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NZXT Phantom Gaming desktop build. (need help!)

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August 5, 2011 1:02:44 AM

Hello, im posting to see if anyone can help me to find out whether the parts of my planned pc build is compatible with eachother? and if you have any advice on what i have chosen.. im going for a blue theme.

my current choice in gear is:
~NZXT Phantom black case
~Intel core i7 960
~G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3
~Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
~Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD
~Aereon Asroc ASC-700C 700W Power Supply
~ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard
~Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Overclock
~CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler
~LG E2341V-BN 23inch LED Widescreen Monitor
~Saitek Eclipse II Gaming Keyboard
~CoolerMaster CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G Gaming Mouse
~Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive
~ASUS PCE-N13 802.11 Wireless N PCI-Express Adapter

i also was wondering whether my 700w power supply would run this?
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August 5, 2011 1:24:06 AM

The Aereon Asroc ASC-700C 700W will run your whole setup fine. The 560 ti uses no more than 300W max I think. However, the only concern I have is the brand. I never heard of it.. :/  If you haven't bought it yet please take a look into Antec, Corsair, and XFX. They usually use Seasonic [get this if you can] as the OEM for their PSU.
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August 5, 2011 1:45:31 AM

alright nice, thanks. :)  is there any other recommendations? or does it sound like a decent setup? again this is my first build and i'm always open for help advice. i live in western australia and im buying from PcCaseGear so im always looking for a cheaper site with better prices.
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August 5, 2011 1:51:00 AM

would a, Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply be better? its like $60 more expensive though :/ 
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August 5, 2011 2:05:29 AM

what about a, Gigabyte Odin 720W?
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August 5, 2011 4:20:09 AM

Go with the i5-2500K + Z68 motherboard. There's no reason you should be using the i7-900 chips + X58 chipset.

Get 8 GB RAM (2x4GB) for the dual channel Z68 board.

Go with the Samsung F3 1TB instead of the WD Black. The F3 is cheaper and faster than the WD Black.

The Antec CP power supplies only fit in specific Antec cases, and Gigabyte doesn't make good power supplies. Look for an Antec High Current Gamer or Corsair TX supply. Seasonic is a great brand as well.

What resolution are you gaming at? That affects the video card recommendation.
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August 5, 2011 10:34:18 AM

so you dont recommend i7? why is that and by no reason i should be using it what do you mean? ok i changed my PSU to a corsair tx 750 v2, and my HDD to the samsung 1tb. I'd prefer to keep my 12gig ram to stay future proof.. and in future im planning on running 3 monitors all 1080p i have a weird feeling my choice in videocard only supports 2 though :/ 
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August 5, 2011 10:43:20 AM

also i've heard good things about zotac videocards i was wondering if it was worth getting one of them?
ah about my last message sorry i want to be able to eventually run three of the above screens.
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August 5, 2011 11:11:27 AM

it says this i7cpu is only compatible with the x58 chipset?
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August 5, 2011 11:15:14 AM

HasteTheDay15 said:
so you dont recommend i7? why is that and by no reason i should be using it what do you mean? ok i changed my PSU to a corsair tx 750 v2, and my HDD to the samsung 1tb. I'd prefer to keep my 12gig ram to stay future proof.. and in future im planning on running 3 monitors all 1080p i have a weird feeling my choice in videocard only supports 2 though :/ 


i5 2500k is faster, newer and cheaper than the i7 960.
8GB RAM is more than enough for a gaming build.

Nvidia cards are usually better for 3D setups.
ATI Radeon cards are usually better for Multiple Displays (Eyefinity)
I would get a Radeon 6950 2gb for now, then get another 6950 2GB and CrossFire them (for the 3 monitor display).

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it says this i7cpu is only compatible with the x58 chipset?


i7 960, Yes
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August 5, 2011 11:21:01 AM

whats the deal with hyper threading technology in the i7's?
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August 5, 2011 11:30:53 AM

i just want to add also I am planning on running the adobe suite on this build, primarily for design graphics purposes.
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August 5, 2011 2:22:19 PM

HasteTheDay15 said:
i just want to add also I am planning on running the adobe suite on this build, primarily for design graphics purposes.


That important would've been important to know in the beginning ;)  . If you plan on doing a lot of graphics work, then swap the i5-2500K to an i7-2600K for the added Hyperthreading because it will make a difference if you do a lot of graphics/photo/video work.
You can still use the same Z68 motherboard with it because it's the same socket as the i5. They are much faster CPUs than the older i7-900 series CPUs.

The 12GB RAM kit will not work effectively in a dual-channel system, since it is a triple-channel (3 stick) set. If you want more than 8GB, I'd suggest 16GB (4x4GB) because it's generally cheap enough. The 3x4GB kit would run in single channel mode if you put all 3 sticks in, so it would be slower and could hinder performance significantly.

The 6950 2GB is a good card for multiple monitors. I have one powering 3 20" monitors. If you get two of them, you can still use a 750W power supply. An 850W would definitely be ideal though.

As far as brands go, I'd pass on Zotac and get an MSI, Sapphire, or Asus AMD GPU, or EVGA, MSI, or Asus NVidia GPU.
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August 6, 2011 8:18:48 AM

Best answer selected by HasteTheDay15.
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August 6, 2011 8:24:09 AM

so use 16gig ram in a dual channel system? what videocard would you recommend for about $250 im getting my stuff from pccaseworld.
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