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October 31, 2011 2:26:43 AM

I put together a wishlist on www.newegg.com for my new computer I'll be getting this Christmas.

Please help me with whatever you think I should add/remove.

Note: I already have a case and psu from my current build that are brand new.

Here's the parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Video Card: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

CD/DVD Reader: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200

Cost: $980.92
Budget: No more than the highest cost ($1,010.92)


DON'T FORGET: I ALREADY HAVE THE CASE AND PSU!!!!!!!!!

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October 31, 2011 2:36:12 AM

Get an i5-2500k
Get an Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Your PSU is overkill anyway since you already have it.
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October 31, 2011 2:40:07 AM

Edited: Added those 2 products in place of the previous ones.
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October 31, 2011 2:40:34 AM

Did you plan to overclock? I don't see an aftermarket CPU cooler in the mix.
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October 31, 2011 2:41:20 AM

In fact I did plan to, and I added one. I'll put it in there.
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October 31, 2011 2:42:32 AM

You'll have newer GPU choices by Christmas.
And your SSD choice doesn't quite match the quality of your other parts.
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October 31, 2011 2:43:25 AM

I didn't see you bought a DDR3 1333. Get a DDR3 1600. It's better.

Everything is fine though.
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October 31, 2011 2:43:45 AM

Can you suggest a CPU cooler and SSD? Anything will do. I thought for CPU cooler I'd go with a Corsair H100 or Coolermaster Hyper 212+
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October 31, 2011 2:47:00 AM

Updated build. I'm new to overclocking btw. I'm thinking I may not do it with this build. Instead I'm going to replace my H100 with a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
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October 31, 2011 2:51:07 AM

Here is a SSD replacement for your shortlist: SAMSUNG 830 128GB SATA III SSD

For your choice of case I don't see a matching color shift CPU cooler.
Im not sure if that Corsair H100 would interfere with fan color shift scheme. You should check that out before you commit.
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October 31, 2011 2:53:07 AM

Even if you don't start out overclocking - I think you want your better cooler in place from the beginning. That way you're not disassembling your rig to get a better cooler when you do decide to do some tweaking. It's actually very easy. It only gets hard when you start working on top end overclocking.
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October 31, 2011 2:53:13 AM

I don't need 128GB. That's too much and awful expensive. 60+ is good. I'm only using SSD for Win7
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October 31, 2011 2:56:02 AM

Updated SSD to a Crucial 64GB Sata III
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October 31, 2011 3:01:17 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
Updated SSD to a Crucial 64GB Sata III
A good match with the rest of your system.
If you're budget is under pressure the CM Hyper 212+ will get the job done keeping your CPU cooler than the wimpy stock cooler.
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October 31, 2011 3:02:12 AM

I'm up to $1100. I may bring it down a little with other parts but it's looking good. I've been replacing with all suggested parts.
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October 31, 2011 3:03:45 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
I don't need 128GB. That's too much and awful expensive. 60+ is good. I'm only using SSD for Win7



I used a 64gb SSD for my boot drive and I was surprised at how fast that thing filled up . You also don't want to fill it more than 3/4 of the way , it will tend to slow down. I didn' put a lot on it just one game and some apps. I now use a 180gb SSD for my boot drive and I have no games on it and some small apps and it has 99gb of free space.
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October 31, 2011 3:05:40 AM

$1200 now. Added 128GB SSD. What about a student edition of Win7? What's the difference between it and Home Basic besides price?
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October 31, 2011 3:06:00 AM

Usually, you can expect to spend about 15-20% of your budget on the case and PSU.
Your Level 10 GT & Corsair AX1200 clock in about $580. That's a huge chunk of your budget. At least they're quality parts you'll be able to use in future builds as well.
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October 31, 2011 3:07:01 AM

I already have those 2 parts. If you read that :p 
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October 31, 2011 3:07:10 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
I'm up to $1100. I may bring it down a little with other parts but it's looking good. I've been replacing with all suggested parts.



COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible $33.99

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

This fan/heatsink has two fans and will do a great jod keeping your cpu cool.
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October 31, 2011 3:07:29 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
What about a student edition of Win7? What's the difference between it and Home Basic besides price?
I think the Student deal is for Win7 Pro edition.....and that it's an upgrade only offer.
You have a link to the deal so we can check?
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October 31, 2011 3:08:11 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
If you read that :p 
Read it twice since you mentioned it twice.

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October 31, 2011 3:08:59 AM

Ok so here's a problem I have, that fan connector you find on most fans, my PSU doesn't have that, but it does have a molex. Can I get that connector to molex adapter?
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October 31, 2011 3:10:54 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
$1200 now. Added 128GB SSD. What about a student edition of Win7? What's the difference between it and Home Basic besides price?



The student edition is fine , it's just Microsofts way of giving students a break in the price. I got the students MSOffice and it was just like the retail version.
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October 31, 2011 3:16:29 AM

Ashbacher7 said:
Ok so here's a problem I have, that fan connector you find on most fans, my PSU doesn't have that, but it does have a molex. Can I get that connector to molex adapter?



There are a variety of adaptors that can be had and a molex to 3 or 4 pin fan connector is one of them,
Link Depot POW-ADT-3P4 Power 4 pin adapter to 3 pin fan adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 31, 2011 3:17:45 AM

Thanks for the adaptor. Also, I'll be switching to that cpu cooler you said. I believe in Copper > Aluminum.
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October 31, 2011 3:21:50 AM

Is an SSD a good idea? This is seriously pushing my budget and I was hoping to get this under $1000. It's at around $1150.
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October 31, 2011 3:23:24 AM

inzone said:
The student edition is fine , it's just Microsofts way of giving students a break in the price.
It's an upgrade edition - not a full edition.
You need to have a qualifying OS (XP or Vista). It's mentioned under the Read Before You Buy / Details.


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October 31, 2011 3:24:15 AM

The SSD is a good idea - but it's not a requirement. You can add one later.
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October 31, 2011 3:24:26 AM

Thanks for the student edition info. That helps a ton. I'll stick with home basic.
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October 31, 2011 3:25:17 AM

I'm going to leave out the SSD at the moment. It really pushes my budget.
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October 31, 2011 3:31:54 AM

I think you want a replacement HDD. The WD Caviar Green option was based on having the SSD boot drive.
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October 31, 2011 3:35:51 AM

Oh ok. Possible a WD Black?
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October 31, 2011 3:41:17 AM

That's what I was thinking. The 500GB model is plenty of storage.
Prices should be back down to the 'normal' range before you'd more storage.
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October 31, 2011 3:54:01 AM

Updated. I'll check for updates tomorrow. Please post all thoughts. Thanks for your help WR2 and Inzone.
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October 31, 2011 4:19:21 AM

You should probably mention where you on your budget and if you're still looking for places to trim costs.

There is always the option of using Intel Smart Response, a small SSD (~40GB) that acts as cache for the HDD.
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October 31, 2011 4:37:03 AM

that board does not have on board connectors for usb 3.0, don't know if that is a big deal or not for you.
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October 31, 2011 7:40:10 AM

consider selling your psu on ebay or a forum or something. it's insanely much.
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October 31, 2011 10:39:14 PM

Is there a specific way to set up Intel Smart Response? Also, I will look for a usb3 connector board. I'm not selling my psu because I plan on doing CrossfireX and overclocking in the future with it.
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October 31, 2011 11:28:59 PM

Nothing special in the setup. You just tell your Z68 board to use the SSD drive as cache and it does it for you.

But the price between a cache only 32GB SSD $70 and a full boot drive 64GB SSD $110 isn't that huge. When you look at the price it turns out you'd end up being better off just saving up for a SSD boot drive and adding it later.
And anything you can add later helps keep the total price down now.
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November 1, 2011 4:01:44 AM

Is there anything else currently I can hold off on? Like maybe the cpu cooler? Could I use the stock for a while? Or should I keep it?
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November 1, 2011 4:13:57 AM

save money and buy a different HDD. samsung spinpoint f3 for example

You might be better off buying a 128 gb ssd for the price of your selected HDD
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November 1, 2011 4:16:14 AM

Idk about a ssd right now. I want to have a hdd for storage.. It'll make me feel safer.
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November 1, 2011 4:21:57 AM

Could I do 2 128 ssds in raid-0?
Though that KILLS my budget. So nevermind.
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November 1, 2011 4:24:04 AM

You could hold off on the Cooler and get a 500GB HDD.
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November 1, 2011 4:24:55 AM

I switched to a 500gb just now and kept the cooler. It dropped my price to below $1000 which is safe.
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November 1, 2011 4:25:19 AM

But your looking at a different hdd, correct?

Because the one you selected is currently 200.00 on newegg.

n/m typed while you were typing.



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November 1, 2011 4:25:51 AM

SSDs work good in RAID.
But you can often get a better value getting a single 256GB vs 2x 128GB.
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