First time builder, please check my parts!


Been a lurker for a long time, first time poster! Just purchased my parts on boxing day and would like your opinions on what I have. I will be using this computer for gaming and web surfing. Thank you in advance!

SSD: Intel 320 Series 120GB 2.5" SATA2 3Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSDSA2CW120G3K5)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V DIMMs (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B)

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX850M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 850W PSU (CP-9020004-NA)

TOWER: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Gaming Case (RC-942-KKN1)

OPTICAL: Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE SATA 24X Black DVD Writer OEM

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKX) 500GB SATA3 6GB/s 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I52500K)

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P8Z68-M PRO Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz 1xPCI-Express 2.0 x16 GLAN 8-CH High Definition Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 14x USB 2.0 DVI/VGA/HDMI/Display Port Micro ATX

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 (012-P3-1570-AR) nVidia GeForce GTX 570 Chipset (732Mhz) 1280MB (3800Mhz) DDR5 Dual Display DVI-I/Mini-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Direct Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
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  1. Approximate Purchase Date: Already purchased online

    Budget Range: 1500-2000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming and Web surfing

    Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

    Country: Toronto, Canada

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: Nothing crazy

    Additional Comments: Something reliable, runs cool and reliable!
  2. SSD: Buy 2x Corsair force 3 120GB/ Crucial m4 x2 (raid0) or ONE of either...

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance (black)/ G.skill/ 16gb 1600 ram...
    PSU: Corsair HX:850 or AX850... TX will do I guess.

    Tower. Corsair 650D is beautiful

    Optical: W/e just dont bother with Bray
    HD; Cavier black any size.

    Mobo: up to you

    Gcards: 2x HD6870 (Black edition if you can) in Xfire

    Cooler: Noctua D14

    CPU: 2600k/2700k If you can! (future proof) or wait for Ivy bridge and F*** it for now.

    Price: You tell me.


    PLEASE tell me price/ what you think.
  3. Looks like a really nice build! Interesting choice going with a full tower case and a Micro-ATX motherboard. I really like the P8Z68-M PRO, so I hope you love using it.

    Looks like you're going to have a blast with your new computer, and it should OC well!
  4. Sod16: You changed everything! Why?

    Phensen: Thank you! I had no idea it was a Micro board, will this be a problem?
  5. Don't buy a microboard for a full ATX tower, it will look very silly. Get a normal a ATX Asus Mobo, and the 570 is the one thing I would highly recommend changing two Xfire HD 6870's.. AS those two perform > one 580 and one of them is good for games that don't support Xfire....

    HAF X is an ugly beast, the 650D is quality > Quantity.

    Corsairs because intels are too expensive... Well in the UK and performance you won't notice.

    Monitor Can't remember but... Dell u2412/u2411h

    noctua because its simply the best.

    HDD's cavier black because it's good..? That's what I'd do...

    DEFINITELY 2x HD6870's though. I think they are same price as one 570.

    Get a full board simply because they normally perform better on the whole.

    EDIT: YOU look at REVIEWS for EVERYTHING i've said and you've said and compare stuff in your price range.

    THAT is how you build something good.
  6. Davecali said:
    Sod16: You changed everything! Why?

    Phensen: Thank you! I had no idea it was a Micro board, will this be a problem?

    Won't be a problem at all. The case has holes for Micro ATX motherboards, and there will be plenty of room to work with!
  7. don't put two ssd's in raid! the HAF X is a huge case, might as well get a full size mobo to give you room to expand. Sod is correct on the intel SSD. Go with a crucial M4 and save some money and make it sate III, 6gbs. My preference is a since card over sli/crossfire, so if you like the 570, go for it! and if you do and don't plan on adding a second GPU, you don't need as robust a PSU. The hyper 212 pairs well with the 2500k.
  8. Thank you everyone. They had the 600t on sale for $130 at a local shop here, but I opted for the Haf x...bummer I didn't notice the microatx board. I did a lot of research, it just slipped me by!

    I chose the intel 320 ssd because I've read a number of reviews that stated it was reliable when compared to the others mentioned.
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