Last check before order! 1700 gaming system

Hey guys,

It's finally there, this week I'll be building my own gaming system!
These are the parts I selected, I would appreciate it if you could tell me what I missed or what obvious mistakes I made, thanks!!

The system will be for gaming, BF 3 and the latest games on high settings. I would like to keep it for the next 3-4 years without updating, I WILL add another 6950 along the way tough.
So a build for GAMING only.

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Cooler Master HAF X
Intel Core i5 2500K / 3.3 GHz
Scythe Mugen 2 rev.B SCMG-2100
Sapphire RADEON HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition (x2)
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2
Corsair Vengeance
Crucial m4
Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class HD103SJ
Dell UltraSharp U2311H
Sony Optiarc AD-7280S
Revoltec Cold Cathode Case Light
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1
Logitech Z 506
Logitech G110 keyboard


Things I'm not completely sure about: the monitor and optical drive

Is there anything else I need, like anti-static stuff?

Thank you!
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  1. Anti static stuff. Like a wrist strap? Most of us forego that and use our chassis to discharge any static buildup before touching components. It doesn't hurt to be safe though.
    I think you'll really like the G110, my wife loves hers that I got for her about 3 weeks ago.
    The main question I have is; Why the Scythe Mugen? Its certainly quiet but you're paying for an unlocked CPU. Which means you must have some interest in overclocking. I would look at a little better overclocking type of cooler, such as the CM Hyper 212+. Its also fairly quiet.
  2. The Sony optiarc is discontinued on newegg, but its a decent burner. I like to have a reader as well so I don't waer down the burner, I bought a bluray reader and it works great.
    The Dell ultrasharps are usually expensive, but highly regarded.
  3. if you would like to save some money, get an ASUS monitor (24 inch)
  4. This Dell is pretty cheap for it's size etc.
    I'm wanting to spend some more (300 max) on a better screen, but maybe this one is already excellent?

    That optarc is avaible at the site I'm buying (see shopping list)

    People told me the Scythe is enough to keep the CPU cool and quiet and will enable me to OC to 4,4Ghz or something like that.
  5. vsdagama said:
    This Dell is pretty cheap for it's size etc.
    I'm wanting to spend some more (300 max) on a better screen, but maybe this one is already excellent?

    That optarc is avaible at the site I'm buying (see shopping list)

    People told me the Scythe is enough to keep the CPU cool and quiet and will enable me to OC to 4,4Ghz or something like that.


    Please visit this site: www.frostytech.com

    I don't know who told you the scythe will OC to 4.4, but I have serious doubts about that claim. If you want 4+ Ghz, I wouldn't trust it to a quiet CPU cooler, I'd want the most efficient one for the price. Which the Hyper 212+ certainly is at $30.
  6. The only reason I mention the Optiarc being discontinued at newegg is because its likely Sony has a newer version available now.
  7. Ha ok, i'll look for that one.

    Monitor: is it a good one? Any better one in the 200-300 price range?

    CPU cooler: what overclock will be doable with the scythe? (don't want the sound of a jet engine)
  8. vsdagama said:
    Ha ok, i'll look for that one.

    Monitor: is it a good one? Any better one in the 200-300 price range?

    CPU cooler: what overclock will be doable with the scythe? (don't want the sound of a jet engine)


    Hard to say, your mileage may vary. On frostytech the Scythe cooler isn't even in the top ten for quiet coolers. I really recommend you take a look at some other coolers. The CM Hyper212+ is highly recommended for an inexpensive, highly efficient cooler. But I suppose the Scythe is better than the stock cooler.
  9. I'll take the scythe, when it is insufficient, I will get another one, it is pretty cheap anyway and I think it will do well.

    Any other remarks?
    I'm ordering in the next hour!! :O
  10. My order has been placed, no monitor has been included.

    So now I have to order the monitor seperate.

    Looking to buy the Dell Ultrasharp U2412M

    Is this a good monitor? Gaming is my purpose
  11. A 750w psu will easily push two of those cards and leave you plenty of juice left over.
  12. Just taking that one because between the 750 and the 850 is only 10 dollar or so. Room for upgrades or whatever later.

    What about a nice screen?? :O ^^

    My order has been placed, no monitor has been included.

    So now I have to order the monitor seperate.

    Looking to buy the Dell Ultrasharp U2412M
    Is this a good monitor? Gaming is what I will be doing mostly.

    Should I go samsung, acer, asus, BenQ, Iiyama, ...?

    These are only some of the currently avaible 23-24" monitors with good reviews :S
    Samsung Syncmaster P2470HD
    Samsung Syncmaster P2450H
    Samsung Syncmaster B2430HD
    Samsung Syncmaster 245T
    Samsung Syncmaster 2433BW
    Philips 240PW9ES
    LG W2442PE-BF
    LG Flatron W2486L-PF
    Iiyama ProLite B2409HDS-1
    Iiyama ProLite E2409HDS-B1
    Acer S243HLAbmii
    Asus ML248H
    Asus VK246H
    BenQ G2420HDBE
    BenQ GL2440HM
    Dell Professional P2411H
    Samsung Syncmaster BX2335
    Acer GD245HQbid
    Asus VE247H
    Asus VH242H
    Asus VW247H
    Asus VH242T
    Iiyama E2473HDS-B1
    Dell Ultrasharp U2311H
  13. anyone?
  14. I bought a very similar system to yours a week ago. It hasn't arrived yet, but I have read good reviews on this monitor:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112

    Not on sale anymore though. I got it for $159
  15. I'm currently looking at the VG236HE
    It's the VG236H without the 3D glasses.
    It's price is the maximum I would like to give to a monitor, 260 euro.
    But if it really is a nice screen, I'm willing to spend that for sure.

    I got some questions:
    Could I buy the 3D glasses afterwards? Are all 3D glasses compatible with this? Or do I really need the ones included in the VG236H or something?
    Is this a kick-ass monitor?
  16. The Iiyama ProLite E2473HDS-B1 also seems like a decent one, should I go for this one?
  17. buzznut said:
    Please visit this site: www.frostytech.com

    I don't know who told you the scythe will OC to 4.4, but I have serious doubts about that claim. If you want 4+ Ghz, I wouldn't trust it to a quiet CPU cooler, I'd want the most efficient one for the price. Which the Hyper 212+ certainly is at $30.

    it is a giant cooler that cools better than the hyper 212 at quieter temps. tomshardware i think gives better info on cpu coolers. frost tech is doing something wrong.
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