 PM

If you are going to get a Corsair 650TX you should get the 650TXV2 as it is newer, more efficient and generally better all round than the original. However neither of them is a particularly good choice for multiple GPU builds because they only have two 6-pin PCIe connectors (a GTX 560 Ti by itself needs two), where these two have four and are modular (which will help with cable management a lot in an Antec 300):
Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $80 ($2 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89 ($30 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 16, 2011 9:24:41 PM

The TPN650 is fake modular. It's actually just like 2-4 cables of modular and the rest are attached to the PSU. Bought it for my build then returned it for a Silent Pro 700w for true modular.
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April 16, 2011 10:12:39 PM

You returned a power supply because it had too many hardwired cables? If you don't need that many cables then you don't need a 650/700W PSU IMO.

All of the hardwired cables on the Antec TPN-650 are ones that you are likely to use, such as the 20+4pin mainboard cable, two PCIe cables, one sata cable (with three connectors), one molex cable (with three connectors). The only one that can be viewed as superfluous is the second ATX12V/EPS12V cable.

Anyway, my point is 'fake modular' or semi-modular is better than completely non-modular.
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April 17, 2011 12:06:18 AM

Actually I did have a question, but I did change the parts list as well. I see they make as you mentioned modular power supplies. from what I have read there real advantage is being able to unplug unused cables, but also being able to change cable lengths as well, which tends to lead to a cleaner install and a more uncluttered look inside the case.
That being said, are there any other advantages to a modular power supply?
The other thing was the case, I've had a Antec sonata case for over 6 years, and its still running like a clock, and a very quiet one at that. So I need something like that, that will also acomadate the more powerful CPU and video card, both of which I'm sure create a lot more heat. I don't need a lot of flashing lights, just low key and quiet, not unlike a Q-ship.
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April 17, 2011 12:53:15 AM

How powerful of a CPU and GPU
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April 17, 2011 7:55:47 AM

bsmooth said:
Actually I did have a question, but I did change the parts list as well. I see they make as you mentioned modular power supplies. from what I have read there real advantage is being able to unplug unused cables, but also being able to change cable lengths as well, which tends to lead to a cleaner install and a more uncluttered look inside the case.
That being said, are there any other advantages to a modular power supply?


leaving the case uncluttered gives it better airflow - thus better heat exchange. getting fresh cool air where it is needed most, and exhausting the warm air efficiently.

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The other thing was the case, I've had a Antec sonata case for over 6 years, and its still running like a clock, and a very quiet one at that. So I need something like that, that will also acomadate the more powerful CPU and video card, both of which I'm sure create a lot more heat. I don't need a lot of flashing lights, just low key and quiet, not unlike a Q-ship.


Quiet PC Cases:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.quietpcusa.com/NZXT-H2-Classic-Silent-Midtow...
http://www.quietpcusa.com/NZXT-Whisper-Classic-Quiet-PC...
http://www.quietpcusa.com/AcoustiCase-SoundMaster-360-A...

All the cases above only come with a few fans, you need to buy addition fans to accomodate the extra heat put out my beefy CPU and GPU's. I also suggest a fan controller so that you can "Tune" the case (intake and exhaust fans) while you can buy silent fans, the noise of the air being sucked in front/bottom and exhausted out the rear/top can be noisy. a fan control (with temp sensor) will allow you to find the best noise to cooling ratio.

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April 27, 2011 12:24:04 AM

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