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July 30, 2011 9:21:57 PM

Hello to you all, wise men and women of my favorite forum.

I'm building a new computer, probably around August 15, for somewhere around 1700 usd at current exchange rate (I'm in Norway, so roughly 9-10 000 nok), but less is better. I'm mostly looking for value here.

Shoping list atm:
Case: COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced (read reviews, looks awesome)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (I've had an asus p5w dh deluxe since 2006, still runs like a charm, so i'm biased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (also intel, biased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (just for OS and most used programs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've already got a 1TB internal and a 1,5 TB external drive for storage, a 750w corsair power supply, keyboard/mouse, a dvd-burner(that I never use) and (don't shoot me now) I'm thinking of holding on to my gtx 260 graphics card. To tell you the truth, it really hasn't been the bottleneck of my current computer (asus p5w dh deluxe, core 2 duo and 2 gb of corsair ram, all from 2006), so I'll buy a new one if the need should arise.

Right now I'd rather spend the money on a new monitor (got a 17" 4:3 atm, also from 2006):
BenQ VW2420H (VA panel tech and good review at Trusted Reviews, don't mind 8ms, not big fps-guy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And speakers:
Logitech Z523 (no room for surround)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also buying some arctic silver cooling paste and an extra 120 mm fan for the case. Shopping from the cheapest vendors in Norway, shipment included, my total is 8806 NOK or 1634 USD. Prices are a littel bit steeper in Norway than in the U.S., and especially compared to newegg, so lets call it a 1300 dollar newegg-system.

I'm going to be using this computer for almost everything, but mostly gaming, media and school work (programming, and creating flash)

Any input and opinions are more than welcome:-D

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July 31, 2011 12:19:10 AM

The memory has too high voltage reqs. Here's better RAM at a better price, if you axct right away and use the promo code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ooops, Norway. Well, look for 1.5V RAM please. G.Skill is available in Europe but usually hard to find, maybe Corsair if not Kingston.

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July 31, 2011 2:24:48 PM

Proximon said:
The memory has too high voltage reqs. Here's better RAM at a better price, if you axct right away and use the promo code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ooops, Norway. Well, look for 1.5V RAM please. G.Skill is available in Europe but usually hard to find, maybe Corsair if not Kingston.


Thanks for that! I hadn't even considered that voltage could be important. Whats the difference between 1.65 V and 1.5 V? What does it mean?

I had originally planned to buy these CORSAIR Vengeance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but then I read this article here on Tom's, and wanted to go for the winner, especially since the test setup was quite similar to my build.

Now I'm considering these CORSAIR Vengeance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't mind the price difference. ~$10 is acceptable. What do you think?

Anything else you can spot on my build that doesn't make sense?
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July 31, 2011 8:32:13 PM

I would recommend the corsair kit you linked. 1866 will beat 1600 in any brand... feels odd saying that as we have been saying the opposite for years. Used to be latency was more important than clock speed.

The 1.5V kits have proven to be more trouble-free and stress the system less. 1.65V is the old standard for X58 boards.

Did you read the SSD article that is on the front page? It's good info.

I will mention after a time my old 750TX developed a loose 24-pin connector. I'm a water-cooler and frequent upgrader and the part wore out. Corsair replaced it with a new 750TX V2, which was very nice of them. I'm just saying it's something to think about. I now use a fully modular Seasonic in my primary rig.

Cooler master Hyper 212+ is a popular cooler.
http://www.komplett.ie/Komplett/product/ZKB_01COM/13_CO...

Most of the main brands have something that will work. On the high end the new Corsair H100 is actually good for a self-contained water kit:
http://www.komplett.ie/Komplett/product/ZKB_01COM/13_CO...
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