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September 3, 2011 12:02:34 AM

Hey guys, I think I've done enough research with my build (thanks to the guys that suggested parts for me) and I just need comfirmation that everything here is compatable - last thing I want is to have to return something :( 

Also, I don't want to sound like a dick, but a simple "Yes, build away" will suffice. UNLESS one of the parts isn't compatable, then feel free to let me know what will work instead. I only say this because I've done so many revisions with this already, I just want to get to building :) 

Without further ado:

Computer Case: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232664/CC650DW/CORSAI... $159.54
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB USB3.0 1394 Fan Ctrl No PS

Power Supply: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/231687/HCG-750/ANTEC/ $94.51
Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan

Motherboard: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=235028&kw=asus p8z68-v pro ASUS/ $169.69
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard

Processor: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] 00K/Intel/ $208.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

CPU Cooler: http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] OLERMASTER $23.69 Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

RAM: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232923/F3-14900CL9D-8... $50.77
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Memory

CD/DVD: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] Bulk/ASUS/ $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

Hard Drive: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] S/Seagate/ $49.79
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

Solid State Drive: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=236493&kw=kingst... $280.22
Kingston HyperX 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

Video Card: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD1412&v... $228.69
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 850MHZ 1024MB 4104MHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Video Card: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD1412&v... $228.69
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 850MHZ 1024MB 4104MHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

OS: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] MICROSOFT/ $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Thanks again!

Cheers!

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September 3, 2011 12:34:25 AM

Your good! :)  I would choose some.. other parts such as a corsair power supply.. but other than that, you are a-o.k.!
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September 3, 2011 12:36:12 AM

I don't recommend chasing benchmarks too much with SSDs. Yes they speed up a computer's access times and such but it's best to buy quality first and speed second.

For about the same price there is the Intel 510
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233585/SSDSC2MH120A2K...

OR, and this is the way I went, a 160GB 320
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234219/SSDSA2CW160G31...

But this is not a big deal and the Kingston drive is fairly nice. They have good QC and good support.

You did not state a usage but if this is a gaming machine and this is your budget, you seem good to go.
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September 3, 2011 12:43:56 AM

I too think you have a solid build, RAM might be a bit overkill, but at that price who cares. I also think the SSD is a bit overprices, you should consider Intel 320/510 or Crucial M4, the later got a nice speed boost from last FW. You can also look at OCZ, but I would say it's a gamble, some people had lots of issues with their's (I'm lucky I didn't).
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September 3, 2011 12:47:11 AM

HDD: I've seen many people recommend Samsung Spinpoint F3 or something like that over the Barracuda. More research? xD

That case is too expensive and I'm not sure if it's worth it. I'd personally get an NZXT Phantom for that price... though, might be a matter of preference.

1866 RAM isn't worth it. 1600 is all you need.

PSU: BAD! It's a great one, but it's not modular! (Means you can't disconnect the cables)! Find a modular one!

GTX 560 Tis: I use a 560 Ti myself and it's no doubt a great card (though, I'd take an Asus or an MSI card, if the price is good... they're clocked higher), but I've heard too many people talking about how 6950s are better. You might want to consider comparing those two.

SSD: I have no XP with SSDs, but isn't $280 for a 120GB a little high?

The rest looks good. The most important things to change (IMO) are the PSU (unless you want to deal with a bunch of useless cables, lol) and maybe the GPUs.

Don't forget to get a wireless card or something, if you're connected through the Wi-Fi router... that is, again, if you don't feel like dealing with the cables.

I swear, this world is exploiting our mental weakness towards the cables... whenever you wanna get rid of them of organize them, you have to PAY.
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September 3, 2011 12:47:45 AM

Looks great - build away.
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September 3, 2011 12:54:22 AM

Awesome!

(And yes, it is a gaming build)

Thanks guys!
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September 3, 2011 12:55:26 AM

u4icsmith said:
Awesome!

(And yes, it is a gaming build)

Thanks guys!


NO, stop!!! The non-modular PSU...

... whatever. Wanna deal with messy cables, knock yourself out.
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September 3, 2011 12:57:05 AM

amk-aka-Phantom said:
NO, stop!!! The non-modular PSU...

... whatever. Wanna deal with messy cables, knock yourself out.


doesn't affect compatibility - it's just personal preference
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September 3, 2011 1:02:49 AM

danraies said:
doesn't affect compatibility - it's just personal preference


Preference? LOL! Not dealing with messy cables isn't a preference, it's a clear upgrade. Yeah, modular PSUs cost more (that's why I didn't get one, lol). But with his build?! Shake off some $ from downgrading to 1600 MHz RAM (no point in 1866), get a less rip-off cabinet and there you go.

@OP: You can NEVER do "too much" research.
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September 3, 2011 1:11:04 AM

Even if it were a clear upgrade it's still personal preference because price difference is something. Also, it's not a clear upgrade. You can look up the data for yourself if you want, but modular PSUs can be less efficient than non-modular PSUs because the extra modular connection from the power supply to the component is worse than a single cable without that connection.
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September 3, 2011 1:15:38 AM

danraies said:
Even if it were a clear upgrade it's still personal preference because price difference is something. Also, it's not a clear upgrade. You can look up the data for yourself if you want, but modular PSUs can be less efficient than non-modular PSUs because the extra modular connection from the power supply to the component is worse than a single cable without that connection.


750 is more than enough for SLI'd 560 Ti's. Some 5-10% won't harm. And even if they would, somehow everyone still prefers to use modular PSUs... :D 

EDIT: And I said where the extra money could come from. Downgrade the RAM and case. READ.
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September 3, 2011 1:24:46 AM

amk-aka-Phantom said:
750 is more than enough for SLI'd 560 Ti's. Some 5-10% won't harm. And even if they would, somehow everyone still prefers to use modular PSUs... :D 

EDIT: And I said where the extra money could come from. Downgrade the RAM and case. READ.


I know you said where the money came from, and it is an option, I'm just saying that there's pros and cons both ways. 5-10% is no big deal at all in most cases, but don't pretend like there's no reason to ever buy a non-modular PSU. If people didn't buy non-modular PSUs then manufacturers wouldn't sell them, and yet they still do.

EDIT: The starting position of this forum was that several revisions were already made and the only changes should be for compatibility. READ.

This forum isn't a place for this kind of argument. @u4icsmith, if you're happy with your components then make the purchase - it's all compatible. I'm sure you've researched the difference between modular and non-modular PSUs.
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September 3, 2011 1:30:41 AM

danraies said:
I know you said where the money came from, and it is an option, I'm just saying that there's pros and cons both ways. 5-10% is no big deal at all in most cases, but don't pretend like there's no reason to ever buy a non-modular PSU. If people didn't buy non-modular PSUs then manufacturers wouldn't sell them, and yet they still do.

EDIT: The starting position of this forum was that several revisions were already made and the only changes should be for compatibility. READ.

This forum isn't a place for this kind of argument. @u4icsmith, if you're happy with your components then make the purchase - it's all compatible. I'm sure you've researched the difference between modular and non-modular PSUs.


Messy wires are incompatible with a person's well-being. That good enough of a reason?

The reason they keep selling non-modular PSUs is because then they can market modular ones as "professional" and charge double. Don't tell me that making wires detachable really costs extra $50+.

And on the subject of "if people didn't buy X, then manufacturers wouldn't sell them"... don't even get me started; there're a LOT of things that people would NEVER buy if they would just do a bit more research and realize there's a better option. The market thrives on people's ignorance.
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September 3, 2011 1:35:21 AM

amk-aka-Phantom said:
Messy wires are incompatible with a person's well-being. That good enough of a reason?


No, that's a terrible reason, it's completely subjective, and it's personal preference. I've got my bundle of extra wires tied up neatly at the bottom of my case and it's never bothered me even a little.
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September 3, 2011 1:38:32 AM

anyway, I've become the annoying argumentative forum guy that I usually hate. I've given my opinion so I'm moving on. Good luck with the build, u4icsmith.
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September 3, 2011 1:41:47 AM

danraies said:
No, that's a terrible reason, it's completely subjective, and it's personal preference. I've got my bundle of extra wires tied up neatly at the bottom of my case and it's never bothered me even a little.


So do I, but I'd gladly get rid of them by getting a modular PSU. Nobody likes knots, no matter how nice. Personal preference may be AMD vs. nVidia (provided the cards perform and are priced equally), but not knot vs. no knot.

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September 3, 2011 3:29:03 AM

Shoot - forgot ONE thing, it's missing a piece.

What will I need to purchase so I can connect this rig to the Internet? I'd like to have this computer setup in my room and our router is downstairs so something with wireless capabilities would be preferred.

I promise that's the last thing I need :) 
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September 3, 2011 3:37:44 AM

The build as it stands will use most of the cables :lol: 

Efficiency and voltage droop are far less than that. That was just a marketing gimmick from Antec back when Ultra held the patents and no one could legally use modular cables but Ultra.

There will be lots of space to hide the cables in the Corsair 650D... and there are only going to be one or two unused cables.

A far better argument for modularity in this case would be cable replacement. Connectors wear out with a lot of use, so folks that upgrade and those that have to break down the system every 6 months for water cooling maintenance do really need modular cables so they don't have to RMA the entire PSU after 2 years because of a loose 24-pin.... :(  (Yeah it happened to me)

I don't mind a good discussion to help folks learn, but we do need to respect the OPs wishes. He just wanted a check to make sure it all worked together. If you want to debate modularity start a thread for that purpose in the correct forum ;) 



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September 3, 2011 3:40:28 AM

For the money you could get a 320 SSD.

Go over to passmark and check the benchmarks for High End Hard Drives:
http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/high_end_drives.html

Look at the Article on toms homepage on August 2011 suggested hard drives and go from there.

Ram wise, Ive been told to just get a 1600 (1.5v) as that is native to the Z68 chipset and you can overclock to 1866 yourself and not pay the difference.

Might want to look into the G.Skill Ripjaws X series.

Good luck with your build!!
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September 3, 2011 3:43:18 AM

All parts look compatible. Note : ram above 1600 delivers diminishing returns, so you could go cheaper there. IF you need wireless, then an internal wireless adapter (pci or pci-e) a usb adapter ( I find them unreliable ), or a wireless bridge/access point.

Oh, as far as SSD performance....although benchmarks show the differences between the SSD's, real world performance differences are nearly imperceptible, and require exact measurement to show any difference at all. So go with with one you trust is reliable and has the space you need.
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