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February 11, 2012 3:25:05 PM

I'm building my first computer and would appreciate comments/suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com)

Country: USA

Parts:

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series High Speed HDMI® cable (6 FEET)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you

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February 11, 2012 3:37:25 PM

vtcive said:
I'm building my first computer and would appreciate comments/suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com)

Country: USA

Parts:

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> Go with an i5-2500k so you can OC. Better value

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> Get a better brand. Corsiar or Seasonic or similar. OCZ has a high failure rate

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> If this is your only data storage (meaning no SSD) and its your boot drive then go with a WD Black series

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series High Speed HDMI® cable (6 FEET)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you

February 11, 2012 10:32:42 PM

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> If this is your only data storage (meaning no SSD) and its your boot drive then go with a WD Black series


Normally I'd second the recommendation of the Caviar Black but with the shortages right now the price of these drives is nearly double of the Blue series or anything comparable from Seagate and Samsung. This is really your only option right now if you're not using an SSD.

Quote:
> Get a better brand. Corsiar or Seasonic or similar. OCZ has a high failure rate


I do agree with this recommendation, but since OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling their failure rates have dropped significantly. However you're still better off getting a Corsair or Seasonic. Something like one of these:

- Corsair TX 650: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- Seasonic MII 620: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That build looks good but I'd drop the 2600 to the 2500K and invest the difference in getting a better GPU - something like the 6950 or 570. Try one of these:

Sapphire 6950: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
EVGA 570: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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February 11, 2012 10:56:49 PM

Why buy an i7-2600k and then get a 6870? Bad choices there. Get an i5-2500k and take that extra money and get a better gpu like a 6950 or a 560ti. It will be worth it.
February 11, 2012 11:36:50 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec BP550 Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified Modular: $70 (more reliable + still modular)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED: $145

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB: $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $125 (Asus before Asrock)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost): $240 (better to invest more into video card as others mentioned)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO: $35

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB: $240

TOTAL: $1161
February 12, 2012 12:26:24 AM

I would recommend going with an i5 2400 and gtx 570 combination.

They matchup well, un like a K series which overmatch anything under gtx 580 level.
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