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May 5, 2011 3:27:24 PM

Hi guys so this is my first post here and I'm just look on some feedback because this is my first computer build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Early June

Budget Range: ~1200$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,speaker

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel, midtower

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
21$

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
90$

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
225$

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X2
100$

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
170$

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
115$

XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
245$

Ultra U12-40874 LSX 750-Watt Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration, 80+ Bronze, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included
http://www.ultraproducts.com/applications/SearchTools/i...
80$

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
90$

Final price: 1136 before shipping after rebates

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: .: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Okay so does this build look like it will work?And with the Ram, is a lower or higher voltage better, i.e 1.5v vs 1.65v? I know i dont have an SSD but i just dont mind waiting the extra 20sec for windows to boot. Also is the i5-2500k easy to overclock and should i get a 3rd party fan if i OC it to 4.2ghz? ANd the 6950 is still unlockable to the 6970 right? i got the xfx because of the limited lifetime warranty. Any help would be appreicated!
May 5, 2011 3:47:04 PM

The parts you have chosen are really good, however with a couple tweaks it could be better. Also answering your questions, 1.5v is better than 1.65v and I suggest you get a 3rd party fan however it is possible to over clock to 4.2ghz using the stock cooler. If you do pick up a 3rd party cooler, I would suggest a Cooler Master Hyper212+

Some other changes I would make are:

Change the monitor you have to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682423611
, the specs are very similar and the price is the same, except this one has a 2ms response time which is good for gaming.

I would also change the RAM to this, as it is a improved version of the RAM you chosen. Also there is a $10 discount if you enter the promo code. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

Overall it is a pretty good build, I hope your happy with you computer!
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May 5, 2011 3:48:38 PM

If you want 8GB, just get a 2x4GB kit instead. It's the same price, and some boards get a little finicky when you have four RAM sticks. You want 1.5v RAM with that CPU.

I would definitely recommend a different power supply. Corsair, SeaSonic, XFX, Antec would all be better brands.

Save yourself a little money and get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drive. Put the savings towards a quality power supply.

And if you're going to overclock at all you need a better cooler. The stock cooler cannot handle any kind of overclock or over-voltage -- the temps will quickly increase into the danger zone.
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May 5, 2011 4:00:43 PM

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

8gb of g skill with a $20 promo code.. brings price down to $85 if you can't order before the promo expires I would get

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

for $110

and possibly this PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 5, 2011 4:53:47 PM

That Ultra PSU you linked is junk. That Corsair 750HX is your best bet IMO. Also, with this budget, get a board that will allow for Crossfire and get a quality CPU cooler. While you don't need it now with your CPU and GPU choice (+1), a little forward thinking now can extend the life of your rig by just adding a 2nd 6950 in a year or two and a quick change of your CPU multiplier.
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May 5, 2011 5:19:09 PM

i agree that the ultra PSU is junk. i dont think you necessarily need crossfire though. single card setups work great. I dont see any reason to spend over $100 dollars upgrading your psu and mobo now just for the upgrade option a year from now.
i would get this combo of the cpu+mobo you already have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and a good 500w power supply will be plenty. for example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 5, 2011 6:05:19 PM

two options there.. you can go for something you can upgrade to crossfire later, or buy something relatively inexpensive now and replace the mobo/cpu when ivybridge comes out next year.. either way I would get a better PSU if you plan on adding anything to this in the long term
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May 5, 2011 7:43:59 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, lol i guess the Ultra is really bad, it got good reviews and was cheap so is why i was looking at it. Ill look to get a corsair or antec 750watt.

How is this mobo?
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has sli and crossfire if i want to do it later. im probably not going to upgrade to ivybridge because iv been using a pentium 4 for 6 years now lol. and ill upgrade to the other ram thanks.
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May 5, 2011 7:47:16 PM

good mobo
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May 5, 2011 8:57:33 PM

It's a decent board at a good price. It would work well for you.
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May 5, 2011 9:38:05 PM

1. Skip the Ultra PSU, one in this build gets 10.0 performance rating.

2. Look for a case w/ front USB 3 ports

3. Make sure MoBo gets 3 year warranty.

4. 2500k will do 3.8 Ghz w/ turbo at stock speeds .... anything more than 4.2 gets tough on the stock cooler. Cheapest worth buying is the Hyper 212 .... for $5 extra ya can get the Mugen 2 which tops it by 7C. Overclocking guides will give you more info.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1578110
http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overclocking/39184-p67-s...

RAM - Read this "Eight 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Memory Kits For P67 Express, Rounded Up " .... note 1st that only 2 of the 8 sets of RAM in the THG P67 roundup test are 1.5 volt.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-c...


This is $1246

Case - $105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $130 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $180 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $225 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $170 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 6, 2011 12:30:31 AM

dayman500 said:
The parts you have chosen are really good, however with a couple tweaks it could be better. Also answering your questions, 1.5v is better than 1.65v and I suggest you get a 3rd party fan however it is possible to over clock to 4.2ghz using the stock cooler. If you do pick up a 3rd party cooler, I would suggest a Cooler Master Hyper212+

Some other changes I would make are:

Change the monitor you have to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682423611
, the specs are very similar and the price is the same, except this one has a 2ms response time which is good for gaming.

I would also change the RAM to this, as it is a improved version of the RAM you chosen. Also there is a $10 discount if you enter the promo code. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

Overall it is a pretty good build, I hope your happy with you computer!


hi dayman i tried to go on the links you gave but it says page error and deactivated lol, can you post a link on google? thanks!
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May 15, 2011 5:20:00 PM

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