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New gaming build...comments/suggestions please

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January 2, 2012 5:32:59 PM

Hi, I'm do my first gaming computer build and and was hoping i could get some feedback on how it looks and if there are any compatability issues(i don't think so but I'm new at this)

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: G.SKILLZ Ripjaw X Series 8GB (2x4)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 1.5GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ODD: SAMSUNG Black SH-B123L

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: LEPA G900-MA 900W

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...



My budget for this build was $2000. All the parts listed come to $1952 atm

No keyboard,mouse or monitor needed

HDD is smaller cause i already have a 2TB external drive for my movies/tunes.


Any comments would be great Thanks :) 
January 2, 2012 5:57:08 PM

If you're not going to get another 580, the PSU and mobo are both overkill. If you are going to get one, then this is good.
Skip the Noctua. You don't need it. Get a Mugen 3 and save $50.
If you've got the external, consider whether you need an HDD at all. Maybe just get a backup drive instead if you don't have one already.
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January 2, 2012 6:00:38 PM

There is a good chance i'll be upgrading GPU in the future so thats why i went with the mobo and PSU i did
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January 2, 2012 6:01:49 PM

You did your homework. Good job.

A few minor thoughts:

1) Considering the current high prices of hard drives, why not just defer the hard drive to later? A 120gb ssd should hold the os and 6-10 games.

2) A GTX580 needs only a quality 600w psu. If you are planning on sli later, then ok on 900w. My plan for upgrading later would be to look for a single strong kepler card.
and a 750w unit would be ok for that.

3) The Antec 1200 is a fine case, but rather large. Do you really need all that room?

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January 2, 2012 6:06:13 PM

Probably don't need the room atm but would rather be to big right now and not restricted later on.

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January 2, 2012 6:23:54 PM

Lol i didn't know about the LEPA PCUs either till i started researching PCUs. All the product reviews and test show great results so i thought i'd try them out
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January 2, 2012 6:33:15 PM

Ok if you want to try them out but I wouldn't chance it.
All the ones I listed are about the same price or cheaper (because it isn't modular). The OCZ is the one I would buy.
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January 2, 2012 6:38:38 PM

The two things i wanted for my PSU was the 80+ gold and modular...maybe alittle of my OCD kicking in but want it for the clean looking cable management
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January 2, 2012 6:43:36 PM

Dude the Radeon 7970 is out in just days away and crushes the GTX 580 for the same price other than that the build looks solid to me.
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January 2, 2012 6:54:51 PM

LEPA's OK at high wattages, like Ultra.
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