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January 23, 2012 12:40:25 PM

Does anyone have any concerns or suggestions with this build before I start buying today?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm $54.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... 179.99 Microcenter

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ... (I may omit for the time being and add a GPU at a later date)
$169.99

SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$79.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
$49.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99

744.93 with rebates
594.94 omitting GPU

Thanks !!! :hello: 
January 23, 2012 12:48:54 PM

Looks to be a pretty solid build, might look at G-Skill ram and save yourself a coupla bucks, and possibly some headaches, been reading that Corsair has a pretty high failure rate.
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January 23, 2012 12:51:05 PM

Vengeance RAM is overkill.

Not much difference to the XPS RAM. Save some money there.

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January 23, 2012 12:55:41 PM

Corsair ram does not have a high failure rate. It would be my first choice, although Mushkin, Gskill and Kingston are all very good too.

You could get a stronger psu with the same ratings for less money. 10a more on the 12v rail.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This mobo allows Xfire/SLI and PCI 3.0 for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That ugly case, well that's your decision.

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January 23, 2012 1:22:05 PM

jeremyp1979 said:
Looks to be a pretty solid build, might look at G-Skill ram and save yourself a coupla bucks, and possibly some headaches, been reading that Corsair has a pretty high failure rate.

Indeed, I love Corsair and have used them for years (1998?), but my last build had a stick of bad ram, and it took near a month to get the new set back. gSkill has similar problems though.

Other than that it looks like a great build. I may up the power supply to 550-600W just in case you end up buying a larger, or 2 smaller GPUs instead of the one you are currently looking at, but 500W should be fine for the build as it stands now.
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January 23, 2012 4:59:06 PM

geekapproved said:
Corsair ram does not have a high failure rate. It would be my first choice, although Mushkin, Gskill and Kingston are all very good too.

You could get a stronger psu with the same ratings for less money. 10a more on the 12v rail.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This mobo allows Xfire/SLI and PCI 3.0 for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That ugly case, well that's your decision.



Any case suggestions for easy building?
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January 23, 2012 5:05:57 PM

FWIW, I say +1 to geekapproved's hardware changes, especially that PSU.

As for building, go slow, pay attention to cable routing, and try to plan it out, not deal with it when everything is in place. Also, put the processor and CPU heatsink in the mobo BEFORE putting the mobo in the case.
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January 23, 2012 5:20:15 PM

Most cases are pretty easy to work with. If you want one that is really easy then go for a 'tool-less' case, but for the most part (unless something goes terribly wrong) you should only be opening your case up 1-2x a year to fight the war on dust. Obviously, the larger the better, but most mid-towers are roomie enough.
That said, I really like some of the cases Corsair has been putting out. They look really slick, and at least look easy to work with. Personally I use a Thermaltake v3 Black Edition, which I got a few years back for $30-40 (replaced my 10 year old case... which is still sadly in use lol). But I rarely look at my computer, so it is hard to justify buying a case that costs as much as some of the components inside it.
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January 23, 2012 6:34:42 PM

I just changed my ssd selection to

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Really good deal for almost twice the size.


I may just go with COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

It looks to be well reviewed and inexpensive.

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January 23, 2012 6:36:40 PM

geekapproved said:
Corsair ram does not have a high failure rate. It would be my first choice, although Mushkin, Gskill and Kingston are all very good too.

You could get a stronger psu with the same ratings for less money. 10a more on the 12v rail.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This mobo allows Xfire/SLI and PCI 3.0 for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That ugly case, well that's your decision.



I changed the ram to;
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D

I may change to the psu that you suggested but dont like that it isnt modular.
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January 24, 2012 4:14:40 PM

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January 24, 2012 6:14:28 PM

Modular really isn't going to make much difference, today's cases you can tuck the extra cables away.

I actually switched from modular to non modular.

Good budget cases I always suggest, ANtec 300 and Haf 912.
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January 24, 2012 6:46:53 PM

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