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September 23, 2011 12:47:14 AM

This is my first build attempt, I have no prior build experience. Looking for advice on the part choices and of any other issues with build.

I will be using for gaming (Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2), watching movies and surfing the web

*edit : changed mobo and cpu, os updated to oem -deciding on ram

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AL DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ML238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1230.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-09-22 22:36 EDT-0400)

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September 23, 2011 1:07:37 AM

That's actually a pretty good list of parts, a couple minor changes:

- CPU: Get the 2500K, it can be OC'd to 4.0GHz easily, and it's only an extra $10

- Cooler: Get the Hyper 212 and add an extra 120mm fan, that's also an extra $10

- Motherboard: Maybe it's just me but I've never had any luck with MSI. Go with a Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, or even Intel motherboard.

- RAM - RAM is so cheap right now you could get 8GB and not change the price at all, you could even max it out at 16GB and not change the price much.
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September 23, 2011 1:27:26 AM

Yea spending the extra 10 on the cpu is a good idea. The hyper 212 is the cooler I want, I think it just lists it weird. Extra fans and ram are always good as well.
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September 23, 2011 2:15:54 AM

i'd recommend getting an oem version of windows 7, since it's $90 cheaper at newegg
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September 23, 2011 2:41:59 AM

yep oem os is a good idea for sure.

I'm trying to decide which ram to get.. The patriot ram looks like it will have less of an installed height so it will not mess with the cpu heat sink. Need to find out.
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September 23, 2011 2:48:17 AM

2opgamer said:
yep oem os is a good idea for sure.

I'm trying to decide which ram to get.. The patriot ram looks like it will have less of an installed height so it will not mess with the cpu heat sink. Need to find out.


Which RAM you get really depends on which fan you get. If you're getting any sort of after-market CPU cooler, you need to get low-profile RAM, especially if you want to max it out. Large memory heat sinks and large fans generally aren't a good combo.

Patirot is a good brand, check out Kingston, Corsair low-profile, and G.Skill low-profile.
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September 23, 2011 4:35:20 AM

2opgamer said:
This is my first build attempt, I have no prior build experience. Looking for advice on the part choices and of any other issues with build.

I will be using for gaming (Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2), watching movies and surfing the web

*edit : changed mobo and cpu, os updated to oem -deciding on ram

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AL DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ML238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1230.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-09-22 22:36 EDT-0400)

Three obvious changes to be made to that build.

1) That's 1.65v RAM and you want 1.5v so you don't mess up your board.

2) That Asus mATX isn't cut out for dual vid cards...it has horrible spacing.

3) 750w psu if you plan on running two of those cards. If those cards were 6950's then a 650w psu would be fine, but for 560's you want a 750w.


Here's some boards to look at. That asrock board might be a few bucks cheaper on superbiiz when you throw in shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $113.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $203.98 - $25.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...


http://www.frys.com/product/6708445?source=googleps $94.99 After Rebate: $79.99 Free Shipping
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-750 700w Power Supply

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code OCZSEPSAVING, ends 9/30
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $148.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $448.98 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- Any of these sets of RAM
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