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July 14, 2011 6:58:45 PM

So this is my first time building, and with the much thanked help of Dalauder and my neighbor, I came up with this

Processor = Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Graphics Card = XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM = CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Case = Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Cooling = COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Harddrive = SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

SSD = OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Optical Drive = ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Operating System = Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard = ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Monitor = Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Keyboard = Microsoft SideWinder X6 Black Keyboard Win USB English
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Mouse = Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Headset = PLANTRONICS GameCom 367 Closed-ear 3.5mm Circumaural Stereo Headset
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

And I'm not sure whether to get the Corsair TX850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or the XFX pro 850w (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

So what are your thoughts? Would this be a good gaming computer? I'm hoping to order tonight

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 7:10:59 PM

if you want the antec 1200 as your case, i would use this as your PSU, its excellent and well priced, but only capable of fitting in certain cases:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

in general i think you could build a competitive computer for vastly less (think i5-2500k + hd6950), but i see nothing overtly wrong with the parts aside from the price. (if youre curious, id be happy to show you what id do with the same amount of money, although id prefer you tell me what that amount is)
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 7:13:17 PM

That is a very nice build!
But if you are looking for recommendations I recommend the following hardware.

For the motheboard I would recommend the following motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the PSU I would recommend the following unit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard is a new rock solid Z68 ROG micro that is a real bruiser and the PSU is the best that money can currently buy.
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July 14, 2011 7:48:44 PM

Thank you, and I would like to see what you would do. It probably won't change much but it can't hurt

The total price is about $1960, but it would be around $1500-$1600 if I wans't buying the monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.

@genghiskron, if the PSU you recomended has over voltage protection, I'll get it

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 8:16:35 PM

jwag598 said:
Thank you, and I would like to see what you would do. It probably won't change much but it can't hurt

The total price is about $1960, but it would be around $1500-$1600 if I wans't buying the monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.

@genghiskron, if the PSU you recomended has over voltage protection, I'll get it


Most reviews on the Seasonic have stated that it can acutally handle over 1000W.

I personally used it in a Dual 480 super-clock build.
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July 14, 2011 8:21:46 PM

Awesome, will there a be a problem with the number of connectors? the case I chose has 7 120m led fans and 1 200mm led fan
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 8:24:56 PM

There are no 3/4 pin fan cables on the PSU itself, however there are plenty of molex connectors that the fans can run off of with the proper adapter.
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July 14, 2011 8:35:40 PM

Could you dumbify that a bit please? Most my knowledge about computers is based on my current eight year old computer (not much) and what my neighbor and daluader have told me. So I don't know what you mean by 3/4 pin fan cables or molex and or what adapters to use
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 8:57:53 PM

jwag598 said:
Could you dumbify that a bit please? Most my knowledge about computers is based on my current eight year old computer (not much) and what my neighbor and daluader have told me. So I don't know what you mean by 3/4 pin fan cables or molex and or what adapters to use


If you look at a computer case fan you will see that there is a small plastic rectangle at the end of the cable that is attached to the fan itself. In this rectangle will be 3 or 4 holes.

These holes indicate what type fan connection is required in order to run that fan. A fan with 3 holes in the small plastic rectangle will often be referred to as a "3 pin fan" and will be the most common type of case fan you will see.

However, a 4 pin fan is known as a PWM fan. A PWM fan when placed on a 4 pin slot on a motherboard for example will allow you to control the speed at which that fan operates via the motherboard or some other type of software. These fans are often more expensive than 3 pin fans.

A molex is a flattened and elongated rectangular connection that you will need to use in order to provide power to things like your optical drive, hard drives and case fans.

However, in order to run case fans off of a molex connection you will need an adapter like this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also pleanty of cables out there that allow you to run up to nine fans off of a single molex adapter or 3 pin fan connection. Here is an example of such a cable.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12590/cab-425/Phobya_...

You can often "daisy chain" countless numbers of fans off of a single molex.

You are also able to run fans off of "motherboard fan headers" but some people advise against it.
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July 14, 2011 9:15:21 PM

Thanks, I'm actually thinking about getting a different case, I'm dong some research now,
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 9:16:34 PM

jwag598 said:
Thanks, I'm actually thinking about getting a different case, I'm dong some research now,


I see, what is your current budget for said case?
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July 14, 2011 9:18:53 PM

Around the same price as the one before, so #=$150-$170
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July 14, 2011 9:54:39 PM

Personally I have the HAF-X for my current build...you can look at in my configuration.

But I did have a look at Corsair 800D, but I cannot justified the price for it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 10:08:55 PM

kong911 said:
Personally I have the HAF-X for my current build...you can look at in my configuration.

But I did have a look at Corsair 800D, but I cannot justified the price for it.


Indeed, the 800D is better for water cooling anyway.
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July 14, 2011 10:15:06 PM

Thanks guys but I think I'll go for the COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

And since the Antec power supply only worked with the case, Do you think I shoud go with the Corsair Tx850 v2?
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July 14, 2011 10:32:44 PM

Thanks, I'll look into it
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