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December 14, 2011 12:06:14 PM

Hello, this is my first computer build(going for a gaming rig). I would really appreciate it if you guys would go over the parts I have picked and let me know if I should get that specific part or something else. I'm going for a rig for ~$1000 a little less or more won't really matter. Well here are my parts; 

1. Case: NZXT phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 (I don't know if this is a great choice or not, I just don't want a motherboard that is going to fail on me)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. GPU: EVGA gtx 570 (I will be playing a lot of games so I need a good graphics card) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze ( I really like that this is fully modular, buy will it be a good PSU?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. CPU: intel I5 2500k 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. Heat-sink: COOLER MASTER hyper 212 EVO 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
9. DVD drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. OS: windows 7 home premium 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you guys have any suggestions or parts that are better than what I have I would appreciate the suggestions. I will probably dual SLI somewhere down the road. Also I will be ordering my parts in about a week and a half, so all help is appreciated.
December 14, 2011 12:19:08 PM

Looks pretty good. I would change...

4.) PSU - Go with Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. A quality 750w / 850w unit will be fine for that system now, and also adding a second GTX 570 down the road.

6.) MEM - No need for low voltage. Stick with GSKILL, but look at the Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1333 CL7 (low latency).

7.) HD - No WD... Samsung F3, Seagate or Hitachi in that order.
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December 14, 2011 12:30:59 PM

Well what hard drive would you recommend? Also won't the 1333 be worse than the 1600 ram? And my last question is, is there anything wrong with the psu I listed?
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December 14, 2011 12:37:05 PM

Hi there,
for the mobo i would go for GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
but that's a personal choice in the end. I've always been more an Asus or Gigabyte person.
For the PSU, would go for CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply, they're out from same factories as the Seasonic ones.
regarding HDD, if you can afford a small SSD for the OS and 1-2 big games, i would defo recommend it as the loading times for level and maps is sooooo much faster.
Otherwise GPU is fine imho, which is what matters for games really, as your 2500k CPU is not gonna be the bottleneck for sure.
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December 14, 2011 12:58:30 PM

youknowmeasjp said:
Well what hard drive would you recommend? Also won't the 1333 be worse than the 1600 ram? And my last question is, is there anything wrong with the psu I listed?



PSU => XFX Pro850w for $90 after MIR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The OCZ is of lesser quality. It would probably be fine, but doubtful it would hit its rated wattage if pushed to its max. OCZ also has a higher failure rate.

MEM => GSKILL DDR3-1333 CL7 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or GSKILL DDR3-1600 CL8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep in mind that DDR3 1600 CL8 is faster than DDR3-1333 CL7 which is faster than DDR3-1600 CL9.

HD => Samsung F3 500GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 14, 2011 12:59:34 PM

youknowmeasjp said:
Hello, this is my first computer build(going for a gaming rig). I would really appreciate it if you guys would go over the parts I have picked and let me know if I should get that specific part or something else. I'm going for a rig for ~$1000 a little less or more won't really matter. Well here are my parts; 

1. Case: NZXT phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 (I don't know if this is a great choice or not, I just don't want a motherboard that is going to fail on me)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. GPU: EVGA gtx 570 (I will be playing a lot of games so I need a good graphics card) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze ( I really like that this is fully modular, buy will it be a good PSU?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. CPU: intel I5 2500k 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. Heat-sink: COOLER MASTER hyper 212 EVO 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
9. DVD drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. OS: windows 7 home premium 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you guys have any suggestions or parts that are better than what I have I would appreciate the suggestions. I will probably dual SLI somewhere down the road. Also I will be ordering my parts in about a week and a half, so all help is appreciated.



that mobo is good.you can get same features in less money by getting this one-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i would suggest HD 6970 over gtx 570(i am not a fanboy as i have a single gtx 580)due to larger VRAM.earlier games were not able to take more than 1GB but modern games such as metro 2033 and BF3 are able to crack more than 1400MB with max settings.SLi will not double your VRAM.future games will take more VRAM.so i think 6970 is right choice but still it's your own choice.gtx 570 is a great card.
other things look good. :sol: 
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December 14, 2011 1:24:58 PM

sadams04 said:
PSU => XFX Pro850w for $90 after MIR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The OCZ is of lesser quality. It would probably be fine, but doubtful it would hit its rated wattage if pushed to its max. OCZ also has a higher failure rate.

MEM => GSKILL DDR3-1333 CL7 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or GSKILL DDR3-1600 CL8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep in mind that DDR3 1600 CL8 is faster than DDR3-1333 CL7 which is faster than DDR3-1600 CL9.

HD => Samsung F3 500GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Well is it worth only 4gb of ram over the 8 to have the 1600 and the cas at 7?
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December 14, 2011 1:35:09 PM

uruquiora said:
Hi there,
for the mobo i would go for GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
but that's a personal choice in the end. I've always been more an Asus or Gigabyte person.
For the PSU, would go for CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply, they're out from same factories as the Seasonic ones.
regarding HDD, if you can afford a small SSD for the OS and 1-2 big games, i would defo recommend it as the loading times for level and maps is sooooo much faster.
Otherwise GPU is fine imho, which is what matters for games really, as your 2500k CPU is not gonna be the bottleneck for sure.

what size SSD would i need?
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December 14, 2011 1:36:08 PM

youknowmeasjp said:
Well is it worth only 4gb of ram over the 8 to have the 1600 and the cas at 7?


ddr3-1600 CL8 or ddr3-1333 CL7... 4GB will most likely be fine and you can always add another matching 4GB to get to 8GB later if needed. If you want to keep your options open for more than 8GB of memory, the Corsair XMS kit below would be the way to go.

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 14, 2011 1:49:02 PM

sadams04 said:
ddr3-1600 CL8 or ddr3-1333 CL7... 4GB will most likely be fine and you can always add another matching 4GB to get to 8GB later if needed. If you want to keep your options open for more than 8GB of memory, the Corsair XMS kit below would be the way to go.

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is going from cas 9 to cas 8 really worth about 25 dollars? and that hard drive you mentioned earlier only does 5200 rpms and 3.0gb/s how would that preform?
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December 14, 2011 1:57:23 PM

youknowmeasjp said:
is going from cas 9 to cas 8 really worth about 25 dollars? and that hard drive you mentioned earlier only does 5200 rpms and 3.0gb/s how would that preform?


If your budget can handle it opt for the lower latency. Otherwise, CAS9 modules perform just fine..

The Samsung hard drive is still a fast drive for being low(er) RPM. No mechanical hard drive can saturate a SATA2 interface yet alone SATA3. SSDs are a different story, but don't get caught up in the 3.0gb/s vs. 6.0gb/s stuff for a traditional mechanical hard drive. An alternative for the Samsung is the Seagate below. They will perform very close to the same...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 14, 2011 2:01:26 PM

I read the reviews on the power supply I listed and they are all good, I really like that it's modular, but I don't want to get a psu that's gonna suck.. But I really want modular and I don't want to pay over 130
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December 14, 2011 2:19:52 PM

sadams04 said:
If your budget can handle it opt for the lower latency. Otherwise, CAS9 modules perform just fine..

The Samsung hard drive is still a fast drive for being low(er) RPM. No mechanical hard drive can saturate a SATA2 interface yet alone SATA3. SSDs are a different story, but don't get caught up in the 3.0gb/s vs. 6.0gb/s stuff for a traditional mechanical hard drive. An alternative for the Samsung is the Seagate below. They will perform very close to the same...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I'll go for the sniper ram since its made for gaming(so gskill says) and do you think that seagate will perform better? Thanks for all this help you are giving me I really appreciate it
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December 14, 2011 2:30:09 PM

hellfire24 said:



that mobo is good.you can get same features in less money by getting this one-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i would suggest HD 6970 over gtx 570(i am not a fanboy as i have a single gtx 580)due to larger VRAM.earlier games were not able to take more than 1GB but modern games such as metro 2033 and BF3 are able to crack more than 1400MB with max settings.SLi will not double your VRAM.future games will take more VRAM.so i think 6970 is right choice but still it's your own choice.gtx 570 is a great card.
other things look good. :sol: 


Hellfire is correct. I have 2 ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 and they are fine MBs but unless you plan on using 3 video adapters you can save lots of cash with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. Do that and you can get 8GB of whatever memory you want and not break the budget.
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December 14, 2011 3:36:53 PM

dhvd79a said:
Hellfire is correct. I have 2 ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 and they are fine MBs but unless you plan on using 3 video adapters you can save lots of cash with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. Do that and you can get 8GB of whatever memory you want and not break the budget.

Is there any other major differences between the two mobos?
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December 15, 2011 8:18:07 AM

youknowmeasjp said:
Is there any other major differences between the two mobos?



not 'much' IMO.xtreme3 is good enough.
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December 15, 2011 12:54:14 PM

you will hardly(maybe not even hardly)see any pwerformance difference between Cas 8 or 9.DDR3 1600 is the best choice.
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December 15, 2011 3:18:40 PM

hellfire24 said:
you will hardly(maybe not even hardly)see any pwerformance difference between Cas 8 or 9.DDR3 1600 is the best choice.

I think I may get the sniper low voltage series sense I'm getting a sandy bridge cause I have heard anything over 1.5vcould mess up the processor
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December 16, 2011 7:32:36 AM

alright.you should be fine.
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