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About to pull the trigger on a $2000-$2500 build :O

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October 14, 2011 2:03:24 AM

Hi guys,

Im sorry if the prices dont quite add up properly to $2000-$2500 dollars, but thats what it should be on newegg, newegg doesnt ship to singapore so I hav eto buy the parts from local stores that jack up the prices for shipping >_<

Anyway, i just wanted some last minute feedback, for air cooling, would the 500r be better than the 650d? Both cases are soooo sexy :D 


Anyway, here it is:

SSD Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
MOBO AND CPU Asrock Z68Extreme7 (Gen3) and i5 2500k
CPU COOLER Coolermaster V8
RAM G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 8GB
GRAPHICS CARD MSI N580GTX 1536MB Lightning DDR5
CASE Obsidian 650D
DRIVE LiteOn iHBS212 12x Blu-Ray internal
PSU Corsiar HX1050 Fully Modular Power Supply
HDD Seagate 2TB XT 64MB 7200RPM
MONITOR Samsung S24A350H 24"


Thoughts?

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October 14, 2011 2:18:34 AM

Particularly about the 500r s 650d airflow thing.
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October 14, 2011 5:20:35 AM

I'm actually looking at a very similar build, go for the i7 2600k, and maybe 2x580, but at least the i7. The video card is great, but for the money you should be getting something more and with the 600s just around the corner. Also, shoot for 12gb+ on the ram at least, I have been bottlenecking at 8gbs for a while. :S
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October 14, 2011 5:29:20 AM

takk said:
I'm actually looking at a very similar build, go for the i7 2600k, and maybe 2x580, but at least the i7. The video card is great, but for the money you should be getting something more and with the 600s just around the corner. Also, shoot for 12gb+ on the ram at least, I have been bottlenecking at 8gbs for a while. :S


No. He shouldn't get an i7 just for hyperthreading if doesn't use any programs that can make full use of em. The GTX 580 would last him for a long while. 8gb of ram is good.
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October 14, 2011 5:34:21 AM

2.5k is A LOT of money. Anything less then those specs is crazy. You probably shouldn't be speaking for someone wants and needs.
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October 14, 2011 5:40:44 AM

1. The CoolerMaster V8 looks good but there are other coolers that are more efficient. Try Noctua for high end or Hyper 212 low end. Both have excellent performance.

2. If you are going to SLI in the future, keep the PSU. Else 1050W is overkill. If you want a high end PSU anyways, try Corsair AX1200 or Antec HCP1200.

3. As for Takk's comment about memory, Sandy works best with dual channel memory. ie 2, 4, 8, 16Gb. 8Gb is more than enough.

4. Case choice is up to you. Personally, 650D is one sexy case. I don't think it has the airflow issues of the 800D.

5. The Seagate XT is a good drive. The WD2002 has slightly better performance although a little more expensive.

6. i5 2500K is fine for gaming, i7 2600K for multi threading applications.
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October 14, 2011 5:45:00 AM

The cost between an i5 and i7 is not that much considering you will be wishing you had the faster chip for a long time!

I really like the build, don't recommend SLI to anyone - EVER!

As for the case both are good choices so I really can't help you there and your GPU is nice with the aftermarket cooling which is much better than stock for temps and noise but too big to use for SLI.

Nice Build!
Good Luck!
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October 14, 2011 5:54:46 AM

takk said:
2.5k is A LOT of money. Anything less then those specs is crazy. You probably shouldn't be speaking for someone wants and needs.


He won't need what you suggested. Even if he did have 10k dollars to spend I would still recommend the i5-2500k over the i7-2600k especially if he won't be needing HP. Anyway, what he chose is fine. Going above 8gb for now is pretty stupid if you only plan to game.

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October 14, 2011 5:56:30 AM

@cutebeans, Music, browser, Messenger(s), miscellaneous, and on top of that a game will for sure hit 8gig wall. Now 32gig is overkill at this moment.

What about the future of gaming? Games and applications has come along way in the terms of using multi-cores. Specially a build like this going to last for a while. Build for future-proofing, instead of the present.
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October 14, 2011 6:23:30 AM

takk said:
@cutebeans, Music, browser, Messenger(s), miscellaneous, and on top of that a game will for sure hit 8gig wall. Now 32gig is overkill at this moment.

What about the future of gaming? Games and applications has come along way in the terms of using multi-cores. Specially a build like this going to last for a while. Build for future-proofing, instead of the present.


Not really, I'm on a intel dual core with 2gb ram and windows 7. I can play games, have browsers, have music on. Anyway, what are you talking about multi-cores? Both the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k are quad cores so I don't know whats the problem there. In terms of gaming, 4gb is present proofing and 8gb is future proofing . Most games only need 4gb ram. By the time 8gb is needed for games, your PC is obsolete.
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October 14, 2011 6:41:50 AM

Thanks so much for the feedback guys, yeah Im pretty sure Iv made my mind up about the cpu, i want the 2500k, and as for the ram, if in the future games do become more intensive then I can upgrade those easily. The 1050w psu was for sli in the future :)  I was surprised at the cost of the hx1050 though. About the case, I like that 500r has a side fan for the gpu, I will probably use it for exhaust though, because of the non-reference cooler in the 580 lightning, alot of air is exhausted into the case. Anyway guys thanks for the feedback so far, keep the suggestions coming! I really appreciate it!
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October 14, 2011 7:03:17 AM

nanospy said:
Hi guys,

Im sorry if the prices dont quite add up properly to $2000-$2500 dollars, but thats what it should be on newegg, newegg doesnt ship to singapore so I hav eto buy the parts from local stores that jack up the prices for shipping >_<

Anyway, i just wanted some last minute feedback, for air cooling, would the 500r be better than the 650d? Both cases are soooo sexy :D 


Anyway, here it is:

SSD Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
MOBO AND CPU Asrock Z68Extreme7 (Gen3) and i5 2500k
CPU COOLER Coolermaster V8
RAM G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 8GB
GRAPHICS CARD MSI N580GTX 1536MB Lightning DDR5
CASE Obsidian 650D
DRIVE LiteOn iHBS212 12x Blu-Ray internal
PSU Corsiar HX1050 Fully Modular Power Supply
HDD Seagate 2TB XT 64MB 7200RPM
MONITOR Samsung S24A350H 24"


Thoughts?

Everything looks great other than that CM V8 h/s. It's a total piece of crap. Also look at the Corsair 600T and Carbide 500R cases.
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October 14, 2011 8:38:16 AM

Great, can you suggest another heatsink? Im kind of at the limit of my budget, so preferably something not more expensive.
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October 14, 2011 9:10:36 AM

nanospy said:
Great, can you suggest another heatsink? Im kind of at the limit of my budget, so preferably something not more expensive.

You can add another one of those fans to it for a "push - pull" effect to bring the temps down even more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
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October 14, 2011 9:21:12 AM

Where exactly are you spending 2000? :D .
Seems a bit cheaper to me .
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October 14, 2011 9:30:55 AM

cats_Paw said:
Where exactly are you spending 2000? :D .
Seems a bit cheaper to me .

singapore <---- It's in the OP.
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October 14, 2011 10:13:15 AM

Yeah, unfortunately the stores in singapore havent seen much stock in the 212 evo, would the 212 plus be good enough? Probs dont want to OC past 4.2
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October 14, 2011 10:48:19 AM

212+ should be more than enough for that
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October 14, 2011 11:51:28 AM

Great, so no V8, 212+ instead, anything else?
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October 14, 2011 1:39:15 PM

perhaps a 2nd fan to add to the 212+.. maybe a couple fans to populate the case itself if it has room for more, depends how warm it will be around your computer and how much you want to OC :) 
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October 15, 2011 1:31:24 AM

Thanks guys, looking at my build I realised I had left room for me to buy another 580 and sli, but in a 650d, a second 580 would just die of the heat, cos the airflow in the 650d is just average. So, what if I switched the lightnings out to a reference design card, like the evga superclocked. Then I could swap out the 650d for a ft02 and take advantage of the stack cooling design. The stack cooling works best with a reference design card, so thats why I ask.
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October 15, 2011 1:32:36 AM

By the way, that config works out to be just a little bit cheaper.
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October 15, 2011 3:06:00 AM

I like the ft02 and the rv02-e, either would be nice
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October 15, 2011 6:29:53 AM

What's your opinion on the ft02? Do you think it's worth the money?
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October 15, 2011 1:19:39 PM

I would personally get the RV02-E (needs the E!) because its cheaper.. it has the exact same internal layout, its just steel/plastic instead of aluminum. If you have the money for the ft02 its nicer looking IMO tho
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