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[Final-Check] $1500 Gaming/Work PC! Will be Ordered TONIGHT!

Hey all, as the Thread Title suggests this is a Final-Check for all the Components on this new Build.
Please keep all input/comments constructive.

Things Im looking for
-Compatability Issues
-Known MAJOR Errors with Components or Mixed Components
-If there is a Better Option than a certain Component and if so Why (Most of these are set in Stone, however, MOBO is something im iffy' on.)

Most Importantly: I WILL BE OVERCLOCKING! CPU, GPU, and RAM.
That being said, could anyone list some helpful programs to help with such tests and stability? This is my first OC attempt. I know Prime95 is one.

The List:
Case: NZXT Phantom Black Full ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068
MOBO:ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
CPU: Intel i5-2500k SB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
-CPU Cooler: ZALMAN 135mm Long Life Bearing Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074
RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB Low Voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
GPU: EVGA 570 (Fermi)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7040151&CatId=3669
R/WD:ASUS 24x DvD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
HHD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
-SSD: Crucial M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
PSU: C.M. Silent Pro Gold Series 1000W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056
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  1. what kind of work will you be doing with this computer?
  2. School work mostly.
    MS Office, mainly.
  3. Two things I would change .

    The Zalman cpu cooler is an older design . Looks great but is actually only OK at cooling . Even zalman dropped that design and make tower coolers now
    You can save a lot of money here by using a $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212 which is plenty for the 2500k and will let you get an insane OC .
    If you want an even better cooler then the Scythe Yasya , or Mugen 3 . Both are $50

    The powersupply is serious over kill
    750 watt will do nicely
    If you plan to ever SLI then 850 watts
  4. Ah, I forgot to mention that, that is my bad.
    I plan to SLI, tri-SLI at that.
    1 570 now, another in Dec and another in Feb. So while I know 1k is a bit overkill Id rather be safe than Sorry.

    As for the Cooler I love the C.M. Hyper 212+, I had just read that this model was equally good at cooling. In truth, I picked the ZALMAN for aesthetics more than anything else.
  5. WeeFreeMen said:
    Ah, I forgot to mention that, that is my bad.
    I plan to SLI, tri-SLI at that.
    1 570 now, another in Dec and another in Feb. So while I know 1k is a bit overkill Id rather be safe than Sorry.

    As for the Cooler I love the C.M. Hyper 212+, I had just read that this model was equally good at cooling. In truth, I picked the ZALMAN for aesthetics more than anything else.

    If you plan on going with tri SLI than that board won't work. You need a board with a NF200 bridge and your looking at close to $250 for the cheapest board ...Asus Revolution. Tri SLI is a total hose job anyways. Also I wouldn't put too much faith in any CM psu.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <---- You can copy and paste this on here and we can all cut right to the chase.
  6. Yes, normally I do, however I was in a bit of a rush. I typed this up on my Mobile so I could get responses by the time I got home. Apologies.


    So assuming I wont Tri-Sli, and stick to just 2 570s, which board do you recommend?
  7. Outlander_04 said:
    Two things I would change .

    The Zalman cpu cooler is an older design . Looks great but is actually only OK at cooling . Even zalman dropped that design and make tower coolers now
    You can save a lot of money here by using a $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212 which is plenty for the 2500k and will let you get an insane OC .
    If you want an even better cooler then the Scythe Yasya , or Mugen 3 . Both are $50

    The powersupply is serious over kill
    750 watt will do nicely
    If you plan to ever SLI then 850 watts

    Insane OC? Some members reached 5.5 Ghz with water cooling, I don't think the Hyper 212 can reach that.So its not insane cooling.Its cheap cooling.
  8. Worse still, when Toms did an article on SLI scaling they got NO advantage by adding the third card .

    Plus by february there will be another generation of graphics cards so its likely to be cheaper to just replace the 570
  9. Ok well, for what is being Ordered tonight, lets say Ill stick with a single 570 until I see what comes out in Feb I wont make a decision on the 2nd.

    That being said.

    MOBO and PSU
    You said there were better options?
    Id like to keep the PSU at Gold Cert, I value efficency rating, I dont want to go below 900W
  10. WeeFreeMen said:
    Ok well, for what is being Ordered tonight, lets say Ill stick with a single 570 until I see what comes out in Feb I wont make a decision on the 2nd.

    That being said.

    MOBO and PSU
    You said there were better options?
    Id like to keep the PSU at Gold Cert, I value efficency rating, I dont want to go below 900W

    The difference between Gold, Silver, and Bronze cert. is a fine line at best. You can google it.

    For a board I would look at one with the new PCI-E 3.0 slots for the new generation cards due out whenever.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- the boards that say Gen3 have the PCI-E 3.0 slots

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001944%20600093976%20600158412&IsNodeId=1&name=ASRock <---- The Z68 board on there that say Gen3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 <----- and that P67 board

    This psu down below is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA, and it's top of the line. It will easily push dual 580's.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194083 $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
    LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  11. Believe it or not, I used that PSU on my next-door neighbors PC that I fixed up for him 3 weeks ago. It works very well.
    I had completely forgotten about it. Thank you.

    Now, for the MOBO, what would you recommend out of the P67 and Z68?

    P67: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    Z68: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    Would a Z68 even be worth it? If Im not going to use SSD Caching?
  12. Best answer
    WeeFreeMen said:
    Believe it or not, I used that PSU on my next-door neighbors PC that I fixed up for him 3 weeks ago. It works very well.
    I had completely forgotten about it. Thank you.

    Now, for the MOBO, what would you recommend out of the P67 and Z68?

    P67: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    Z68: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    Would a Z68 even be worth it? If Im not going to use SSD Caching?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- A better look at that Asrock board
  13. Best answer selected by WeeFreeMen.
  14. Ok, so, the New and FINAL Build comes down to...

    Case: NXZT Phantom Black
    MOBO: ASRock z68 Extreme4
    CPU: i5-2500k (OC At 4.6Ghz)
    -CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB Low Voltage
    GPU: EVGA 570 GTX Fermi
    DvD R/W: ASUS 24x DVD Burner
    HHD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint
    -SSD: Crucial M4
    PSU: LEPA G900W

    Thank you for the Input and Help!
    It is very much appreciated.
  15. Save $20 w/ MoBo CPU combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660725

    And, be aware that Asrock does not offer industry standard 3 year warrantees .....

    $310 for case PSU seems too much for too little, mostly on the PSU side
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=193
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=134

    Save $75 for better products
    Case - $ 140 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    PSU - $ 95 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Lotta money to pay for a so-so cooler. Here's some of the best .... 212's been replaced by the Hyper 612 which does wya better....Megahalems beats the 212 by 7C....612 beat the Mega by 5C
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4

    GTX 570 doesn't have much OC room.....factory OC'd 560's are a much better deal......with money saved above you could get two.

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.44 - $ 0.51
    $ 335.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.64 - $ 0.77

    whaddya like 862 fps or 525.....adding a 2nd 570 gets you just 11 fps for an extra $230.
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