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September 5, 2011 1:58:36 AM

I finally have the money to build a desktop truly from scratch, and I was hoping someone could glance over my build to ensure compatibility, make sure I'm not missing anything, and offer any suggestions. My budget is approximately $1,500 USD and I am under the constraint that all parts must be on one receipt.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Very Soon (1 week)
Budget Range: ~$1,500
System Usage: Varies (gaming, video editing/rendering, software development, etc.)
Parts Not Required: PSU (Have Corsair AX1200), GPU (Have Radeon HD6990)
Preferred website for parts: NewEgg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preference: Intel i7 processor
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (down the road)
Monitor Resolution: >= 1920x1080
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I will be using two components that I already own:
Graphics Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6990

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold Series AX1200

The rest (currently) add up to $1,554.83 at NewEgg
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $59.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $209.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $314.99

Processor Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included - $26.99

Hard Drive (SSD): Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB SATA III - $264.99

Hard Drive (Data): WD Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $99.99

RAM: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Set DDR3 1600 (for 16GB total) - $105.98

Optical Drive 1 (Blu-Ray Burner): LITE-ON 12X SATA Blu-Ray Burner IHBS112-29 - $109.99

Optical Drive 2 (DVD Burner): Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner SATA AD-7261S-0B - $19.99

Additional Case Fans: 2x COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS Blade Master 120mm - $26.99

Monitor (swivel/pivot is important): Acer B243HLbmdrz Black 24" LED Backlight LCD Monitor 1920x1080 - $259.99

Mouse: iHome IH-M125LO Black/Orange Illuminated Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser FastTrack Mouse - $12.99

Keyboard: I-ROCKS KR-6820E 104 Key USB Wired illuminated Backlit Gaming Keyboard - $35.99

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $12.98


Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
September 5, 2011 2:53:11 AM

jaronmartin said:
I finally have the money to build a desktop truly from scratch, and I was hoping someone could glance over my build to ensure compatibility, make sure I'm not missing anything, and offer any suggestions. My budget is approximately $1,500 USD and I am under the constraint that all parts must be on one receipt.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Very Soon (1 week)
Budget Range: ~$1,500
System Usage: Varies (gaming, video editing/rendering, software development, etc.)
Parts Not Required: PSU (Have Corsair AX1200), GPU (Have Radeon HD6990)
Preferred website for parts: NewEgg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preference: Intel i7 processor
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (down the road)
Monitor Resolution: >= 1920x1080
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I will be using two components that I already own:
Graphics Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6990

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold Series AX1200

The rest (currently) add up to $1,554.83 at NewEgg
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $59.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $209.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $314.99

Processor Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included - $26.99

Hard Drive (SSD): Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB SATA III - $264.99

Hard Drive (Data): WD Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $99.99

RAM: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Set DDR3 1600 (for 16GB total) - $105.98

Optical Drive 1 (Blu-Ray Burner): LITE-ON 12X SATA Blu-Ray Burner IHBS112-29 - $109.99

Optical Drive 2 (DVD Burner): Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner SATA AD-7261S-0B - $19.99

Additional Case Fans: 2x COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS Blade Master 120mm - $26.99

Monitor (swivel/pivot is important): Acer B243HLbmdrz Black 24" LED Backlight LCD Monitor 1920x1080 - $259.99

Mouse: iHome IH-M125LO Black/Orange Illuminated Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser FastTrack Mouse - $12.99

Keyboard: I-ROCKS KR-6820E 104 Key USB Wired illuminated Backlit Gaming Keyboard - $35.99

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $12.98


Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



You should get a better case for your rig. The HAF 912 does a disservice to your other parts. All of the other parts are top of the line and the HAF 912 is trailer park. The HAF 932, Corsair Graphite or Antec Twelve Hundred will all give your rig a better life through cooling. Your rig will run much too hot in the HAF 912 and you will be killing it with inadequate airflow and heat.

If you get the bluray burner the DVD burner is unnecessary. Kill the DVD and put it into your case.

I love WD for a HDD, but I'd go with a Samsung or Hitachi HDD where you can get 2TB for under $80. You will not need a speedy HDD with the SSD for boot and games.

The RAM is overkill. 8GB is fine, but if you want 16 GB that RAM will do fine.

Otherwise your planned system is a screamer and you have chosen well.
September 5, 2011 4:49:56 AM

chesteracorgi said:
You should get a better case for your rig. The HAF 912 does a disservice to your other parts. All of the other parts are top of the line and the HAF 912 is trailer park. The HAF 932, Corsair Graphite or Antec Twelve Hundred will all give your rig a better life through cooling. Your rig will run much too hot in the HAF 912 and you will be killing it with inadequate airflow and heat.

If you get the bluray burner the DVD burner is unnecessary. Kill the DVD and put it into your case.

I love WD for a HDD, but I'd go with a Samsung or Hitachi HDD where you can get 2TB for under $80. You will not need a speedy HDD with the SSD for boot and games.

The RAM is overkill. 8GB is fine, but if you want 16 GB that RAM will do fine.

Otherwise your planned system is a screamer and you have chosen well.


Thanks for the advice!

I have made the following changes:
Changed case to HAF 932
Changed from 1.5TB WD to HITACHI Deskstar 2TB
Removed DVD Burner
Removed extra case fans

New Cost: $1,594.85


Updated specs:


I will be using two components that I already own:
Graphics Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6990

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold Series AX1200

The rest (currently) add up to $1,594.85 at NewEgg
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 - $159.98

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $209.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $314.99

Processor Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included - $26.99

Hard Drive (SSD): Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB SATA III - $264.99

Hard Drive (Data): HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 2TB - $79.99

RAM: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Set DDR3 1600 (for 16GB total) - $105.98

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 12X SATA Blu-Ray Burner IHBS112-29 - $109.99

Monitor (swivel/pivot is important): Acer B243HLbmdrz Black 24" LED Backlight LCD Monitor 1920x1080 - $259.99

Mouse: iHome IH-M125LO Black/Orange Illuminated Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser FastTrack Mouse - $12.99

Keyboard: I-ROCKS KR-6820E 104 Key USB Wired illuminated Backlit Gaming Keyboard - $35.99

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $12.98

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September 5, 2011 5:02:41 AM

I have had very bad experiences with Acer, especially when it come to screens.
Acer does low grade products and have a very bad customer service.
I would take another monitor.
September 5, 2011 5:37:06 AM

Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K - $315
HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
MoBo : ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 - $280
Optical Drive : LITE-ON 12X SATA Blu-Ray Burner - $110
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz - $55
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - $60
Thermal Paste : Arctic Silver 5 - $12
Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower - $140
SSD : Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $188

Total : $1190 after rebates
September 5, 2011 12:07:07 PM

008's suggestions are very good. I like ASRock's mobos and the savings on the SSD is worthwhile. I wouldn't drop from 2 TB to 1 TB HDD though. And 008 leaves out the monitor. I think that you can probably find a different 23-24" monitor for under $200 that will suit your rig.
September 5, 2011 2:33:48 PM

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
intel core i7 2600k - $315

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $53

optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black BD-ROM IHBS112-29 - $110

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $27 after MIR

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $60

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB - $228

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black - $130 after MIR

monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG IPS231P-BN Black 23" 6ms IPS Panel - $250


total: $1298 after MIR(excluding shipping)

if you're not sure about how good/bad about this monitor... pls read here...

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18283...
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=209268
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=209724
September 6, 2011 4:11:31 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions!

The ASRock Motherboard seems to have everything I need, so I'll probably go with that since it's much cheaper and seems to be a consensus.

I also like the AZZA Hurrican, is there a distinct advantage to the HAF 932?

The CPU cooler seems to be a wash, are there large performance differences, or is it mostly preference?

I looked at the speeds for the different suggested SSDs, and none seem to come close to the Mushkin drive.
Corsair: 410/210
Crucial: 415/175
Mushkin: 560/516
I know the manufacturer's specs should be taken with a grain of salt, but this seems like a large difference.

I am probably sticking to the 2TB HDD.

I am a little hard headed and want to stick with 16GB of ram. Is there an advantage to the Ripjawsx vs Corsair RAM? They are pretty much the same price.

I will probably use the savings from the motherboard to change to the LG monitor.

Thanks!
September 6, 2011 4:39:05 PM

if you're talking about advantage.... it'll depend on how you're look at both cases... for haf 932... its ability to install watercooling radiators on almost all sides of the casing means it'll be more water cooling friendly for that purpose... as for azza hurrican 2000... its 2x 230mm fans in side panels cools cpu and gpu respectively... so i think large fans equals more airflow in the same time more quiet than smaller units... not to mention to be able to fit two such a size in side panels i assume it'll be better for cooling and quiet as well... features-wise... the azza has hot swap bay so you can swap your hdd without removing side panels.... also it has included 2 ssd tray for easy installation of ssd.... and also... although not complete... but azza has bottom and front panel dust filter... compared to haf 932... which has none at all... so if saying which is a king of dust buildup... i believe haf 932 is the one that stands out.... so my summary of these two cases is... haf 932 will be more suitable for water cooling purposes... while azza hurrican 2000 has more fans(8 to be exact) and 4 of it are giant 230mm fans... so i can say it will be more suited to air cooling(although it can mount 360mm radiators on top as well) easy to build in... and has hot swap bay....
September 6, 2011 4:58:14 PM

i think for cpu coolers the difference won't be too large... only for that price(i mean corsair) you get full package two fans plus a heatsink... you don't have to buy another fans to get push/pull effect... as for ssd... despite the crucial is the slowest of the three.... at least on paper.... but yet it is hailed as one of ssd which has high reliability of usage... i guess this is what users want after spending money on a product.... as for pure speed... both corsair and mushkin are superior.... but for gaming purposes... even the fastest ssd won't add any extra frame to your favourite game... for other purposes like working or something... unless i only have 12 hours everyday to live my life... otherwise... i will put longevity on top of extra speed as priority in choosing an ssd... not to say that the other two is not good... but all have its own problem....
September 8, 2011 5:02:33 PM

Here is my final build. It will be a day or so before I order it, so if anyone sees any critical flaws let me know.

Already Owned Parts:
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 6990

PSU: Corsair Professional Gold Series AX1200 (1200W)

New Parts: Total from NewEgg: $1,498.87
Case: AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K - $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $30
(Because I would prefer the MoBo to control the fan)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX - $260
(I'm stubborn and would end up blaming a slower ssd every time the computer slowed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) for 16GB Total - $106
(Saw the low profile version and figured that would have a smaller chance of interfering with the CPU cooler)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN Black 23" - $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse: HP FQ481AA#ABA Black Wireless Slim Elite Desktop Keyboard and Mouse - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 - $13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for everyone's input!
September 8, 2011 5:22:32 PM

jaronmartin said:
Here is my final build. It will be a day or so before I order it, so if anyone sees any critical flaws let me know.

Already Owned Parts:
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 6990

PSU: Corsair Professional Gold Series AX1200 (1200W)

New Parts: Total from NewEgg: $1,498.87
Case: AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K - $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $30
(Because I would prefer the MoBo to control the fan)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX - $260
(I'm stubborn and would end up blaming a slower ssd every time the computer slowed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) for 16GB Total - $106
(Saw the low profile version and figured that would have a smaller chance of interfering with the CPU cooler)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN Black 23" - $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse: HP FQ481AA#ABA Black Wireless Slim Elite Desktop Keyboard and Mouse - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 - $13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for everyone's input!



a very good build... let's say if the thing is about to fail... it will fail eventually... no matter which brand you use... so good to see you pick up the fastest one... and it also got good user reviews... so should be ok... but the highlight of your new build i think is still the hd 6990 despite you already own it... what i able to do now is looking at the ppl who own that monster card and how much they enjoy with that card and realized that's the card i will never gonna be able to get my hands on...
September 9, 2011 2:22:45 AM

This is a better 128GB SSD : Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $193

That HDD is slow. (5200rpm) I'd suggest you to use two Spinpoint F3 1TB's. That'll be faster.
September 9, 2011 8:05:28 AM

not as fast as my SGS 2 :D 
!