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February 3, 2012 7:19:53 PM

Newbie here and I could use some advice.

Building a gaming PC and want to use the following components, but not locked in to anything:

Theraltake VL90001W2Z Armor 90 case
Intel Core i7 2600 Processor
Corsair CWCH60 Water Cooling
Western Digital WD5002AALX HD's, Raid 0
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Ram (16 Gigabytes)
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Motherboard
Windows 7 Premium
CoolerMaster RS-A00-80GAD3-US Power Supply
Lite-on iHBS212-08 Blue Ray/DVD
Gigabyte GV-R6850C-1GD Radeon HD 6850 (two)
Sound Card of some type
Possibly a 120GB SSD

Already have a gaming keyboard, mouse and HD monitor.

What say you. Are all of these components compatible? Any suggestions?

Thanks,
BobD

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February 3, 2012 7:31:41 PM

For gaming, the Hyperthreading on the i7-2600 isn't utilized and won't be for a long time, so drop down to the i5-2500/2400/2300.

IMHO, don't use RAID. If it fails, you can lose all your data and backing up everyday with fear is kind of pointless in my eyes.

For SSD of 120 GB, try the Crucial M4.

Cooler Master is a pretty meh PSU manufacturer. I recommend XFX, Antec, Corsair, and PCP&C. My personal recommendation is the Antec Earthwatts 750W Active PFC Power Supply for $85. Pretty cheap yet great quality if you ask me.

If you like that GIGABYTE Motherboard, you can consider the Z68XP-UD3.

The H50/60/70/80/100 are not very advanced compared to their air counterparts, like the Noctua, CM Hyper 212 EVO, and Thermaltake Frio. The diff in temp is barely 2C. I personally recommend the EVO I talked about for $35.

16GB of RAM for gaming, even if future-proofing, isn't needed. Games only utilize 4-6GB of that, so 8 GB is recommended. I say get the G.Skill Sniper 2 x 4GB 1.25v RAM.
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February 3, 2012 7:31:53 PM

the H60 is sorta pointless for a non-overclocking 2600. if you're getting the 2600, and not 2600K, stick to the stock cooler.

I'd suggest the $79 Hitachi or $84 Seagate versions of the 500G drives, far cheaper than the WD Blacks, or just get a seagate 1TB drive for about the same price as one of your originals.

the CoolerMaster 1000W PSU is seriously overkill on your build. For two 6850s, a 650W is sufficient

a sound card is unnecessary


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February 3, 2012 7:37:00 PM

If this is strictly for gaming ditch the i7, no use for it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i5-2500k

If you arent set on watercooling id get a hyper 212 evo, better performance or an par for less.

the 2 gigabyte cards need to go, get these instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MSI TF3 6950

or get this and just have 1 card and its the newest of the new
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 7950, 2nd fastest gpu out there.

16gb of ram is overkill but its cheap.

Getting 2 HDD in raid is bad idea. cost way too much atm. Id just get a good SSD and a small HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... crucial m4 128gb ssd

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
seagate barracuda HDD
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February 3, 2012 7:39:48 PM

Also get a new case not the A90. get say a Corsair Carbide 400r,500r or a Coolermaster haf 922
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February 3, 2012 7:44:20 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone. Not set on water cooling. Was looking at the i7 2600K. Like the SSD/HD Comboand will consider a single graphics card and smaller power supply.

BobD
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February 3, 2012 7:44:24 PM

OP, what is your budget?
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February 3, 2012 7:46:35 PM

Dont go too small on the PSU, you never EVER wanna skimp on the PSU. Always get more than what is needed due to the fact that power supplies degrade over time. I would def stick with something along the lines of 850-1000w just to be safe. Also the CM silent pro PSU's are good, very good.
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February 3, 2012 8:01:30 PM

i7 2600 can't be overclock, so no need to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler. I suggest you to buy the i5 2500K it can be overclock and buy an aftermarket CPU cooler. It's what I'm using now and I overclocked it at 4.7 GHZ.
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February 3, 2012 8:13:52 PM

Sorry, I meant the i7 2600K

Budget is up to $2500.00

Thanks!
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February 3, 2012 8:18:25 PM

Still ditch the i7, no need for it in games. Get the 2 6950 or 6970. Cant go wrong with 2 6970
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February 3, 2012 9:48:54 PM

actually, on that budget, for for a 7970
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February 4, 2012 12:03:55 AM

here's a build including keyboard, mouse, speakers, a monitor, and windows 7 for under $2000:

i5-2500K: $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 8: $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 + Win7: $216.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO: $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCz Agility III 240GB SSD SATA 3: $297.99. $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a HUGE SSD. should be able to hold most programs.

Seagate 2TB Green HDD: $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with the large SSD, the storage drive being a slower green drive isn't terrible, esp at this price.

HIS HD 7970 w/ Free DiRT 3: $549.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
why not the best?

Antec earthwatts 750W PSU: $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
overkill, but you might want to have two cards eventually

Link Depot Power cable: $3.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
since the antec doesn't have one

Rosewill Challenger U3: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill 4-pk of 120mm blue LED fans: $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
maximizes the fan count

Assus 23" 1920x1080 monitor: $169.99 w/ $10 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte keyboard & gaming mouse: $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Creative 5.1 surround sound set $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: $1929.85
shipping: $13.63

grand total: $1943.48.


you could add two more monitors @ $169.99 each, bringing the total to $2283.46
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February 4, 2012 3:58:35 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'm getting it all down and re-assesing my list. I expect to make several big changes!

Thanks again.

BobD
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February 4, 2012 5:09:59 PM

Dont get Patriot ram they suck. Get Corsair,kingston or G.skill. anything at 1600mhz. Like the Vengeance, Hyper x blu or the g.skill ripjaw
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