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July 18, 2011 6:35:48 PM

Hey I am pretty new to building PC's and I need all the advice I can get. I am a little intimidated so I was just going to buy a pre-built PC from some company like V3, or Ibuypower but I felt a little foolish paying 3 times more for something that I can purchase myself on newegg. Simply put I will appreciate any advice on alternative pieces I should buy but for the most part I just want to insure everything I'm planning on buying is compatible and that I am not missing anything required to make my PC run. I'm well aware that some of the stuff I am purchasing is a little overkill and more than I need but I probably wont be able to purchase another computer for about 5 years being that it took me some time to save up for this one. One big question I have though is whether it is more effective/ cost efficient to have to GTX 580 or one 590? Thanks in advance to any responses and I'm sorry for my own ignorance.

So here is everything...........


ASUS LGA 1366 - Intel X58 - Republic of Gamers - ATX Motherboard Rampage III Extreme


Intel Core i7-950 Processor 3.06GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366


Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 Series Modular 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RSA00-AMBAJ3-US


ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3 GB GDDR5 Video Card ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5


2X Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31500341AS-Bare Drive


Samsung Blu-Ray Internal SATA Drive with Lightscribe SH-B083L/BSBP (Black)


NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom Red


HyperX 24GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM Desktop Memory XMP T1 Black Series Hexa-Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3T1BK6/24GX


PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series


Sony MRW620/U1/181 Internal 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer


Intel PWLA8391GT PRO/1000 GT PCI Network Adapter


Asus Wireless Network Adapter (PCE-N13)

This setup comes out to 2,450 cash which is 2,000 less than any other pc store wanted for it being pre-built. All advice is appreciated and any advice on tutorials on how to put it all together.Thanks once again.



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July 18, 2011 7:10:30 PM

go for socket 1155 motherboard with i5 2500k (cheaper and much more powerful)

as for graphics card, if you're on one 1920x1080 GTX580 will max out every game that is out, including BF3. if you going dual monitors/3d vision/1600p you should go 590, otherwise its not worth it
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July 18, 2011 7:11:07 PM

also i would suggest a HAF series case :p 
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July 18, 2011 7:22:45 PM

0ozee said:
go for socket 1155 motherboard with i5 2500k (cheaper and much more powerful)

as for graphics card, if you're on one 1920x1080 GTX580 will max out every game that is out, including BF3. if you going dual monitors/3d vision/1600p you should go 590, otherwise its not worth it



Thanks but everywhere i just looked for that motherboard it saw bad reviews. Can you provide me with a link maybe I was looking at the wrong one. I'm new to computers but everywhere else in the world you pay for what you get. So why would a cheaper motherboard be more powerful? Thanks.

I like the look of the phantom case it got good reviews every were what are the benefits of the HAF case? Is liquid cooling worth it over air cooling?
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July 18, 2011 7:27:41 PM

I agree on the 1155 mobo and 2500K CPU. The P67 is better for gamers, while the Z68 should be the choice for video transcoders (editing & such).

The GTX 590 has been iffy in delivery. I agree that the GTX 580 will do fine. If you need more power, two GTX 580s in SLI will outperform the GTX 590.

Your RAM is overkill for gaming. Even if you go with the older X58 mobo the 24 GB will slow gaming down from 12 GB. If you are going with an 1155 rig then go with 8 GB RAM.

Why are you in need of a wireless adapter? Most mobos have network adapters and are harwired by Cat 5 into the access point.

The PSU is overkill. But having that much wattage is not a bad idea.

I don't see a SSD. I consider a 128 GB SSD a must in new builds.
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July 18, 2011 7:36:55 PM

The The 2nd generation Intel® Core processors outperform the 1st generation Intel Core processors at the same clock speed by up to 15%. Because the Intel Core i5-2500K is already running at faster than the Intel Core i7-950, the i5-2500K should outperform it by an even greater amount. Also since it since the Intel Core i5-2500K costs less and the P67 or Z68 boards will most likely also cost less than the X58 boards you can put the money into other areas that may give you even great performance, like an SSD.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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July 18, 2011 8:02:38 PM

these are the changes you guys think I should make? And how is ssd I chose?




ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard



Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155


Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit


Crucial Technology 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1


or should I go for 256GB


Samsung MZ-5PA256 256 GB Solid State Drive







Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 Series Modular 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RSA00-AMBAJ3-US


ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3 GB GDDR5 Video Card ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5


2X Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31500341AS-Bare Drive


Samsung Blu-Ray Internal SATA Drive with Lightscribe SH-B083L/BSBP (Black)


NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom Red



PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series


Sony MRW620/U1/181 Internal 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer


Intel PWLA8391GT PRO/1000 GT PCI Network Adapter


Asus Wireless Network Adapter (PCE-N13) Do I not need this?
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July 18, 2011 8:53:55 PM

We are moving in the right direction. Couple of things real quick first make sure that they memory that you select is 1.5v or lower. If you use memory that is higher you may damage the processor and void your warranty. Also the motherboard that you have selected has a build in 1 GB NIC that you can connect form, so you really don’t need a second NIC card and a wireless card (unless you are looking to connect wireless). Also while the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) if you are going to overclock this processor you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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July 18, 2011 9:06:12 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
We are moving in the right direction. Couple of things real quick first make sure that they memory that you select is 1.5v or lower. If you use memory that is higher you may damage the processor and void your warranty. Also the motherboard that you have selected has a build in 1 GB NIC that you can connect form, so you really don’t need a second NIC card and a wireless card (unless you are looking to connect wireless). Also while the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) if you are going to overclock this processor you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team



Thanks so much I am really new to this. What memory are you referring to when you say make sure it is 1.5 volts? Were would I verify that because I look at it under the product specifications and it doesn't say anything there. I only wanted the wireless adapter to eliminate more wires. Should I get 128 gb ssd or 256? Does it help to have more or is it just overkill as well? Thanks a lot.
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July 19, 2011 12:42:48 AM

The memory OEM will spec the RAM chips at the sale site. Look for the 1.5 volt type. If you buy online the sale site will have the spec. If from a store then ask the salesperson and if she doesn't know walk out.

Generally the 256 GB SSDs are faster than their 128 GB counterparts. I'd buy the 256 if I could afford it (and settled on the 128 because of budget). Make certain that the SSD is SATA 3.0 (6.0GBps) and not SATA 2.0 (3.0 GBps).

Just for my curiosity, why the Sabretooth? It is a nice mobo but you can get some better featured alternatives for less.
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July 19, 2011 2:15:13 AM

Because I am ignorant and I dont know anybetter. I just picked whatever had the best reviews on amazon and new egg if you could point me to something better I will be more than glad to pick that. I am completely new to making my own computer but ignorance shouldn't scare me. Any advice would be appreciated. What is the mobo you would choose?
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