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October 17, 2011 9:59:18 PM

Hello Everyone!

Below is my final BoM! Just got all of my parts in, will assemble after work! I think people are right with the 16GB of RAM, should have probably used the 50$ to buy a larger PSU. Alas, its in my hands now (Hindsight and all....).

Thanks for your input! If you have any tips on the assembly, I would greatly appreciate it! This is my first build, so if nothing else, wish me luck!

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother Board - ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - Corsair Memory Vengeance 16 Quad Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready 015-P3-1580-AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Crucial M4 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Cooler Master Computer Case RC-692-KKN2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan - Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Existing:
DVD Drive
640GB Hard Drive
Mouse - R.A.T. 9
Keyboard - Logitec Illuminated
Monitor - SyncMaster 2232BW

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 10:28:35 PM

- 16GB seems like far too much RAM for a gaming build. 4GB would be enough, 8GB max.

- 750W also seems like too much power for a single card or too little for GTX 580 SLI. I'd go for 600W for a single card or around 850W for dual cards.

- Remember too that with Vengeance RAM you can't use most big CPU coolers because the RAM just won't fit underneath. You would have to go with water cooling or a smaller air cooler unless you go with Vengeance LP. Just keep that in mind.

Otherwise, you have some nice choices and should rape BF3 :D 
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October 17, 2011 10:38:38 PM

jmsellars1 said:
- 16GB seems like far too much RAM for a gaming build. 4GB would be enough, 8GB max.

- 750W also seems like too much power for a single card or too little for GTX 580 SLI. I'd go for 600W for a single card or around 850W for dual cards.

- Remember too that with Vengeance RAM you can't use most big CPU coolers because the RAM just won't fit underneath. You would have to go with water cooling or a smaller air cooler unless you go with Vengeance LP. Just keep that in mind.

Otherwise, you have some nice choices and should rape BF3 :D 


Thank you very much for the reply! I never thought about the 16GB being too much!! I saw that it was only $99 and thought that was crazy cheap! I "might" have plans to SLI (2) GTX 580's in the future, thats why I was going with the 750W. If I did do two later, would I need MORE than 750w?
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 10:45:20 PM

Yeah I would go with 850W for 2 x GTX 580 tbh.
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October 17, 2011 11:03:37 PM

I think 800W (from a quality power supply) is probably the lowest you'd want to go. I think a 580 uses something like 250-275W under load, so you're looking at like 500-550W just for graphics. Add another +100W for cpu and +100W for everything else, and you're looking at 700-750W bare minimum. I'd shoot for 100W over your bare minimum power load to give yourself a safety margin and some overclocking headroom. You don't want to go too much or you're wasting efficiency, but having too little is much worse. That puts you right in the 850W region.

I'd forget the 16GB RAM unless you know you'll be using it. On my Windows 7 PC, I don't think I've ever seen my RAM usage go over 4GB for gaming. Games need RAM, but they don't need a lot like photo or video editing would. But with it being so cheap for 2x4GB sticks, there's no reason to not get 8GB.

Lastly, I'd check out some other SSDs. I haven't been in the market since purchasing my OCZ Vertex 1 a while ago, but they make quality stuff and ...without checking prices... I think they're a little cheaper. Speeds on same-gen SSDs should be pretty comparable (but check reviews). Just throwing that out there, as the last time I checked, Corsair was on the upper end of price. You may be able to upgrade to a 120GB model. 60GB is plenty for OS and apps (assuming you disable hibernation and move your page file to your HDD), but I only have like 25-30GB for games on my 60GB. Not a big deal, as the only game I'm putting on there is BF3, but you may want more than 2-3 games on your SSD. Oh, and symlinks are your friend with a SSD.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 11:17:26 PM

I would also recomend the 850w power supply in the event you go Sli and if not then you will have plenty of reserve power. The ram prices being so low now it makes sense to get what ever you want for ram and if it 's not being used then you have it just the same incase at some point there is a need. I would look at the Corsair SSD's , they do have some high read/write speeds and work just as good as any out there. In the end it is your computer and you are paying for it and you should get what you want.
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October 21, 2011 10:36:12 PM

Installation begins tonight. All parts in hand.

Only wish I had done more research before buying 16GB RAM.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 22, 2011 6:17:03 PM

Don't worry about the RAM, its cheap enough.
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October 22, 2011 7:02:47 PM

well having too much ram isnt going to slow you down. and you can boast about it to non-computery people. all they think of is ram ;) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 23, 2011 1:37:01 PM

Yeah I saw a shop selling laptops and the only specs they showed were HDD and RAM, the 2 least important laptop specs because they can easily be upgraded unlike CPU/graphics/screen.
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