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November 26, 2011 2:00:06 PM

Hey all, I am new here.

I am planning on building my first PC and I was wondering if I did the right things. No items are bought yet, so I am always open to new suggestions. I do have a budget of $1000 - $1100, not including the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have some questions down at the bottom.

Coolmax CMF-1225-BL 120mm UV LED Cooling Case Fan - Blue (x2)

G.SKILL RipJaws Series 8GB: 2x4GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)

Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz Processor

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68 - LGA1155 Socket

eVGA GeForce GTX 550T; Graphics Card - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Internal Hard Drive - 600 MBps - 7200 rpm

Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming Computer Case

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card - 192 kHz - 24-bit

Windows 7 Home Premium

1. Is it good for gaming?
2. Can I get a better deal?
3. Do I NEED water cooling or will 5 fans cut it?
4. Is everything compatible?
5. Am I missing anything?
6. Am I a noob? Yes :D 

Thanks!

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November 26, 2011 2:02:02 PM

This is for Gaming, sorry I forgot about saying that.
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November 26, 2011 2:21:02 PM

Noticed this form, this may help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime

Budget Range: $1000 - $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording, Editing Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Power Supply

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Intel i7, Windows 7

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Seperate?

Additional Comments: Power Supply can be suggested, I will only be using a temporary one.
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November 26, 2011 2:27:41 PM

For gaming save money on the mobo (Extreme3), CPU(i5) and put it towards a GTX 570. 550 is subpar.
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November 26, 2011 2:30:36 PM

Will the CPU and Motherboard downgrade make it less powerful or fast or reliable? Also, does the Intel i5 3.3 GHz with Quad-Core good enough? Oh, also does the motherboard support USB 3.0?
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November 26, 2011 2:39:25 PM

The i 2500k is better for gaming than the i7, nothing is better than the i5 2500k.

It needs to be the 2500k, though, not like a 2320 or something. Not all i5s perform the same.

Also, why do you not need a PSU?

No build discussion should ignore the PSU. The PSU should be one of the key discussion points. If you have a good one from a prior computer then say what it is.

If you intend to use a sucky one that came with the case or something, then tell us that so we can stop you from making a very bad mistake.

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November 26, 2011 2:46:39 PM

Could you put a link to the i5 2500k?

Also, the PSU is from a Compaq Model PW532AA. I don't know if it is good, and if it isn't, could you direct me to a cheap-ish PSU?

Thanks.
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November 26, 2011 2:54:19 PM

There is no such thing as a cheap-ish PSU. It is either a good PSU or it is a garbage PSU that won't deliver power within specifications and could put thousands of dollars worth of other parts in danger from flawed power delivery.

Every good PSU will be $1 per 10w plus a premium for modular or semi-modular.

The only brands you should be looking at are Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, and XFX. Three of those are made by Seasonic and priced pretty similarly. Seasonic is the gold standard PSU brand and there is no good excuse to use something less than those 4 brands.

If you have to, cheap out on a video card slightly in order to get a good PSU.

The i5 2500k should look like this

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-250...

I didn't search for a cheap one, I just searched one, so they are probably cheaper somewhere else.
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November 26, 2011 3:06:40 PM

AS Rock is a top tier motherboard maker, I would trust that board.

The GTX 570 is a top tier video card with a manufacturer suggested minimum power supply of 550w.

I wouldn't suggest going under that total.

I don't know if the deal is still available, but the XFX 650w used to be available for $60 after a $30 mail in rebate. I read many reviews on the PSU before buying it and they all show it to be top of the line.

If you want a reasonable cost PSU that is over the 550 required for bare minimum 570 usage, I would consider that.

If it were me, I wouldn't go less than 650-700w for a GTX 570, but that is just me. I would rather be safe than sorry.
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November 26, 2011 3:08:13 PM

True, thanks. OK, now off to find a better PSU! Thanks so much!
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November 26, 2011 3:08:23 PM

Best answer selected by Lunacat78.
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November 26, 2011 3:12:49 PM

So, this is the complete list. Everything is compatible right?



Coolmax CMF-1225-BL 120mm UV LED Cooling Case Fan - Blue (x2)

G.SKILL RipJaws Series 8GB: 2x4GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor Quad-Core

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68 - LGA1155 Socket

eVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD SuperClocked Graphics card - 1.25 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Internal Hard Drive - 600 MBps - 7200 rpm

Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming Computer Case

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card - 192 kHz - 24-bit

Windows 7 Home Premium

XFX Core Edition PRO650W Power supply - 650 Watt
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November 26, 2011 4:22:11 PM

Most of the time the only compatibility issues people have are the following
1) Between the PSU and everything else
2) Between the Processor and the Motherboard
3) Between the Motherboard and the RAM

I don't see any good reason that there should be any incompatibility between any of those things.
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November 26, 2011 4:46:45 PM

Yeah, that's a lot better than what you started with ;) 
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November 26, 2011 9:28:53 PM

Cool, thanks a ton Raiddinn. It looks pretty awesome, now all I have to do is actually get the parts and build it. I hadn't realized about problems with incompatibility between the PSU and everything else. Before, I was thinking about the ASUS Crosshair V Formula Republic of Games, but luckily I saw the compatibility issues with the Intel Processor. And I already checked the Motherboard to RAM thing, so thanks again!
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November 27, 2011 12:05:20 AM

That mostly means if you don't have enough juice to run all your parts or if you don't have clean enough power delivery to power them without blowing them up.
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November 27, 2011 11:21:20 AM

And I don't want $1000 to blow up. Not yet at least! :D 
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