Building a new comp

Ok so with this years tax return I'm building a new system. I haven't built a full new one in quite a few years and so I'd like some feed back about components and such. Currently this is what I have in mind.

NZXT Phantom 410
Intel Core i5-2500K
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

I have HD.s burners and such so that is all taken care of. My questions are will that PSU be enough power? Also with the NZXT case should I get a couple more fans for cooling, and maybe a CPU cooler? And is there something comparable/less expensive that will do the same job?

Thanks for all your help/suggestions :)


Ps. I should be getting about $1200-1300 for my tax return.
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  1. Your upgrade looks fine; old power supply is good for the upgrade and cooling fans are optional, depending on what noise level you can tolerate (I personally hate noise). Look for ways to save money. Don't feel you have to use all your tax refund for the build.
  2. Change the case, I believe the 410 doesn't give as good temps as other cases.
  3. and dont want to rain on your parade

    but the COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750 got some pretty poor reviews
  4. Ok so I changed a few things up. I like the suggestion on the MB, case and PSU so this is the new set up:

    NZXT Phantom (yes I'm partial to it)
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750w
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    Graphics and CPU are still the same. Cost wise it went up but still under $1200 w/o shipping.
  5. looks better--never had a problem with a corsair psu and the motherboards excellent--just dont use the auto

    overclock software as it was putting silly voltage to my cpu--though it did get it to over 4.8ghz it spiked to 1.6v

    and nearly gave me a heart attack when i saw my new 2600k taking that voltage

    think the only other thing you need is an aftermarket cpu --why have a k series cpu if not to give it a good overclocking

    coolermaster hyper 212 plus is the common choice--cheap but very effective for the cost
  6. If you are getting a 212 get another 120mm fan! So you can get a push pull setup
  7. I had already planed on getting at least 1 other 120mm fan and the 212 is a great idea as well. Here's hoping Newegg has some great deals when taxes come :D Thanks for the help and ideas guys :D
  8. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  9. I'd get the P8P67 $35 in MIR and combo discount w/ 2500k

    or the WS Revolution $37 in combo w/ $20 MIR

    The Deluxe is kinda lost in between

    You could move to Z68 if ya gonna sleep better at night knowing ya have the latest and greatest.....but....does it actually have any features that are of benefit to you ? I think not.

    Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?

    The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.

    Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.

    Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

    If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.

    But if ya want the Z68 ....


    I'd get the Vengeance over the GSkill

    750 watt PSU a bit small if ya gonna add a 2nd 570 ....Id get the HX850 ($150) or XFX Core Edition 850 ($90)
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