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July 20, 2011 3:37:49 PM

Hey guys,

This is my first post to the forum and I'd like to say thanks to all of you. I haven't built a pc in over 7 years (roughly when the first Farcry came out) and ALOT has changed since then. After perusing the forum, all of you have provided me with a ton of information on current PC's. With that said, I have a pc build in mind that I'm about to pull the trigger on but would like a little input first. The PC will be used primarily for gaming at 1920x1080. I'd like to be able to max out most games but I'm sure I'll run into a few that will give me issues (crysis 2 maybe?), so I'll look into SLI if necessary.

I'll be purchasing from Newegg and these prices should be current


($159.99) GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 ATX Intel Motherboard

($134.99) PSU CORSAIR| CMPSU-850TX 850W RT

($84.99) HD 1T|WD 7K 32M SATA2 WD1001FALS % - OEM

($179.99) SSD 120G|OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTX120G RTL

($79.99) MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

($314.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R

($339.99) VGA EVGA|012-P3-1577-KR GTX570 R

($139.99) CASE NZXT|PHANTOM PHAN-001BK R

($399.99) MNTR ACER|LCD 23.6" 2MS HS244HQBMII

($19.99) DVD BRN ASUS | DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS% - OEM


I will overclock the cpu some time in the future but probably not to the point that I'll need massive cooling in my rig. I bought the monitor for 3d gaming but I'm a little uncertain how well it will run with the current specs. More than likely I won't be playing in 3d all of the time but will every once in a while

One thing that I haven't researched yet is thermal paste. Do all of them perform roughly the same or is there one type that beats all? I've heard Arctic Silver is good.....

Let me know if you all need more information. but as far as the build goes, is it Overkill? Not enough? Just right? Let me know what you guys think when you get a chance. Thanks in advance

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July 20, 2011 4:00:32 PM

($269.99) MB GIGABYTE|GA-Z68XP-UD5 Z68 1155 R

a $270 Motherboard? not in my house!

($134.99) PSU Corsair| CMPSU-850TX 850W RT

Coolio

($84.99) HD 1T|WD 7K 32M SATA2 WD1001FALS % - OEM

also Coolio

($179.99) SSD 120G|OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTX120G RTL

120G SSD? uhhh alright?

($79.99) MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

DDR3-1600 on sandy-bridges is a auto paranoia for me: anything 1600 MHz and above might void your CPU warrenty

($314.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R

Coolio, downgrade to i5-2500 if you want to save $100 for a slight worse performance

($339.99) VGA EVGA|012-P3-1577-KR GTX570 R

GeForce Man: gon rip you off sum monies here,lol. *trollface.jpg*
Radeon Man: oh no you didn't! not with my HD 6950 with the same performance and now $65 cheaper! (Radeon Man PAWNCH!)
GeForce Man: Curse you Radeon Man! *flies off into the sky while doing cartwheel*
Everyone: Thank you Radeon Man!
Radeon Man: AHAHAHAHA! *flies off with epic rainbow trail and make a sonic boom*
Narrator: Radeon HD GPUs! Its THAT FAST.

($139.99) CASE NZXT|PHANTOM PHAN-001BK R

Somewhat Coolio

($399.99) MNTR Acer|LCD 23.6" 2MS HS244HQBMII

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

($19.99) DVD BRN Asus | DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS% - OEM

Coolio

($0) HDD: Air 0TB 0RPM 0Gb/s

Get a better HDD, only 120GB of SSD is not enough. also. 120GB of SDD is somwhat overated.


Radeon Man: *flies back* Remember Kids, check out Anand Tech for the most awesome GPUs for youuuuu!
Narrator: Radeon HD GPUs! Its THAT FAST.
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July 20, 2011 4:35:31 PM

-I wasn't aware of any issues running DDR3-1600 with a Sandy Bridge CPU. What is the issue? Is it too fast?

-The only thing I'll be putting on the SSD is the operating system and 4-5 games (roughly) at a time so I think the size will be fine. The HDD will be used for storing other misc. crap. Is there really a HUGE difference in loading times on an SSD (SATA II) versus standard HDD?

-Thanks for the recommendation for the monitor. I'll definitely look into it

-Now I'm sure that I'll catch a bunch of *** from some of you but.....I swore off ATI cards. In the past, either in a desktop or laptop, I have had nothing but issues (primarily driver related) with ATI cards. The hardware is there but the drivers are not IMO. I don't mind spending a few extra bucks on an Nvidia equivalent.
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July 20, 2011 5:06:35 PM

foverosiv said:
($269.99) MB GIGABYTE|GA-Z68XP-UD5 Z68 1155 R

a $270 Motherboard? not in my house!

($134.99) PSU Corsair| CMPSU-850TX 850W RT

Coolio

($84.99) HD 1T|WD 7K 32M SATA2 WD1001FALS % - OEM

also Coolio

($179.99) SSD 120G|OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTX120G RTL

120G SSD? uhhh alright?

($79.99) MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

DDR3-1600 on sandy-bridges is a auto paranoia for me: anything 1600 MHz and above might void your CPU warrenty

($314.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R

Coolio, downgrade to i5-2500 if you want to save $100 for a slight worse performance

($339.99) VGA EVGA|012-P3-1577-KR GTX570 R

GeForce Man: gon rip you off sum monies here,lol. *trollface.jpg*
Radeon Man: oh no you didn't! not with my HD 6950 with the same performance and now $65 cheaper! (Radeon Man PAWNCH!)
GeForce Man: Curse you Radeon Man! *flies off into the sky while doing cartwheel*
Everyone: Thank you Radeon Man!
Radeon Man: AHAHAHAHA! *flies off with epic rainbow trail and make a sonic boom*
Narrator: Radeon HD GPUs! Its THAT FAST.

($139.99) CASE NZXT|PHANTOM PHAN-001BK R

Somewhat Coolio

($399.99) MNTR Acer|LCD 23.6" 2MS HS244HQBMII

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

($19.99) DVD BRN Asus | DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS% - OEM

Coolio

($0) HDD: Air 0TB 0RPM 0Gb/s

Get a better HDD, only 120GB of SSD is not enough. also. 120GB of SDD is somwhat overated.


Radeon Man: *flies back* Remember Kids, check out Anand Tech for the most awesome GPUs for youuuuu!
Narrator: Radeon HD GPUs! Its THAT FAST.



Crap, this is the correct mobo GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 ATX Intel Motherboard. I wondered why $270 seemed a bit high....
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