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June 21, 2011 1:31:36 PM

Hello there everyone,
been lurking around here for a while, now first time posting. Yeah, shamefuly it's when I need help! So my computer died and I am now choosing parts for a new one. I have the list pretty much completed but I am not so knowledgable in the area so I may have done something horribly wrong! What I'm hoping for is you pro people tell me if it's good/what you would change and stuff like that. Thanks in advance!

So here goes:

Approximate purchase day: As soon as possible, sometimes within a week.

Budget range: About 1200-1300 euro.

System usage from most to least important: Gaming, watching HD movies, surfing the internet, working some (documents, etc) and some more gaming.

Overclocking: I am fairly new to that but I'd love to try, so most likely yes.

Country of origin: Czech republic (middle of Europe)

Monitor resolution: 1920x1080


Alright, now that's that, I will list what I have chosen so far with some comments maybe.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have been torn between the 2600k and 2500k, but since I am not planning on doing any video editing and such, I thought I'd for the 2500k.

GPU: GIGABYTE GTX 580 (GV-N580D5-15I-B)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here I wanted a rather quiet GPU so this is what I chose.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's the 9-9-9-24 version.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67 (rev. B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't know almost anything about choosing motherboards, so any tip would be appreciated especially here, in case I did it completely wrong.

SDD: OCZ Agility 3 - 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Obvious choice here.

Power supply: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure if 700W is enough here, but from what I read it should be more than enough for this rig.

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Love the looks of this one and I'm guessing it's good too.

CPU cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ok here I was just completely lost. I read good reviews on this one but that's about it as I have no clue about it's competition. If it would help, I'm planning to maybe OC my PC to like 4 Ghz in the begining.

About OS, which version of Win7 is best suited for me? I was thinking Home Premium but not sure on that.

That's about it, so would really appreciate it if someone of you could look it over before I do the purchase. :) 
June 21, 2011 7:40:35 PM

Added links and some more info. Anyone please? :) 
June 21, 2011 7:50:57 PM

possibly a different name brand for PSU, are you using only 1 monitor? Also you still need a storage hard drive.
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June 21, 2011 7:59:51 PM

Everything looks good except you're missing a storage hard drive like Deoxide said, I recommend the Samsung spinpoint 1TB @amazon

700watts is enough, I recommend Corsair TX series, they are priced nicely for performance.

If you get 750watt PSU, I recommend running 2 560Tis since they outperform a single gtx580 for about the same price.
June 21, 2011 8:19:08 PM

Ah, forgot to list hard drive. Yeah I will probably get that one.

About the cooler master PSU, is it bad or something? As it costs about the same as the Corsair TX one, so was wondering what the differences are.
June 21, 2011 8:21:03 PM

it should work fine I just don't like coolermasters psus.
June 21, 2011 8:25:24 PM

deoxide said:
it should work fine I just don't like coolermasters psus.


Why not? Bad experience? :p 

About the GPUs, I think I will go with the 580 and might SLI it later, for a bit better future proof.
June 21, 2011 8:27:49 PM

Bess833 said:
Why not? Bad experience? :p 

About the GPUs, I think I will go with the 580 and might SLI it later, for a bit better future proof.


In the future, meaning 1 year or so... Kelper cards will be out, which may smoke every Fermi card right now.

I didn't have very good experience with Cooler Master PSUs either, I like the Corsair PSUs as well.
June 21, 2011 8:46:34 PM

Okay, I will swap it to the Corsair TX 750W one.. Thanks for the input. Other than that, everything is fine then?

EDIT: Oh and also, should I go for the Home Premium Win7?
June 21, 2011 8:53:20 PM

Bess833 said:
Okay, I will swap it to the Corsair TX 750W one.. Thanks for the input. Other than that, everything is fine then?


Get a 850Watt if you want to SLI the GTX580 later on, 950watt if you want some good over-clocking room for CPU, RAM, and GPU.
June 21, 2011 9:19:04 PM

Check for a memory kit which has lower profile heat sinks. You might run into clearance issues with the HSF for the CPU.
I believe that the Gskill ripjawX's have about the highest heatsinks that still fit.
June 22, 2011 8:34:27 AM

rvilkman said:
Check for a memory kit which has lower profile heat sinks. You might run into clearance issues with the HSF for the CPU.
I believe that the Gskill ripjawX's have about the highest heatsinks that still fit.



The problem is that the Gskill RAMs aren't available in my country for some reason. You think the Corsairs won't work?

Also one more question, what do you guys think? Will the CM 212+ do the job if I don't plan to do any -extreme- overclocking?
June 22, 2011 10:25:08 AM

212+ should do great for your needs.

Corsair memory is fine, I was just trying to point a reference for the maximum size the heatsinks on the memory can be so they are not touching the fan on your CPU heatsink.

Corsair also makes low profile vengeance:
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB Low profile

And there is the XMS series which has lower profile heatsinks:
Corsair XMS 2x4GB
June 22, 2011 11:59:03 AM

rvilkman said:
212+ should do great for your needs.

Corsair memory is fine, I was just trying to point a reference for the maximum size the heatsinks on the memory can be so they are not touching the fan on your CPU heatsink.

Corsair also makes low profile vengeance:
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB Low profile

And there is the XMS series which has lower profile heatsinks:
Corsair XMS 2x4GB



Ok thanks a lot, I will look into them. Now (nab alert) - what is the difference between the XMS series, the low profile and normal vengeance? Is the only difference in the heatsinks size or is there some performance/temprature difference aswell?
June 22, 2011 1:14:33 PM

The specs are pretty much the same. The bigger heat sinks in theory should dissipate more heat.. But as long as you are running the memory at the specified range they are designed to work at there is very little difference.
June 22, 2011 4:40:14 PM

rvilkman said:
The specs are pretty much the same. The bigger heat sinks in theory should dissipate more heat.. But as long as you are running the memory at the specified range they are designed to work at there is very little difference.


Ok thanks, is there any way I can find out if the heatsinks of the RAMs will be touching the cpu cooler fan or should I just go safe and buy the smaller ones?
June 22, 2011 6:35:09 PM

Wait does Newegg ship to Europe?
June 22, 2011 6:36:52 PM

grody said:
Wait does Newegg ship to Europe?


Nope, I just provided the links for my chosen parts there.
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