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My Desktop Build - Your Opinions?

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February 8, 2012 10:35:57 AM

Case:
SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-W Matte Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
147.99

CPU:
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...
229.99
+
EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
49.99

GPU:
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC 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...
369.99

PSU:
OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
89.99

SSD:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
90.00

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
79.99

+ some Scythe fans and flashy lights.

- Still Looking for HDD 7200RPM

Any pointers for my build?

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February 8, 2012 11:12:10 AM

PSU - Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. XFX has some good deals going with rebates at the moment. 650w is penty of power for a single GPU. Look toward an 850w if planning on a SLI upgrade down the road.

CPU Cooler - The Hyper 212 EVO will do just as good at $15 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM - Skip the tall heat spreaders on the memory. No need for them and they impeed good airflow as well as get in the way of some CPU coolers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB - What do you plan on using?
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February 8, 2012 11:29:47 AM

Would definitely go with a corsiair psu. The hyper 212 will do the same for 30 bucks. You should also look into some smaller ram. The vengeance is to tall and won't fit in with alot of CPU coolers. if your going to get a ssd look at the crucial m4 they have alot better reliability. All I've heard is bad things about the ocz's.
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February 8, 2012 2:58:59 PM


Oh yeah, forgot
MB:
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...
204.99

And as far as the heat sinks on the ram, it feels like there are so many different opinions on them. I have seen benchmarks going both ways. Ill look into it a little more.

I have seen a lot of good reviews on OCZ ZS Series lately...as well as their new gen SSD's, also it almost doubles the speed of the crucial SSD's. Ill look into that.

And im a little 1 sided about the heat sink...due to how good it looks :D 

Thanks for the input!
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February 8, 2012 5:03:23 PM

Plzwait1sec said:
Oh yeah, forgot
MB:
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...
204.99

And as far as the heat sinks on the ram, it feels like there are so many different opinions on them. I have seen benchmarks going both ways. Ill look into it a little more.

I have seen a lot of good reviews on OCZ ZS Series lately...as well as their new gen SSD's, also it almost doubles the speed of the crucial SSD's. Ill look into that.

And im a little 1 sided about the heat sink...due to how good it looks :D 

Thanks for the input!


I got that motherboard and it works really good. Asus has a easy to use bios system for beginners. No matter what SSD you go with its going to be fast. My windows loads up in about 8 seconds on my SSD. Starcraft loads a level in about 5 seconds. So either way speed is going to be fast. Its a good chunk on change to throw down for such little space so i would go with the more reliable brand. Plus crucial has 64gb compared to 60gb. I dont think heatsinks for the ram is a must, and ive seen alot of videos with people having problems installing there ram with there CPU cooler because its so tall and hits the fan.

Take a look at this RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It looks great with the mobo, since its matches the blue perfectly. Plus its a good reliable brand name.
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February 8, 2012 6:05:01 PM

On SSD - Quote: also it almost doubles the speed of the crucial SSD's. Ill look into that.End quote.

First I have 2 x 102 gig Agility III, 2 128 gig Cucial M4s and recently bought the Samsung 830. Reason for the Samsung 830 was to replace the Agility III - I do NOT regreat it!

FORGET Sequencial read/write benchmarks, they are NOT indicive of Real Life preformance for a small OS =Program drive.

My M4's run circles around the Agility III. The overall score using AS SSD was 62% higher with M4's than with the Agility III.

I will agree that The SF22xx based drives have improved their "user" problems.

Manuf always advertize The scores under Ideal conditions, not real life. They emphasis Sequential read/write scores using a bench mark program that use data that is readily compressable. The SF22xx Loves data that is highly compressable, Unfortunately real life is closer to compressed data (for an OS + Program drive). Comparisions useing PC vantage are much closer to real life and show that there is little differnce between top end SSDs. Agillity III is not the bottom end, but close to for SATA III SSDs. You will also notice that the SSDs that are benchmarked are the Higher capacity drives - reason manuf send the Higher capacity drives is that they are faster than there lower capacity cousin - a 256 gig M4 will score higher than the same drive in 128 gig capacity.

On Ram - I go for functionality - Kind of partial to the Ripjaw line. The lower the profile, while staying cool, the better.
My I5-2500k - 16 gigs Ripjaws, 1600-CL7. My I5-750 has 8gigs identical.
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