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New Custom Build, Anything wrong with it?

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November 15, 2011 12:08:06 PM

Hello, I'm going to build a new PC I will be ordering right before Christmas.
The main requirement I have is that it be able to play any or most games on max settings smooth as a baby's bottom.
Mainly Skyrim.
Here are two Builds that represent the lowest and highest quality components I'm willing to get. I named them.

Intel Computer "Thighman Cyborg" *lower quality*
$214.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

149.99.99 GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155

$92.99 Intel 310 Series 40GB mSATA

Video Card:
219.99 GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

Hard Drive:
149.99 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB

$49.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

69.99 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel

DVD Burner:
$17.99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Heat Sink:
33.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Power Supply:
94.99 COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

W507 100%
W462 90%

Display, Keyboard, and Mouse (an Anti-Static Wrist Strap)
215.99 a 32" (3d if cheap enough) tv for cheap on ebay

$44.99 Wall mount

$20.99 Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000

$13.00 GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black 5+1 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1600 dpi Dual Lens Gaming Mouse

$4.99 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

Total: $1394.86

Intel Computer "Potbelly Robot" *higher quality*
$319.99 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)

$149.99 GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

$92.99 Intel 310 Series 40GB mSATA

Video Card:
$329.99 GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit

Hard Drive:
$149.99 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$49.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

$69.99 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD Burner:
$19.99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Heat Sink:
$84.99 Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Power Supply:
$169.99 CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750W
W601 100%
W546 90%
Display, Keyboard, and Mouse (and Anti-Static Wrist Strap)
$215.99 a 32" (3d if cheap enough) tv for cheap on ebay

$44.99 Wall mount

$39.99 Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

$59.99 Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode

$4.99 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap


Any Advise or criticisms are very welcome. I want to get this right.

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November 15, 2011 12:24:26 PM

Only thing I can see is this:

On the higher-quality machine "Potbelly Robot" --- Drop the 2600K, you don't need it, stick with the 2500K and invest in a larger SSD for that machine. I dont want to break your current budget for the machine, so using the $105 drop to the 2500K and the $93 you already invested in your 40GB SSD, go with this:

Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD --- $170 on
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD --- $179 on

Saves you around $20-30 and you get an SSD that is king for that setup.

Good luck! Looks great.
November 15, 2011 5:33:27 PM

Would those Fit in the MSATA slot in the motherboard, I don't really know much about that and if it's worth it.
Thanks, Yeah I might not need that CPU.
Good advise.
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November 15, 2011 5:37:20 PM

The benefits of using the MSATA slot on the motherboard are limited. It is far, far better to get a decent sized SSD and just use the SSD as a boot drive instead of a cache drive.
November 15, 2011 5:38:01 PM

I have to agree. Unless you are doing video encoding, you're unlikely to see a difference between the 2600K and the 2500K. Not sure about the larger SSD. I've got a 60GB, but I really only use it for Windows and a couple constantly used applications like Firefox. I would agree with your choice for an Intel SSD. I went with OCZ, but Intel really is the most stable if you can afford it for your build.

Don't bother with the 3D monitor unless you are planning on running SLI or at least getting the 570. Yes, the 560 can handle 3D, but are you really going to want to cut your graphics settings back even farther just so you can run 3D?

I'd also stick with the cheaper heatsink. You don't need to spend an extra $50 for a larger heat sink that may get in the way. If you really feel the need for a cooling solution that expensive, liquid cooling units can do even more... but at any rate, you won't need it for gaming.

On memory... it wouldn't hurt to upgrade a little. More than 1600 doesn't make sense with Sandy Bridge, but you will see a slight difference between the 1333 and the 1600.

Both PSUs are nice. I'm not sure if the Corsair is worth the $$ difference, but I know I'd go for it if I had the extra funds.

Get the better Mouse and Keyboard, as long as you've tried them and like the feel. Everything you do on the computer uses these and you're going to want something you really like. Similarly, make sure you really like your monitor.

On the wrist strap, I know it's only 5 dollars, but you don't need it. For 1, it gives a false sense of security. For another, if you just touch the case before touching any component, you'll be fine. Odds are you'll be fine anyway.

DVD drive. (I know it doesn't make much difference, but you have the same drive listed for different prices on your two builds.)
November 15, 2011 6:11:46 PM

2500K, GTX 570, Cheaper PSU, Cheaper Heatsink.
What about Cas Latency? does that not matter compared to the DDR3 number? or PC3 number or whatever.
I picked this memory because of the low latency and decent PC3.
I might skip the wrist strap.
I'll go to some stores to try out monitors, keyboards, and mice.
Maybe skip the MSATA and spend the money on an SSD boot drive.
I think I agree with this things.
Thank you guys so much.
November 15, 2011 6:16:52 PM

Use the SSD as a boot drive and keep the TB drive for storage. I'll want to get a third SSD for RAID 5 because that seems a lot better. I have to research RAID some more.
Also this opened up a whole new range of questions about what a boot drive is compared to a Storage drive and a (Cache drive?) and how to manage 3 different Hard drives and SSDs appropriately.