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Double-check this new build and suggest a CPU cooler

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a b B Homebuilt system
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November 22, 2011 3:37:36 AM

A machine I'll be putting together in roughly the next month ... components I already own for one reason or another are in bold, so those are unlikely to change. Just double-checking and making sure there isn't an obviously better deal I'm missing on anything.

Also haven't ordered a CPU cooler yet. Am wondering if the Zalman 9500 will fit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - I love Zalman's coolers, but have occasionally had vertical clearance issues with them in the past (against the inside of the case). They're pretty damn tall for the most part, though this one looks a bit more manageable than some of their others. Yes, I plan on overclocking this, but not drastically; i.e., not pushing the limits of air.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($224.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 ($0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ($104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB ($219.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drives: 2xSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200prm in RAID1 ($0)
(note: I have the SATA2 3gB/s versions, which are apparently discontinued)

Case: InWin Griffin ($0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




a b B Homebuilt system
a b à CPUs
November 22, 2011 3:40:05 PM

That's a good point about the RAM, although I'm not sure if I'd want to switch to a set that's lower speed AND higher latency. Probably rather sacrifice a little on the cooler if that's what the choice came down to. So I guess looking at a few more options on both is in order.
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