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May 30, 2011 8:42:00 PM

Hello. I'm planning a build of the following gaming PC. Could you please review and point out any critical errors you may see, before I shop? Thanks.

CPU = I5 2500K (225$)
Motherboard = Asrock Extreme4 P67 (150$)
Memory = Ripjaws DDR3 1333 8gb (2x4gb) (80$)
GPU = 560 Ti (240$)
PSU = ENERMAX NAXN 82+ 750w (120$)
HD = Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (60$)
SSD = vertex 2 60 GB (113$)
Case = Cooler Master HAF X (200$)
CPU Cooler = Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (30$)
Fans = 2 x APEVIA CF12S-BK 120 mm (8$)
Optical = LG 22x DVD – GH22LS50 OEM 22x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 48x CD ROM (18$)

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2011 8:45:59 PM

I'd personally skip the SSD, and dump that money into the GPU budget, opting for the GTX570...

Looks good though!
May 30, 2011 9:19:36 PM

I agree with MDD1963. Save yourself the 113 for the vertex 2 and dump it into a better graphics card. The only thing good about SSD drives is the super fast boot times, yet that doesnt matter much once the computer is up and loaded anyways.
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2011 9:53:48 PM

-I'd get a MoBo w/ a 3 year warranty. It would cost ya $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-I'd up RAM from DDR3-1333 to DDRS-1600 and save $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-I'd get the 900MHz version of the 560 and save $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-I'd update the cooler to the Scythe Mugen 2 and pick up an additional 7C of cooling.
Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-I'd wait for the 120GB Corsair Force 3 120 GB scheduled to be release next week for $220. It's twice as fast as the Vertex 3 and equal to the Vertex 3 whose price should drop from $300 on the day the Force 3 comes out

-Though this is an aesthetic choice mainly, I'd consider the Antec DF-85 / CP-850 combo ($290). HAF-X is a great case and Enermax a very good PSU but the DF (which is an upgrade to the 1200) and CP were specifically engineered for each other and the CPX form factor has significant advantages in cooling and quietness. See the conclusion sin this review.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

Again, the HAF-X is great case, but having built with both I much prefer the DF which is dead silent with the CP-850.
May 31, 2011 3:14:26 PM

Thank you all for the input.
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mdd1963
I'd personally skip the SSD, and dump that money into the GPU budget, opting for the GTX570...

I was curious and tempted by the SDS. If I can manage the graphic card upgrade and still be within budget, would the SDS then be worth it, or should I dump the rest of my budget into graphics card? I've got another $350 to spend...
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JackNaylorPE
-I'd get a MoBo w/ a 3 year warranty. It would cost ya $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.642515

Could you recommend one that would be compatible, or should i just look one above the Extreme4 P67?
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-I'd up RAM from DDR3-1333 to DDRS-1600 and save $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145324


Nice!
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-I'd update the cooler to the Scythe Mugen 2 and pick up an additional 7C of cooling.
Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835185142
Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835150080

I wondered how hot the box would be (?), I'll switch it out.
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-I'd wait for the 120GB Corsair Force 3 120 GB scheduled to be release next week for $220. It's twice as fast as the Vertex 3 and equal to the Vertex 3 whose price should drop from $300 on the day the Force 3 comes out

Very, nice!
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-Though this is an aesthetic choice mainly, I'd consider the Antec DF-85 / CP-850 combo ($290).

I have no experience with either so I appreciate yours.

Does anyone happen to know where the gaming bottleneck would be with this system. Anyone with a 'third eye' for that sort of thing I'd appreciate your wisdom. I have another $350 or so in budget that perhaps should go to GX card, or some kind of split upgrade?

A thousand thanks!
May 31, 2011 4:50:55 PM

If you want some of the benefits of an SSD without spending a lot on space, get one of the new Z68 boards and use the Smart Response SSD Caching feature. You'd spend just as much on a board (or less?), save some cash on the SSD (only go 16-32gb), and upgrade your GPU.

Personal opinion.
May 31, 2011 8:34:07 PM

Okay, correct me if i am wrong, but with the other 250 your budget is about 1600 right?
How bout this,

Case: Haf X ~200
CPU: i5-2500k ~225
RAM: 8GB 1600 ~ 85
MOBO: ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 ~ 190
Heatsink: Hyper212+ ~40
SSD: OCZ 120GB Vertex 2 ~220
HDD: Spinpoint f3 ~65
DVD: LG DVDRW ~20
VGA: Radeon HD 6950 ~ 240
PSU: Corsair 850W PSU ~ 170
OS: Windows ~ 100

total ~ 1550 give or take

BTW that psu can handle another 6950 to be added down the road in crossfire.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 31, 2011 10:05:47 PM

If your PSU is up to it, a pair of 6950's in Xfire (or 560Ti's in SLI) is quite formidable...
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