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June 10, 2011 6:42:18 AM

Hey, I just wanted to say the first thing I do is research whenever I want to do something, and I think I've picked out some good parts for my first custom PC. Now I just need to now if they'll all work/fit together, and if not what are good replacements. I'm mainly going to be using this PC for gaming, video editing/encoding, and lots of processor heavy multi-tasking. I'm using newegg for all my components.

There's 2 possible builds I have so far, this is the first one.


1. DVD-BURNER: Standard DVD Burner

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

2. MOTHERBOARD: I've read lots of reviews that all say this is a reliable motherboard.

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

3. VIDEOCARD: For now I'm only going to get one of these, but may get a second one for CrossFire in the future, so that's why I'm getting a big watt PSU.

XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

4. MEMORY: Lots of multi-tasking and video editing/encoding will be done, so that's why 8 GB instead of 4GB.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

5. HDD: I've never done RAID before, and wonder how much the RAID 0 really improves performance, is it really worth it? If not, I may just do RAID 1 for backup.

2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

6. PROCESSOR: 2600 for the HyperThreading, and the K b/c I may overclock in the future and it'll be nice to know I can if I need to.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

7. PSU: This seems to be a decent PSU, but I'm open to other brands if they're better.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

8. CASE: I'd like to get a COOLER MASTER HAF Case, but I need help picking which 1 of these 3 to get: 912, 922, or 932. The HAF X is nice, but I can't justify spending $200 bucks on just a case.




9. THERMAL COMPOUND: Aren't these all basically the same?

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

10. CPU COOLER/HEATSINK: OK, now this is where I may need some help, I read the Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler is good, but it's out of stock at newegg right now. Should I just get it from somewhere else, or is there another cooler/heatsink that's just as good?


OK, that's the end of the 1st potential build, I'd like to get most of these components unless I've stated otherwise, or they're not compatible with something, so please let me know what you think.

Now I try to find some combo deals on newegg also, but there was only one I liked, and it has a whole bunch of items that I think are fairly similar to the ones above. How good is this compared to BUILD 1? Build 2 is cheaper, so I could get another Radeon HD 6850 and go CrossFire for about the same price if I go with Build 2.

Here's the potential BUILD 2:

Combo deal from newegg: Core i7-2600K/Z68/4GB/1TB SuperCombo

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June 10, 2011 5:37:55 PM

MoBo / CPU - I wouldn't use a MoBo that didn't offer an industry standard 3 year warranty. Asrock's are 1 year with 2 years on the B3 boards. Your paying $475 for the MoBo CPU combo for the inferior warranty when you can get a full warranty board w/ the 2600k for $5 cheaper

RAM - Save $16 for same specs on RAM

GFX - You say you are doing lots of video editing and yet you have chosen an ATI Card ? You'll want CUDA for video editing and that means nVidia. See if ya can squeeze in the GTX 560 To 900Mhz

Unlock CUDA using procedure here:

No RAID's not worth it, except under very specific situations like video editing which you name as an intended use.

Case / PSU - It's costing ya $255 for the Case / PSU but the PSU is a 2nd tier unit. A 1st tier HX750 would cost ya $130 (newer AX750 $170) and bring the total to $285 ($325). Consider the DF-85 / CP-850 as an alternate for $290.

The AX750, HX750 and CP-850 all get 10.0 performance ratings from who writes about thye CP-850 "It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise. " It is specifically deigned for the Antec DF-85 (an upgrade to 1200) and other performance cases, how they work together is described here:

Cooler / TIM - The Scythe Mugen 2 is a great cooler for $40 but the AS5 TIM has curing issues .... (takes 200 hours of thermal cycling) Shin Etsu matches AS5's performance but no curing issues. Other units to consider:

With both of its 140mm fans connected directly to the computer's power supply and running at full speed, the Silver Arrow turns in amazing performance, edged out by less than 1 degree by the Cooler Master V6 GT. The minimal performance difference here is probably due to the V6 GT's high-speed fans, each of which is rated at 90CFM, as compared to the Silver Arrow's 69CFM fans. It's worth noting here that the V6 GT's fans are quite loud at full speed, whereas the Silver Arrow's fans are very quiet. Note the 5.8-degree "break" between the Prolimatech Super Mega and the Coolit Vantage A.L.C., neatly dividing the results into "high performance coolers" and "other coolers" .... I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case.

With its dual, high performance fans (according to Cooler Master, each fan is rated at 93CFM at full speed, for an aggregate airflow of over 180CFM) the Cooler Master V6 GT takes the lead here, keeping the blistering hot Core i7-950 4.7 degrees Celsius cooler than the Kühler. What's amazing here, though, is that the thin-radiator, single-fan Antec Kühler performs within a fraction of a degree of the double-thickness radiator, dual-fanned Corsair H70. .... The performance of the Antec Kühler H20 620 was excellent, exceeding that of every other water cooler I've tested and encroaching on the performance range of the very best air coolers.

June 10, 2011 10:33:32 PM

Thanks for the advice, I like about half of what you said, lol. I'm not getting an nvidia card, too expensive at the moment. The ram is 2 bucks cheaper and 1333 instead of 1600. I am going to go with a HX750 PSU instead of the AX. I don't want to get liquid/water cooling for my first custom build. I'm not a fan of Antec cases, so I'm gonna stick with the Cooler Master HAF 932 for now. I'm gonna get the Thermalright Venomous X for the CPU cooler after looking at those benchmarks, it's pretty good.

So, here's the updated build:

COMBO DEAL: ASUS P8P67 PRO with Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz CPU
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
Thermalright Venomous X - RT 120mm CPU Cooler

Does anything here look incompatible?
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June 10, 2011 11:19:17 PM

I'm not going to comment on your individual selections but since you are shopping on newegg, I recommend that you spend time reading the user reviews for any product you are interested in. I did this for selecting fans, power supplies, video cards, etc.