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January 4, 2012 8:44:13 PM

Looking for advice on a prospective build that I have been considering. I want to build a computer that won't be a dinosaur in the next four years (yes, i understand that it will be aged by that time). Looking to have the options to upgrade as needed in the future. Anyhow, this is what I have put together but I'm sure I will be told where I am wrong.

Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 X 2 $499.98 (249.99 each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $88.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB/s $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-ray Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64 bit - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $2,156.88

Approximate Purchase Date: A few weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 - 2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, NVIDIA Video Card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would also consider water cooling my system.
January 4, 2012 9:42:16 PM

On reading Outlander's post below, I agree that it's hopeless to try to get graphics hardware that'll be decent in four years' time. I do think the 2600K'll hold, though. I also think a 750W is warranted, as you may find yourself in a high-end SLI situation at some point.

Drop that Noctua. It's just not worth spending the money. A $50 Mugen 3 would be perfectly good.
That case is pretty wildly expensive. Expensive cases barely perform better, so you should just choose yours by stylistic preference. Trawl Newegg and see what catches your eye. Most cases over $60, and many under too, will perform perfectly well. Just check it here. If you love the look of the Fortress, go for it.
I'd actually advise going 2600K. Games currently don't use more than three threads, so the 2500K's great for everything that's around now, but I would be surprised if we didn't have 6- or 8-threaded games in three or four years.'
This MSI board's got overclocking performance very close to the Asus, and it's much cheaper.
You should hold off on the big HDD. Get a 500gb one now, and you'll be able to get a 2tb for the same price in a few months.
Whole thing:
$300 2600K
~$120ish case?
$180 Force GT 120gb
$100 Windows
$190 MSI Z68A-GD80
$83 Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500gb
~$550 7970, in a couple of weeks
$90 Ripjaws 16gb 1600
$95 Corsair TX750W V2
$50 Scythe Mugen 3

That's $1758. Save the rest for future upgrades, or maybe get a mechanical keyboard. Try one of these if you can; it may blow your fingers' minds. $80 Razer BlackWidow.
January 4, 2012 9:47:45 PM

There is no computer that you can build that is not going to be a dinosaur in 4 years time .
Its never been possible to do that , and it probably never will be possible to do that

spend less . Budget on $1200 or so . Get a quality case , and a more appropriately sized 650 watt psu .

In 2 years time upgrade cpu/mb/RAM/ graphics with the money you have saved by not building what is an expensive and not better performing build
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January 4, 2012 9:52:20 PM

Nice build dude, but you should really go for the Silverstone Raven RV03 as it would make a lot more sense for you build. Drop the Noctua and opt for COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, with some really good thermal paste (noctua NT-H1). For SSD's I would go with the good old Crucial M4, plextor M2P or if possible get the Samsung 830.
January 4, 2012 10:01:20 PM

streetd70 said:
Looking for advice on a prospective build that I have been considering. I want to build a computer that won't be a dinosaur in the next four years (yes, i understand that it will be aged by that time). Looking to have the options to upgrade as needed in the future. Anyhow, this is what I have put together but I'm sure I will be told where I am wrong.

Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 X 2 $499.98 (249.99 each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $88.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB/s $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-ray Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64 bit - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $2,156.88

Approximate Purchase Date: A few weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 - 2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, NVIDIA Video Card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would also consider water cooling my system.

Because AMD 8150FX has the same power of 2500K and has 8 cores = more future resilient and is the best choice regardless of all the bad publicization thrown around by fickle fan boys IMHO. More cores is the way of the future.
January 4, 2012 10:03:03 PM

with an oversized budget certainly it isn't hurt to try sli/crossfire... but being in the position right now i would recommend going for single card first... as a powerful, single gpu would be enough for 1920 x 1080 resolution.... the next gen amd radeon hd 7970 will be available in just a few weeks time.... nvidia might launch its next gen kepler based gpu sometime in 1st half of 2012... by that time you can upgrade from your single card...

case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver

mobo: asrock z68 extreme4 gen3

cpu: intel core i5 2500k

ram: gskill sniper low voltage series 1.25v 2x4gb 1600mhz cl9

gpu: evga gtx 580

psu: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W

ssd: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB

hdd: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

cpu cooler: corsair a70
January 4, 2012 10:23:07 PM

Case Option:

Antec DF-85 Black steel/plastic ATX full tower $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler Options:

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat pipe CPU Cooler $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Change from i5 2500K to:

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Making my total now $2,116.88 vice $2,156.88

Any other advice?

January 4, 2012 10:41:20 PM

streetd70 said:
Case Option:

Antec DF-85 Black steel/plastic ATX full tower $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler Options:

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat pipe CPU Cooler $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Change from i5 2500K to:

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Making my total now $2,116.88 vice $2,156.88

Any other advice?

Hyper 212+ is a better and cheaper cooler to boot.

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January 5, 2012 7:26:23 PM
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If Im spending + $200 on a case, it's gonna be a Level 10 GT. Black one is a steal at $210. $30 off w/ promo code TTGTBLK1, ends 1/31

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-133-192^11-133-192-TS%2C11-133-188^11-133-188-TS

If ya wanna save some money, nothing can touch the price / performance of this combo .... $15 off w/ promo code EMCKJKG38, ends 1/9 ....10.0 performance rated PSU by jonnyguru ..... extremely silent and cool running combination (DF-85 is a 1200 w/a different skin.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

$ 120 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$235 for the pair can't be touched by anything that even comes close.

Add the fan if doing SLI
$ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$270 on a Asrock MoBo ? At leats on this model they don't stick ya w/ a chinsy 2 year warranty

-The GFX card is only 850 Mhz.....this one is 900Mhz and generally OC'ds higher and it's better cooled. And yes get 2
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Skip the toothy heat sinks on the RAM and get something low profile that won;t make CPU cooler installation a PITA

$79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I don't think ya will notice w/ 8 GB ....OTOH, its so dang cheap why not.

-SSD - That's a tier 6 SSD.....Tier 3 (33% fatser, gonna cost ya $25 or so

$215 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$182 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks like the last one for $2 more is ya baby

-If I am spending $250 on a HD, it's gonna be this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

-The Noc has seen it's day .... the best LGA 775 cooler just hasn't taken the top honors on 1366/1156/1155. Not to take anything away from the 212 ....it is a great budget cooler....but I'm not seeing a budget cooler in a $2k box .... these are the big boys and with more money comes more cooling.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...'

I like the Arrow cause it's dead silent at 4.8 GHz with all fans on low and temps in low 70s.

Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...

I hadda move ya up to 1 256 GB SSSD to break $2k .... build cuda easily been $1800ish w/ a 120 GB model

$2,057 Total

Case - $ 120 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i5-2700K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 160 - (4 x 4GB) Mushkin Redline CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Same
HD - $ 230 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 400 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 5, 2012 9:07:06 PM

Best answer selected by streetd70.
January 5, 2012 11:16:50 PM

You've persuaded (the benchmarkreviews helped) me to make a few changes.

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (i like the white) $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: ASUS GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I went with only 1 card at the moment as I can easily add a second in the near future)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengenace 16GB (4 x GB) $78.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB $214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Opted for 500GB as i don't have an immediate need for a large drive, besides I could easily add a larger one later)

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen 3 LGA 1155 $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz $319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OD: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $55.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: MS Win 7 Home 64bit $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow $83.00
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/ [...] 2_AM3.html

Total being $1912.90


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