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September 21, 2011 7:41:23 AM

So I'm planning on ordering this Friday (pay day lol :p ) for the sole purpose of gaming. Pretty much I'm looking for a system that will run BF3 and Skyrim with little to no problems. I know a lot of peeps will tell me to go another route with the gfx card but I just want one that I plug in and don't have to worry about. The case and cooling to me seems noob friendly and I love the look and ease of installation. I'm planning on running the h100 as an intake from the top of the case and only having the rear fan as an exhaust was wondering if I should buy a better fan? Any pro tips you guys could help me out with?

Items with a * means I'm buying them as a combo from newegg.


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$79.99

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
$499.99

RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming
$119.99

RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
$47.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$58.99

* Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
* ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
$175.98

* ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
* CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
$349.98

* Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
* Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$399.98

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$119.99

Total with shipping and taxes $1,871.26
September 21, 2011 7:49:33 AM

Nice build, nice budget.

Since the build is for gaming i would suggest looking into a i5-2500k. It performs the same as an i7-2600k (they both have 4 cores, i7-2600k just has hyper threading which games don't use (yet)).

You would really benefit more from getting an i5-2500k, and adding a 60GB/120GB SSD into your build somewhere.

The H100 is also fairly "unnecessary", some good air cooling around half the price would be more than substantial.

Id also recommend looking into a GEN3 motherboard. ASRock Extreme4 GEN3 is proving a very popular choice at the moment :) 
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September 21, 2011 7:59:06 AM

The build looks great. I'm about to embark on a new build that's similar, but it's my first so I'm slightly apprehensive. I'm gonna get 16GB of ram as it's cheap, and a standard gtx 580.

Sharkoon T9 Value Gaming Case Black with Red LED Fans

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

2nd Generation IntelĀ® Core? i7 2600K 3.40GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail.

Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6Gb/s <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM (I can always get more space later)

Samsung S222AB 22x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

Novatech PowerStation Black Edition 750W Silent ATX2 Modular Power Supply

Novatech 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Single Channel Kit

Novatech GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCIe
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September 21, 2011 8:03:27 AM

AdrianPerry said:
Nice build, nice budget.

Since the build is for gaming i would suggest looking into a i5-2500k. It performs the same as an i7-2600k (they both have 4 cores, i7-2600k just has hyper threading which games don't use (yet)).

You would really benefit more from getting an i5-2500k, and adding a 60GB/120GB SSD into your build somewhere.

The H100 is also fairly "unnecessary", some good air cooling around half the price would be more than substantial.

Id also recommend looking into a GEN3 motherboard. ASRock Extreme4 GEN3 is proving a very popular choice at the moment :) 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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September 21, 2011 8:06:13 AM

Doctor_Den said:
Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6Gb/s <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM (I can always get more space later)

You're not going to be happy with the green drive as your primary storage device as it is always going to sleep and takes time to spin up. Go for a black drive instead - you'll be happier.
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September 21, 2011 8:14:51 AM

Okay I'll look into that now. I might get two yet and run them in a RAID 0 configuration.
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September 21, 2011 8:18:58 AM

Doctor_Den said:


Novatech 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Single Channel Kit



No no no.

First of all you want to be looking at Dual Channel Memory kits.
Second of all you really should consider 1600MHz RAM (CL9) 1.5v is generally best value.
Thirdly - 16GB RAM....do you really need it? Unless you doing some serious programming your PC will probably never use more than 4GB. Games especially wont have any benefit using 16GB RAM > 8GB RAM.
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September 21, 2011 11:35:32 AM

Is it because dual is quicker? I selected it as it was really cheap. This was my original choice:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
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September 21, 2011 11:56:44 AM

Doctor_Den said:
Is it because dual is quicker? I selected it as it was really cheap. This was my original choice:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit


The motherboard is designed for dual channel memory, that's what will give the best performance. Vengeance performs almost identically to G.Skill, either is a good choice.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/corsair-vengeance-crucial...
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September 21, 2011 12:21:06 PM

This build looks nice. You may want to wait until Monday because then you will get your stuff by at least Thursday next week. I'm not sure if Newegg ships all items at the same time either.
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September 21, 2011 9:29:35 PM

So I decided to switch to a 2500k and use the money saved for a Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD, good choice?

As for the H100 I've read on the corsair forums that it is best to run it as an intake from the top of the case and have only the rear fan blowing air out. It blows cool air through the radiator and gives the case some positive pressure to keep dust out. Should I buy a better rear fan to exhaust air more efficiently or could I add a couple fans to the side mesh panel as exhaust?
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September 22, 2011 7:15:18 AM

shoolie22 said:
So I decided to switch to a 2500k and use the money saved for a Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD, good choice?

As for the H100 I've read on the corsair forums that it is best to run it as an intake from the top of the case and have only the rear fan blowing air out. It blows cool air through the radiator and gives the case some positive pressure to keep dust out. Should I buy a better rear fan to exhaust air more efficiently or could I add a couple fans to the side mesh panel as exhaust?


Yeah making use of an SSD is a good choice. i5-2500k is a solid performing processor you wont be disappointed by performance.

As for fans, either of your options would work.
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