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June 7, 2011 3:47:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Friday.

Budget Range: $1700-1800 +/- $100 (Before Taxes+Shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 90% Gaming, 9% Normal internet/school usage, 1% Video Recording/Editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA (FL, to be precise)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Is an 850w PSU good enough for this build? Now, with the triple-slot video card I'd like to get, would I be able to be sort of "future proofed" for at least 2 years? Is there another SSD Option that would be better (and more reliable, from what I'm reading...) for my budget? How big is the difference between a hybrid drive, such as a MomentusXT, and an SSD, since that will help me a lot budget wise if the difference is minimal. Will a Noctua NH-D14 fit in this case? With those in mind... here's what I've got so far.




Case: ($200)
COOLER MASTER HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: ($165)
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ($190)
ASRock P67 EXTREME6 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: ($225)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink/Fan/Thermal Paste: ($99)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: ($100)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ($500)
ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD/OS (Combo): ($367)
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: ($65)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now, the shopping cart total is $1953.54... ideally I'd like it a bit lower.

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June 7, 2011 3:53:30 PM
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Pretty solid! 850W is plenty for that system and would allow you to add a second GTX 580 down the road. The Vertex 3 SSD is a great unit. It will greatly outperform any spindle or hybrid drive so don't replace it with a MomentusXT.

CPU Cooler - The Noctua should fit, but it may be considered overkill. Consider the Hyper 212+ at a third of the price. It will keep your temps in check just the same...
June 7, 2011 4:20:55 PM

Yeah solid build. You've even picked up a case with USB3.0 slots.

With regards to the hybrid drive I'm not sure if you'll find any direct comparisons against it and a Vertex 3 but this review compares it against the Vertex 2. The vertex gets 4x the hybrid score. I can only assume a Vertex 3 would score as well if not better.

However that's just a benchmark. Since you've broken your budget I'd just pick up a regard old hard drive. Then if that drives you to fury then pick up a shiny SSD.
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June 7, 2011 4:23:28 PM

I'm not really worried as much as breaking my budget by this much if it means my new PC's performance will take a hit otherwise. I was just wondering if it was feasible to keep it "as good or better", while possibly lowering the price. If not, it's not really a big deal.
June 7, 2011 4:31:15 PM

Well anyone's PC will always take a hit in performance when you have a budget! :) 

If you are mostly gaming you'll see Windows start faster, applications will load faster and game maps may load faster. You aren't going to get any extra FPS or anything. So perhaps go for the hybrid?
June 7, 2011 4:49:03 PM

Having the Vertex 3 would be the "fastest" boot drive of all current options. It has the latest Sandforce controller on a SATA 3 input. However, as Rusting in Peace states, you will only notice this difference with OS / application load times. If this doesn't appeal to you for the $350 price tag the Samsung F3 would make a great boot drive as well. Load times being a little slower of course...
June 7, 2011 4:52:16 PM

Hmmm, yeah. I have no problems with slower boot times. Would the MomentusXT be a good enough compromise? From what I've seen it's pretty much right in between SSD and Platter drives in that regard.
June 7, 2011 5:02:23 PM

If you aren't going with the SSD, then the Samsung F3 is probably the choice. Yes, the MomentusXT is a "compromise" between the other two drives, but you aren't concerned with load times. I would roll with the F3 and put the remaining money into another component...
June 8, 2011 8:21:54 AM

I wouldn't pay ~3x the price of a standard drive (like the F3) for a half measure hybrid!

I'd suggest you either go full throttle with the Vertex 3 or go for the best price / performance with the F3.

June 8, 2011 3:00:08 PM

Best answer selected by sinfonia.
June 8, 2011 3:01:00 PM

Ordering today. Going with what I have listed, except a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus rather than the Noctua.

I'm going to pony up and get the SSD as well.

Thanks for the help everyone!
June 8, 2011 6:01:39 PM

Nice build dude. Its gona FLY.
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