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May 25, 2011 8:33:48 AM

Please help me with my first BIY computer build:


The only thing I really care about is the processor which I want to be the core i7 2600K. Also I want to make absolutely sure it will not overheat and I don't want to worry about fan speeds or cooling. How about CPU pastes? Coolers?

But everything otherwise I am completely ignorant about. Please offer ANY suggestions or alternatives.

I'd also like some thing to help seal noise inside so it's not loud.

I am so sick of working on cramped laptops with power throttling CPUs. This is going to be a work PC. Something I can do everything on EXCEPT gaming. I care nothing for PC gaming. I will be using it for video, photo editing. 3D creation, 3D movies (like polygons etc that kind of 3D). Programming..

I will eventually want to safely overclock this CPU.

Also what cables would I need?

This all seems so daunting though. How do I know if everything will be compatible? How do I put it all together?

Could I do 12GB of memory by adding a third stick or is that bad?

Do I need any extra enclosures for hard drives etc? Screws?


1 NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146067
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$139.99

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136284
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant

$89.99
$84.99

1 ASUS VE276Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers
Item #: N82E16824236091
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy -$20.00 Instant

$319.99
$299.99

1 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$30.00 Instant

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-020 $119.99
$89.99



1 Microsoft Black PS/2 Wired Standard Business Hardware Pack
Item #: N82E16823109035
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99

1 Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate
Item #: N82E16820223103
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$14.99

2 CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233141
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$91.98
($45.99 each)

1 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157229
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$159.99

1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$314.99

1 ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
Item #: N82E16814195096
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


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May 25, 2011 8:40:46 AM

Welcome to the forum, looks pretty nice overall! Here's a few possible tweaks.
Get the TX650 V2 instead.
You'll want 8GB, and no adding a third stick is not the best because you want dual channel sets for P67. I haven't seen it appear for sale yet, but you may want to consider the V5900 instead of the V4800 - it's supposed to be a nice improvement. For overclocking, you should pick up a HSF like the Hyper 212+. All the necessary cables will come with the parts - mostly with the mobo and PSU. The screws and bays will come with the case. As far as physically assembling it, check out tecmo's Step By Step Guide to Building a PC here in the Systems forum. And the thermal paste will come with the stock cooler and/or the aftermarket cooler if you choose to buy one.
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May 25, 2011 8:43:57 AM

The only thing I really considered was the CPU. Everything else is a rough "I just looked at a few features and reviews" draft so any changes or alterations are DEFINITELY appreciated since I'm new to component picking (I just can't stand prebuilt DELLS anymore).

So with that said, the TX650 V2 is in and the other one is out, thank you :) 
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May 25, 2011 3:36:41 PM


Any particular reason you went for a PS/2 keyboard? Maybe go for USB because a number of motherboard manufacturers are phasing out PS/2 (for instance if you had gone for the ASUS equivalent MB, it wouldn't have supported your keyboard)... It's a small thing, but good for future-proofing.

Second, in terms of CPU cooler, I would suggest looking for a cooler which blows downward so that it cools the VRM heatsinks. They can get pretty hot in a few modern systems. Unfortunately I couldn't find any tests with your selected mobo, but take a look at this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-p67-extreme6...
Therefore, my recommendations for CPU cooler would be:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is really minor consideration, and you should be ok with something like the Hyper 212+, but from personal experience I think it doesn't hurt to cool the MB.


Also, for the case, have a look at a few other options. Personally I don't like the star trek-esque design of NZXT, and prefer something more understated. Especially if this is going to be a work computer, it might pay to make it not look like a gaming rig... Here are a few suggestions:
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...

Otherwise looks like a good build. You did pretty damn well for a first try! Good luck
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May 25, 2011 3:40:45 PM

8 gigs of ram might be fine for now, but i would recommend getting 2 packages of 2x4Gb 1600Mhz ram. Given that you will be doing modeling and memory intensive programming, I think it wise to invest in 16Gb of ram. Ram is so cheap right now, you might as well.

I second the idea of getting a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ heatsink/fan. It is a very good cooler. Dont forget to buy some Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound.

On a different tangent, I really dont think you need a Full Tower case. Id suggest the Antec 300 which comes with large fans that have multiple speed settings (via a switch) so you can optimize to the desired sound/cooling level. And then you can always add more fans later on if you want (like 2 intake fans for the front).

If you are really worried about noise, they do sell noise dampening foam that you place on the inside of your case. this tends to work pretty well under the right conditions...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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