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October 13, 2011 2:47:34 PM

It's my first build for a gaming desktop and I need advice from anyone and everyone. Please take a moment of the components that I have chosen and please give me feedback. I'm buying all of it this weekend so please if you have any suggestions please let me hear them.

CASE- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive- Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply- CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card- EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory- Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model PX538G2000ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really need help with the motherboard, memory, and video card. Do you think they will be a good asset to my build or should I look for another?
The least I want to spend on both the motherboard and video card is $200. For the memory it is up to $100.

Please post any feedback on my build it sure will help a lot.

Thank you.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 3:02:48 PM

1.) That PSU is overkill for a single 560; you can save at least $50 there by going with a 700-750w (unless you plan on SLi).

2.) I would get a 560 Ti, it's only a little more with better performance.

3.) Do you plan on using more than 2 PCIe slots and/or running more than 2 SSDs in RAID and/or OCing your memory past 2000 MHz? If no to any, then save $50 on the motherboard

EDIT: Actually nevermind on 3, you would only be saving maybe $20-30 on the mobo and that has a lot of features for only $150 even if you don't use all of them.
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October 13, 2011 3:07:56 PM

I'm planning on Ocing and I still have to do more research on the Raid subject. I am not quite sure what it is yet. Thank you for your post.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 3:15:46 PM

rootofgood said:
I'm planning on Ocing and I still have to do more research on the Raid subject. I am not quite sure what it is yet. Thank you for your post.


RAID means running 2 or more drives (HDD or SSD) for more features.

RAID 0 is running two drives together for double the performance (Storage is also added, so 2x 120GB SSDs in RAID 0 give you 240GB). But, if one drive fails, they both fail since all data is shared between them.

RAID 1 is running two drives together for data protection. One drive mirrors another, so everything saved to one is saved to another. If one drive fails, another still has all the data. (Storage is not additive, 2x 120GB SSDs in RAID 1 give you 120GB). Speed is the same as a single drive.

RAID 5 is only really used in servers, and other RAID numbers have been deprecated.

http://www.ahinc.com/raid.htm for more info
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October 13, 2011 3:20:09 PM

Not bad for your first attempt although I would make a few changes.

PC Case: I would personally go with the Antec 300 Illusion - it IS a mid-tower, however as far as price and air flow ratio is concerned, the Illusion is a legend. It offers 4 Fans in total [1 rear, 2 frontal x120mm and a top 140m fan, they are come with three speed switch, an easily removable and washable frontal dust filter and also space for wire management. I can also personally vouch for the fans - they are very quiet. On a side note, you may have to sacrifice one drive bay slot to fit the GTX 560TI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GPU: I would get a GTX 560TI - it's faster, slightly more expensive - definitely worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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RAM: I would recommend the G.Skill 4GB x2 Latency-7 Sticks.
From previous reviews and benchmarks done by Tomshardware before, the "sweet spot" for memory is Latency 7 between 1333mhz - 1600mhz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Hard Drive: I recommend the Western Digital Black 750GB - same price and faster

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU: I recommend the Corsair 750W Enthusiast. Sure, it's not modular - but it's half the price and even with 750W, it's more than your system will need - enough for two GTX 560Ti for SLI!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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CPU: Personally, I would get the i5 2500k - it's as fast and sometimes faster than the fastest original i7 CPU - and it's $100 cheaper than the i7 2600k. With the $100 and the money saved from the Case and power supply, I would get a 128GB Curcial M4 SSD - for booting + games - just make sure to store everything else on your Hard Drive.

i5 2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Curcial M4 SSD:
64GB ==> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
128GB ==> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


~Coffee

Edit: the i5 2500k is easy to overclock - due to it's low 95w TDP - I would recommend the Cooler Master 212+. It's a very economical aftermarket cooler with a "True and Tested" design.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 4:17:12 PM

I agree with coffee. And don't bother with RAID.
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October 13, 2011 5:35:45 PM

Great suggestions. Thanks guys
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