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February 10, 2012 9:02:49 AM

Hello Folks, I'm about at the halfway point with this build and need some good suggestions from the Tom's community to finally get it done.


Approximate Purchase Date: 4 to 6 weeks (the closer the better)

Budget Range:1000 - 1200 / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the Internet, watching movies, Photo Shop, some video editing.

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, OS) win7-64Bit Ultimate

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg.com, Amazon,Tiger Direct, Directron, etc)

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
Case: SuperFlower sf201t3c Full Aluminum,
MB: ASrock Z68 Extreme7Gen3,
PSU: OCZ-gamexstream-850w-power-supply,
CPU: Intel i7-2600k,
CPU Cooler: AKASA Venom Voodoo Socket 2011/1155,.... (Need suggestions please)
Ram: ????? 8 - 16GB of .....(Need suggestions please)
HDD: WD Velociraptor 150g, x2)
SSD: Vertex 3 SATA III VTX3-25SAT3-120G SSD,
GPU: Sapphire dual-fan HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 PCIE, ....(Need suggestions please)
Optical Drive: Plextor B940SA Blu-ray Burner, .... (Need suggestions please)
NIC: Killer 2100 Network Card,
Key Board: Logitech G19 Keyboard,
Mouse: Logitech G7 Gaming Mouse,
Fan Controller: Akasa,Multi-mode LCD display 4 fan-speed/temp controller.

Am I forgetting anything?

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 and or Sony 40" HDMI 1080p Internet TV.

Additional Comments: I know this case is a few years old. I got it cause I liked it, but never got to use it till now. It does have a slide out MB tray in it. I am hoping that it will be ok size wise-(ATX), as well as be able to fit everything inside it properly and still maintain good air flow?
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Hi Guys and thanks for your comments and suggestions. What I really need is to utilize all of the components that I already have which are listed below:

Your Comments Please???

This is what I already have at home:

Case: http://www.super-flower.com/sf201t3c.html

MainBoard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

PSU: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-gamexstream-850w-power...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-VelociRaptor-Cach... (x 2)

Thermal Paste: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-ultra-5-silver-thermal... ....(Need suggestions please)

Fan Controller: http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.d... panel&model=AK-FC-03]
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.d... panel&model=AK-FC-03

3.5" Front Bay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-SuperSpeed-Internal-Hub...

So Far.....

I welcome and appreciate any and all suggestions you may have for me on this build.

Thanks,
antiflow.

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February 10, 2012 5:20:17 PM

This is what i change to your build :
MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 185$
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 122$
Both boards support Crossfier , SLI.
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$ you don't need thermal grease because you have in the cooler box.
RAM for gaming 8GB is more than enough : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$
Buy a normal 500GB or 1TB HDD is cheaper than velociraptor
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$
You have a few options for HDD.

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February 10, 2012 6:48:47 PM

Don't waste your money on Velociraptor HDs - 150GB for $150 is a huge ripoff even with the shortages right now and you won't notice any gain in system performance. They are terrible drives and pretty much a gimmick compared to what you gain with an SSD. I'd second sosofm's recommendations for HD.

Also I'd ditch the expensive peripherals (IMO the least important part of a build), the extra thermal paste, and any case fans - you do not need that stuff - and put that difference in getting a better video card, case, motherboard, what have you. You also don't need the extra NIC or the fan controller - that's a huge waste of money. The B940 you don't really need either (it is nice, but has been discontinued and a $17 DVD-R burner will do fine).

Try this build - it's way more balanced.

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 - $99.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz - $44.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $99.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $159.99
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner - $15.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 - $279.99

Total: $1,259.90
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February 11, 2012 2:41:43 AM

sosofm said:
This is what i change to your build :
MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 185$
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 122$
Both boards support Crossfier , SLI.
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$ you don't need thermal grease because you have in the cooler box.
RAM for gaming 8GB is more than enough : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$
Buy a normal 500GB or 1TB HDD is cheaper than velociraptor
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$
You have a few options for HDD.


Hi sosofm, and thanks for your comments and suggestions. What I really need is to utilize all of the components that I already have which are listed below:

Your Comments Please???

This is what I already have at home:

Case: http://www.super-flower.com/sf201t3c.html

MainBoard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

PSU: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-g [...] y-eol.html

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115070

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digi [...] B001EQQW1A (x 2)

Thermal Paste: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-u [...] d-eol.html ....(Need suggestions please)

Fan Controller: http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php? [...] b=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03]
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php? [...] b=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03

3.5" Front Bay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-Su [...] 20c0eb24b4

So Far.....

I welcome and appreciate any and all suggestions you may have for me on this build.

Thanks,
antiflow.
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February 11, 2012 2:43:21 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Don't waste your money on Velociraptor HDs - 150GB for $150 is a huge ripoff even with the shortages right now and you won't notice any gain in system performance. They are terrible drives and pretty much a gimmick compared to what you gain with an SSD. I'd second sosofm's recommendations for HD.

Also I'd ditch the expensive peripherals (IMO the least important part of a build), the extra thermal paste, and any case fans - you do not need that stuff - and put that difference in getting a better video card, case, motherboard, what have you. You also don't need the extra NIC or the fan controller - that's a huge waste of money. The B940 you don't really need either (it is nice, but has been discontinued and a $17 DVD-R burner will do fine).

Try this build - it's way more balanced.

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 - $99.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz - $44.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $99.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $159.99
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner - $15.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 - $279.99

Total: $1,259.90



Hi g-unit1111, and thanks for your comments and suggestions. What I really need is to utilize all of the components that I already have which are listed below:

Your Comments Please???

This is what I already have at home:

Case: http://www.super-flower.com/sf201t3c.html

MainBoard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

PSU: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-g [...] y-eol.html

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115070

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digi [...] B001EQQW1A (x 2)

Thermal Paste: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-u [...] d-eol.html ....(Need suggestions please)

Fan Controller: http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php? [...] b=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03]
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php? [...] b=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03

3.5" Front Bay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-Su [...] 20c0eb24b4

So Far.....

I welcome and appreciate any and all suggestions you may have for me on this build.

Thanks,
antiflow.
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February 11, 2012 5:04:49 AM

Your parts are compatible 100%.
Look at what i recommended you and complete your build , RAM ,CPU COOLER.
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