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January 26, 2012 1:39:55 AM

Case: * CoolerMaster Storm Trooper Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 200mm Fan, Integrated Fan Controller, Front USB 3.0 & X-Dock, and Easy Carry Handle [+127]

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA)

Noise Reduction Technology: None

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-210]

Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None

Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Ultimate OC (Ultimate Overclock 30% or more) [+99]

Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant

Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Intel Z68 mATX Mainboard w/ ROG Connect, Lucid Virtu and Intel SRT & 7.1 SupremeFX Audio, Intel GbLAN, HDMI, USB 3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2x Gen3 PCIe X16 & 1 PCIe X4 (All Venom OC Certified) [+96]

Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: 60GB Corsair Force Series SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 550MB/s Read & 510MB/s Write [+122] (Single Drive)

Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked [+13])

Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+256] (EVGA Superclocked [+13])

Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+103]

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Data Hard Drive: None

Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

This is my first build, and I was wondering if it is any good. Im willing to spend around $2100 dollars at most not including tax. Any help would be greatly appreciated as im pretty new to all of this. Thanks in advance:) 

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January 26, 2012 2:16:38 AM

Everything is great but i reccomend building your own pc regardless of your expirience
And i would reccomend 4gbx2 instead of the 2gbx4 less heat although not much but still
U really dont need to overclock your gpus they are good enough as is

P.S this is an awsome build but do it yourself
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January 26, 2012 2:23:39 AM

Okay thank you so much for the advice!
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January 26, 2012 7:37:40 PM

Giby said:
Everything is great but i reccomend building your own pc regardless of your expirience
And i would reccomend 4gbx2 instead of the 2gbx4 less heat although not much but still
U really dont need to overclock your gpus they are good enough as is

P.S this is an awsome build but do it yourself



That is a very poor recommendation in my opinion. Due to point 1:

1) Recommend building it himself regardless of experience? Bad call.
2) In regards to the RAM you main concern is not heat but future expansion. If you use 4x2GB ram chips you will use 4 slots. If you use 2x4GB ram you will still have those other 2 slots open for future expansion.

3) Don't pay for overclocking. With the i5 you will be fine. It is very very easy to do, there are even GUI programs that will assist you. Use that $100 else ware.

4) Liquid cooling is nice, but requires maintenance. If you are not comfortable building a computer yourself you should ire on the side of caution in this respect. There are fan's that will cool your processor just as well that don't require the maintenance in the same price range or cheaper. The i5 is pretty good on heat and doesn't require liquid cooling.

5) In my personal opinion I would drop the Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68 purchase a Crucial M4 from Newegg. This component is very easy to install and Crucial has videos on their site on exactly how to do it step by step.

6) Unless you did it for the blue LED fans specifically.. I would not use the Enermax. I would go with the stock max case fan upgrade. Why? Because though the Enermax fans are slightly quieter the trade off is the amount of air being moved. The trade off is cooling vs noise level and again in my personal opinion... the reduction in noise does not constitute the loss of air movement.
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January 26, 2012 9:05:56 PM

I say that because i because all u really need to do is some research and follow instructions to build a computer but liquid colling is really not necessary unless u plan on overclocking like crazy
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January 26, 2012 9:16:12 PM

there are guides all over the internet on how to Build a computer correctly and its not hard at all. for 2k you can get a near maxed out system compaired to a pretty good one.
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January 26, 2012 9:48:28 PM

And with overclocking AI being pretty good nowadays you should be able to overclock it better than whoever you are buying it from. here is what i would do if i had that money:

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper ~ $130
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 ~ $110
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge ~ $230
CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme ~ $65 as said before there are Heatsinks that disperse heat as well as watercooling does with the i5/i7 CPU's this is the best and coolest one and should allow you to overclock high into the 4-5ghz range.
CPU cooling: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound ~ $13 to mount the heatsink
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 ~ $240 great card with lots of overclocking headroom!
GPU2: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 ~ $240 great card with lots of overclocking headroom!
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ~ $40
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ~ $130
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive ~ $190 Great SSD performance.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $170
Disk Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner ~ $19
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit ~ $140

Total: ~ $1717 + shipping (was $25 for me)

this system will Play EVERYTHING MAX SETTINGS averaging 60FPS on the hardest games. after overclocking however it would rarely ever drop below 60FPS meaning you are seeing the very best graphics possible on a single 1080p (1920X1200) screen. Also this supports Eyefinity so you should be able to play everything on up to three screens smoothly if you ever were to get 3 HD screens. Motherboard has all the newest technology and can overclock as well as any other overclocking motherboard. hope this helps you make the choice to get your hands dirty and make your own computer!
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January 26, 2012 10:04:19 PM

thank you guys for all the help! especially with the suggestions about cooling because that was where I was most confused!
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January 27, 2012 5:04:44 AM

twood16 said:
thank you guys for all the help! especially with the suggestions about cooling because that was where I was most confused!


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