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December 30, 2011 1:13:54 AM

Okay, I want to build a gaming PC for around $1k. I used another thread here as a basis. I just want to check and make sure there aren't any glaring errors or issues (particularly with the motherboard). Any suggestions are welcome. Here we go...


Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822148767 $84.99

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115072 $219.99

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813131701 $209.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204 $19.99
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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 01G-P3-1561-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130604 $249.99
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CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W High Performance Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139025
$124.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119233 $49.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231314 $43.99

All prices are from NewEgg

Thanks in advance

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December 30, 2011 1:20:26 AM

RAM should be 1.5 volt [or less]

you need a 500 - 550 watt psu
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December 30, 2011 1:22:22 AM

What's the disadvantage of overdoing the power supply?

Also, the details for the RAM say 1.5V. Does that mean I'm good there?
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December 30, 2011 1:25:07 AM

I would get the 800W PSU for SLI in the future
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December 30, 2011 1:27:07 AM

Overkill in the PSU can degrade the PSU faster and it sucks up more juice than it needs to. If the RAM is 1.65v, it can damage the mobo itself. Speaking of the mobo, I think the Maximus Gene-Z will be alot better with a better price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Maximus IV Gene-Z
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December 30, 2011 1:32:08 AM

e56imfg said:
Overkill in the PSU can degrade the PSU faster and it sucks up more juice than it needs to. If the RAM is 1.65v, it can damage the mobo itself. Speaking of the mobo, I think the Maximus Gene-Z will be alot better with a better price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Maximus IV Gene-Z


Maximus IV Gene-Z out of stock all of a sudden :( 

What's a good middle ground for the power supply? I probably won't do much more than upgrade the video card in the future.
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December 30, 2011 1:45:29 AM

LOL WTF. Maximus IV was available just a few hours ago... (at least in my area). Get the ASRock Extreme3 mobo. It's a very good, quality mobo that is Ivy Bridge ready.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - ASRock Extreme3

I'm not much of a PSU guy but I do know what's good and what's bad. You want to get a really good quality PSU and invest some time and money into these because they degrade the fastest and can blow up your system. XFX, Corsair, Seasonic are all quality PSU brands. You would want to get a PSU that has head room so your not always pushing it's limits and one that is going to use most of the power.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - XFX
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December 30, 2011 2:19:49 AM

Okay here is the first revision:


Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115072


$219.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119233



$49.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157271



$124.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 01G-P3-1561-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130604


$249.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204

$19.99

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822148767

$84.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145345


$45.99

XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817207014

Cut down on the Power supply, RAM is 1.5 V, new mobo.

Anything else?
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December 30, 2011 2:23:49 AM

650w is a overkill for a 560 Ti even when OCed. Get a 550w or if you really wanted to, a 600w PSU. The rest looks fine.
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December 30, 2011 2:49:37 AM

OKay, I placed the order for the components. I'm not listening to any more advice. Lalalalalalalala.


(Thanks everyone)
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December 30, 2011 1:11:14 PM

New question:

Am I going to need an aftermarket cooler for my i5 2500k? I'm not planning on overclocking.
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December 30, 2011 1:16:00 PM

No. If you do overclock it's good piece of mind, and required to hit high OC.
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December 30, 2011 4:52:02 PM

The stock intel cooler gets pretty loud so it's really your preference. I would stick with the intel stock cooler and save up later for a CM Hyper 212 Plus ($30).
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January 5, 2012 3:31:59 AM

Thanks for the help. I am happy to say that I have built my first PC and so far so good. Ran out of time tonight to install the OS.

I do have one question though:

Looking through the BIOS of my ASrock mobo (see above posts for specific one) I noticed that everything looks good except the RAM is listed as DDR3-1333 when I installed DDR3-1600. It is set up correctly for dual channel mode and everything and the system registers the correct amount of RAM. Any idea what is going on? Am I borked?


EDIT: I found the correct setting in the BIOS. All good now.
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January 5, 2012 5:34:31 AM

But don't PSUs only use enough power to power the system and nothing more?
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January 5, 2012 6:52:43 AM

azeem40 said:
But don't PSUs only use enough power to power the system and nothing more?


Power supply efficiency peaks at 50% load; as you get further from 50% load in either direction, efficiency gets worse.

Say you've got that original 800 W Corsair, which (guessing) tops out at 80% efficiency, that is actually only running at 79% efficiency (gasp!) because the components are only using 300W. This PSU draws 380 W from mains.

The XFX 650 W PSU, however, is running nearer its peak efficiency of 86% and only draws 349 W from the wall.

If the computer is running at load 24/7 (say, a distributed computing box), this comes out to like a $40/year difference in your electric bill. This is on top of the ~$50 you save by choosing a more efficient/more appropriate PSU in the first place.
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January 14, 2012 11:20:05 PM

Best answer selected by fqrizzo.
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January 22, 2012 9:51:47 AM

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