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My 700$ build.FINAL reviews and ready to go

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February 10, 2012 7:35:38 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


I Don't need Case,OS,dvd drive
I have just some questions about this build
1)Should i get double fan HD6870 instead(it will take me a little over budget,and i'll lose 20$ combo deal)
2)Is this PSU compatible with other things in this build?(This is extremely needed to check,hopefully someone here can)
3)I know i should go with G.Skill because of low profile,but I'll use stock cooler...will Corsair vengeance fit in there with stock intel cooler?

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February 10, 2012 7:42:07 PM

I can answer 2 and 3 for you, but unsure about 1.

2) yes that PSU will provide enough power just fine and will work with your build.
3) Yes with using the stock cooler, the Vengance ram will fit just fine.
a b å Intel
February 10, 2012 7:50:13 PM

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1)Should i get double fan HD6870 instead(it will take me a little over budget,and i'll lose 20$ combo deal)


Having two fans on a video card doesn't make that much of a difference, and in some cases can actually negatively affect your system's air flow. It's better to go with a solo fan on your video card.

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2)Is this PSU compatible with other things in this build?(This is extremely needed to check,hopefully someone here can)


Yes and that's actually a really good choice for a low budget PSU. I have the CX 430 and it's held up really well. Alternately if you want to go with something slightly better check this one out (only $20 difference for a few extra watts and higher certification) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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3)I know i should go with G.Skill because of low profile,but I'll use stock cooler...will Corsair vengeance fit in there with stock intel cooler?


If you get a 2500K, getting an aftermarket fan wouldn't be that much of an expense - if you get the Hyper 212 Evo it will only run an extra $34.99. Corsair makes a low profile version of the Vengeance RAM if that's what you're concerned about. But the G.Skill RAM isn't totally low profile - the heat sinks on the RAM are curved to support aftermarket fans. But true low profile RAM would be something offered from brands like Crucial or PNY, check these out:

- Crucial: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Mushkin: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- PNY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Corsair Vengeance Low Profile: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 10, 2012 8:07:27 PM

u should get g.skill and a cooler master hyper 212 evo instead of that other cpu cooler
February 10, 2012 8:25:10 PM

ubicray said:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


I Don't need Case,OS,dvd drive
I have just some questions about this build
1)Should i get double fan HD6870 instead(it will take me a little over budget,and i'll lose 20$ combo deal)
2)Is this PSU compatible with other things in this build?(This is extremely needed to check,hopefully someone here can)
3)I know i should go with G.Skill because of low profile,but I'll use stock cooler...will Corsair vengeance fit in there with stock intel cooler?



If you plan to overclock the CPU in the future, then buy an aftermarket CPU cooler like CM 212 hyper plus. G-skill Ripjaws X-series is a low profile RAM.
February 11, 2012 4:35:45 AM

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2) yes that PSU will provide enough power just fine and will work with your build.
3) Yes with using the stock cooler, the Vengance ram will fit just fine.

Thanks for reply :) 

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Having two fans on a video card doesn't make that much of a difference, and in some cases can actually negatively affect your system's air flow. It's better to go with a solo fan on your video card.

Ok,this really helped

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Yes and that's actually a really good choice for a low budget PSU. I have the CX 430 and it's held up really well. Alternately if you want to go with something slightly better check this one out (only $20 difference for a few extra watts and higher certification)

I'm already above my budget,so I'm not going to buy something expensive

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If you get a 2500K, getting an aftermarket fan wouldn't be that much of an expense - if you get the Hyper 212 Evo it will only run an extra $34.99. Corsair makes a low profile version of the Vengeance RAM if that's what you're concerned about. But the G.Skill RAM isn't totally low profile - the heat sinks on the RAM are curved to support aftermarket fans. But true low profile RAM would be something offered from brands like Crucial or PNY

As i said above,this is a problem for me :/ 
I have options like corsair vengeance 1600 with big spreaders/corsair xms 3 low profile BU 1333/AMD performance edition 1333 with CAS Latency 8
Can someone help with this??
February 11, 2012 4:39:08 AM

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u should get g.skill and a cooler master hyper 212 evo instead of that other cpu cooler

I think can't fit these in my budget

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If you plan to overclock the CPU in the future, then buy an aftermarket CPU cooler like CM 212 hyper plus. G-skill Ripjaws X-series is a low profile RAM.

I'll buy a aftermarket CPU cooler in the future,but at this time of writing,i don't have that as a option
a b å Intel
February 11, 2012 4:47:27 AM

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As i said above,this is a problem for me :/ 
I have options like corsair vengeance 1600 with big spreaders/corsair xms 3 low profile BU 1333/AMD performance edition 1333 with CAS Latency 8
Can someone help with this??


I'm not sure what AMD performance edition RAM is, but you for sure don't want to get the tall heat spreaders. A speed of 1333 will fall in line more with what Intel's RMA department recommends (they frown on RAM overclocking and will void warranties if you use speeds above 1333 or 1600).

Check out the RAM options I listed - there's plenty of good ones that are all low profile and won't interfere with big coolers like that.
February 11, 2012 4:53:38 AM

Wow it jumped back that fast? 2 dys ago it was 69.99 :( 
February 11, 2012 5:18:56 AM

EzioAs,what about XFX core edition series?are they recommended?
February 11, 2012 5:32:39 AM

xfx do make good psu these days, so it's quite a good choice also. Although top tier would be corsair, seasonic and antec
February 11, 2012 5:33:06 AM

g-unit1111,Corsair xms3 is low profile too,i think i'll stick with it
a b å Intel
February 11, 2012 6:03:09 PM

ubicray said:
g-unit1111,Corsair xms3 is low profile too,i think i'll stick with it


Get this if you get Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also heavily recommend Crucial as they have some of the lowest fail rates in the industry. They're a bit more expensive but you'll save a lot of time and frustration otherwise. Try one of these:

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