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November 27, 2011 3:34:54 AM

[Edited to answer sticky]
Hi everyone,
I'm attempting my first home build, most of all the components should arrive by Thursday. I just wondered if anyone would mind double checking my configuration to ensure everything will be running smoothly and hopefully be able to have this rig up and running on delivery day. Furthermore, if anyone knows of ongoing deals that are roughly within the current budget that would increase my overall performance that would also be much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Most has been purchased, willing to return.

Budget Range: $2000 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Possibly WoW), AutoCAD, Architectural renderings, Internet

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, bestbuy.com, Amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No I feel a 580 should be sufficient

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


Processor-
i7 2600K - $319.99 with a $20 Newegg gift card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard-
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Fan-
COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 - $29.99 (after mail-in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU -
Galaxy 58NLH5HS3PXZ GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) - $439.99 (after mail-in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card-
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives-
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $174.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-CSSD...
Seagate Barracuda XT 2000 GB 7200RPM - $172.95
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200RPM-Cache-3...

RAM-
Corsair Memory Vengeance 16 Quad Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz - $97.74
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-240-Pin...


CD Drives -
2 x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM - $16.99/ea
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU-
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance - $59.99 (after mail-in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case-
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 - $149.99 (after mail-in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitors-
2x HP - 23" Flat-Panel LED HD Monitor (SKU 1807039) - $119.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+23%22+Flat-Panel+LED+H...

Surge Protector-
CyberPower 1080 - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,889.24

What I still need

Suggestions would be appreciated. Links preferable.
Keyboard
Mouse
Speakers/Headset (unsure what I should get)
November 27, 2011 3:45:10 AM

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November 27, 2011 3:58:28 AM

U didn't answer the main questions in the sticky. So I don't know exactly what to recommend to you given your use habits and budget.

Depending on what your doing, the sound card may be unnecessary as your listed mobo will take care of the sound. If your a gamer, the i7 could be overkill and you could save your self some coin and go for i5 and overclock if you like. Same with 16gb mem. Great 2x4gb ram can be had for $30-40 on new egg or amazon at any given moment. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Right there, I saved you about $100 on cpu, $89 with no sound card and about $60 on memory, saving you ~$240 or so. Crucial & Intel will provide the most stable SSD... would recommend Crucial m4 128gb ~$214 instead of more risky Corsair Force SSD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly, case is a personal choice.. but there is some good deal on Corsair Carbide 500r for 79AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my 2 cents.
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November 27, 2011 4:49:21 AM

Since it appears that the rig will be used for rendering, the i7-2600K + 16GB RAM may come into play.

1. Don't deal with the $20 gift card. Get the CPU + Mobo bundled.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. I'm not a fan of OCZ. The giant heat sinks of the RAM sticks will interfere with most tower CPU coolers. The Corsair HX650 modular PSU + Corsair 16GB Vengeance Low Profile is now $135 (after $50 MIR).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3. The HAF X will come with one top fan missing. Move the 200mm side fan to the top and get another 200mm red LED fan for the side.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Those HP monitors are not good for gaming as they have 5ms response time (2ms preferred). This 23" ASUS monitor is on sale for $130 after rebates (limit 2 per household). These are the official monitors for many gaming leagues/tournaments.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Agree that the sound card is unnecessary unless you are rocking a nice sound setup.

6. Agree in shelling out a few more bucks for the stability of the Crucial m4 128GB SSD.

7. Keyboard is really a toss-up - check reviews. The Logitech G500 is a solid gaming mouse for a great price now - $35.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 27, 2011 5:10:15 AM

steadywaters said:


4. Those HP monitors are not good for gaming as they have 5ms response time (2ms preferred). This 23" ASUS monitor is on sale for $130 after rebates (limit 2 per household). These are the official monitors for many gaming leagues/tournaments.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Review the link for monitor please...
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November 27, 2011 5:12:47 AM

flyordie said:
Review the link for monitor please...


Ah, good catch. Edited.
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November 27, 2011 5:24:09 AM

A few things:

1. Don't include small items like the surge protector in your budget - that's generally not a good idea.

2. I'm not entirely sure about the Corsair Force 3 - I've heard of a lot of BSOD errors and that sort of thing. I know that the firmware has since been cleaned up but I'm still not sure I'd trust it - try the Crucial M4 - a much safer bet.

3. Ditch the sound card - they're pretty useless.

4. Do you really need 2 monitors? You should put that into getting better hardware if you don't really need it.

5. The case is kind of overkill - try the Corsair Carbide 400R - it'll save you about $70.
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November 27, 2011 5:54:53 AM

Thanks,
everyone has helped greatly.

Canceled the sound card and SSD. Going to go for the Crucial.

2 monitors needed?- Well yes and no. Its nice to have a screen for a movie up while doing CAD and that dedicated Internet monitor when doing research.

The thing is the case was a gift and it is already in transit. Does anyone know off hand if I refuse the package from newegg will the return shipping be free as well?
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November 27, 2011 6:04:16 AM

steadywaters said:
Link works for me but here it is anyway.

Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I neglected to refresh before I commented that the link was down. But, thank you none the less.
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November 27, 2011 8:11:44 AM

Let me add some opinions here.

I run 2 24" monitors and would never go back. For how cheap they are now I'd say go for 2.

Do you need a sound card? This is such a strangly handled topic on toms it baffles me...
A sound card is like a cpu. You need a good cpu if the rest of you're system is good. Sound cards can bottleneck your audio system just like any computer component can bottleneck your computer system. I run an asus d2x with my hd650s. No I would not need the soundcard for apple earbuds, but if you have good speakers/headphones your letting them go to waste without a good sound card.

So what audio system do you have?

And lastly I suggest to never ever skimp ou on the case. It's like having a ferrari in a Hyundai body/frame. It may work, it may be fast. But when I look at my beast pc I want it to look like a beast pc. I suggest anything like lian li(they are all fabulous imo), silverstone ft02, 800d(650d if you must), cooler master atcs 840, ... Again cases are about opinions though.
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November 27, 2011 4:51:49 PM

J_Alter said:
Thanks,
everyone has helped greatly.

Canceled the sound card and SSD. Going to go for the Crucial.

2 monitors needed?- Well yes and no. Its nice to have a screen for a movie up while doing CAD and that dedicated Internet monitor when doing research.

The thing is the case was a gift and it is already in transit. Does anyone know off hand if I refuse the package from newegg will the return shipping be free as well?


It's definitely not a bad setup but two 23" monitors will run you close to $400. Maybe drop those to 21.5" monitors and spend the difference on getting the EVGA GTX 580 - it'll be a much better choice in the long run. Or spend it on getting a killer speaker system like the Corsair SP2500.

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And lastly I suggest to never ever skimp ou on the case. It's like having a ferrari in a Hyundai body/frame. It may work, it may be fast. But when I look at my beast pc I want it to look like a beast pc. I suggest anything like lian li(they are all fabulous imo), silverstone ft02, 800d(650d if you must), cooler master atcs 840, ... Again cases are about opinions though.


I completely agree with this.
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November 30, 2011 12:25:40 AM

1/2 of my components came today, the other half tomorrow. By wednesday night I hope to update everyone on how it went.
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