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January 24, 2012 12:04:18 AM

Ok so here it goes, i plan on building my first system and id appreciate any input from folks on some of the parts that iam considering for my build, any advice as far as parts that might be better or more compatible etc.. Also i dont have a complete build as thats what iam gradually working towards. Budget for the build isnt to much of an issue athough id like to try and keep it below $1500, also primary use will be for gaming on and offline, id like to be able to run dual screens, and dont plan on overclocking but would like to have the option to once ive read up on how stuff works and make a decision atfre becoming informed on stuff and also iam considering giving myself the option to expand to running SLI in the future.

Ok so here what iam looking at

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 -Motherboard

EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) (might go for a higher card and or something with 2GB's of mem maybe) -GPU
Model- 01G-P3-1567-KR

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge -CPU

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(PC3 12800) -RAM
Model- F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM or N82E16820231428 (these are the two i was looking at)

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA
6.0Gb/s 3.5" - HDD
Model- WD1502FAEX

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC -SSD
Model- SSDSC2MH120A2K5

ThermalTake 750W -PSU
Model- TPG-750M

Thanks for any and all help
January 24, 2012 12:07:46 AM

I would recommend XFX over Thermaltake when it comes to PSUs:

XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An aftermarket cooler would be a wise investment if you plan to overclock. Maybe one of these:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid RAM:

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 24, 2012 12:14:00 AM

Well, the Mobo is overkill, it is more name brand but still nice.

I'd suggest taking it down a bit, and toss in a better GPU
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January 24, 2012 2:29:02 AM

hpdeskjet said:
I would recommend XFX over Thermaltake when it comes to PSUs:

XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An aftermarket cooler would be a wise investment if you plan to overclock. Maybe one of these:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid RAM:

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will second the RAM and cooler recommendations here.

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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 -Motherboard


This is an OK choice but you have to keep in mind that it's an mATX board and if you're running dual video cards you will not have any further expandability options. Go with a full ATX board. This would be better for the same price (same board I have and really like it): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC -SSD
Model- SSDSC2MH120A2K5


This is a good choice for SSD but if you're using it as just a boot drive you could drop it to a 60 - 64GB and invest the difference elsewhere - maybe in the case, GPU, or cooling solution.

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ThermalTake 750W -PSU
Model- TPG-750M


I've actually heard Thermaltake makes pretty good PSUs depending on the model but you're better off going with something from Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, XFX, etc.

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Well, the Mobo is overkill, it is more name brand but still nice.

I'd suggest taking it down a bit, and toss in a better GPU


It's hardly overkill - what do you mean by "taking it down a bit"? The only way this board makes sense is if you're building a micro ATX system, it doesn't make sense on a mid or full tower.
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January 24, 2012 2:48:00 PM

@gunit
I was going off the "High End Mobo, Asus ROG"
P8p67 and things within that area give similar status, minus the brand name and sexy look.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 24, 2012 3:02:55 PM

Kleme said:
@gunit
I was going off the "High End Mobo, Asus ROG"
P8p67 and things within that area give similar status, minus the brand name and sexy look.


I'll agree with that. There's areas where it makes sense to use the GENE-Z (like this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/microatx-gaming-ove...) but for the most part it really doesn't make sense to use this board in a high end tower system.
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