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January 30, 2012 8:04:49 AM

Okay, So I'm 15 and im building my First ever gaming rig that i have spent a while saving up for, I'm looking for advice and Opinions on this build. So, please help me out with the parts.

Heres My thoughts, part wise on my PC

Intel i5-2500k Oc'ed to 4ghz
CoolerMaster HAF X Case
Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen 3 ( For Upgrades later on )
Seagate Barracuda 2TB Drive
Corsair Vengence 16gb DDR3 Memory ( 4x4gb ) ( Overkill, i know )
Samsung SATA DVDRW Optical Drive
Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000W PSU ( So there's room for upgrade )
Asus 24inch widescreen LED monitor
CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200 Blue x 2
BitFenix Spectre 230mm Black Tinted Blue LED Fan x 2
Lian Li 140mm Blue LED Fan CF-1412A
Scythe Kaze Master Ace 5.25" Fan Controller Black
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 2GB x 2 ( For SLI )
Enermax ETS-T40-TA CPU Cooler


In Case you Havn't already caught on, im going air cooling and i want it to glow blue, hence the Blue LED fans, I'm also Possibly buying the fan controller to keep them under control.

I've Gone the 2gb Gtx 560ti So i Can play games that require more VRAM then others on max, ( Battlefield 3 Ultra, Hence need 2gb ), I've also gone SLI because, i would like the extra performance boost that it provides.

Again, I would like helpful advice on any part of my build mainly my GPU because i could use help to tell me if it's worth it, But comment on any part of my build because i need advice before i order it.

Most of this will be ordered via PC Case Gear.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps out.


Apologies for any typos ;) 

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January 30, 2012 8:22:02 AM

if your ordering the whole build you should get it from superbiiz . its cheaper than pccg even with shipping.
January 30, 2012 8:24:45 AM

Its a great build.If ill be in your place ill buy an 580 for now and buy another one for SLI later.
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January 30, 2012 8:44:26 AM

16GB is overkill(you know it ;)  )so get a 8GB kit.i heard many bad things about CM silent pro psus.Silent pro GOLD series is good(personal experience :D ).if you like blue color than go with HAF X blue edition.for gpu i would suggest a single 7970.it's enough for any game at 1080p.Crossfire later.HDD prices are high ATM.go with a cheap 500GB drive and a small 60~64 GB SSD for your OS and "main game".loading times are insanely fast.i am not familiar with enermax heatsinks.hopefully they are good but i would suggest hyper 212 EVO.installation is a easy,high performance and hardly any con.
January 30, 2012 8:50:16 AM
January 30, 2012 8:54:25 AM

im sure hes from Australia since hes getting the parts from pccg
January 30, 2012 8:56:51 AM

@subrata,
OP wants a gaming rig.2500k will do fine.that asus mobo is a good one.not sure about one you suggested.that gfx is out of stock.no point of spending $200 on a 1 TB HDD.OCZ SSDs are famous for their failures.OP has decided HAF X so why 912?
January 30, 2012 9:05:42 AM

You are spending all that hard saved money on fancies.
If 4ghz OC is what you are aiming for you don't need all that airflow. In fact you don't even need an asus mobo. the asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 is suitable for what you are doing here.
The case you want to get costs 200$ and that is an extra 150-130$ from a quite ok computer case like the Antec 300 illusion or cooler master 912 or a rosewill i don't remember the name for.
If you would stick with one gfx card the psu you chose is totally unneeded. Even 2x560ti will roughly need about 750watts and that is with everything on the system overclocked. Also Coolermaster PSUs are a bad choice. Seasonic, Enermax, Cougar, Lepa, Antec, Corsair, XFX, OCZ are quite ok (in this order presented).

4x4 gb of ram is a waste of money and it follows the scheme of the rest of your build. You buy a mansion and 3 furniture. Put more ram, more wattage, more airflow, more lights and bells and whistles, your computer is still going to struggle if you leave it with that single gfx card.

I would say either go all the way with 2x6950 1gb or wait for the rebranded 7970's.
January 30, 2012 9:07:58 AM

also not to mention that you could go for a smaller hdd and with the accumulated saved money you can get a big fat ssd. All these are vasts improvements to your gaming experience son.
If you really want blue lights just set up a couple of those nice diodes.
January 30, 2012 10:18:16 AM

here's my suggestion-
cpu-2500k-$230
gfx-HD7970-$600
hdd-caviar blue 500gb-$85
ssd-m4 128gb-$220
ram-ripjaws x 8gb-$60
monitor-asus 23.6"-$175
mobo-p8z68 pro/gen3-$200
extra case fans-thermalright 120mm fan x2-$26
case nzxt phantom full tower-$180
psu-strider 80+ silver 850w-$160
cooler-noctua nh-d14-$95
total-$2124.all prices are from pccasegear.com
explanation-2500k is enough for gaming and multi tasking.7970 is a top notch card with 3gb vram.fast enough to max out any game at 1080p.HDD prices are high ATM.go with that 500gb for now,that ssd is very reliable and fast enough.8GB is more than enough.full hd monitor from a reputed brand.that mobo is fantastic.future upgrade ready with uefi bios for better overclocking.to improve air flow add those silent fans to the case.phantom is one of the best tower.it looks sexy,roomy enough and cheap in comparison to others.dh-14 is a high performance air cooler.you can easily go above 4Ghz with it.
all the best.
January 30, 2012 11:10:28 AM

There are some great choices on that list. I won't argue with you on aesthetics... if you want a blue CM HAF X... you go for it. Over in the states they can get blue edition HAF X, over here you have to build em yourself. One thing I would ask... if you haven't seen the HAF X in person, go a check it out 1st because it's massive.

A couple of things I would personally change to bring that budget back under control:

MOBO: If you are more comfortable with Asus... seriously have a look down the list of features. The ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 (not pro) is pretty similar and $45 less.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W = Ample for SLI gtx560Ti's. (750w would be enough). And it's modular.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 1600C9 8GB = OK so I know you want that 16GB kit coz it blue right... Trust me with all those LED Fans your case will be glowing so much you won't even see the RAM. Don't get the 8GB blue kit with the tall heat sinks!!! They can get in the road of your CPU Cooler.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Are you looking at the 2GB 'Green' Seagate model? If so don't get it. Green means slower... which would be a shame with all the other fast parts your looking at :)  Prices are a little crazy at the moment. I'd get the 1TB (or even 500GB) for now and wait for prices to normalize and then get something better quality, like Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 612 = Awesome performance (not blue...damn). Just a personal favourite for that price range.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

January 31, 2012 4:58:49 AM

Okay so thanks for your input everyone. Here ( after a days deliberation and scanning the web for reviews and things ) are my new choices;

Intel Core i5 2500K Intel Core i5 2500K
Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 2GB MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 2GB x 2 ( Still going SLI ) ;) 
ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 Motherboard ( for the future )
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS
Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Corsair TX-850M Modular Power Supply
NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Black NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Black
CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200 Blue x 2 FANS :D 
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler ( Help me OC )
Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD

Not Bad at all.

I changed the case, the ram amount, Got an ssd, changed psu, Lowered sdd size.

Im still keeping the SLI'ed 560ti's because im only gaming on 1080p and the hd 7970 has only just come out and im slightly biased and prefer nvidia ;)  ( Not a fanboy, slightly biased )

Any more feedback would be appreciated
January 31, 2012 6:59:57 AM

this looks much better now. 560ti SLI creates micro stuttering. It is not a big deal but i thought you should know. 570/6950/6970 don't present that problem.
January 31, 2012 8:02:51 AM

Very nice list.

Just checking where your going with the 2 x 200mm Fans.

The case comes with 1 x 200mm LED fan at the top. You can change out the smaller fans on the side for 1 x 200mm. Where are you putting the other one?
January 31, 2012 9:38:07 AM

Nah, I'm good with the 560ti's, watched some videos and read some opinions, rather good and not very noticeable micro stuttering.

One of the Fans goes in the side
January 31, 2012 10:20:34 AM

wouldn't it make sense not to start with sli because you cant add a 3rd card so you will have to replace them . the first build i suggested has almost 4x the performance of this one .
January 31, 2012 10:55:38 AM

You might want to avoid side fans. just to humor you, have at it, then check temps without it. Who knows, i might even be wrong.
January 31, 2012 8:56:29 PM

might go 580 then......maybe
January 31, 2012 9:01:24 PM

if you want to go 580... better wait for 7950. tomshardware in a latest preview shows you'll pay less and gain more.
February 1, 2012 3:05:04 AM

3820 - 285
Asrock Extreme3 2011 - 215
Corsair XMS 4x4GB Cas 9 1333 - 80
Seagate 2TB Green - 130
OCZ Synapse 64GB - 120
Gigabyte 7970 - 560
CM 850 Silent Pro - 130
Silverstone Raven RV02E-BW - $180
Noctua NH-D14 2011 - 90
Samsung s27A750 - 500

Total: $2290

A single 7970 is more than enough to push any single monitor resolution with ease. This build features a Cache SSD solution, 27" 1920x1080 120hz for increased 2D play and 3D support, the Z79 chipset for future proofing.

I could also put together a 3x 1920x1200 IPS Eyefinity rig for $2300 bucks if you have any interest in that.
February 1, 2012 3:51:02 AM

going hd7970, now, ty for ur input...I am "CONTENT".....
thx for feedback guys ;) 
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