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First pc build components compatibility check! Please help!

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June 30, 2011 8:55:28 AM


This is my first build ever, and I'm having trouble with compatibilities with my components, as I'm not sure if they are compatible with each other. Could someone tell me if these are compatible:

Case: BitFenix Colossus White (ATX, with the changing red/blue LEDs)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K, LGA1155, 3.3 GHz, 6MB
Water cooling for the cpu: Antec Kühler H2O 920

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 B3, LGA1155, Intel P67, DDR3, SLI/CrossFireX

GPU: Point of View NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ultra Charged, TGT, 2GB GDDR5, 2xDVI/miniHDMI

RAM: G. Skill 8GB (2x4GB) Sniper DDR3 1600MHz, 7-8-7-24

Optical drive: Samsung DVD+-RW DL 22x, IDE (SH-S222A/RSMS)

HDDs: Seagate (ST3160316AS) 160GB Barracuda.12, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB, SATA III and Seagate (ST31000524AS ) 1TB Barracuda 7200.12, SATA III, 7200rpm, 32MB

Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI

Network card: TP-Link TL-WN350G

PSU: Chieftec 750W "Super Series" (CFT-750-14CS )

Thanks and please tell, if I need to change anything (my budget is 1600€/1390GBP). Also tell your opinion on my build.

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June 30, 2011 9:09:14 AM

^ Good parts, some suggestions -
1. Dump the sound card, onboard these days are pretty good,...
2. With the money saved, get a better graphics card - HD 6950 1GB/ GTX 560Ti
3. Any other PSU option??
4. Why 2 HDDs?? Do you have them ??
5. No IDE DVD drives, go with SATA - Thinner cables hence less clutter,...
June 30, 2011 9:52:48 AM

Gee, thanks for the quick reply!

Ok, I'll drop the sound card. I thought it would be unnecessary, but I didn't know for sure. I have one other PSU option which would be Nexus RX-8500 850W Tranquillity Power, or do you have anything in mind? The 2 HDDs I need for games and video editing, since I do a lot of both. But I could just leave the 160gb one out. Also, any suggestions for the dvd drive?
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June 30, 2011 10:16:12 AM

Any online store link ? So that I can see for alternatives...
PSU - 700-750W from Corsair / Antec TP series/ PCP&S/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ Be Quiet
DVD - Get any DVD drive, just make sure that the cable used for connection is a SATA and not IDE,...
How the SATA drive connectors will look on a DVD drive
June 30, 2011 11:35:53 AM


PSU - XFX 750W

Mobo - This is cheaper and is as good or better

RAM - IMO this is better - Not worth paying so much more for CAS 7 when you get CAS 8 for this price

GPU - Like I said, get the 560 Ti or the AMD Radeon HD 6950,....