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August 24, 2011 1:35:21 AM

I'm planning on building a new computer as soon as this week to the near future. I know I want to build a new one, but if some super new amazing part is coming out soon, I could wait. For now though, I've gathered up some parts I think would fit together and I was hoping to get some input. This PC's use is going to be mainly for gaming and light movie watching.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ***Already owned however, will be transferring from my current PC over to save some money***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Desktop Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (x1) ***Not sure if two is needed, or necessary***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card ***I figure most people would cancel this but I've been eyeing this specific card for a long time and have a really good pair of headphones to go with this***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At this point, I'm missing a CD/DVD/BD drive and a power supply. I would like to watch blurays on my PC so I'm looking for a good drive for that. About the PSU, I'm just not sure how much wattage I need or how much voltage on whatever rails I'd need to keep this PC functioning. I don't think I'm missing anything else but if I am, just post and let me know. You can also assume I'm not sure about it and offer suggestions.
August 24, 2011 1:47:15 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Here's a board worth taking a look at imo. All the new Asrock GEN3 boards have the new PCI-E 3.0 slots.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- You can see all the Asrock GEN3 boards here
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August 24, 2011 2:01:10 AM

Well I see why_me just suggested the motherboard I was going to lol but since I have it copied I'll post it anyway just as another, albeit same opinion to reassure ya lol. Here is a P67 option to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And here is the same Z68 why_me just listed: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would go with the Z68 at this point, hard to beat its pricing.

These are updated versions, pci-3 which will work with ivy bridge CPUs. They also look nicer lol. The rest of your parts looked good from what I saw. Glad you're going with the M4 SSD, definitely don't change that.

Didn't notice the PSU, why_me suggests the antec version I recommend, so here is the corsair side as another option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That is plenty of power, you can get the 750 for 10 more. The CX line is a cheaper alternative, however I prefer the TX series, they also have a nice 5 year warranty.
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August 24, 2011 4:53:08 PM

Alright thanks a lot for the suggestions guys. I'm guessing the mobo I picked was just kind of dated since it didn't have the pci-e 3.0 slots?

Picking a psu is annoying, at least for me, since there's so many things that seem like you should worry about. I was looking at my gpu and it says minimum watt at 500 and at least a minimum 12V current rating of 30A. Looking at the two psus you guys listed, the Antec doesn't have a 30A listing and the CORSAIR has 5V@30A. Maybe I'm just dumb but do the other @XXA count?
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August 24, 2011 5:48:53 PM

great build. either psu that has been suggested is a good option. you wont have problems with either for your rig. personally i would go with the corsair psu, but im just partial to their products.

and that gen3 z68 mobo is a steal at 130 bucks.
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August 24, 2011 8:19:48 PM

In regards to PSU ratings let me just copy the Corsair TX650, it has: +3.3V@30A, +5V@30A, +12V@53A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A. So the +12V is 53A, which is well over the 30A the GPU suggests. I favor the corsair too, I tend to use antec earthwatts 380/430s in my lower builds and corsair TX in my gaming builds, I personally use a corsair HX650, but that's due to having to RMA my HX520 after 3 1/2yrs of service heh.
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August 24, 2011 10:57:51 PM

mryoink said:
In regards to PSU ratings let me just copy the Corsair TX650, it has: +3.3V@30A, +5V@30A, +12V@53A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A. So the +12V is 53A, which is well over the 30A the GPU suggests. I favor the corsair too, I tend to use antec earthwatts 380/430s in my lower builds and corsair TX in my gaming builds, I personally use a corsair HX650, but that's due to having to RMA my HX520 after 3 1/2yrs of service heh.


Oh, was I reading it backwards? It it that the 12V need to be 30A or higher? I thought it was the 30A need to be 12V or higher. Wow, I'm stupid.
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August 25, 2011 6:18:18 AM

Right the 3.3V, 5V, 12V etc are your voltages, then the @30A is the max amps they support on that voltage, the volts w/ the amps gets you your max watts. Typically with computers the suggested amps are on the 12V rail in this case that PSU supports a max of 52A, your GPU suggests at least 30, it provides up to 52 so you have plenty of power. Hope that helps.
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August 25, 2011 4:03:49 PM

Best answer selected by Selphy.
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August 25, 2011 4:05:46 PM

Thanks for all your help guys. I wish I could pick two best answers since Why_Me was the first to suggest the mobo change. But since I went with the Corsair, I gave it to MrYoink. Thanks again both of you and everyone else.

I ordered the parts yesterday and they should arrive tomorrow or sooner. I can't wait to put this thing together and I hope it is awesome.
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