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January 16, 2012 8:43:18 PM

After lots of research, posting, asking questions, etc etc etc, I've finally got my build figured out. All of my parts will be ordered from newegg(which is why i got the i7 2600k over the i5 2500k). My budget is about 1500 dollars, and this will be right under that after MIB's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus bulk dvd burner 18.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus 23" monitor 174.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Evga reference gtx 570 339.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec HCG 750w 99.99 15.00 MIR


ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound 8.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gskill Ripsaws 2x4g Ram 46.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS P8Z68-v/Gen3 179.99

i7 2600k 319.99 20 Newegg gift card(again, will order the i5 2500k and use the money saved on a higher end vid card IF newegg has the 2500k in stock when i order)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... White LED case fanx2 19.62

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hyper 212 evo 44.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Force GT 128g SSD 189.99 30 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Carbide 400r case and 500g Seagate Barracuda 164.98(10 MIR)

The total price comes to 1569.50, minus 65 for MIR's, and a $20 newegg gift card I'd probably use to buy a second fan for the Hyper 212 or something.

And I know it's stupid of me to not want to order from anyone but newegg, and it's not really going to change. The i7 would actually make dual boxxing in some of the games I play run better anyways, so it's not a big issue for me.


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January 16, 2012 9:01:17 PM

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i7 2600k 319.99 20 Newegg gift card(again, will order the i5 2500k and use the money saved on a higher end vid card IF newegg has the 2500k in stock when i order)


For some weird reason Newegg has been jacking up the price of the 2500K to almost $100 more than what the competition charges (maybe they read all the posts on this site recommending it... :lol:  ). If you can score it there, do so and then invest the difference in getting a 580 or 7970.

You really don't need the extra case fans as the Corsair 400R includes plenty and is extremely well ventilated to begin with.

I'd be really hesitant to recommend the Force 3 because there's been some major firmware issues associated with it. For that price it'd be better to go with the Crucial M4 (dropping the case fans will make up the difference).

Otherwise pretty much everything you have looks pretty good.
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January 16, 2012 9:06:39 PM

The corsair just went outta stock as well, so I couldn't get it anyways. The main reason i was gonna get it was because of the super low price
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January 16, 2012 9:35:07 PM

fb39ca4 said:
If you put some fans in this case, you will get quite good cooling performance, but even without you will still be fine with a single GPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The Carbide 400 already includes 2 x 120mm side fans, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan, 1 x 200mm top fan and 1 x 200mm front fan. It's kind of pointless to pay extra money for more fans when there's not enough space to mount them and you already have that many fans to begin with.
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January 16, 2012 9:36:24 PM

The firmware issues with the Force GT were sandforce related and have been clearded up with a new firmware release. I have three of the 180gb and the firmware on all three have been updated and are running fine. They were running fine before but updated anyway. You want to get these ;

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$189.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair rebates are fast , turnaround was about four weeks not the 6-8 weeks like with some companies.
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January 16, 2012 9:44:43 PM

Ok, so the only change so far is to the SSD, thanks for the tip on the cheaper case, but I like the Corsair much better.

Edit: I'm going to go with the corsair 120g force gt by the way, it has very high benchmarks in passmark, and a GREAT price.
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January 16, 2012 9:45:15 PM

inzone said:
The firmware issues with the Force GT were sandforce related and have been clearded up with a new firmware release. I have three of the 180gb and the firmware on all three have been updated and are running fine. They were running fine before but updated anyway. You want to get these ;

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$189.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair rebates are fast , turnaround was about four weeks not the 6-8 weeks like with some companies.


I knew it was something Sandforce related, I have an Intel 320 and I've been having similar issues until I reloaded the firmware on it and now it's fine.

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Ok, so the only change so far is to the SSD, thanks for the tip on the cheaper case, but I like the Corsair much better.


The Corsair is definitely an excellent choice. I have the Graphite 600T and it's been amazing so far.

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NCIX has the 2500k on backorder as well, and as I said earlier, as stupid and illogical as it is, I'm set on getting ALL of my parts from newegg.


I don't think it's stupid or illogical at all. Some of the thriftier shoppers around here will try to pinch every penny they can and cut corners to get like a crazy graphics card or a motherboard and CPU that's total overkill and on a budget like yours that honestly doesn't make a whole lot of sense. :lol: 
And it's especially not stupid when Newegg has a far better return / RMA department than like 90% of the competition does.
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January 16, 2012 10:43:40 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The Carbide 400 already includes 2 x 120mm side fans, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan, 1 x 200mm top fan and 1 x 200mm front fan. It's kind of pointless to pay extra money for more fans when there's not enough space to mount them and you already have that many fans to begin with.


This is totally wrong, the Carbide only comes with 3 fans stock. 2 front 120mm white LED and 1 rear 120mm. There are no provisions for mounting 200mm units at all. However you can add 7 more 120mm units or 5 140mm & 2 120mm fans. I own both the 600T and 400R Corsair cases and know them both well. I actually like the 400R (cheaper) better than the 600T.
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January 16, 2012 11:07:10 PM

1foxracing said:
This is totally wrong, the Carbide only comes with 3 fans stock. 2 front 120mm white LED and 1 rear 120mm. There are no provisions for mounting 200mm units at all. However you can add 7 more 120mm units or 5 140mm & 2 120mm fans. I own both the 600T and 400R Corsair cases and know them both well. I actually like the 400R (cheaper) better than the 600T.


While I'm not super worried about keeping everything cool, I most likely wont be doing any heavy overclocking, but I probably will at least play around with overclocking(on the cpu and gpu). How is the 400 with stock fans for keeping everything cool? Do i need to add more fans?







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January 16, 2012 11:58:47 PM

Newegg is a great place to shop and they always seem to have sales and rebates plus the shipping is fast. I have even gotten items the next day. Air flow inside the case is an important thing as you always want to get some cooler air to blow on the heat sinks.
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January 17, 2012 6:03:49 AM

Bump, gonna order in about 4 hours.
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January 17, 2012 7:48:06 AM

jeremyp1979 said:
While I'm not super worried about keeping everything cool, I most likely wont be doing any heavy overclocking, but I probably will at least play around with overclocking(on the cpu and gpu). How is the 400 with stock fans for keeping everything cool? Do i need to add more fans?







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I would say try building with the stock fan placement and then if you feel you need more fans it is easy enough to add more. If you go with side panel fans I would add filters to them as well.
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January 17, 2012 8:18:13 AM

i would highly recommend crucial m4 ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... they are consistantly top of the table for reliability i have one myself as well as a couple sandforce ssd's and i cant fault the m4 id also consider trying to upgrade the GPU or at least if you are thinking about SLI 570's later on id go with a 6970 instead as they scal much better in xfire than 570's do in SLI
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January 17, 2012 2:51:34 PM

jeremyp1979 said:
Bump, gonna order in about 4 hours.




Have you placed your order?
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January 17, 2012 3:16:10 PM

1foxracing said:
This is totally wrong, the Carbide only comes with 3 fans stock. 2 front 120mm white LED and 1 rear 120mm. There are no provisions for mounting 200mm units at all. However you can add 7 more 120mm units or 5 140mm & 2 120mm fans. I own both the 600T and 400R Corsair cases and know them both well. I actually like the 400R (cheaper) better than the 600T.


Maybe I had that mistaken for the 600T because that does include the 200mm fans.

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i would highly recommend crucial m4 ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] l+m4+128gb they are consistantly top of the table for reliability i have one myself as well as a couple sandforce ssd's and i cant fault the m4 id also consider trying to upgrade the GPU or at least if you are thinking about SLI 570's later on id go with a 6970 instead as they scal much better in xfire than 570's do in SLI


Yeah I'll second this recommendation as well. I have the 64GB M4 and it's been a really great drive so far.
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January 17, 2012 3:44:57 PM

Was planning on ordering first thing this morning, fell asleep instead, but it's a good thing that I did. The 2500k is back in stock, so i went with the 64g crucial, and got a gtx 580
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January 17, 2012 3:55:39 PM

Good selection on the 580 , you won't be dissapointed. It's a tough trade off decision to make in going with the 580 and having to get a smaller SSD. It's going to take some work on your part to manage the smaller SSD and not let it fill up quickly.
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January 17, 2012 4:00:17 PM

inzone said:
Good selection on the 580 , you won't be dissapointed. It's a tough trade off decision to make in going with the 580 and having to get a smaller SSD. It's going to take some work on your part to manage the smaller SSD and not let it fill up quickly.


I actually think I'm gonna use SRT for a month or so. then buy a second 64g, or maybe a 120.
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January 17, 2012 4:01:36 PM

Best answer selected by jeremyp1979.
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January 17, 2012 4:23:48 PM

jeremyp1979 said:
I actually think I'm gonna use SRT for a month or so. then buy a second 64g, or maybe a 120.


Actually it'd be better to buy a mechanical HD and use that as your secondary as opposed to getting a second SSD. For that you definitely want to wait until the prices drop.
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January 17, 2012 4:27:54 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Actually it'd be better to buy a mechanical HD and use that as your secondary as opposed to getting a second SSD. For that you definitely want to wait until the prices drop.


I'm ordering a 500g Seagate Barracuda as my data drive, will use the ssd I buy initially to use SRT, then in a month or so(when i get a coupla hundred dollars i can spend), I'll buy an additional SSD to use for game storage, and make the 64 a boot only drive.
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January 17, 2012 5:43:09 PM

jeremyp1979 said:
I'm ordering a 500g Seagate Barracuda as my data drive, will use the ssd I buy initially to use SRT, then in a month or so(when i get a coupla hundred dollars i can spend), I'll buy an additional SSD to use for game storage, and make the 64 a boot only drive.


Ah, OK that makes sense.
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