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September 10, 2011 7:09:01 AM

This PC is supposed to be used for two main functions: 1) HD animation and editing, photoshop, various other programs used to create media. 2) Gaming, especially in preparation for Skyrim and BF3.

So here is my parts list, if you guys see anywhere that I cocked up, feel free to mock me and point out my flaws because I'm brand new to PC building. I've never built my own rig before and I actually haven't owned a working windows PC in about 7 years.

Anyways, here is my build. It will all be housed within a Corsair 600T white graphite case.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($310.99 @ SuperBiiz)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Mac Connection)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1647.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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September 10, 2011 9:54:14 AM

Very nice solid build there. It's certainly built to meet your needs.

However i would strongly recommend 7200RPM HDD's.
Either Samsung SpinPoint F3's x2 1TB in RAID0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or a 2TB SeaGate Baraccuda
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also one of these two PSU's might be better, both 750w, both modular.
XFX 750w $99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W $115 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 10, 2011 10:37:20 AM

It's funny you should say that about my HDD because my original part list had a Samsung F3, but I changed it to the F4 EG simply because of the energy efficiency.

I think I'll take your suggestion and switch to the Spinpoint F3 and just get 1. 1TB is enough for now, if I decide that it's starting to feel limiting, it's easy to pick up another one of these and use them in RAID.

I also chose the AX750 because it was 80 plus gold certified and it has really high praise. The last PC I owned shorted because of a bad PSU and I want to make sure that my new PSU is quality. I don't mind spending a little extra to make sure it's great. Plus, newegg has a nice combo going with the 16GB RAM that knocks another $25 off the price.
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September 10, 2011 1:48:52 PM

Fair enough :)  Stick with it. Corsair make really good quality PSU's so you cant really go wrong there, especially with 80PLUS GOLD.
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September 10, 2011 2:06:10 PM

You may have a problem fitting the cooler in with that RAM as it is very tall. I have the same RAM and cooler (different MOBO) and had to get a slim fan to get it to fit. I suggest going for lower profile RAM.
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September 10, 2011 2:28:11 PM

Arhea said:
You may have a problem fitting the cooler in with that RAM as it is very tall. I have the same RAM and cooler (different MOBO) and had to get a slim fan to get it to fit. I suggest going for lower profile RAM.


Ah good point i forgot he was looking at 16GB RAM.

Hyper 212+ does usually block the first RAM slot. Id recommend looking into Corsairs Low Profile Vengeance RAM:
http://www.corsair.com/memory/vengeance/vengeance-low-p...
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September 10, 2011 2:47:00 PM

You could save a little money by going with a 2500k, it will have no problem with games at all.
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September 10, 2011 7:05:41 PM

kilo_17 said:
You could save a little money by going with a 2500k, it will have no problem with games at all.


Since the primary build use is "HD animation and editing, photoshop, various other programs used to create media" it makes sense to go with the i7-2600k.
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September 17, 2011 4:58:55 AM

AdrianPerry said:
Ah good point i forgot he was looking at 16GB RAM.

Hyper 212+ does usually block the first RAM slot. Id recommend looking into Corsairs Low Profile Vengeance RAM:
http://www.corsair.com/memory/vengeance/vengeance-low-p...


Well it's all built and working perfectly (with the exception of Windows deciding to screw itself occasionally) and since I know it's a common concern, the Hyper 212+ cooler works fine with 4 sticks of 4GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. I had to slightly move the bottom of the fan up just to make sure they weren't touching, but I didn't even really need to do that. So far it's as cool as can be and I'm running a few new games, like Shogun 2, at ultra settings and it's incredibly smooth.

Thanks a lot for the help guys!
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September 17, 2011 4:59:14 AM

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