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July 19, 2011 4:25:51 PM

CPU: i5 2500k - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Asus P8Z68 Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mem: Corsair 8GB (2x4096MB) CL9 1600Mhz VENGEANCE BLUE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: Gigabyte GTX570 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: Intel 510 120GB or OCZ SSD Vertex3 120GB (whats the difference on the two other then label and the better Reading and Writing Speed on the OCZ one?) - Intel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: NZXT Phantom Special Edition Red Stripes - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Honorable mention;
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
PSU: Fractal Design Newton R2, 650W modular
Thats all worth mentioning because all other parts are original from an old stock computer.

Do you think this is a good build, do you think there is something that i could change, add or remove? Give me your thoughts on this please.






This is what im looking at atm. Im a gamer, i play on 1920*1080 (max reso., yes?)reso. Im gonna do an upgrade some time in September. Though i have a few questions about this build...

I would want x2 HDD's in RAID 0 mode, which HDD's would you recommend for this? Do you vote against RAID 0? Do you think i should go x2 HDD in RAID 0 mode or not? Explain why please.

Is that PSU enough? Im not planing on going dual GPU's (Crossfire, yes?)

What does the "k" stand for in i5 2500k? Is the 2500k only for those that gonna overclock their Processor's? Is it hard to Overclock?

Thanks in advance!


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July 19, 2011 7:21:48 PM

I'm going to answer your questions slightly out of order. :) 

"Is that PSU enough? Im not planing on going dual GPU's (Crossfire, yes?)"

Its technically enough, but you would be pushing the comfortable limits of your power supply with the 570 video card. If you plan on overclocking you should upgrade to a 750w or larger.

"What does the "k" stand for in i5 2500k? Is the 2500k only for those that gonna overclock their Processor's? Is it hard to Overclock? "

The "K" series chips have an unlocked core multiplier. These are for overclocking, and they are very simple to overclock.

"Do you think this is a good build, do you think there is something that i could change, add or remove? Give me your thoughts on this please."

A DVD/BD drive might come in handy, also if you plan on overclocking, upgrade your power supply.

"I would want x2 HDD's in RAID 0 mode, which HDD's would you recommend for this? Do you vote against RAID 0? Do you think i should go x2 HDD in RAID 0 mode or not? Explain why please."

Raid 0 (stripe) will give you greater read and write performance, but you are already installing an SSD which has substantially greater performance than any traditional drive setup can meet. The downside to raid 0, is that if something happens that corrupts either of the drives you lose all of the data on both of them, and Raid configurations are also more difficult to setup. If your going to spend this much money on a setup use a raid 1 (mirror) to protect your data, if you have to have the extra performance on your data drive buy one more disk and use raid 5 (stripe +parity).

Happy Building :) 
July 19, 2011 8:11:13 PM

dalethepcman said:
I'm going to answer your questions slightly out of order. :) 

"Is that PSU enough? Im not planing on going dual GPU's (Crossfire, yes?)"

Its technically enough, but you would be pushing the comfortable limits of your power supply with the 570 video card. If you plan on overclocking you should upgrade to a 750w or larger.

"What does the "k" stand for in i5 2500k? Is the 2500k only for those that gonna overclock their Processor's? Is it hard to Overclock? "

The "K" series chips have an unlocked core multiplier. These are for overclocking, and they are very simple to overclock.

"Do you think this is a good build, do you think there is something that i could change, add or remove? Give me your thoughts on this please."

A DVD/BD drive might come in handy, also if you plan on overclocking, upgrade your power supply.

"I would want x2 HDD's in RAID 0 mode, which HDD's would you recommend for this? Do you vote against RAID 0? Do you think i should go x2 HDD in RAID 0 mode or not? Explain why please."

Raid 0 (stripe) will give you greater read and write performance, but you are already installing an SSD which has substantially greater performance than any traditional drive setup can meet. The downside to raid 0, is that if something happens that corrupts either of the drives you lose all of the data on both of them, and Raid configurations are also more difficult to setup. If your going to spend this much money on a setup use a raid 1 (mirror) to protect your data, if you have to have the extra performance on your data drive buy one more disk and use raid 5 (stripe +parity).

Happy Building :) 


Alright, so i just have a few ? hanging in the air right now :p 

What exactly does RAID0 RAID1 and RAID 5 do?

I already have a DVD so that all sorted.

"Its technically enough, but you would be pushing the comfortable limits of your power supply with the 570 video card. If you plan on overclocking you should upgrade to a 750w or larger.
What do you mean "pushing the comfortable limits"? Will it it affect my performance? Or will the 650W just be enough?

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