Please critique and help me finish this PC

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-supply-eol.html

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-VelociRaptor-Cache-Enterprise/dp/B001EQQW1A (x 2)

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

Fan Controller: http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Accessories&type_sub=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03]
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Accessories&type_sub=Function panel&model=AK-FC-03

3.5" Front Bay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-SuperSpeed-Internal-Hub-4-port-Fits-both-3-5-5-25-Bay-4-ports-DIY-/140675589300?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c0eb24b4

So Far.....

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

Thanks,
antiflow.
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  1. This is what i change to your build :
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264 185$
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 122$
    Both boards support Crossfier , SLI.
    CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 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=N82E16820233186 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=N82E16822136769 90$
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 140$
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283 140$
    You have a few options for HDD.
  2. 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: $1,259.90
  3. sosofm said:
    This is what i change to your build :
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264 185$
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 122$
    Both boards support Crossfier , SLI.
    CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 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=N82E16820233186 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=N82E16822136769 90$
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 140$
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Your parts are compatible 100%.
    Look at what i recommended you and complete your build , RAM ,CPU COOLER.
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