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November 7, 2011 11:59:00 PM

I am trying to make my first build and its a gaming computer, here is what i plan on buying;

Case- LanBoy Air Blue

Motherboard-ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3

Processor- AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition

Video Card- Radeon HD 6950 2 GB

RAM Memory- Kingston HyperX 8 GB

Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB

CPU Cooler- Antec Kühler H2O 620

Optical Drive- Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive

Fans- about 5 Antec Blue Led 80MM Fan


If you guys could give me suggestions on improving my setup please do. i also need to know what power supply i will need, i dont know how to choose it :p 

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November 8, 2011 12:06:57 AM

On a $1200, you could do somewhat better. Try getting an AsRock Extreme3 Gen3, an i5 2500k, and an Antec High Current (Gamer or Pro) PSU.
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November 8, 2011 12:42:38 AM

If u plan on oc I would get Asus P8P67 Pro, also reconsider about water cooling vs air
R u going to CF/ Sli in the future? If yes 750W PSu will work
November 8, 2011 12:45:43 AM

OK guys i have followed your advice and this is what i have... Any final changes? btw im shopping on amazon

Case- LanBoy Air Blue

Motherboard- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Processor- Intel 2500k

Video Card- Radeon HD 6970 1 GB

RAM Memory- Kingston HyperX 8 GB

Hard drive- didnt find one

CPU Cooler- Antec Kühler H2O 620

Optical Drive- Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive

Fans- about 2 Antec Blue Led 80MM Fan

and no I dont think i will be doing sli/crossfire
November 8, 2011 12:51:32 AM

javi_garcia98 said:
OK guys i have followed your advice and this is what i have... Any final changes? btw im shopping on amazon

Case- LanBoy Air Blue

Motherboard- Asus P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155

Processor- Intel 2500k

Video Card- Radeon HD 6970 1 GB

RAM Memory- Kingston HyperX 8 GB

Hard drive- didnt find one

CPU Cooler- Antec Kühler H2O 620

Optical Drive- Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive

Fans- about 2 Antec Blue Led 80MM Fan

The case seems expensive. If you are running a microATX build (which it seems like), you should consider the ASUS Maximus Gene-Z or EVGA SLI Micro P67/Z68. For your case, you can get an Antec P180 Mini. If not, an AsRock Extreme3 gen3 is a nice MoBo, so are the ASUS P8P67 MoBos.
November 8, 2011 12:52:59 AM

do u have microcenter ? they have 2500k + mobo combos for CHEAP
November 8, 2011 12:54:37 AM

also u don't want to have small fans as they will buzz like a hive of bees ( bzzzzzz)
u need bigger fans .. also I'm not a fan of Lanboy design .. it's this opennes is what seems little off .. but it's ur personal choice
November 8, 2011 12:56:28 AM

Never get a P67 when there are better z68 for more or less the same price.
November 8, 2011 12:57:45 AM

why are they better .. explain
November 8, 2011 1:00:01 AM

wait, im kind of a noob so I dont know what microATX is
November 8, 2011 1:01:31 AM

it's a form factor of motherboard .. basically the size of it .. with microatx u will usually not able to do multiple gpus
November 8, 2011 1:03:54 AM

for now i think ill stay with a single gpu, maybe when i need to upgrade ill get an motherboard with sli
November 8, 2011 1:04:46 AM

or du you think i should het a standard motherboard?
November 8, 2011 1:05:49 AM

better to do it right away .. price difference is not that big
November 8, 2011 1:06:08 AM

seems like a hassle tbh, sli / xfire is perfectly feasable within a $1200 budget, take a look @ some of the recent toms system builder marathon $1000 pc's for ideas :) 
November 8, 2011 1:07:03 AM

javi_garcia98 said:
for now i think ill stay with a single gpu, maybe when i need to upgrade ill get an motherboard with sli

Better to have first, then to need later. ATX MoBo's tend to be cheaper than high-quality microATX boards (which aren't too common), or cost about the same.
November 8, 2011 1:07:19 AM

ok i will go with extreme3 gen3 than, and the cooler you talked about reconsidering... do i change it to a heatsink or fan? I was thinking that maybe a kuhler box would work
November 8, 2011 1:13:56 AM

Here's a build I would go with:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
PSU: Corsair TX 850
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) @1600MHz
CPU: i5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50-1
MoBo: AsRock Extreme3 Gen3
GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti (matches your colors :D ) or Radeon HD 6950 2GB
HDD: N/A; When the floods pass and the manufacturers get back into business; Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB when available
Optical Drive: Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive

If it fits in your budget, awesome.
November 8, 2011 1:14:07 AM

from the same article "As you can see, Z68 adds very little in terms of hardware over its processor, the P67"
so it is not better .. just has more features which u might never use ...
switchable graphics not worth it unless u do encoding all day long
SSD caching - IMHO I'd rather have bigger SSD for os + some programs then small one working as a cache ... and u know bigger SSd better it is
so with all that said Z68 is not better then P67
it all comes to particular brand and model
November 8, 2011 1:15:28 AM

if budget's tight have a looky @ coolermaster hyper 212+ , if u got abit more cash to spare consider one of the better noctua coolers, nh-12 maybe? water can be effective but you're gonna have to spend some real cash on one of the double 12cm fan models to see a huge difference in cooling
November 8, 2011 1:17:37 AM

no need for 850W PSU
case is personal prefference also Carbide 400R is excellent case
U should consider air cooler .. it's cheaper and less hassle
sorry didn't catch what resolution u plan on gaming at
November 8, 2011 1:18:31 AM

or Corsair A70 .. beats CM hypers and only $10 more
November 8, 2011 1:18:33 AM

just to be clear - double fan as in next to each other, large long radiator, not one with a fan mounted each side.
November 8, 2011 1:20:04 AM

madchemist83 said:
or Corsair A70 .. beats CM hypers and only $10 more

I forgot about the A70. Also an option. The 850W PSU is only if the OP plans on multi-GPUs and OCing.
November 8, 2011 1:21:03 AM

yep, a70 good value :)  certainly no shortage of decent coolers out there atm, just be wary of getting one that's not too high to fit inside your desired case & doesn't interfere with any other installed components. obstructing ram is normally the biggest problem with the higher performance coolers
November 8, 2011 1:22:10 AM

even 750W will be fine for dual 560ti and oced cpu .. also don't forget about microstuttering which op doesn't know about .. probably .. I would always go for single GPU set-up .. or triple ..hehe
or wait for socket 2011+pcie 3.0 gpus to come out I think they fixed things up
November 8, 2011 1:23:03 AM

for RAM just get same vengeance just LOW PROFILE .. and u'll be cool like a cucumber
November 8, 2011 1:28:14 AM

madchemist83 said:
from the same article "As you can see, Z68 adds very little in terms of hardware over its processor, the P67"
so it is not better .. just has more features which u might never use ...
switchable graphics not worth it unless u do encoding all day long
SSD caching - IMHO I'd rather have bigger SSD for os + some programs then small one working as a cache ... and u know bigger SSd better it is
so with all that said Z68 is not better then P67
it all comes to particular brand and model


It actually is. It has more features than the p67 for the same price. Also, with the p67 motherboard if your GPU is broken you have to wait for a replacement GPU while the z68 can make use of IGP.

The OP already went with z68 though so it's cool.
November 8, 2011 1:28:50 AM

madchemist83 said:
even 750W will be fine for dual 560ti and oced cpu .. also don't forget about microstuttering which op doesn't know about .. probably .. I would always go for single GPU set-up .. or triple ..hehe
or wait for socket 2011+pcie 3.0 gpus to come out I think they fixed things up

With 850W, you have more headroom. You put less of a load and less stress on the PSU. With more stress on the PSU, you lose performance, as well as lifespan. Guru3D recommends at least an 800W PSU if you plan on SLI GTX 560 Tis and an OCed CPU.
November 8, 2011 1:37:05 AM

Case: Lanboy air (sorry its just too appealing for me)
PSU: Corsair TX 850
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
CPU: i5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60
MoBo: AsRock Extreme3 Gen3
GPU: radeon 6950 2gb
HDD: not sure
Optical Drive: Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive
November 8, 2011 1:39:47 AM

javi_garcia98 said:
Case: Lanboy air (sorry its just too appealing for me)
PSU: Corsair TX 850
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
CPU: i5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60
MoBo: AsRock Extreme3 Gen3
GPU: radeon 6950 2gb
HDD: not sure
Optical Drive: Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive

Good build. Also, consider the Corsair A70, as it performs very well and for a decent price tag.
November 8, 2011 5:47:14 AM

what's ur resolution?
November 8, 2011 8:46:46 AM

i will be playing in 1920x1080 resolution
November 8, 2011 6:06:12 PM

ill buy the hard drive from new egg. i really appreciated you help guys, hope i could know as much someday
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