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Building a PC for the first time, need some advice.

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May 29, 2011 10:59:16 PM

So many moons ago I was a PC gamer, but then things happened and I adopted console gaming, mainly because I didn't care to maintain a high end PC and I couldn't afford to do so. However, things change, and now I am getting back into PC gaming and video editing, so I am building my very first PC from scratch. I have never done so, but I do have some experience/knowledge when it comes to the inner workings of a PC.

What I am here to inquire about is if the below setup contains everything I need to get a functioning, high end PC, and that all of the components are compatible and will fit. I have been told that these parts will make a very quality gaming and editing PC, and I am on the brink of purchasing everything, I just need to be positive everything will get along.

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ...

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

SSD: Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

Video card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Display: Dell Ultrasharp U2311H

Thanks for any and all advice and let me know if I am missing anything.

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May 29, 2011 11:30:18 PM

i dont know about video editing, but for gaming 16 gb is way overkill, games are still all 32 bit so they will use at maximum about 3 gb, usually way less. 4gb is enogh, might as well go with 8 if you want.

for gaming, i5-2500k is nearly as good with a lower price tag.

otherwise great system.
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May 29, 2011 11:43:49 PM

Yes everything will work and are good choices for a large budget.

Assuming you are in the US and buying from newegg (time saver):
However, don't get the old Corsair 850TX, there is a newer, better, more efficient version available:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And doesn't have a shipping charge.

This hard drive outperforms the WD 1TB FALS (it is actually one of the fastest 1TB harddrives around) and is cheaper:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have some kind of attachment to WD then you might be better off spending $5 more to get the WD 1TB FAEX, which still isn't quite as fast, or quiet or cool as the Samsung, but...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I agree with overclocked toaster in that it's possible that you won't get much if any benefit from 16GB of RAM over 8GB. You could try 8GB out and if it's not enough then it's pretty easy to install another 8GB to bring your total back up to 16GB.
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May 30, 2011 12:23:10 AM

If you will do video editing, you should look at a Z68 based motherboard. I am no expert on editing, but I understand that the quick-sync capability greatly imprives video
processing. Check it out. The Z68 motherboards are no more expensive than P67.

With a 2600K you are presumably interested in a bit of overclocking.
Put $40-$80 in your budget for an aftermarket cpu cooler.

Looks good otherwise
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May 30, 2011 6:24:53 PM

Thanks for the help so far guys. Anymore advice or changes are welcome.
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May 30, 2011 7:18:05 PM

therealminime said:
Thanks for the help so far guys. Anymore advice or changes are welcome.


Take the time to download and read, cover to cover the manuals for the motherboard and case.
Many questions will be answered.

Also, I find a long #2 phillips head screwdriver with a magnetic tip to be very useful.
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May 31, 2011 12:02:05 AM

Thanks for those tips guys. I made a few minor changes to the rig, mainly;

I am going for a bigger, full tower case, specifically the COOLER MASTER HAF 932
I also changed the HDD for something a little cheaper, yet I have heard decent hings about it; SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Switched the graphics card to the ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580
and added a small cpu cooler, ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

I am going to go with the Dell 23" Ultrasharp for a monitor.

Thanks again.
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May 31, 2011 12:11:40 PM

The difference in size between the Storm Sniper and HAF 932 is quite small.
The Storm Sniper is 255x551x567. (WxHxD) (cm)
The HAF is 243x560x564.
As you can see the Storm Sniper is actually about a 1cm wider and only half a centimetre shorter.
So it's fine if you want to change case, but the reason shouldn't be because "the HAF 932 is bigger", which it is not.
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