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August 19, 2011 8:08:35 PM

Hey all. my old pc blew a few chips and add to the fact that it was 7yrs old i decided that an new pc was in order.
after doing some research i decided to build my own pc to maximize performance while keeping cost in mind. this is my first build and any advice would be very helpful.

the pc will be used for gaming, some video editing and some minor overclocking.
these are the components that i'm leaning towards getting.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68 Motherboard
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2499&v...

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v...

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180BD2750&v...

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti Free Performance Boost Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 2TB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

OCZ SLD3-25SAT3-120G Solid 3 Series Solid State Drive - 120GB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220DR8725&v...

Lite-On iHBS212-08 12X Internal Blu-Ray Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v...

i would appreciate your feedback as to whether the rig will be stable and perform well. also any other input is welcome.

p.s. when choosing components i was wanting to future proof the rig for at least 4yrs if possible.
August 19, 2011 8:28:16 PM

Overall the build looks good and I can't see any problems with it. Because you are looking for such a long lifespan from this I would have looked at the IntelĀ® SSD 320 Drives with their industry best 5 year warranty but that is just taste.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 19, 2011 9:19:04 PM

That Ultra psu is pure crap and those cake cutter heat spreaders on that Corsair RAM are most likely going to screw you with your cpu h/s.

Try this...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $50.58
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Pretty much the same mobo as the Pro. It's a 16+2 phase board as is the Pro yet it's cheaper.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2656&v... $164.69
ASUS P8Z68-V Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI Motherboard

Now for a psu to push two of those cards...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC9874&v... $92.13
Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan
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August 20, 2011 12:02:52 AM

Although the Z68 is the newest, you may be more interested in saving a few bucks for a P67, unless you want the Intelismart and onboard video...

Also, the power supply is a litte much. 850W is quite a bit more than you need, unless you plan to buy a second graphics card later. Even then, a good 700-750W should be sufficient enough for SLI.

The Caviar Green is a very slow speed HDD, if you didn't already know. Personally, I wouldn't bother, and it doesn't look like from the rest of your components that you are trying to stay super eco-friendly. lol.

Lastly, you may check out the CM HAF X instead of the 932. It has many improvements, including dust filters. :)  It is not much more expensive, really.
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August 22, 2011 1:32:06 AM

thanks for the tips guys. i'm thinking of going with the cool master psu.
i was wondering if the mobo i selected is a good one? the more i'm researching them the more i find people who have had issues with the new asus boards. does anyone have experience with this board?
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