I am looking at building a PC for a buddy and although this is my 2nd build, I still consider myself semi-"noob" to the ways of hardware. Additionally, the first PC I built was roughly 4 years ago (A q6600 with an 8800 GTS).
Overall, I would like to hear your ideas about the following equipment:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two Budget Range: $1500 US, after rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but using “InvisibleHand” Plug-in Country of Origin: US Parts Preferences: Not picky at all, but do prefer the well-known brands. Overclocking: Yes, depending on how crafty I am feeling on a particular day SLI or Crossfire: Small chance down the road Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: Mostly looking for compatibility of my choices.
** These prices reflect Newegg.com only. I know I can save ~$75 by using multiple sites **
1. Fans: How many? One or two for the cooler, plus additional for the case?
2. Will the GPU fit into this case? As well as other components?
3. Overall compatibility check?
4. Bracket for the SSD in the Antec 900?
5. Is the RAM too overkill?
6. What sort of combo deals are out there through Newegg? I’ve seen some for the CPU and GPU together?
7. Other comments, ideas, suggestions or complaints?
8. Did I forget anything?
1. I'm not convinced that you'd need any more fans than what are supplied with the Antec 900 and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (or other heatsink). Unless maybe you are going for quite an ambitious overclock and/or your ambient temps are quite high. Another possible reason to change the fans (4 are supplied) is if the stock ones are too loud for you.
2. I have a picture from a review which shows a GTX 280 fitting, but pressing up against the Antec 902's HDD cage. The reference GTX280 was 10.5" long, while the reference GTX 560 Ti is only 9" long. According to this link, the MSI Twin Frozr II is 24cm/9.5" long. However the power connectors being on the end of the card could cause problems if the HDD cage in the Antec 900/902 is right next to the graphics card. http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/721/pg1/antec-nin...
3. Yes, fine.
4. The original Antec 900 doesn't have a bay for a 2.5" drive, but the V3 does, however it's ~$20 more expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For less than that you could probably buy an adapter that fits 2.5" drive(s) into a 3.5" bay, if the Crucial RealSSD C300 doesn't actually come with an adapter, which I don't think it does.
2. If you're unsure of the fit of the 560 Ti in the case, try the HAF 922. It's $10 less too.
3. You're good
4. The Extreme4 comes with a front USB 3.0 drive bay that will hold a 2.5" SSD.
5. Yes, $100 DDR3 1600 CL9 (the red ones) will be fine
6. They change weekly
7. I like modular PSUs. Check out the Corsair 750HX. Drop the Arctic Silver, the TIM included with the 212+ is good enough. 64GB is kinda small for an SSD, but you can get by. Win 7 is about 20GB and modern games can be 10GB or more. It adds up quickly...plus you want to leave several GB free for better drive integrity.
8. Pretty good, well-balanced build as is. Only a few tweaks needed, IMO
-- I have removed the storage HDD since my buddy has a new WD 1TB AV-GP purely for storage. Also, he really only plays one game, League of Legends (which isnt too big) so I think the 64G SSD should suffice.
1. Backed off on the extra fans, and he can always order more down the road if he needs.
2. I went ahead and changed over to the CM HAF 922 case. I only originally picked the Antec because I owned it in the past, but the comments about cable management certainly did pop into my head as well, of which I had modded my case for that exact reason. I think the CM case being bigger and should fit things nicer. Furthermore, I don't personally care for the looks of the 902, so CM it is!
3. The new updates are still compatible I assume?!
4. Bracket problem solved with the new case.
5. Figured the RAM was overkill so I scaled back to the G.Skill 1600 GBXL.
6. Ill shop around.
7. Going modular just to clean it up. Never used a modular PSU in the past, so I didn't really think about it, but I have a feeling I am going to spoil myself. Thanks for the idea!! And thanks for the heads up about not needing the AS5!