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June 25, 2011 3:27:13 AM

I am building my first computer. I have studied and researched and finally picked all parts. I mainly need to know if they are all compatible and if there are any really glaring errors or improvements that I should make. I do realize that what I have picked is probably overkill, but I tend to do that when buying computers also.

Computer is for playing games, not real extreme and also for lots of graphics work (Photoshop) and some video editing.
I have 24" monitor (1920 X 1600), keyboard, mouse and speakers and also Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

I will purchase most parts from Newegg.

Overclocking, possibly in future, SLI also possible in future.

Case - Lian Li – PC-V1020 Red
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Gigabyte – GA-P67A-UD7-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor -Intel Core i7 2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Thermaltake TPG-750M Toughpower Grand GOLD 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - (X2) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 X 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460
http://tinyurl.com/6f3ohu2

HD (X2) – Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Possibly – SSD - Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 25, 2011 3:40:01 AM

That's a nice list but you could save money if you wanted to. You won't really be needing an i7, such an expensive motherboard, or a ridiculously priced PSU just for the GOLD badge . You could grab an i5, a less expensive variant of that Gigabyte make, a bronze or silver modular PSU, and wouldn't even know the difference besides the price tag for what you intend on doing with your machine.

There are better SSD's out there at the same price range. OCZ makes nice ones and so doesn't G.Skill.

With the saved money you could grab a GTX500 series which would be a worthy improvement. Other than that, if you don't have a problem spending that much cash, go for it.

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June 25, 2011 3:43:43 AM

Hey there, welcome to the forums.

Wow, expensive build much? Hehe.
Not to be mean, but you are pouring money into all the wrong places. Here's my short list of recommendations.
-Get a cheaper case! A Silverstone RV-03 would be my pick. A very nice, high quality, classy looking case.

-Do NOT get that motherboard under ANY circumstances. It's P67, and is WAY to expensive. Look into Gigabyte's Z68X line, there are some excellent boards there for half the price. Z68 will improve your encoding times by up to 40%

-2600k is good.

-That PSU is rather underwhelming. I would prefer a Corsair 850HX for sure.

-Please, do NOT get 16GB of ram... You will never make use of it. 8GB is perfectly fine, and even that is overkill.

-You need a better graphics card. I would suggest a GTX 570, as it natively supports the Mercury Playback Engine, which unlocks special and advanced features in CS5.

Next please, don't get those HDD's. What I would do is get 2 2TB 5400RPM storage drives, and a fast 7200RPM (spinpoint F3) drive.

For an SSD, don't get an X25. Look into the OCZ Agility 3 line. WAY faster.

And the last thing is get some CPU cooling so you can OC. A Zalman 11x is a good choice.

Sorry for lack of links, but the advice should help nonetheless.
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June 25, 2011 4:00:23 AM

Thanks for the quick replies. I was pretty sure I was overdoing it by quite a bit.

For case I really really wanted the red one. Stupid I know but I tend to do dumb things like that, so I will probably stick with it.

I picked that Mobo because the case has front USB 3 plugs (4) and that is only Mobo I could find with USB 3 headers. I knew it was pricey but thought I needed it. I also thought I had to get a P67 to get the 1155 socket to work with Sandy Bridge. Will Z68X line work with 1155 socket?

I worried about that PSU, I had a Corsair picked out and changed.

I will definitely look into the PSU you mentioned and drop the RAM to 8GB. And also check out the SSD and HDDs. Those were just random choices.

I also picked the GeForce GTX 570 first but thought that was maybe too much for what I wanted to do. I have Photoshop CS5 so thanks for that tip.

Back to the drawing board. As I said this is a first for me and although I have been picking brains of a couple of people I know who have built computers and reading, I really don't have much of a clue what I am doing. But trying to learn.

I will post back with changes when I get it all figured out.
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June 25, 2011 4:01:12 AM

do you really want that red giant sitting on your table? :lol: 

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T 160$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 178$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K 300$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 150$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB 170$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB x4=240$: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... faster and cheaper

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 220$: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Gra...

Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive 21$: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=d...

OCZ Agility 3 120GB 195$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total=1643$ with 4 hdd's maybe you should just start out with 2 and add more when you need more space because 2tb is a lot
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June 25, 2011 4:24:25 AM

^^ excellent build. Drop to 8GB, upgrade to 570. Then you have a great build.
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June 25, 2011 4:31:11 AM

well he will be doing mostly photoshop.
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June 25, 2011 4:32:04 AM

Thanks, I have a lot to check out now and well on my way to doing a better job. That white case is pretty awesome for sure.
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June 25, 2011 8:31:15 PM

mjmjpfaff - Now that's a case I can love. Size might be an issue for me though. Height and width about the same as the Lian Li, but the depth is 5" greater. That would be a push for my cabinet.
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June 26, 2011 10:54:54 PM

I have reworked my list and hope I did better this time. I probably should have said at the beginning that I know I am not building what I actually need, but more what I want. I want it to have updated components and last a long time since at my age it may be the only one I ever build.

For the case, I guess I do want this big red box sitting in my cabinet. ;)  I just can't find one I like better as to color, size and quality and I have really been looking. So it is just gonna have to be my "splurge" I guess.

Still struggling with mobo choice. I have some wants there too, eSata ports on back and plenty of USB 3 ports also. And hopefully reliable as can be. But choices are so many. I have settled on either Asus or Gigabyte and the one below is just what I finally picked today.


1. Lian Li Case – PC-V1020 Red
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Motherboard – GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://tinyurl.com/3zym4d4

3. Processor - Intel Core i7 2600K
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52214

4. Power Supply - COUGAR SX850 COUGAR-SX850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Memory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Video Card - EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://tinyurl.com/3b35ojx

7. SSD Drive - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://tinyurl.com/3j9o343

8. HD (X2) – Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9. Optical Drive – LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 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 iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 27, 2011 2:57:27 PM

the ssd i posted is faster and cheaper

dont go overkill on the motherboard. you have done that. for your needs you only need a motherboard that costs less than 200$. like the one i posted

those hdd's are slower louder and run hotter than the spinpoint f3's i posted earlier

save 6$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for 10$ more you can get a card with great cooling- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


really? an all red theme inside an all red case without any window on it so you cant see your all red parts.
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June 27, 2011 9:28:50 PM

Striker, do I ever wish they sold that case.... I would snap it up in a minute.

mjmjpfaff. I didn't really notice that I had done the red and black until you mentioned it. I suppose that when faced with choices that were the same except as to color, I just automatically pick red, most of my wardrobe is that color too. :) 

I am changing the Video card to your suggestion. I like the cooling aspect.

Also changing the HHDs, I had those on my list of last two choices and for some reason went the wrong way.

I checked that mobo after you first listed it, but it doesn't have back eSata ports. I know I could just add a card for that, but really prefer not to.

For the DVD burner, I need Light Scribe as I use it a lot, so I have to stick with one that has it.

Will also check out the SSDs.

Thanks guys for the help.
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June 27, 2011 9:44:02 PM

If you get the Windforce card, know it only comes with a 3 year warranty. Also make sure to grab the Rev2.0 version.
For the mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This one has E-sata. It's also a TRUE Z68, whereas I think MJ mixed them up and got the "fixed" P67 version. You can see what I'm talking about when you compare the two. One has video out, one doesn't. No quicksync.

For a DVD burner, at least get one that doesn't have the gnarly white writing on it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Let us know!
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June 27, 2011 10:08:14 PM

I like that mobo, and it will do all I need. Also thanks for noticing all the junk on the DVD burner, I didn't. I sure didn't want that.

I did notice the other video card only has 3 year warranty. I would rather go with EVGA just on reputation, but I also like that Windforce is maybe cooler running.
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June 27, 2011 10:15:23 PM

Well I would only worry if you're going to OC. These cards can handle some pretty crazy temps, and the 570's are cool anyway. I assume you aren't going to be pushing your card to the max? If you are, then the Windforce makes sense. If you are gonna leave it stock/average OC, then the EVGA might be the better choice.
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June 27, 2011 10:22:03 PM

I doubt I will overclock anything. First I don't know how and secondly I would be afraid of blowing it all up. :) 

Thanks.
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June 28, 2011 1:07:04 AM

I just re-found a case I like better. And it is not red.

I had looked at it before I found the red one, but at the time it was unavailable for purchase. Now it is.

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only thing is, I have read about some folks having temp problems. Do you think it would be OK with my components if I don't OC?
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June 28, 2011 2:33:54 AM

I know some of the editors here don't like it. I suggest the Silverstone RV03. It's a fabulous case with a really unusual layout. Check it out!
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June 28, 2011 7:15:07 PM

I was going to ask why they don't like it, but in doing more research, I discovered the case that I had liked way back at the beginning of all this (from Corsair) was not this one, it is the new Carbide 500R in white. It actually has front usb 3 that connects to mobo headers rather than extension cables snaking around and out the back. But it doesn't seem to be available - out of stock on web site and can't find it anywhere else.
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January 23, 2012 2:40:44 PM

Stay away from OCZ SSD's, they have one of if not the highest failure rate in the SSD market. The intel versions are the most reliable, but also the most expensive. Might try the Corsair Force Series 3 crucial M4 series SSD's. The crucial has a lower write time, but are known to be very reliable. The Corsair Force Series SSD's are known to work well(after a few firmware releases), and are in the top 10or 15 speed wise(according to Passmark Rankings)
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