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August 21, 2011 7:08:42 PM

Hi Guys,

Alright so I am 15 and in love with computers. Recently I got a job and have decide to build my own custom computer (video editing and gaming). I have selected some parts and require your help to identify if they are compatible and other inquires.

1. First off, I would like to know if the parts I have chosen are all compatible with each other.

Parts:

Case:
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard:
EVGA P67 FTW LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Graphics Card:
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Optical Drive:
LG Black Super Multi SATA
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Are these parts compatible with each other? I am open for changes and suggestions.

2. What precautions should I take. Is there a certain way to grip the CPU, RAM, Motherboard, Graphics Card, etc. Should I get anti-static wristband and were do i plug it in? Also do i place the components on the anti-static bag or cardboard? Any other precautions and/or tools that are required would be appreciated :) 

3. What is the failure rate and what are my chances of actually finishing? I ask this becuase every piece is like $100-$400 so it is devastating if i am to break one.
I should get all the materials by February of 2012. Any other support would be appreciated and I am open for suggestions :) 

Thanks ! :bounce: 

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August 21, 2011 7:24:39 PM

You wont have a problem with any of the parts you have chosen. Although I would personally go with a higher capacity hdd. 500gb is soon filled nowadays! And I would also consider adding an sdd as your boot drive. As far as tools are concerned you can usually get by with just a phillips screwdriver. Its very rare in my experience to cause static damage to these sort of components so I wouldnt worry too much. However, if you do want to use an anti-static wriststrap then you can get one that grounds itself by plugging into a wall socket (in the uk at least). Other wise you can touch a bare metal part of a radiator to ground yourself before touching pcb's. Its preferable to keep pcb's in or on anti-static bags rather than cardboard. And dont forget your thermal paste for the cpu.
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August 21, 2011 7:27:46 PM

finn281175 said:
You wont have a problem with any of the parts you have chosen. Although I would personally go with a higher capacity hdd. 500gb is soon filled nowadays! And I would also consider adding an sdd as your boot drive. As far as tools are concerned you can usually get by with just a phillips screwdriver. Its very rare in my experience to cause static damage to these sort of components so I wouldnt worry too much. However, if you do want to use an anti-static wriststrap then you can get one that grounds itself by plugging into a wall socket (in the uk at least). Other wise you can touch a bare metal part of a radiator to ground yourself before touching pcb's. Its preferable to keep pcb's in or on anti-static bags rather than cardboard. And dont forget your thermal paste for the cpu.


I was reading somewhere that if you put ur pcb's on the static bag it can cause damage due to the fact that there is static outside the bag not inside so would i have to flip the bag inside-out and then put it on?
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August 21, 2011 7:38:53 PM

Yes sorry I forgot to mention that. The bag itself is slightly conductive and acts as a faraday cage when something is inside in the same way that a car will stop you from being electrocuted if you are inside it. Its designed so static charge is dispersed to the oustide of the bag so yes turn it inside out before laying pcb's on it.
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