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June 12, 2011 9:01:17 AM

After yrs of going to a computer store and saying 'this is what I want to do' and later add to it, I chose to build it myself finally. I wanted a build that was upgradable, and strong. If I get 3 yrs, I'll be happy. It will be for regular home use with multiple users. Some home theater, low-end video and photographic work.
It'll either run Win 7 Ultimate or Pro, yet to decide. Will double the memory and add another identical video card @ sli later.

-Cool Master Storm Scout_SGC 2000 case
-ASUS Sabertooth P67 rev.3 mobo
-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 cpu
-Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W cont. @40°C ,80+ Certified ATA12v power supply
-CORSAIR Vengeance_ 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 memory*
-ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768M video card*
-Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader
-Patriot Torqx 2 PT264GS25SSDR 2.5"_64GB SATA II_Internal Solid State Drive
-Creative Labs PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Sound card
-LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW lightscribe DVD Burner iHAS424-98
-LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112
-2x Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

*add same later.

I wonder if the powers enough; allowed for 200 watts per vid card...etc
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June 12, 2011 11:42:28 AM

Little extreme for what you say you are using it for, but it works. I would grab a better psu. Rosewill isn't as reliable as corsair or antec. 750W is plenty for your system though.
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June 12, 2011 11:51:11 AM

Looks compatible to me; the case can take graphics cards up to 27cm long, according to the Asus product page those cards are 9.5"/24cm long. The PSU has enough connectors for everything. The Storm Scout doesn't natively support 2.5" drives, but it should be easy enough to figure out some kind of mounting solution - I tried to find out if the SSD comes with an adapter, but didn't find anything. Looks like the motherboard has enough slots for everything listed as well as the second graphics card. Mobo comes with enough cables.

Yes the power supply is enough, you could even run your build on a good 650W PSU - GTX 460s aren't 200W video cards.

Assuming you are in the US and buying from newegg I feel I must point this out:
Lepa G700 W 80Plus Gold Modular $100 ($6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Based on the Enermax Modu87+ 700W PSU which gets very positive reviews. Has the advantages of being modular and being much more efficient. They are also known for being quiet, with SPCR testing the 500W version and it was one of the quietest fan cooled units they have tested.
Not much wrong with the Rosewill you have chosen, I just know what I would choose considering the price difference is not that great.
If the price difference is too much for you, you could easily accommodate it by choosing a less expensive motherboard.

Modu 87+ 700 review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/900
Modu87+ roundup: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2920/1
Lepa G700 review: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=e...
Lepa G700 review: http://hardocp.com/article/2011/04/06/lepa_g_series_700...
Modu87+ 700W review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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June 12, 2011 8:06:06 PM

Thanks for the responses. Not in US, but Newegg.ca is where I'm spending my money.

I don't see the point of building a system that is only enough for what I want; what I want can change. I also have a pre-teen whose tech needs grow like a weed. At some point, he'll be trying games on there that require beastly resources.

I was pretty sure the Patriot came with adapters, but I did look at a couple dozen offers.
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June 13, 2011 12:43:25 AM

Want to add an ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 in the hope that it can run SLI with the 460. I'd also like to use it as the primary 'out' from the computer via the native HDMI connection. Sabertooth tech sheet doesn't list the TX550 as compatible though. Is it compatible, will it be possible? Any else using the Sabertooth with the Asus 550?
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June 13, 2011 1:47:29 AM

Looks ok, but:

the 2600K costs $100 more than a 2500K.
If you overclock(that's why you got a K), they will oc to about the same level. Expect 4.0 as a very conservative oc. 4.5 and higher, mat take some doing, and a good chip.


The 2600 has hyperthreading, which is good if you run tasks that are multithreaded past 4.
Most games don't go past 2, and very few go past 4. That is why the 2500K is the gamer's choice.

The $100 could be better spent elsewhere, like a stronger graphics card for gaming.

If the $100 is not that important to you, then by all means get the 2600K.

If you anticipate using 16gb of ram, get a 16gb kit up front.
There is no guarantee that a second identical kit will be compatible. Manufacturing processes change, and some motherboards are sensitive to mismatched ram.

Do you really need a sound card? Onboard HD sound is very good. At least try it first; you can always add a sound card later.

I suggest you look at the intel 320 series. Intel seems to have done the best in the past with fewer returns:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/810-6/components-ret...
Their ssd's come with a nice 3.5" adapter if you need it. Saves you $10 or so.

Do not skimp on psu quality. Look to Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or PC P&C to name a few.

Take the time now to download and read, cover to cover the motherboard and case manuals. Many questions will be answered.
XFX is currently well priced.

There is very little that the home user needs from windows-7 ultimate or pro. Check the windows web site for a comparison.

GTX460 needs only a 450w psu. For reference a GTX580 can run on a 650w psu.
As an upgrade plan for gaming, just sell the gtx460 whenever it no longer is enough, and replace it with the next best single card.
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June 13, 2011 2:11:53 AM

Silvune said:
Looks compatible to me; the case can take graphics cards up to 27cm long, according to the Asus product page those cards are 9.5"/24cm long. The PSU has enough connectors for everything. The Storm Scout doesn't natively support 2.5" drives, but it should be easy enough to figure out some kind of mounting solution - I tried to find out if the SSD comes with an adapter, but didn't find anything. Looks like the motherboard has enough slots for everything listed as well as the second graphics card. Mobo comes with enough cables.

Yes the power supply is enough, you could even run your build on a good 650W PSU - GTX 460s aren't 200W video cards.

Assuming you are in the US and buying from newegg I feel I must point this out:
Lepa G700 W 80Plus Gold Modular $100 ($6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Based on the Enermax Modu87+ 700W PSU which gets very positive reviews. Has the advantages of being modular and being much more efficient. They are also known for being quiet, with SPCR testing the 500W version and it was one of the quietest fan cooled units they have tested.
Not much wrong with the Rosewill you have chosen, I just know what I would choose considering the price difference is not that great.
If the price difference is too much for you, you could easily accommodate it by choosing a less expensive motherboard.

Modu 87+ 700 review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/900
Modu87+ roundup: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2920/1
Lepa G700 review: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=e...
Lepa G700 review: http://hardocp.com/article/2011/04/06/lepa_g_series_700...
Modu87+ 700W review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...


Under specs shows 2.5 placement.
http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/chassis/scout/
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June 13, 2011 8:37:03 AM

for the usage you describe its massive overkill ... like using a Nuclear weapon to kill a mouse
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June 14, 2011 2:54:14 PM

Found this PSU on NCIX.com for instant 120$ off regular 279 listed, wondered if it's a worthy purchase. Been advised by others that if I'm gonna build, minimum PSU should be 1000w?

OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 135mm Fan
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June 14, 2011 4:53:26 PM

1000W should only be 'minimum' if you are thinking about crossfiring/SLIing graphics cards which need 300w each aka GTX 480s. Or possibly running three graphics cards (depending on the specific graphics card obviously).

It's not completely crap, but I would only get it if you really need 1000W and you can't find anything else as good/better, as powerful and as cheap (or within budget).
If you want to read some reviews of it:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/942
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3992/1000w1200w-highend-p...
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June 21, 2011 5:02:15 AM

Best answer selected by Railerzbc.
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