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$1500 US i5-2500K Gaming Rig - Compatibility/Parts Check

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May 4, 2011 10:20:51 PM

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.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W $220
MoBo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 Motherboard $160
GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC (Fermi) 1GB $245
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 $125
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 $110
HDD2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $70
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 24X DVD Burner $21
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case $100
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $35
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 - Solid state drive - 64 GB $135
Paste: ARCTIC SILVER 5 $12
Monitor: ASUS VH242H 24" $180
Fans: Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan $26

TOTAL: $1439

** 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?

Thanks for all the help in advance!!

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May 5, 2011 3:08:53 AM

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.

5. I don't see the benefit in going for 1866MHz RAM, I would save myself some money and get RAM which is less likely to interfere with heatsinks and then choose the better (but larger) Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B $40 ($3 shipping):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) PSD38G1600KH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Articles to do with memory speed and amount:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/20377
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/ssd-vs...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...

7. Don't get the old Corsair 750TX, get the V2 version:
Corsair 750TXV2 80Plus Bronze $105 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The cable management is actually quite good in the Antec 902 V3, apparently the original 900 was updated with cable routing holes altho I have not seen this for myself in reviews or pics.
http://xsreviews.co.uk/2011/03/antec-nine-hundred-two-v...
So if the cable management possibilities are as good as they look then you won't need a modular power supply to keep things tidy.

8. Not that I can see.
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May 5, 2011 3:37:34 AM

1. No additional fans needed.

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 :) 
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May 5, 2011 6:20:26 PM

Silvune and nd_hunter, I appreciate all your feedback. It certainly answered all of my questions, and I took your ideas into account. As such, I have come up with the following changes...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W $220
MoBo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 Motherboard $160
GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC (Fermi) 1GB $245
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $95
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 $110
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 24X DVD Burner $21
Case: CM HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $100
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $35
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 - Solid state drive - 64 GB $135
Monitor: ASUS VH242H 24" $180

TOTAL: $1350ish

-- 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!

8. Thanks so much!
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