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First Build in (gulp) 6 years! Z68 + 2500K

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May 14, 2011 11:50:44 PM

First I held off until Sandy Bridge came out, then I waited for Z68. The time has come. Way overdue.
Mainly for intense financial modeling with occasional gaming and very occasional trans coding. Planning on light to moderate OC'ing. Thoughts?

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

CASE: NZXT H2 H2-001-WT White Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CPU COOLER: ZALMAN CNPS11X Extreme V-Shaped Dual Heatpipe Design w/120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

BOOT DISK: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

DATA DISK: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

INTEL SRT SSD CACHING DISK: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

DISCRETE GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 100283VX-2L Video Card w/ Eyefinity

DVD BURNER: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

CARD READER: SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA
May 15, 2011 1:06:11 AM

I wouldn't bother with the caching drive since you are using a ssd as a primary. (unless you plan on constantly hitting data on your platter-drive)
Your workload sounds pretty conducive to hyper threading,(but I could be wrong on this.) so I might consider the 2600+
May 15, 2011 1:16:13 AM

I've heard bad things about the H2 case, are you open to different cases?
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May 15, 2011 1:33:54 AM

cmadrid said:
I've heard bad things about the H2 case, are you open to different cases?

Definitely open to other cases, but I saw a good review here:
May 15, 2011 1:49:52 AM

I saw that one good review, but like I said, I'm open to alternatives to the H2. Regarding cases, I'm partial to minimalist designs and am looking for front panel USB 3.0 and good overall build and cooling ergonomics.
May 15, 2011 2:57:50 AM

cmadrid said:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TimeToLiveCustoms#p/search/...

review of NZXT H2..

also, I would suggest getting the Corsair HX or AX 750w psu instead of the TX

cmadrid, definitely a review that gives one pause.
Though here's another positive review:
What about the Corsair Obsidian 650D? More expensive, but better build.
May 15, 2011 3:18:52 AM

cmadrid said:
http://www.techspot.com/review/351-silverstone-rv02e/pa...

check out that case!

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/silver...

same case, but the white version.. video review

I really like the design but no USB 3.0 on the front panel, plus it's a full tower - even if on the smaller end of that scale. One other sentence from the review gave me pause: "The Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution is one of those rare cases that made us wonder how to approach the installation process. Being very unorthodox in design makes everything seem quite unfamiliar, even for those that have built countless computers." And I definitely have NOT built countless computers...
May 15, 2011 3:22:50 AM

Its just that the motherboard is mounted differently than normal.. makes for better cooling, but its just DIFFERENT. It shouldn't be so strange to you if you haven't built before tho
May 15, 2011 3:25:21 AM

cmadrid, the Overclock 3D review is pretty much a rave. Hard to resist, even if I haven't built countless computers.
It's going to be a hard choice between the Silverstone Raven 2 and the Corsair Obsidian 650D!
May 15, 2011 3:27:18 AM

i dont think z68's are that great get a asrock p67 extreme4 since you wont see any improvement on booting up if you use ur ssd for caching. and i think hard drive are fast enough it is just the very slow boot up process that needs to be sped up. also you didnt state the price for that cpu cooler. i would go with the hyper 212 plus from newegg for 29.51$
May 15, 2011 3:31:19 AM

both good choices jbr
June 1, 2011 10:17:33 PM

Hey, for the SSD drive you installed, how does the cabling work out for that? The only documenation I've seen so far is for laptop intsalls.
June 8, 2011 12:09:57 PM

Muram said:
Hey, for the SSD drive you installed, how does the cabling work out for that? The only documenation I've seen so far is for laptop intsalls.


Muram, a friend of mine did the build. He said that in the Corsair, the drives connected directly into the cradles as a normal drive would. I'm afraid I don't have any more information than that.
June 8, 2011 12:18:39 PM

FINAL BUILD
CPU: Intel Core i5-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock z68 Extreme4

CASE: Corsair Obsidian 650D

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CPU COOLER: Thermalright Silver Arrow

MEMORY: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

BOOT DISK: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

DATA DISK: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

INTEL SRT SSD CACHING DISK: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

DISCRETE GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 100283VX-2L Video Card w/ Eyefinity

DVD BURNER: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

CARD READER: None - needs to be external
June 19, 2011 9:23:25 PM

How does this case ( Corsair 650D) front panel work with the Z68 Asrock Extreme 4, do you like it.
June 20, 2011 1:15:29 PM

tomsresults said:
How does this case ( Corsair 650D) front panel work with the Z68 Asrock Extreme 4, do you like it.


it works fine. very happy. the only criticism is that the USB 3.0 ports on the front have to be wired all the way back to the rear. Pretty kludge-y.
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