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January 29, 2012 3:41:26 PM

Hello everyone, going to build my first PC with a friend of mine and I'd just like to make sure that everything looks good on paper first. If anyone could tell me if there are any compatibility issues or glaring mistakes it would be very much appreciated. The specs are as follows:

1) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

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

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

4) COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

5) Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

6) EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

7) Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

8) COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX

9) SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Some questions that I have are; should I go with 16 GB of memory and if so what kind, does this build show good potential for upgrading in the future like getting a second gpu and such, and most importantly, am I missing anything that would make this build not run the best that it could?

Thank you very much and any and all tips/information are appreciated :) 

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January 29, 2012 4:08:50 PM

Everything should work fine together, and 8GB is fine if you're just gaming. If you plan to do other things like CAD work then yes the more memory the better, but from the looks of it the system looks more gaming oriented so in that case 8GB is more then enough.

And yes your system will support two GPU's, at x8/x8 bandwidth. One thing i would suggest in an aftermarket cooler especially if you plan to overclock, but even if you don't you could grab a nice cheap aftermarket cooler to throw on there for extra cooling on the 2600K. Maybe like a Corsair H60 which is $70 on Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also i would change out the PSU over to the cheaper Corsair TX V2 850W PSU. Cooler Masters stuff isn't to bad, but i'd still go Corsair any time i can especially when it's cheaper, granted it is not 80 Plus Gold efficient, but i don't consider that much of a big deal for the overall quality you get with Corsair power supplys. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 29, 2012 4:29:08 PM

as1985 said:
Hello everyone, going to build my first PC with a friend of mine and I'd just like to make sure that everything looks good on paper first. If anyone could tell me if there are any compatibility issues or glaring mistakes it would be very much appreciated. The specs are as follows:

1) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

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

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

4) COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

5) Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

6) EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

7) Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

8) COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX

9) SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Some questions that I have are; should I go with 16 GB of memory and if so what kind, does this build show good potential for upgrading in the future like getting a second gpu and such, and most importantly, am I missing anything that would make this build not run the best that it could?

Thank you very much and any and all tips/information are appreciated :) 



I think everything in your system spec's are okay, if you plan to play heavy games and stuff, you have to consider buying an aftermarket CPU cooler like Cooler Master hyper 212 Plus and buy another 120 mm fan for push and pull for the heatsink. That way you can overclock the i5 2500K up to 4.7 GHZ and adjust the CPU Vcore voltage not more than 1.5v. For the memory, I suggest you make it 16 GB of RAM. I am using G-Skill Rip Jaws X-Series (4X4GB RAM) PC 12800 1600MHZ.
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January 29, 2012 4:46:36 PM

Thank you both very much for your info and I think I will get an after market cooler as well as switch the power supply. For the extra little bit of money it seems I could get a really nice performance boost so thank you once again for that :) 

As far as the memory goes, I was originally going to go with 16 GB but after reading the specs on my mobo I thought it only supported dual channel memory but all of the 16 GB memory items looked like quad channel kits. Would the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory be supported by my motherboard or would I have to go with 2x8 GB item if I wanted 16 GBs of memory?
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January 29, 2012 6:33:06 PM

In other words; can my mobo support that quad channel 16 GB memory kit or do I have to stick with a dual channel memory kit like an 8 GBx2 kit? I know the motherboard states it can support up to 32 GB of memory.

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January 29, 2012 6:52:50 PM

as1985 said:
In other words; can my mobo support that quad channel 16 GB memory kit or do I have to stick with a dual channel memory kit like an 8 GBx2 kit? I know the motherboard states it can support up to 32 GB of memory.

Thank you


It will support both kits fine, but the 4x4GB kit will only run in single channel mode, it would be better to get the 2x8GB kit as it will run in dual channel and it will also look better too.

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January 29, 2012 6:58:34 PM

Awesome, thank you!
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January 29, 2012 7:13:51 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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