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Before I click !!! Final thoughts on my first build!

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January 24, 2012 6:29:15 PM

After many changes, thanks to the forum, I have this in my wishlist on www.newegg.com and willl purchase tomarrow.
Does anyone have any last minute suggestions?

Intel i5 2500k 179.99 @ Microcenter ( a bit powerful for my needs but I can get it at a great price)

Everything else from Newegg;

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ( i know this card is uderpowered but i wont be doing much gaming and it will suffice)

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL


Thanks Again !!!
January 24, 2012 6:42:18 PM

The build sounds great! It is very similar to mine and I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am. I have the i5 2500k, same mobo and same memory. My original PSU quite working and I switched to the Seasonic M12II 620w bronze. I wanted the one you got but it was a little more money. I think you will be blown away with the performance of this machine.

The ASRock extreme 3 gen 3 was a great choice and I couldn't be happier with it. It looks great and the reliability of it has been great. Not to mention the CMOS reset switch on the back has saved me during OC'ing and Bios work.

January 24, 2012 6:47:56 PM

Do you need a DVD burner or an aftermarket CPU HSF in case you overclock?
Looks good.
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January 24, 2012 6:51:45 PM

trispir said:
The build sounds great! It is very similar to mine and I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am. I have the i5 2500k, same mobo and same memory. My original PSU quite working and I switched to the Seasonic M12II 620w bronze. I wanted the one you got but it was a little more money. I think you will be blown away with the performance of this machine.

The ASRock extreme 3 gen 3 was a great choice and I couldn't be happier with it. It looks great and the reliability of it has been great. Not to mention the CMOS reset switch on the back has saved me during OC'ing and Bios work.



Thanks good to hear that your build is working great since they are so similar! I have made so many changes from suggestions on the forum so cant take too much credit.

The PSU is on sale for 69.99, i chose because of the great price for 620w and 80+ bronze.
January 24, 2012 6:53:46 PM

Why add a gaming card if you're not gaming? Seems like your money would be put to better use with a small SSD for boot & apps. The intel graphics are great on the z68, I use two 22" LCD's on a z68 board and love it.
January 24, 2012 6:55:39 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
Do you need a DVD burner or an aftermarket CPU HSF in case you overclock?
Looks good.



Forgot to mention that i have a 1yr old dvd burner that i will use.

I probably should get a HSF in case i ever decide to overclock. Thanks
January 24, 2012 7:01:06 PM

cody206 said:
Why add a gaming card if you're not gaming? Seems like your money would be put to better use with a small SSD for boot & apps. The intel graphics are great on the z68, I use two 22" LCD's on a z68 board and love it.



I may omit the GPU and have thought about an ssd.
Is a 60GB good enough for boot @ apps, and is it really that much faster?

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January 24, 2012 9:01:22 PM
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Its tremendously faster. Make sure you get a SATA-III compatible unit for 6 GB/sec transfer and enable TRIM. You can't ignore the performance gain, you'll notice it immediately. My system cold boots < 10 secs
January 25, 2012 1:17:15 PM

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January 25, 2012 1:47:51 PM

cody206 said:
Its tremendously faster. Make sure you get a SATA-III compatible unit for 6 GB/sec transfer and enable TRIM. You can't ignore the performance gain, you'll notice it immediately. My system cold boots < 10 secs



Great thanks for the info I am adding the

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
it is SATA III6gb per sec and Trim capable.

back into my cart and omitting the caviar blue 500gb for now. I have an 300gb external HD I can use for storage for the time being, and will wait for prices to fall and then get a 1tb internal.
January 25, 2012 3:33:15 PM

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