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October 15, 2011 9:08:29 PM

Here is what I am probably going to get. If anyone looks in this thread I would appreciate advice as this is the first time I am trying to build a computer. My main thing I am not sure of is if my motherboard and ram are compatible / if I chose the right motherboard or if the RAM is overkill. I am making this computer for BF3 / Total War Games / Assassins Creed 3 kinda. Used Hardware Revolution to help me out a bit. Also don't insult my choice of case because I am in love with it. Also I prefer NVIDIA graphics cards.

Thanks for any help in advance =)

COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A2000C9

eVGA GeForce GTX 580 Graphics adapter - 1.5 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1


Comes out to like 1391 if you include shipping and all warranties. Also I am obviously getting a hard drive but not online because I hear many fail so I will visit a retail store for this item. If anyone could recommend a good hard drive for my system around 100$ (not Solid State Drive) that has at least 300ish better if 500 GB I would greatly appreciate it. Thinking Velocorapter right now. Also I get a good deal for Windows 7 through my university so I will get the disk that way.


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October 16, 2011 12:12:27 AM

robert_53 said:
Here is what I am probably going to get. If anyone looks in this thread I would appreciate advice as this is the first time I am trying to build a computer. My main thing I am not sure of is if my motherboard and ram are compatible / if I chose the right motherboard or if the RAM is overkill. I am making this computer for BF3 / Total War Games / Assassins Creed 3 kinda. Used Hardware Revolution to help me out a bit. Also don't insult my choice of case because I am in love with it. Also I prefer NVIDIA graphics cards.

Thanks for any help in advance =)

COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A2000C9

eVGA GeForce GTX 580 Graphics adapter - 1.5 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1


Comes out to like 1391 if you include shipping and all warranties. Also I am obviously getting a hard drive but not online because I hear many fail so I will visit a retail store for this item. If anyone could recommend a good hard drive for my system around 100$ (not Solid State Drive) that has at least 300ish better if 500 GB I would greatly appreciate it. Thinking Velocorapter right now. Also I get a good deal for Windows 7 through my university so I will get the disk that way.


Haha, you and me have identical tastes in games, Shogun 2 Total War, BF3, and AC3 ftw :bounce:  Anyway on to business, Id recommend this build instead:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those are the core components I'd go with. Id also go with an SSD, why dont you want one?

October 16, 2011 12:22:54 AM

I do want an SSD but they are expensive and from what I read not as long lasting / more quality problems. Also thank you so much. My one question is about that case.... is it going to be cramped and a pain to fit everything or will it be relatively easy for a noob like me. Also Ill play you in shogun anytime haha.

also I cant seem to find it but does that motherboard give you control over voltage for that video card?
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October 16, 2011 1:43:57 AM

The case is MASSIVE, one of the biggest cases you can buy, and has great cable management. And yeh, you can adjust the voltage on that GPU. And sure, add me on steam, [AA] Ares, we can play :) 
October 16, 2011 7:50:20 PM

thanks dude, I appreciate your nice response. I added you on steam btw.

I have a few more questions. I am unsure how to be sure that the sandy bridge motherboard will fit inside any specific case. I know there is ATX and Micro ATX, but is there anything else that might prevent a particular case from working for that motherboard. For instance... The case I choose originally (which I still kinda want instead of your case) has a review that says "CPU backplate cutout does not accomodate Sandy Bridge MBs." even though the case is rated for Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / XL-ATX. So right now I am planning on getting your case... but I am confused because say I want to choose a different full tower case, how can I be sure that the motherboard will fit into it?

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

That is the link to the case I was considering.

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October 16, 2011 9:29:01 PM
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robert_53 said:
thanks dude, I appreciate your nice response. I added you on steam btw.

I have a few more questions. I am unsure how to be sure that the sandy bridge motherboard will fit inside any specific case. I know there is ATX and Micro ATX, but is there anything else that might prevent a particular case from working for that motherboard. For instance... The case I choose originally (which I still kinda want instead of your case) has a review that says "CPU backplate cutout does not accomodate Sandy Bridge MBs." even though the case is rated for Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / XL-ATX. So right now I am planning on getting your case... but I am confused because say I want to choose a different full tower case, how can I be sure that the motherboard will fit into it?

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

That is the link to the case I was considering.


The case will work, all you need to know is the size of the motherboard, which for Z68 1155 is generally ATX, and then the types of motherboards the case can use, which ATX is almost always one of them. What it was saying by backplate cutout is that theres a cutout in the back of the motherboard tray that allows you to mount and unmount a different CPU cooler without having to take out the motherboard. This is just a nice feature that saves you time when trying to swap out CPU coolers, but wont affect compatibility with the motherboard.

The reason I suggest the case I did, the Thor V2, is because its about $70 cheaper, has better cooling, and has equivalent features like cable management and such. Furthermore, I believe its CPU backplate cutout does support 1155 motherboards. If you REALLY want to spend $200 on a case though, Id recommend this:

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

Its a really fantastic case, although given the prices, I'd still recommend the Thor V2 over it and the HAF X. Oh btw, whats your steam name? I have a lot of steam friend requests :lol: 
October 17, 2011 12:12:26 AM

Thanks man, that is exactly what I needed to know.
My steam name is [risen] multitasker
October 17, 2011 12:12:37 AM

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