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August 31, 2011 5:06:30 AM

Hey Guys, I'm new to building my own gaming computer. I've been searching around for reviews and infos on parts for a new one, and now I need some advice.

Here are the parts I'm planning to get from NewEgg:
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
- Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z (LGA 1155)
- CPU : i5-2500K
- CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio
- RAM : G.Skill Rijaw 2 x 4GB (Cas 9, 1.5V)
- GPU : Asus Matrix GTX 580
- PSU : Corsair HX750
- SSD : Crucial RealSSD C300
- HDD : Western Digital, Caviar Black, 500 GB, 7200 RPM
- Blu-ray Drive: Samsung Sata III
- Monitor : Asus VS248H-P (24``, 2 ms response, 1920 x 1080, LED Backlight)

The computer will be used for:
- Homeworks, browsing, ordinary stuff
- Gaming (BF3 FTW!)

Questions:
1) Is there any compatibility issue?

2) Will overclocking my CPU give me anything in games?

3) If I overclock my CPU, will I be able to do it at 4 or 4.5 GHz without overheating, considering the Thermaltake Frio?

4) Any opinions or recommendations!

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August 31, 2011 5:24:29 AM

looking good .. could swap WD for Sammy F3
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August 31, 2011 5:35:19 AM

Why?

It has more storage, but I don't need more!
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August 31, 2011 5:48:26 AM

Change the CPU cooler to a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ or maybe a Corsair H50 if you like water cooling.

Change the WD Black with a Seagate Barracuda 500GB. Cheaper and slightly faster.

The Asus Maximus is fine. But ASRock released their Gen3 Z68 boards a few weeks ago featuring PCIe 3.0 slots. 100% Ivy Bridge compatibility guaranteed. That also costs about $130, cheaper than Asus.

Other parts are OK. What speed is your Ripjaws? I'd recommend 1600Mhz with CAS 8.
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August 31, 2011 6:12:45 AM

I was looking at those Corsair Hydro cooler.

Do you know if they need any maintenance, since it's water?
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August 31, 2011 7:09:17 AM

Sorry, but I don't know much about them. They're just supposed to keep your CPU cool even in high loads.
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August 31, 2011 7:28:30 AM

Why do u need more storage ???
Well let's break it down games r growing in size .. average game now is 10-20 gb .. plus movies, music, etc u will fill up ur 500gb in a jiffy .. why don't get a twice bigger HDD for a little more.
And don't by water cooler they are noisy and u'll be fine with regular air cooler
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