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First build, can you guys check it over? $1000-1100 gaming rig build

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November 5, 2011 7:31:04 PM

Hey all, I am building my first build in the next few days and I just finished putting it all together, it's an i5 2500k SB 3.3ghz (3.7ghz tubro) based build. How's it look? Any suggestions? Is it all compatible with each other?

-ASUS 24X DVD Burner
-COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Mid Tower Case
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 650W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified
-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
-EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Total Price : ~$1100
How's she look? All compatible? Any suggestions?

Also as a side note I already have the OS that I got on sale a few months ago, saivng it until now to put in a new rig.

Thanks in advance all.
November 5, 2011 7:40:03 PM

Looks good to me except for the PSU. It's overkill for a single card and not enough power for SLI. I'd go 500-550W for a single card or 750W for SLI.
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November 5, 2011 7:45:56 PM

Ok so I would go for Corsair Carbide 400R just cause it has filters and costs only 10-15 more
for PSU same just 750W version
RAM get a low profile one ..or ur cooler will block it from installing
u can save some dough if u switch to HD 6950 .. also check out Corsair A70 cooler .. way better then CM Hypers
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November 5, 2011 10:56:05 PM

Consider how much space you really need, 1 TB is a lot and if this is a gaming might want to consider a much smaller but higher performance SSD. I am looking at a very similar system at a very similar price range and I am using a 64 gig drive for my OS and games and then a 500 gig external for music, pictures, etc. Food for thought.
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November 6, 2011 1:52:51 AM

krokodile said:
Consider how much space you really need, 1 TB is a lot and if this is a gaming might want to consider a much smaller but higher performance SSD. I am looking at a very similar system at a very similar price range and I am using a 64 gig drive for my OS and games and then a 500 gig external for music, pictures, etc. Food for thought.


Not a bad idea, but 64gigs is NOT enough for OS + games, only the OS.
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November 6, 2011 2:09:15 AM

So I changed it up, new stuff:

New PSU for this build: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W

GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

RAM: (Low Profile now) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
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November 6, 2011 4:28:12 AM

who needs front usb 3.0 when mobo does not support it
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November 6, 2011 4:42:35 AM

I think it's a little unbalanced.
Do u plan on sli in the future ? if yes PSu gotta go
if not .. what's a point of mobo that has x8/x8
HAF 922 is a nice big case .. but has no filters except in front
instead of HDD get SSD and then add HDD later on
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November 6, 2011 4:44:42 AM

madchemist83 said:
I think it's a little unbalanced.
Do u plan on sli in the future ? if yes PSu gotta go
if not .. what's a point of mobo that has x8/x8
HAF 922 is a nice big case .. but has no filters except in front
instead of HDD get SSD and then add HDD later on


What case would you recommend? I plan on SLI in like a year, year and a half. I was planning on upgrading the PSU then, but what PSU could I get now that could SLI 570s?

What's uneven about this build?
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November 6, 2011 4:56:08 AM

get PC Power & Cooling Mk II 750 W .. should be enough for 570 sli also its silver rated and has 7 year warranty .. less headache.
Cases ... Cm RC 692, Antec 300, Corsair Carbide 400R .. and .. lot's of others .. personal preference
things I listed in previous post - unbalanced .. just by a bit
oh .. almost forgot what resolution u'll be gaming on and what other purposes pc will serve>?
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November 6, 2011 5:15:15 AM

madchemist83 said:
get PC Power & Cooling Mk II 750 W .. should be enough for 570 sli also its silver rated and has 7 year warranty .. less headache.
Cases ... Cm RC 692, Antec 300, Corsair Carbide 400R .. and .. lot's of others .. personal preference
things I listed in previous post - unbalanced .. just by a bit
oh .. almost forgot what resolution u'll be gaming on and what other purposes pc will serve>?


1920x1080 primarily for gaming. You sure the 750w could run 2 570 sli's? What do you mean by the term 'unbalanced'.
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