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January 12, 2012 1:04:38 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: ~1500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school, general internet use, etc.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor (Samsung PX2370@1920x1080), OS (Windows 7 Home 64bit), Hard Drive (2TB WD Caviar Black)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


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I'm looking to have a gaming build that won't be too outdated w/in the near future, so far this is what I have picked out:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Cooling: CORSAIR H100
Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5
MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
SSD: Intel 320 Series 2.5" 120GB
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 Will 750w be sufficient for this one GPU build?
DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D

From what I've read on the boards this will seem fairly standard, but I figured it never hurts to double check!

Thanks!

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January 12, 2012 1:13:54 PM

Build looks good.

Air cooling in the $30 range (e.g. Hyper 212 EVO) is definitely good enough if you don't want to bother with a liquid setup -- the i5-2500k overclocks REALLY well on air.

You may want a Z68 board to futureproof yourself just a bit better.

The 128GB Crucial M4 is only $185 on Newegg right now and is also an outstanding SSD.

750w is sufficient for your build.
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January 12, 2012 1:15:36 PM

It looks like 750W should be enough to cover it.
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January 12, 2012 1:23:50 PM

I would also recommend a z68 board to future proof yourself to some degree.
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January 12, 2012 1:29:01 PM

i would get the 7 series amd card since they are faster and cheaper than the gtx 580. +1 on the z68 motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the LucidLogix Virtu will switch between your integrated gpu on the cpu itself when you are not gaming and change back to the dedicated gpu once you fire up a game :) 
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January 12, 2012 1:57:20 PM

Personally, not a fan of the H series coolers....offer too little thermal advantage , if any, over the better air coolers, and noisy.

Read AS5's home page about the req'd 200 hour curing time ? Shin Etsu has exact same thermal properties, no curing issues

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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After this article was first published, there was an immediate backlash from some of the manufacturers listed in this review. The primary argument was the lack of cure time. Here is the Arctic Silver 5 recommended cure time instruction from the manufacturers web site:

Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.

So by my estimation of this statement it would take almost a year of normal use to properly cure the AC5 compound, or almost nine days of continuous power cycles to meet their recommendation.



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

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Actic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Thermal Compound (4) Polysynthetic Silver Low / Thin 37.55°C A+
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 (0) Aluminum Oxide Moderate 37.55°C A+


Personally not comfortable with MoBo due to shorter than industry standard 3 year warranty.

-I'd lose the tall toothy heat sinks on the RAM as they serve no purpose.


-Intel 320 120GB sits between the Tier 8 160 GB model and the Tier 10 80 GB model. Based upon the article below that makes the Intel 120GB only half as fast as the Tier 3 120 GB models (Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB).

The Chronos Deluxe, Samsung 830 and the others above are twice as fast and is only $15 - $20 more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-The HX750 is more than enough for one 580....but you'll need 900 watts for twin 580's should you upgrade later on, more if you OC the cards. NOTE: While every other model in the HX series gets a 10.0 perofrmance rating the HX1000 and HX1050 test rather poorly by comparison.

GFX - Acknowledging that ya said "not likely", consider that two of these cost $460 and will give you 40% more fps performance and save you $50 compared to that single $580. Id get a HX850 if ya go that way.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 650D is nice, , consider the 500R also,
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January 12, 2012 4:55:02 PM

Thanks for the quick reply's! That's a lot of great info Jack, I haven't had time to fully go through and look at everything yet, but I've made a couple changes based off of some of whats here so far..

For a Z68 swap on what I listed in the original post I was looking at this board
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68

As for the update to the faster SSD, I've plugged in the mentioned Samsung 830
SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB

I plan on reading up more on what else has been mentioned here later this afternoon.

Thanks again for the quick reply's!
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January 13, 2012 2:20:42 AM

Looking more at motherboards I have a hard time deciding between boards...

The board I have listed and seen quality reviews for above is this:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68

I also see newegg has a sale on this board making it about $150:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Also, Toms reviews the 4's and 7's of ASRocks well, I've also seen on the forums where the 3's are recommended. Although above Jack suggests the warranty is shorter than industry standard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Any input?
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January 13, 2012 2:27:17 AM

i5 2500K + Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $241
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Raidmax 850w $102 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Diamond 7970 3GB $550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 128GB $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB $85
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...
Asus DVD Drive $19
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-24x8x16x-48x3...
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $27
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
Total: $1214 before rebates

MB is better for the price plus it's ATX, the PSU will give you room to get another 7970 and put them in Crossfire, plus you get a solid overall build.
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January 21, 2012 4:44:49 AM

Currently the EVGA GTX 580 is on sale for $439 after rebates, even at this price should I still condiser waiting on a 7970?
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January 21, 2012 8:21:27 AM

@Levi,
yes you should IMO
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January 21, 2012 9:08:22 AM

Aznshinobi's build looks awesome, you should go for it.
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January 21, 2012 9:18:37 AM

@4eyed,+1 but psu is not good IMO.
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January 21, 2012 9:33:48 AM

it's your choice lol!i would suggest coolermaster silent pro,corsair,ante,enermax,silverstone,xfx,seasonic or any other good brand.no offence to raidmax :D 
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January 21, 2012 4:45:35 PM

Alright since all of you guys are complaining about the Raidmax, can you at least look at reviews before you actually start saying it's a piece of crap?
http://hardocp.com/article/2011/02/23/raidmax_rx1000ae_...
I mean it's not terrible. It's not fantastic either. But for the money it was good. Here's another PSU pretty solid for the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's sold out but you can always wait or get it off amazon
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-...
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January 21, 2012 4:51:51 PM

Silverstone is top rated brand
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January 21, 2012 5:03:53 PM

Don't just look at brand name... You should be looking at reviews, companies can still produce bad PSUs it's based on the OEM. Silverstone doesn't truely make their PSUs, neither does Corsair or XFX, they all just rebrand a PSU from the OEM and ship it out.
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January 22, 2012 2:01:29 AM

yeah i know tht but their customer service is good.i am using a silent pro gold 1000w.some people complain about CM but mine works well
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