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November 13, 2011 1:56:35 PM

I am planning on doing my first gaming build (last time was 2001) and after a lot of research and advice it looks like I have come up with this below. However, I still need help!

1) Is everything compatible?
2) Do I need more fans than the Cooler Master offers (I may over clock the i5)?
3) Is there anything I can do to improve, the aim is to stay around $1000? but play all the latest games and not upgrade over the next couple years.
4) Also, should I go with SSD over HDD?

I appreciate all advice, so if you see something I need to change, thanks! budget around $1000

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Processor: Intel i5 core 2500k 3.3GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560ti 1GB
(EVGA)
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
Optical: Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
Tower Case: Cooler Master HAF X
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified

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November 13, 2011 2:01:25 PM

Pretty much. You might want to get a smaller case though. That HAF X is pretty big.

You could swap it with this newly improved HAF 932. It's still big but cheaper by $50 or was it $40?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could get a HAF 922. It's pretty good too. Just add your own fans like the Hyper Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Never get an SSD if you don't have an HDD first.

It's all pretty good. :o 

It really depends on how much you are going to OC.
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November 13, 2011 2:06:33 PM

cutebeans said:
Pretty much. You might want to get a smaller case though. That HAF X is pretty big.

You could swap it with this newly improved HAF 932. It's still big but cheaper by $50 or was it $40?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could get a HAF 922. It's pretty good too. Just add your own fans like the Hyper Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Never get an SSD if you don't have an HDD first.

It's all pretty good. :o 

It really depends on how much you are going to OC.




Thanks! These look good and can save some money! I looked at the Antec 900? How many fans am o looking to add the Hyper Evo has nice reviews and awesome price
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November 13, 2011 2:12:15 PM

+1 to cutebeans

Definitely should look at smaller cases. It will both save you money and leave you with more for expanding and upgrading in a couple years.

Honestly, for the gaming market these days, it is almost intuitive that you have an SSD and HDD. In order to stay within your budget, I would suggest dropping to a 500GB HDD and looking at a OCZ Vertex 3 or Agility 3 120 GB SSD. They are cheaper than the Crucial M4 but by far the closest competitor Crucial has in the SSD market, especially now since they fixed their firmware.
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November 13, 2011 2:12:32 PM

Just add one Hyper Evo. You're good.

The Antec 900 is pretty good too. I'm not really an expert on cases though. If it were me, I would never spend over $50 on a case :)  lol. Then again, it's because I always have a small budget.
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November 13, 2011 2:17:16 PM

sculliondr said:
I am planning on doing my first gaming build (last time was 2001) and after a lot of research and advice it looks like I have come up with this below. However, I still need help!

1) Is everything compatible?
2) Do I need more fans than the Cooler Master offers (I may over clock the i5)?
3) Is there anything I can do to improve, the aim is to stay around $1000? but play all the latest games and not upgrade over the next couple years.
4) Also, should I go with SSD over HDD?

I appreciate all advice, so if you see something I need to change, thanks! budget around $1000

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Processor: Intel i5 core 2500k 3.3GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560ti 1GB
(EVGA)
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
Optical: Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
Tower Case: Cooler Master HAF X
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified

Just get a SSD HDD Hybrid, they have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD
and it looks everything is compatable and check your ram voltage. If its NOT 1.5V then trash it. It has to be
1.5V to work on i5-i7
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November 13, 2011 2:17:58 PM

Area85Gaming said:
+1 to cutebeans

Definitely should look at smaller cases. It will both save you money and leave you with more for expanding and upgrading in a couple years.

Honestly, for the gaming market these days, it is almost intuitive that you have an SSD and HDD. In order to stay within your budget, I would suggest dropping to a 500GB HDD and looking at a OCZ Vertex 3 or Agility 3 120 GB SSD. They are cheaper than the Crucial M4 but by far the closest competitor Crucial has in the SSD market, especially now since they fixed their firmware.


Awesome, but as i said this is my first build in a number of years, what should i store on SSD and what should I store on HDD?

Thanks
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November 23, 2011 11:55:17 AM

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