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January 28, 2012 3:22:43 PM

Hi Guys, this is gonna be my first attempt to build a PC myself. Please give me some advice and see if my build works. This rig is mainly for playing Starcraft 2 and some daily tasks such as surfing internet and using MS Office for work. I do open a lot of windows when I work with Excel due to my profession. I found that Excel can be very slow sometimes with the dell computer I have in my office. First of all, I need some advice on the MOBO. Should I get a Asus Z68 gen3 or gen3 is useless? I have no idea if I should overclock my cpu and gpu. Is a single 570 at clock is enough for SC2? I do plan on put another 570 in my rig later on when it gets cheap. Is 922 a big enough case or I should go for 932? I was also wondering if I should get i2600K because I run many apps(again MS Office, browsers and maybe itune) at same time. I already have a brand new seasonic X750. Do you guys think it will be enough for future 570 SLI? Any input will be appreciated. Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: the closer the better

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, MS Office w/ 10+ window, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

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... " target="_blank">

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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January 28, 2012 3:52:40 PM

The i5 overclocks easily, and I'd recommend that you do that, since sc2 is CPU-limited. That said, a single 570 should be able to handle that game with ease...

I personally would go with 16GB of RAM, but then again I plan on either running virtual machines, or using half of that as a ramdisk to decrease loading times...

I also didn't see a PSU listed, you'll want one. 1000W should be more than enough for anything you want to do in the future. Look for one that has a 140mm fan, those'll be the quietest

It looks like your case has a bunch of giant fans, that should mean that it can run reasonably quietly...

I don't really have experience with high-capacity SSDs, but that one looks fine. As a bonus, it'll be quieter than a mechanical hard disk (obviously), although I'd recommend that you have some type of backup in place...

With your cooler, one of the reviewers reported overclocking an i5 to 4.2GHz.
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January 28, 2012 4:44:20 PM

chrisx22 said:
Hi Guys, this is gonna be my first attempt to build a PC myself. Please give me some advice and see if my build works. This rig is mainly for playing Starcraft 2 and some daily tasks such as surfing internet and using MS Office for work. I do open a lot of windows when I work with Excel due to my profession. I found that Excel can be very slow sometimes with the dell computer I have in my office. First of all, I need some advice on the MOBO. Should I get a Asus Z68 gen3 or gen3 is useless? I have no idea if I should overclock my cpu and gpu. Is a single 570 at clock is enough for SC2? I do plan on put another 570 in my rig later on when it gets cheap. Is 922 a big enough case or I should go for 932? I was also wondering if I should get i2600K because I run many apps(again MS Office, browsers and maybe itune) at same time. I already have a brand new seasonic X750. Do you guys think it will be enough for future 570 SLI? Any input will be appreciated. Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: the closer the better

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, MS Office w/ 10+ window, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA


I also just built my own PC gaming Rig last December 2011 and this is my System Spec's:

INTEL i5 2500k OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ

MOTHERBOARD: BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH 1155 SOCKET
CPU: INTEL i5 2500K OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ
MEMORY: 16GB PC3 12800 1600GHZ G-SKILL RIPJAWS X SERIES
VIDEO CARD: ASUS EN9500GT 128 BIT 1GB MEMORY
PC CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 BLACK EDITION
PSU: OCZ MODXSTREAM 700 WATTS MODULAR 80+ CERTIFIED
OPTICAL DRIVE: LITE-ON 24X DVD WRITER/READER OEM
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS
HDD: 160 GB AND 200 GB HITACHI DECKSTAR 7200 RPM
NZXT SENTRY 2 TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER
KEYBOARD/MOUSE: GEAR HEAD WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
PC SPEAKER: 2.1 CHANNEL BOSE COMPANION 5
OS: WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM OEM

DATE OF COMPLETION: DECEMBER 6, 2011


COST OF BUILT

MOTHERBOARD: BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH 1155 SOCKET 120.00
CPU: INTEL i5 2500K OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ 195.00
MEMORY: 16GB PC3 12800 1600GHZ G-SKILL RIPJAWS X SERIES 60.00
VIDEO CARD: ASUS EN9500GT 128 BIT 1GB MEMORY 70.00
PC CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 BLACK EDITION 140.00
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS 40.00
HDD: 160 GB AND 200 GB HITACHI DECKSTAR 7200 RPM 100.00
NZXT SENTRY 2 TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER 22.00
KEYBOARD/MOUSE: GEAR HEAD WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE 21.00
PC SPEAKER: 2.1 CHANNEL BOSE COMPANION 5 400.00
OS: WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM OEM 100.00
TOTAL $1268.00


Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

The easiest method is to paste the label on one line and then paste the link below it.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank">

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... " target="_blank">

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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January 28, 2012 5:16:31 PM

Hey thanks for the input man. I guess I will oc the i5 then. I do have a PSU listed. (I messed up the line when I edited my post) It's a seasonic x750 gold 750w. Is it not enough?

killersquirel11 said:
The i5 overclocks easily, and I'd recommend that you do that, since sc2 is CPU-limited. That said, a single 570 should be able to handle that game with ease...

I personally would go with 16GB of RAM, but then again I plan on either running virtual machines, or using half of that as a ramdisk to decrease loading times...

I also didn't see a PSU listed, you'll want one. 1000W should be more than enough for anything you want to do in the future. Look for one that has a 140mm fan, those'll be the quietest

It looks like your case has a bunch of giant fans, that should mean that it can run reasonably quietly...

I don't really have experience with high-capacity SSDs, but that one looks fine. As a bonus, it'll be quieter than a mechanical hard disk (obviously), although I'd recommend that you have some type of backup in place...

With your cooler, one of the reviewers reported overclocking an i5 to 4.2GHz.

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January 28, 2012 5:29:10 PM

Your build looks good to go and all the parts are ones that I would have suggested for your build anyway. You will be very happy with that build and the power supply is a good choice as well.
I don't know if you are considering adding a second video card for SLI but if you do then the power supply would have to be increased to at least a 850w or even 1000w , Seasonic doesn't make a 900-w or 950w so you would be going from a 850w to a 1050w , but that is only if you are going with SLI.
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January 28, 2012 5:29:15 PM

I used Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus CPU cooler and can handle 4.7 GHZ CPU clock. The Temp will not even go higher than 60 degrees Celcius on full load.
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January 28, 2012 8:34:37 PM

Appreciate the input man. I'm a little uncertain about my MOBO choice. Do you think it's good for my build?


inzone said:
Your build looks good to go and all the parts are ones that I would have suggested for your build anyway. You will be very happy with that build and the power supply is a good choice as well.
I don't know if you are considering adding a second video card for SLI but if you do then the power supply would have to be increased to at least a 850w or even 1000w , Seasonic doesn't make a 900-w or 950w so you would be going from a 850w to a 1050w , but that is only if you are going with SLI.

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January 28, 2012 8:58:51 PM

Yes I do and it has all the good stuff like pci-e 3.0 and 4 sata 3 ports , 8 channel audio and up to quad SLI support. Asus is also great for overclocking and I have always found it very easy to do with thier motherboards. Lots of options in the bios.
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