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February 11, 2012 5:23:37 PM

I am planning to build my first computer and I have done my research but since I have never done this before I figured I should ask some experts to make sure I haven't missed anything. Here is my planned build:

Case:
Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G
$145

Processor:

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210


Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...(keywords)#scrollFullInfo
$180


Graphics Card:
XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-...(keywords)&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
$260



Power Supply:
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

BTW I do have have some spare hard drives and disk drives that I will be using so I will not be buying those.

Thank you very much and any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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February 11, 2012 5:49:09 PM

You need an operating system? How about monitor keyboards and mouse?
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February 11, 2012 6:07:22 PM

So what are the drives you will be recycling? You could step down on the wattage on the Psu. The 2gb isn't going to do much over the 1gb so you could save some money. Careful of the tall heat sinks...they can interfere with the cpu cooler.
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February 11, 2012 6:16:35 PM

I will be getting windows 7 Home Premium and I forgot to mention that I already own a keyboard, mouse, and display.

I have just noticed that under the case's details it says it supports Mini ATX and Full ATX. My motherboard however is Micro ATX. My understanding was that Micro ATX was between Full and Mini... Could this cause problems?
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February 11, 2012 6:38:05 PM

QuietPC said:
So what are the drives you will be recycling? You could step down on the wattage on the Psu. The 2gb isn't going to do much over the 1gb so you could save some money. Careful of the tall heat sinks...they can interfere with the cpu cooler.


I will be recycling a hitachi Deskstar 160GB 7200 RPM Sata Drive, and a Using the 2.5" 7200 rpm drive inside of this external drive: http://rocstor.com/Products/airhawk-a9.html because I never use it...

As far as the graphics card I really don't have much experience with them so thanks for the tip! Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... be better? And the power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not exactly sure which heat sinks you are referring to... are you talking about the graphics card?
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February 11, 2012 6:51:51 PM

The heat sinks are on top of the ram. The micro will fit into a micro or full atx case. To use the 2.5" you will need an adaptor 2.5=>3.5 so it will go into a 3.5 bay. XFX Oc's their cards and if a 1gb will save you money you really won't lose anything. The Antec should do just fine.
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February 11, 2012 7:04:51 PM

QuietPC said:
The heat sinks are on top of the ram. The micro will fit into a micro or full atx case. To use the 2.5" you will need an adaptor 2.5=>3.5 so it will go into a 3.5 bay. XFX Oc's their cards and if a 1gb will save you money you really won't lose anything. The Antec should do just fine.


Thank you so much! So just to confirm even tho the case does not specifically say it will fit micro, it should work fine? You have been a HUGE help!!! :D 
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February 11, 2012 7:53:26 PM

Consider the Corsair 500R for a $40 savings after MIR and $20 promo

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

Why MicroATX MoBo form factor ? I'd get a full size board

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

GFX - It's a wash in single card configuration (484 for factory OC'd 6950 vs 495 for factory OC'd 560 Ti) but f ya considering adding a 2nd card later on (Ya did pick an CF / SLI capable MoBo and PSU) , the 560 is 100 fps faster (862 versus 759) and it's a lot less money

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If overclocking both the GPU's and CPU, Id consider an 850 watter so as to insure stable voltages. Both of these rae sa,e price as that 750 and get 9.5 jonnyguru performance ratings.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W
$135 - $20.25 (15% off w/ promo code EMCNHJN69, ends 2/16 ) - $20 MIR = $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 XFX Core Edition PRO850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the same memory w/o the tall toothy heat sinks that are gonna interfere w/ ya CPU cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

CPU Cooler ....

$35 4.5 Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$44 4.7 Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 5.0+ Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 11, 2012 8:05:42 PM

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February 11, 2012 8:49:07 PM

Amazing response, thank you so much! I am trying to go for a red and black themed build so I'm not a big fan of the corsair case... And I agree that full sized MoBo would be better and if there is a full sized board with a similar price AND red (not blue) that would be ideal!

Graphics card: I'm getting really confused over this... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... was originally recommended by someone else so this is what I have been going by but I'm open to other suggestions. I also was originally set on AMD but I guess if nVidia is better than thats fine... I'm not planning on buying a second card anytime soon so I guess I am simply wondering what is the best single card for this set up that I can get for under 200$. Srry about my lack of knowledge :( 

I do plenty of power for overclocking as well as the ability to upgrade later in without switching out my power supply, so I guess if 850w is what I need... I'll take your suggestion.

I'll also take your advice with the ram even tho they don't look as flashy ;) 

I didn't give much thought to an aftermarket cpu cooler but if I'm overclocking I guess it would be important

Thanks again for the Amazing reply!
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February 11, 2012 10:07:35 PM

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