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January 19, 2012 2:30:07 PM

Hi everyone!

This is going to be my first build :D  . I don't know much about PC hardware so i really need your help :ange:  . For weeks I've been reading forums and reviews and now i finally come up with a new system build. I'm trying to make a mid range gaming rig (not even sure if it is) maybe for like BF3 or Diablo3. Below are the specs I've chosen:

CPU - Intel Core i5 2400
http://ark.intel.com/products/52207/Intel-Core-i5-2400-...(6M-Cache-3_10-GHz)

M/B - Asus p8h67 M/LE
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8H6...

GPU- PowerColor hd6870 1g DDR3
http://www.powercolor.com/global/products_features.asp?...

RAM - [ Ripjaws ] F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL (4Gx2)
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=233

Casing - CoolerMaster 430 elite
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6654

PSU - CoolerMaster Silent Pro M600W 80+
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=4199

HDD - Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=c89ef14...

CD/DVD drive - Lite-On 24x IHAS-224/524 Sata LS/LT
OS - W7 Home Pre 64bit

Now, there are couple of things I'm confused about.

1) Are they all compatible with each other? Will it cause bottlenecking?

2) Will it generate heat more than it can handle?

I wanna to add more fans to it but i realized the motherboard only support 2 fans (1 for CPU and 1 for Chassis). Yet, the Chassis comes with 5 fan slots. So i decided to install 2 Silverstone FN121-BL 120mm fan http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=193&area=... (side and rear) via Sunbeam Tech Rheobus fan controller http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/RHK/Rheobus.html

3) Is my powersupply enough? including the fans?

Please feel free to leave comments/advice/help/criticize. Thanks! :p 

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January 19, 2012 3:00:08 PM

Its a good build. For a good airflow of your case you must to have 1fan front ( intake), 1 fan rear (outake) , 1 top ( outake) and if you want 1 side ( intake).
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January 19, 2012 3:19:00 PM

+1 on sosofm for the airflow. You do not need a whole lot, but you do need a constant stream pouring in, and being pulled out. I generally use a big fan in front, and then use my PSU as my main fan out the back (it sits right up against my 570, so it works well there as an exhaust.

Check microcenter for CPU prices if you have one nearby, they tend to be $60 cheaper than anyone else.

Good match for the CPU and mobo, and everything else seems compatible.

Heat should not be an issue. Your only real heat producer will be the GPU, so as long as it has a proper cooler, and you have 1 intake up front, and 1 outtake in back then you ought to be golden.

The PSU is exactly up to spec for what the manufacturer suggest, so it should be fine. I am turning into a bit of an OCZ fanboy, so I'll suggest to check them out, but the one you have picked should do just fine.

Only things I would suggest would be to have a SSD for the system drive, and hold off on the 500GB drive while they are still coming down in price. Those SSDs have great load times (granted it won't help your FPS, but it greatly improves the user experience). A 60-120GB SSD would do fine in the short term, and 500GB HDDs should go back down to their normal $40-50 by mid-late summer.
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January 19, 2012 3:21:28 PM

1) Yes, no. I would consider bumping up to a 1GB 6950 if you can scrounge the 70 bucks for it. It's a nice bump up from a 6870.

2) You'll be fine on heat. Additionally, your power supply should come with a molex daisy chain that you can plug a bunch of case fans into instead of the mobo slots.

3) Power supply is plenty, including the fans.
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January 19, 2012 3:28:21 PM

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1) Are they all compatible with each other? Will it cause bottlenecking?


Everything is compatible - you don't need to worry there. Your build looks pretty good for the most part (see suggestions below). Your biggest bottleneck will probably be your primary hard drive.

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2) Will it generate heat more than it can handle?


Not necessarily - the Elite 430 is a very well ventilated case for the price. I'd suggest reading this about air cooling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

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3) Is my powersupply enough? including the fans?


600 will be plenty but I'm not sure that your choice is a good pick. One of these would be better:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GPU- PowerColor hd6870 1g DDR3
http://www.powercolor.com/global/p [...] asp?id=272


I don't know much about Power Color but Sapphire and/or XFX would be far better choices for Radeon. Try one of these:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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M/B - Asus p8h67 M/LE
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/I [...] P8H67M_LE/


The H67 is the low end of the SB spectrum and it's quite a bit limited in terms of functionality and expandability. Try this board, it's a little bit more but it will be far more future-proof:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 19, 2012 3:47:32 PM

really really nice opinions! thanks! if you have more please do so thanks
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January 19, 2012 3:57:20 PM

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2) You'll be fine on heat. Additionally, your power supply should come with a molex daisy chain that you can plug a bunch of case fans into instead of the mobo slots.


don't you think its a bit nasty to connect case fans directly to the PSU considering it'll run at full speed?
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January 19, 2012 4:04:42 PM


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Everything is compatible - you don't need to worry there. Your build looks pretty good for the most part (see suggestions below). Your biggest bottleneck will probably be your primary hard drive.


Can you explain to me on how will it bottleneck? thanks

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January 19, 2012 4:19:47 PM

gemdse said:
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Everything is compatible - you don't need to worry there. Your build looks pretty good for the most part (see suggestions below). Your biggest bottleneck will probably be your primary hard drive.


Can you explain to me on how will it bottleneck? thanks


In any build your primary HD is always going to be a bottleneck. It's generally the slowest part of the PC - but anything over a 7200 RPM drive and you won't notice much of a performance gain. You could move to an SSD but you'll be essentially trading capacity for speed. SSD's are still really expensive in terms of cost per GB and I really hesitate to recommend them in low-budget builds.

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don't you think its a bit nasty to connect case fans directly to the PSU considering it'll run at full speed?


Not at all, most of the time your case fans will hook directly to the motherboard and not the PSU. And then you control the speed of the fans through the BIOS. You only hook your fans to the PSU if you're running more than 2 or 3.

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January 19, 2012 4:28:48 PM

How about using a fan controller? What do you think? Im planning to install 3 fans (rare,side, top)
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January 19, 2012 4:40:55 PM

gemdse said:
How about using a fan controller? What do you think? Im planning to install 3 fans (rare,side, top)


It's been my general experience that fan controllers are pretty useless. My Graphite 600T has one built-in and I essentially gave up trying to hook it up as it was a huge pain and most of the time you set the speed for your fans in the motherboard's BIOS anyways.
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January 19, 2012 9:32:35 PM

Best answer selected by gemdse.
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