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Intel i5 2500K setup Case?

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February 9, 2012 9:41:49 PM

Hey everyone, building my first gaming computer and going to build a somewhat decent system, however I'm stuck at the question of Gaming Case for my system. Now after some research I have narrowed it down between two options. Coolmaster HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX or Zalman Z9 is a more recent design. Ill give what im putting into the comp so far as it might be better for a different option other than the Z9 or HAF 922.

Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge Unlocked to at least 4.3 GhZ (I Know Ivy bridge is around the corner but will be more expensive I figure)
Asus P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA115
Coolmaster Silent Pro 850W ATX12V 24-pin
G.Skill Sniper Series RAM (2x4GB) DDR3 240-pin SDRAM DDR3 1866
(probably 1 TB or 500 gb HD)
24x Burner
GTX 560 Ti 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 x16 HDCP or XFX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card

WIll be investing in a cpu cooler also, was looking at the V6GT cpu cooler but i don't think it is compatable with this system, but I will have one. As of right now i'm leaning more towards the Coolmaster HAF 922 for case selection. If you have any ideas to improve this setup or another option for Gaming case please let me know. If need be you can also email me. As for graphics card choice for this rig, I will be using 1 card for now but will definently be looking into SLI since my motherboard supports quad SLI. :bounce: 

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February 9, 2012 10:03:57 PM

It seems like the CM HAF 922 is the most popular or recommended gaming case. Personally I think it's a little ugly for my taste. I like more stream lined cases like the Corsair 650D or the Corsair Special Edition Graphite White 600T

Once I saw the youtube video review on newegg I was hooked and now debating which one to get. LOL
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February 9, 2012 10:06:38 PM

well an asus z68 board might be a better choice than a p67 one

ddr3 1600 is fine for 2500k ddr3 1866 is a fair bit dearer and you wont notice any difference--only in benchmarks

850w psu seems too much for that setup and corsair or seasonic or similar would probably be better than

coolermaster psu

as to the case its down to personal choice really--the haf would be mine

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and dont post your email address unless you want a ton of spam

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February 9, 2012 10:10:22 PM

Get 1600mhz or 1333mhz ram and get a higher end case such as the 932, Corsair 650d, 600t, 500r, cm storm trooper, and many full tower setups. 1866mhz is too expensive. I would not get that power supply either. A good corsair tx 850w would be a much better choice.
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February 9, 2012 10:20:57 PM

great thanks for some quick replies, Ill be changing to the Corsair tx 850W power supply and dropping the ram to 1600mzh and use 8GB or 12 GB of ram. The tower ill look into both the 932 and Corsair 600t I think I seen a 600t Special Edition White one for $150.00. The main issue I also had previously, now I'm not sure again is to go with Asus P67 or Z68 motherboard... I want the best of the best for gaming as I will be expanding my graphics cards to dual GTX 560Ti at least.
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February 9, 2012 10:22:02 PM

Get the 600t and z68, you will be happy that you did.
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February 9, 2012 10:22:49 PM

Still looking for more opinions and such, won`t be getting the stuff for another 2 weeks so compiling what people think is best based off their own or people they know experience.
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February 9, 2012 10:39:24 PM

and yes you can use V6GT cpu cooler with socket 1155

though dont know if all your ram slots will be useable

thats the reason i went corsair h80 rather than a huge air cooler it leaves all the slots free even with corsair

vengeance ram with really tall heatsinks on them

not 12gb of ram should be dual channel ie 4gb , 8gb ,16gb

to do 12gb you would be doing 2x4gb + 2x 2gb
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February 9, 2012 10:45:18 PM

Ah ok, is AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard the best Z68 motherboard below $200? Yeah ill be getting the vengeance ram either 8GB or 16GB.. Since its cheap only if I have the extra money would I put 16GB of ram in there.. Especially since its used for games/movies and bluray.
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February 9, 2012 10:58:36 PM

not sure its the best below $200 but its a good board

my preference for about $200 would be Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3

though i am converting uk prices to dollars so not sure how they stand price wise in the us compared to here

but $200 is roughly £130 here

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this is the board i have and its just over 200 us Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 pro version

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b ) Power supply
February 9, 2012 11:00:30 PM

Amuffin has it right in my opinion . As far as the h80 goes , the only recurring criticism that I've read is a noise issue . A squealing noise in the pump or something to that effect .
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February 9, 2012 11:04:41 PM

not had any issue at all with a noise from the pump--not disputing some people might have--but mines fine

and if i do get a problem corsair are known for great support--one of the reasons my ram , psu , mouse and

cooler are all corsair--trying to talk myself into getting a corsair obsidian 650d case as well now :D 

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a c 110 ) Power supply
February 9, 2012 11:33:43 PM

Only problem with my h80 is it is dang loud
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February 10, 2012 6:34:28 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
not had any issue at all with a noise from the pump--not disputing some people might have--but mines fine

and if i do get a problem corsair are known for great support--one of the reasons my ram , psu , mouse and

cooler are all corsair--trying to talk myself into getting a corsair obsidian 650d case as well now :D 

I'm glad to hear that as Ive considered going that route to save money on the cpu end of things but yah , alot of feedback ala newegg and youtube regarding pump noise. Glad yours is good :D 
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