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$1200-1300 System Confirmation

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January 21, 2012 10:11:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm just about ready to move on my system and I think I have it nailed down but as always I would like to check with the experts and make sure everything looks good. I'm mostly looking to be set for a few years with a rig that can play anything I throw at it. What do you guys think of this:

CPU: i5 2500k with a hyper 212 EVO

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I'm not sure of the effect of IOPS on SSDS. Would it be worth $30 more to get this drive instead:

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Either a GTX 570 or 580 if I can get a coupon from Microcenter. Thinking EVGA for the step-up option, like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide 400r. Love the look and cable routing tools. Does the fact that it's a mid tower mean I will be cramped for space at all?


I'm mostly curious about mobos, as it's hard to get a good read on them from ratings. There always seems to be some sort of issue with each board. From what I gather, as long as it's not DOA people love the one I linked but I am definitely open to suggestions. Does everything here seem to match up? I want to make sure I'm not missing some little spec that doesn't work well together or an obvious upgrade/downgrade.

Thanks everyone, you guys are are great for helping those of us who are less experienced. I really appreciate it!
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2012 1:18:23 AM

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Case: Corsair Carbide 400r. Love the look and cable routing tools. Does the fact that it's a mid tower mean I will be cramped for space at all?


Excellent choice - Corsair cases are very well designed. I have the Graphite 600T and it's big enough that it can house any fan, video card, PSU, any number of hard drives, and has excellent air flow. The Carbide 400R has removable drive cages (I think) and you can remove one of them if your video card is too big.

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I'm not sure of the effect of IOPS on SSDS. Would it be worth $30 more to get this drive instead:


The Chronos would be a far better pick than the Agility 3 would be - those are not good drives. And OCZ either has a really good or really bad track record depending on what parts you pick. The Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 you should also check out. Alternately you could drop the HD to a 64GB and invest the difference in getting a second mechanical HD - I know HD prices are ridiculous right now (and will be for some time due to the shortage) but it's a better solution because 120GB will fill up really quickly and you'll regret not having the extra space.

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PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703022
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply


That's an excellent PSU pick but it's meant for servers. I think this is the one you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GPU: Either a GTX 570 or 580 if I can get a coupon from Microcenter. Thinking EVGA for the step-up option, like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130595


You certainly can't go wrong with EVGA - one of the best in the business IMO.

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RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.811261
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2


Don't get low voltage RAM unless you're absolutely sure it meets the guidelines stated in the manufacturer's QVL (qualified vendor list). You get the wrong RAM and that has the potential to be disastrous (and Intel is really strict on RMA'ing CPUs because of memory reasons from what I've been told recently).

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I'm mostly curious about mobos, as it's hard to get a good read on them from ratings. There always seems to be some sort of issue with each board. From what I gather, as long as it's not DOA people love the one I linked but I am definitely open to suggestions. Does everything here seem to match up? I want to make sure I'm not missing some little spec that doesn't work well together or an obvious upgrade/downgrade.


You really can't trust the reviews on Newegg because every system is different, and someone is always going to find something wrong with something, and then complain about it. Where most of the problems lie is with installation errors - if you rush the install, you're gonna have problems - it's flat-out simple. If you really take your time and really check your connections and everything else, you'll be fine. I have that same board and I've been really impressed with the way that build turned out (paired it with an i3-2120, 16GB Corsair RAM, and a Cooler Master Hyper 212) and it's been blazing fast. I have the board - I know of the looping issue in question but I haven't seen it. The thing is building computers is like comedy - timing is everything.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2012 1:55:11 AM

but i think that pc power and cooling psu will do fine.
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January 22, 2012 2:15:56 AM

Thanks so much g-unit! I think I'm pretty set on everything except the RAM, then.

I'm a bit confused on the voltage thing. I didn't notice these were 1.25, should I go for a 1.5v set instead, like this:

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

There's a bundle on the Snipers but I an extra $20-30 bucks isn't a big deal if it will prevent some issues from popping up.
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