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October 20, 2011 7:30:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: roughly 900 After rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video editing, Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, mouse and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Going for i7 and GTX560

Overclocking: Slight

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None

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Hey everyone,

So this is my first time building a rig and wanted some input on my build. I already bought the CPU and the Ram but im waiting on some confirmation before pulling the trigger on the rest. The main question that i have is whether there are any glaring incompatibilities or such with my parts selected or whether there are some OBVIOUS better choices that i could have made. Thanks in advance.


CPU I7 2600k (279.99 Got it PMed from NCIX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo Asus p8p67 vanilla (144.99, 129.99AR)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory G skill Ripjaw 2x4GB 1600 (39.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU EVGA GTX 560 Ti DS superclocked (259.9, 249.99AR)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-Mini-HDMI-Lifet...

Case Thermaltake Armor a60 (69.99, 49.99 AR)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

PSU XFX Core 550W Pro (65.96)
http://www.amazon.com/PRO550W-Wired-Bronze-Power-Supply...

HDStill looking for good price on a 1tb 7200rpm HD, any suggestions?


Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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October 20, 2011 8:31:43 PM

My main suggestion would be to go with the i5-2500K and invest the extra $100 in getting a better PSU, motherboard, and CPU cooler.

Check out this build:

Case: Antec 300 - $59.99
PSU: Seasonic X650 Gold - $129.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $179.99
CPU: 3.30 ghz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25.99
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance PC 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $69.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Writer - $22.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB - $199.99

Total: $958.72
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October 20, 2011 8:35:17 PM

... i hate the TT case.. ugh...
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October 20, 2011 8:40:30 PM

rozz said:
... i hate the TT case.. ugh...


Totally agree - there's plenty of better cases you can get in that price range.
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October 20, 2011 8:51:43 PM

i should probably explain why..

TT cases tend to have huge amounts of honeycomb vents and grills spread over the case. Out of the box, the cases looks beautiful and are great coolers, but give it 3-4 months and you start to notice color changes in those grills, and color changing in fans, and soon a couple months later, you cases is in crusted with dust in every tiny grill. Now, dust is common with nearly all cases, but what a lot of people don't realize is that dust forms where high airflow is resisted by a objects (filter, cables, grills, etc) and Antec cases are littered with these.

A good case keeps the fan grills and vents to a minimum and have washable filters in every fan intake. Also, a good case will use a positive pressure cooling (the case has a high pressure then the room it's in) which limits dust inside the case and forces air in and out exactly where you want and not out side vents and holes randomly throughout the case.

I will say, your case will do exactly what you want and as long as you got a compressor to blow it out every few months you will be fine. But keep an open mind about sleek, less "aggressive" looking cases, they can sometimes save you the troubles of those devilish dust bunnies ;) 

Couple examples (pricier ones, but none the less good)

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 21, 2011 3:41:51 AM

Hey rozz and g-unit1111, thanks for your replies. Firstly, to g-unit1111, if i don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, is there any point in getting a 650 watt PSU? And wouldn't the 2600k be better for video editing?

@Rozz, thanks for the headsup about the TT cases. I was kinda worried about the vents collecting dust too, but at $50 i thought it would be my best chioce, what do you think about the antec 300's or the raidmax smilodon?
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October 21, 2011 8:59:45 AM

xcao01 said:
Hey rozz and g-unit1111, thanks for your replies. Firstly, to g-unit1111, if i don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, is there any point in getting a 650 watt PSU? And wouldn't the 2600k be better for video editing?

@Rozz, thanks for the headsup about the TT cases. I was kinda worried about the vents collecting dust too, but at $50 i thought it would be my best chioce, what do you think about the antec 300's or the raidmax smilodon?


The i7-2600k would be better for video editing but it should be like REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY HEAVY HD BLURAY 1080p video editing. If you only use normal videos then the difference would be minimal.

I'd get a HAF 912 over Antec 300's anyday.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 21, 2011 3:07:42 PM

the HAF is good.. it's got the filters in the front and if you fill that side panel with an exhaust fan, you'll do good. Washable filters are key :) 

My buddy got a Antec 900 (bigger 300) and it's pretty messy. Granted he lives in a crap hole full of dust, but meh. it does ok i guess.. if you're a clean freak like me u can pull it off
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October 21, 2011 3:14:06 PM

Do you guys have any opinions on the Haf912 vs the raidmax smilodon? They're both around $60 and I won't mind the LED lights on the smilodon. The smilodon also comes with 2 more 80mm fans and has the heaphone jack on the bottom vs the top for the haf (personal preference).
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October 21, 2011 3:19:21 PM

i like the Smilodon.. looks nice.. (personal preference).

make sure front and sidepanel fans are intakes and rear and PSU fans are exhaust.
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October 21, 2011 3:41:14 PM

A friend of mine has it and said that the everything is intake except for the ones on the back, so looking good so far.

Do you guys have any other comments on my build, the i7 and the ram were already purchased but everything else is still up in the air. I'm thinking of doing some minor overclocks on the i7 so I'm also considering the 212 evo, and what do you guys think is the best 1tb 7200rpm HD from around 60-80?
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October 21, 2011 4:28:01 PM

xcao01 said:
Hey rozz and g-unit1111, thanks for your replies. Firstly, to g-unit1111, if i don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, is there any point in getting a 650 watt PSU? And wouldn't the 2600k be better for video editing?

@Rozz, thanks for the headsup about the TT cases. I was kinda worried about the vents collecting dust too, but at $50 i thought it would be my best chioce, what do you think about the antec 300's or the raidmax smilodon?


Well the 2600K is better for video editing that's for sure. But for this build I don't think I'd trust a $50, non-certified PSU but that's just me. I like XFX but I don't think I'd trust a non-rated PSU simply because they are usually built by other companies and tend to have an unusually high fail rate. I'd go with the 2500K for now, invest the money in a good, future-proof PSU, and then if you find the 2500 isn't suiting your needs you can always upgrade in the future.

If you wanted another recommendation in order to fit the 2600K in your budget try the Corsair Builder Series 600 ($75), Antec Earthwatts 650 ($80), or the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 ($95).

And I have the HAF 912 - it is an excellent case for the price, Cooler Master builds lots of great cases for any budget.
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October 21, 2011 4:31:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Well the 2600K is better for video editing that's for sure. But for this build I don't think I'd trust a $50, non-certified PSU but that's just me. I like XFX but I don't think I'd trust a non-rated PSU simply because they are usually built by other companies and tend to have an unusually high fail rate. I'd go with the 2500K for now, invest the money in a good, future-proof PSU, and then if you find the 2500 isn't suiting your needs you can always upgrade in the future.

And I have the HAF 912 - it is an excellent case for the price, Cooler Master builds lots of great cases for any budget.


The PSU is rated 80+ bronze, and i thought that XFX was a pretty reputable company? It's got 5 eggs on newegg (albeit with only 12 reviews)
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October 21, 2011 4:40:24 PM

xcao01 said:
The PSU is rated 80+ bronze, and i thought that XFX was a pretty reputable company? It's got 5 eggs on newegg (albeit with only 12 reviews)


Huh, interesting. XFX makes great video cards (I've used their 6800 and 6900 series) but I don't know about any of their other products. It's your call - I'd personally go with a better known brand like the ones I mentioned, but that's just me. Anyway try this build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 650W - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.40GHz Intel Core i7-2600K - $314.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $25.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $51.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $69.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Writer W/ Lightscribe - $22.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $179.99

Total: $975.82
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August 8, 2013 9:18:08 AM

i know its AMD but its amazing, (i use this build):

CPU:AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($194.67 @ Amazon)

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($133.99 @ Amazon)

PSU:Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply ($88.24 @ Amazon)

Graphics Card:EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2762-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

RAM:Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 ($66.18 @ Amazon)

Case:RAIDMAX Seiran ATX-902WR Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($64.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $808.06

ADVANTAGES
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~Supports 3-4 Monitors (more monitors, Slower PC)

~Runs all games, even crysis on high-MAX maintaining around 50-80 fps - Minecraft 300-500 fps

~PSU will last around 4 years

~High end CPU and Motherboard

~Motherboard supports 2 CrossfireX graphics cards and 2 SLI cards

~Motherboard supports Overclocking extremely well

~Latest AM3+ slots

~Graphics card is already overclocked (So you dont have to, makes it easier)

~RAM is DDR3 1600Mhz 1.5V 8gb (4gb 1333Mhz DDR3 is still standard for everything so having 8 is amazing for multitasking)

~The Red/Black/Blue Case (depending on which you choose) Has ALOT of space for building and adding parts

~The Case has a no-tool design so you dont have to unscrew the DVD ROM, HardDrives, or SSD's

~For $800 you cant go wrong with this build, This is very upgradable and will last years. (this is gonna be my life PC - ill keep upgrading it throughout life)

~You get to build it

~8 Core CPU allows for extreme multitasking. (if you had 2-4 monitors youll be able to have things like: Skype, A Game, Internet tabs in Google Chrome. All open at once)

~With a 8 core AMD pc you'll be able to record,upload and stream faster (for videos)
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