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August 4, 2011 11:40:00 PM

I already have all the components chosen. I need you guys' opinion on a build for gaming and overall if the parts are compatible, overclockable, etc.

MemoryG.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - Memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 1333 MHz / PC3-10666 - CL9 - 1.5 V - unbuffered - non-ECC

HDDWestern Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Desktop Hard Drive

MouseLogitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse

GPUEVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty 015-P3-1580-AR

HeadsetLogitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound

Optical DriveLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

CaseCorsair Obsidian 650D Aluminum Mid Tower ATX Enthusiast Computer Case - Black CC650DW-1

Thermal pasteArctic Silver 5 3.5G Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Grease CPU Heat Sink Compound

JoystickLogitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black)

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

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

KeyboardLogitech Gaming Keyboard G510

PSUCorsair CMPSU-750HX 750-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

Opinions, ideas, discussion, please :D 
August 4, 2011 11:53:26 PM

This looks great. There is just one thing that I would recommend changing. Ram. G.Skill is great, however, their Ripjaws series is over rated.
I would try to work this into your budget http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, this is a great build. The 2500k is great, and the sabertooth is really nice. Also, the gtx 580 is one of the best cards that you can get. And also, if you wouldn't mind, when you get it all, telling me how the g930 is, because I've wanted them for sooo long and want to know if they're worth the money :D 
August 4, 2011 11:54:48 PM

Thanks. Sure I will! How hard is overclocking the i5 2500k?
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August 5, 2011 12:18:22 AM

It's not hard at all. It's a very easy cpu to overclock. My friend hit 4.5Ghz stable-ish, and 4.2 completely stable. It's especially easy with the sabertooth because of its fancy bios :p 
August 5, 2011 12:25:41 AM

Any advice for building it? Won't stuff happens while travelling on the road? (long shipping to here) and etc :p 
Anonymous
August 5, 2011 12:37:30 AM

@Patoooo... Never worry about that... If it's DOA or damaged you will get a replacement....

You wanna know what i've gotta do... I've gotta somehow order my parts and make newegg ship to my hotel in washington (which they wont so i gotta find a way to do that) THEN i have to get my parts, pack them up and ship them to turkey where i live... Life is great right? I'm gona be carryingl ike 30 pounds of weight in pc parts lawl... And that "fragile" sticker doesn't do snap! Then when i get home and try to build it! It happens that the motherboard doesn't work! WOah! awesome! Paying $50 shipping to get a replacement board... and hell! Motherboards here cost like $300! Life's awsum raight?

Anyways on topic: Very good build, And maybe for a psu you might want this:

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

Pretty much same efficiency as the Corsair but it's cheaper + made by seasonic (xfx just packages it and writes its name on it)

Your Ram should stick to what it is.... Jrwiz gave you a HELLA EXPENSIVE RAM :o  wow lol....

For your mouse wouldn't the logitech g9x be better or the gigabyte gm-m8000x???

Otherwise goodluck, no worries!
August 5, 2011 12:40:10 AM

Lol altay you beat me. I gotta order it and a friend in Texas to pick it up then drive 600 miles to give them to me. I kind of want to change the PSU cuz it says 1-4 weeks of shipping in Amazon, although I'm not sure if I should change to Newegg.
Anonymous
August 5, 2011 12:44:47 AM

Well it doesn't really matter for the psu since they are pretty much equal! But the Xfx looks pretty cool hehe
August 5, 2011 12:46:45 AM

I'll try to switch to Newegg
Anonymous
August 5, 2011 12:48:08 AM

Patoooo1 said:
I'll try to switch to Newegg


Sure, Good luck on your build! I'm gona go sleep now o.O 4am here :p 
August 5, 2011 12:51:30 AM

Is Newegg like one provider or like Ebay or Amazon?
August 5, 2011 1:11:07 AM

Patoooo1 said:
I already have all the components chosen. I need you guys' opinion on a build for gaming and overall if the parts are compatible, overclockable, etc.

MemoryG.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - Memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 1333 MHz / PC3-10666 - CL9 - 1.5 V - unbuffered - non-ECC

HDDWestern Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Desktop Hard Drive

MouseLogitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse

GPUEVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty 015-P3-1580-AR

HeadsetLogitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound

Optical DriveLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

CaseCorsair Obsidian 650D Aluminum Mid Tower ATX Enthusiast Computer Case - Black CC650DW-1

Thermal pasteArctic Silver 5 3.5G Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Grease CPU Heat Sink Compound

JoystickLogitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black)

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

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

KeyboardLogitech Gaming Keyboard G510

PSUCorsair CMPSU-750HX 750-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

Opinions, ideas, discussion, please :D 


i think the sabertooth isnt very great because you need to buy another fan on top of its already expensive price for that thermal covering to actually cool. it heat up without it here is a quality gigabyte z68 motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 165$ shipped

the western digital caviar black 1tb is slower than the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb overall and it is much more expensive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... gskill makes great ram 60$

mouse- great choice

headset- the one you chose is a little pricey http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-H... this is said to give just as good sound as the g930

gpu- i guess no sli by the looks of your psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... more powerful card for less

case- for that money you should get a full tower- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... this is a great case at a great price it is 180$ at newegg not including shipping

thermal paste- the hyper 212 plus comes with good paste

psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-... silver rated fully modular and cheaper

joystick- good choice

cpu- great choice

you can probably afford 2 gtx 560 ti's which are even better than the card i just listed- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...




August 5, 2011 1:23:13 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i think the sabertooth isnt very great because you need to buy another fan on top of its already expensive price for that thermal covering to actually cool. it heat up without it here is a quality gigabyte z68 motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 165$ shipped

the western digital caviar black 1tb is slower than the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb overall and it is much more expensive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... gskill makes great ram 60$

mouse- great choice

headset- the one you chose is a little pricey http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-H... this is said to give just as good sound as the g930

gpu- i guess no sli by the looks of your psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... more powerful card for less

case- for that money you should get a full tower- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... this is a great case at a great price it is 180$ at newegg not including shipping

thermal paste- the hyper 212 plus comes with good paste

psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-... silver rated fully modular and cheaper

joystick- good choice

cpu- great choice

you can probably afford 2 gtx 560 ti's which are even better than the card i just listed- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


You are right, and wrong. The sabertooth. You do not need to buy the fan to make the thermal armor work. It still cools believe it or not, it's like a heat sink basically. And, how is the western digital slower? just asking, but the spinpoint is better (lower price) And the headset is only $99 right now, so, it's def worth it. And also, he could pretty easily sli with a 750w.
August 5, 2011 1:27:26 AM

I don't plan on SLI because of the power bills and not really needed, one GTX should max or near max almost every game out.
August 5, 2011 1:36:35 AM

Patoooo1 said:
Is Newegg like one provider or like Ebay or Amazon?


Newegg is not like Amazon or Ebay. It is one provider/dealer. All of the stuff comes from them, directly and completely.(with few exceptions)
August 5, 2011 1:44:28 AM

So then it's safer.
August 5, 2011 1:47:14 AM

Patoooo1 said:
So then it's safer.


Indeed.
August 5, 2011 3:57:58 AM

gtx 580 sli with 750w???? alone it pulls over 700w of power- http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-revie... . the western digital is faster in some categories and the spipoint is faster in some categories. overall the spinpoint is faster. dont ask me where i got that from i wont be able to find the article. if he wants to spend the extra much money for the logitech brand go ahead, i dont mean that in a demeaning way sorry if it comes across that way. if you look at the sabertooth there is a hole for an 80mm fan. im sorry i didnt choose my words carefully. without it the tuf armor doesnt work well. some people ive talked to said without it it actually heats up the board. they may be wrong though i havent checked many professional reviews.
August 5, 2011 4:00:25 AM

jrwizbang said:
Newegg is not like Amazon or Ebay. It is one provider/dealer. All of the stuff comes from them, directly and completely.(with few exceptions)

well if you search form the buy new from you can find the ones sold by amazon itself. they have an impeccable no questions asked return policy and free shipping over 25$. and if you live in places like california and new york there is no taxes!!
August 5, 2011 5:30:36 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
well if you search form the buy new from you can find the ones sold by amazon itself. they have an impeccable no questions asked return policy and free shipping over 25$. and if you live in places like california and new york there is no taxes!!


I understand that. I was jst answering a question and telling him, that Newegg ISN'T like Amazon.
August 5, 2011 9:13:21 PM

i know i just love amazon since i live in cali.
August 7, 2011 2:56:17 AM

Wait is the RAM I was provided with on the first reply 2 or 4 sticks?
August 7, 2011 3:15:55 AM

2 probably
August 7, 2011 3:33:47 AM

It was 8gb (4x2gb)
August 7, 2011 4:32:18 AM

But I mean 2x2x2x2 or 4x2?
August 7, 2011 4:47:08 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i think the sabertooth isnt very great because you need to buy another fan on top of its already expensive price for that thermal covering to actually cool. it heat up without it here is a quality gigabyte z68 motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 165$ shipped

the western digital caviar black 1tb is slower than the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb overall and it is much more expensive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... gskill makes great ram 60$

mouse- great choice

headset- the one you chose is a little pricey http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-H... this is said to give just as good sound as the g930

gpu- i guess no sli by the looks of your psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... more powerful card for less

case- for that money you should get a full tower- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... this is a great case at a great price it is 180$ at newegg not including shipping

thermal paste- the hyper 212 plus comes with good paste

psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-... silver rated fully modular and cheaper

joystick- good choice

cpu- great choice

you can probably afford 2 gtx 560 ti's which are even better than the card i just listed- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Great comments, however I have to disagree with you on the 650D. I own it and I had the HAF X - the 650D is superior in quality and design. The 650D is large enough for tri-SLI or crossfire and is probably the best designed case overall on the market. The Silverstone Raven (your recommendation) and the Fortress are also good cases and have superior cooling (they cool better than the 650D) and also are good choices. However the Fortress has does not support USB 3.0 (this may have changed) and it is $250 - still it is a great case. The Raven does support USB 3.0 but it is very large. It also has excellent cooling. Any of these cases are a great choice - I just prefer the 650D because it is so well thought out. Everything just works.

The Corsair supports USB 3.0 and its external hot-swap bay is SATA III. It is top quality and you have Corsair's legendary customer service to stand behind it. Its layout is near perfection to build in and it is nearly tooless and has easy access.

Also, concerning the PSU, I would recommend you stay with the Corsair HX 750 or go to the HX 850. I own both. The advantage of going to the 850 is that it remains quieter than the 750 during heavy use. It will also be more efficient. It also frequently goes on sale for less than $140.

For your RAM, Newegg frequently has Gskill or Corsair 2 x 4 GB RAM 1866 DDR3 on sale for $75.00. This is the sweet spot of performance VS cost. 1600 RAM is also a good choice but the cost difference is insignificant.
August 7, 2011 5:01:02 AM

Depending on how many PCI-E cards you are going to run you may want to look at the Asus z68 Pro V or the new AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 (the newest AsRock Extreme 4.

The link is here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 supports the next generation PCI-E 3.0 standard and possibly you may be able to use this motherboard with the next generation Ivy Bridge Intel processors that are coming out soon. It also has the fastest USB 3.0 performance

Also the new AsRock board actually supports the third PCI-E_3 X4 slot with a bridge that Asus does not include with its motherboards in this price range. This is why Tom's Hardware picked it over the Asus Pro V. Asus "shares" bandwidth with several of its slots, which is very confusing. Still the Asus boards are highly rated.

The new Extreme 4 looks like it may be one of the very best boards available, but I would like to see some tests.
August 7, 2011 5:01:56 AM

nice to hear from you again flong. how is that build going?

the raven is 160$ at amazon with a 25$ mail in rebate that makes its total price 135$. i would definitely get it. you know me flong always trying to save money

well the hx is a great psu but it comes down if you want to spend a lot more for better customer service for a psu that probably wont break. silverstone makes great psu's and that is one of them

i would stick with 1600mhz ram since it is really the standard
August 7, 2011 9:39:39 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
nice to hear from you again flong. how is that build going?

the raven is 160$ at amazon with a 25$ mail in rebate that makes its total price 135$. i would definitely get it. you know me flong always trying to save money

well the hx is a great psu but it comes down if you want to spend a lot more for better customer service for a psu that probably wont break. silverstone makes great psu's and that is one of them

i would stick with 1600mhz ram since it is really the standard


It is great to hear from you and it is good to see that you are still helping on the forum.

For my build I switched motherboards from the Asus A68 Pro V to ArRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 because it has some significant improvements over the Asus board and Asus's customer service was not very impressive. My new board is coming in tomorrow. I started a thread to find out how to save the BIOS to a flash drive.

Speaking of customer service, here is a true story about Corsair's customer service from my build. I ordered and receive the Corsair F3 120 GB SSD from Newegg for $180. Right after I purchased the SSD the next 10 reviews on Newegg said that there was a problem with the F3 and to not buy it. I called Corsair up and offered to pay them the difference to upgrade to the screaming fast Corsair GT F3 120 GB because I needed my computer for business and cannot afford to have the SSD go down or have problems. CORSAIR TOOK BACK THE F3 AND SENT ME THE F3 GT FOR NO COST, JUST BECAUSE I ASKED. The F3 GT costs over $100 more than the F3. How many other computer component companies would do that?

I am advising you - stick with Corsair they are the absolute best. Their PSUs are rated as the best and the Corsair 850 HX is second to none in quality and efficiency. It actually outperforms their gold PSU the AX 850. The HX 750 is also a great choice - the look for a sale and you can get the HX 850 for $140 or less at Newegg. Also the Corsair HX PSUs are modular which makes building with them soooooo much easier.

Either the 1600 or the 1866 2 x 4GB RAM is a great choice - I actually got the 1600 RAM but the 1866 RAM by Gskill went on sale the next week for $65 :( . For the small cost difference, you will see a performance difference by going to the 1866 RAM.

I have to agree with mjmjpfaff that the Silverstone Raven should be considered. It is one of the best values out there - especially at the price that mjmjpfaff listed. I got the 650D for $149.99 after rebates from Newegg.

The main differences between the two cases are as follows:

1. The 650D has a top mounted external SATA III hot swap drive bay which is super cool. I am going to use mine for an external backup drive

2. The 650D has quick release side covers which are super easy to use and are sooooo much better than thumb screws

3. The Raven cools better than the 650D but not a whole lot better. The Fortress and the Raven are the two best air cooling cases out there (and maybe the Cooler Master HAFX). If you remove the top hard drive cage in the 650D its cooling is about 3-5 degrees less than Silverstone's cases (Silverstone stomps everyone in cooling except the HAFX).

4. Both the Raven and the 650D have fan controls

5. The Raven had some quality issues but they have been worked out

6. The 650D has Corsair standing behind it - and they are the best

7. The 650D is from the Obsidian series which is universally considered one of the best quality and best looking series of cases made

8. The 650D significantly improves cooling over the 700D and the 800D - although the 800D is pretty good at cooling also

9. Both the Raven and the 650D move a lot of air and so they are not "silent" when they operate but they are quiet.

10 The front of the 650D is brushed aluminum (the sides are steel)- the Raven is plastic and steel

The link to the AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 board is here:

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

I hope that helps.
August 7, 2011 11:04:15 PM

flong said:
It is great to hear from you and it is good to see that you are still helping on the forum.

For my build I switched motherboards from the Asus A68 Pro V to ArRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 because it has some significant improvements over the Asus board and Asus's customer service was not very impressive. My new board is coming in tomorrow. I started a thread to find out how to save the BIOS to a flash drive.

Speaking of customer service, here is a true story about Corsair's customer service from my build. I ordered and receive the Corsair F3 120 GB SSD from Newegg for $180. Right after I purchased the SSD the next 10 reviews on Newegg said that there was a problem with the F3 and to not buy it. I called Corsair up and offered to pay them the difference to upgrade to the screaming fast Corsair GT F3 120 GB because I needed my computer for business and cannot afford to have the SSD go down or have problems. CORSAIR TOOK BACK THE F3 AND SENT ME THE F3 GT FOR NO COST, JUST BECAUSE I ASKED. The F3 GT costs over $100 more than the F3. How many other computer component companies would do that?

I am advising you - stick with Corsair they are the absolute best. Their PSUs are rated as the best and the Corsair 850 HX is second to none in quality and efficiency. It actually outperforms their gold PSU the AX 850. The HX 750 is also a great choice - the look for a sale and you can get the HX 850 for $140 or less at Newegg. Also the Corsair HX PSUs are modular which makes building with them soooooo much easier.

Either the 1600 or the 1866 2 x 4GB RAM is a great choice - I actually got the 1600 RAM but the 1866 RAM by Gskill went on sale the next week for $65 :( . For the small cost difference, you will see a performance difference by going to the 1866 RAM.

I have to agree with mjmjpfaff that the Silverstone Raven should be considered. It is one of the best values out there - especially at the price that mjmjpfaff listed. I got the 650D for $149.99 after rebates from Newegg.

The main differences between the two cases are as follows:

1. The 650D has a top mounted external SATA III hot swap drive bay which is super cool. I am going to use mine for an external backup drive

2. The 650D has quick release side covers which are super easy to use and are sooooo much better than thumb screws

3. The Raven cools better than the 650D but not a whole lot better. The Fortress and the Raven are the two best air cooling cases out there (and maybe the Cooler Master HAFX). If you remove the top hard drive cage in the 650D its cooling is about 3-5 degrees less than Silverstone's cases (Silverstone stomps everyone in cooling except the HAFX).

4. Both the Raven and the 650D have fan controls

5. The Raven had some quality issues but they have been worked out

6. The 650D has Corsair standing behind it - and they are the best

7. The 650D is from the Obsidian series which is universally considered one of the best quality and best looking series of cases made

8. The 650D significantly improves cooling over the 700D and the 800D - although the 800D is pretty good at cooling also

9. Both the Raven and the 650D move a lot of air and so they are not "silent" when they operate but they are quiet.

10 The front of the 650D is brushed aluminum (the sides are steel)- the Raven is plastic and steel

The link to the AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 board is here:

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

I hope that helps.

i found with my pro board that asus's cutomer service was crap. they sent me to my local frys 3 times......the extreme4 gen 3 looks awesome nice choice. ive had nothing exccept good experiences with corsair except one time when a mail in rebate took 3 months to get to me, but it still got to me. silverstone has a 3 yr warranty corsair has a 7 yr. both are extremely high quality psu's (so you wont really need the warranty) here is a review of the silverstone- http://www.pro-clockers.com/powersupplies/1392-silverst...
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