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Newbie Build - Final Review/Advice

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February 12, 2012 5:01:36 AM

Thanks for looking, finalizing my build now to start buying the parts this week.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: ~1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , School Work/Coding, Multimedia
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Driving to microcenter next weekend to pick up a mobo/cpu combo, so there and newegg prefered
Country: USA
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CPU : i5-2500K - $180 microcenter

Motherboard: ?? Some choices here for cpu bundle at microcenter
$50 - Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$50 - Biostar TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$70 - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$85 - Intel DZ68DB LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$100 - GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX
$100 - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU - EVGA Superclocked GTX 580 - The one component I have already purchased, got a super deal from a friend, $370, batman edition.. not that I give a rip about batman but that means its only been used for about 4 or 5 months.

Memory - $50 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

PSU - $80 Antec High Current Gamer 750W Gamer Power Supply HCG-750

SSD - $175 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case - $50 Antec 300

Heatsink - $37 Hyper 212 Evo

Optical - Whatever - $20


Okay so thoughts/questions:
1. When I first started planning this build I was thinking going SLI all the way.. but based on some advice I got on here I think it probably makes more sense to just go single gpu... Im only gaming on one monitor and only at 1080p. I think the 580 will last me pretty good for a year or two, and then I can sell it and get another higher end single gpu... thoughts?

2. Okay on the motherboard Im lost.. right now im leaning towards $70 - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard, based on the price and the brand it seems like a good deal (puts the total build at $1032, which is nice). That would lock me into single gpu though as its 16x/4x. I'm not opposed to spending $30 more to get a gigabyte board with 16x/8x, but is it worth it?

3. Does everything look compatible... silly question I know, but having never done this before I get nervous about the memory matching the board and everything fitting in the case.

4. Only listed a SSD as I have a 1TB NAS and a couple small sata drives sitting around if I really need them. But I doubt I will use more that 120gb.

Any additional thoughts are appreciated, if you see something that could be improved please let me know. Going to start ordering the newegg parts in the next couple days.

Thank you!

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February 12, 2012 7:18:08 AM

The 580 its a good video card.
If you don't SLI that Asus P8Z68-V LX is a good option.
Everything is compatible.
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February 12, 2012 8:42:10 AM

Case fans???
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February 12, 2012 11:48:31 AM

Thanks for the advice so far, Ill pick up one of those case fans and take a look at the case.

PSU questions, what to get?

Is that antec I linked a decent option, its 750w but its 4 +12v Rails... would I be better off going with something like:

$89 - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

it is only 650w, but its a single +12v Rail.. which may be better? I dont really know.

Open to suggestions as well, trying to stay under $100 on the PSU if possible, but if that is a dumb restriction let me know.
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February 12, 2012 12:31:42 PM

joshdforbes said:
Thanks for looking, finalizing my build now to start buying the parts this week.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: ~1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , School Work/Coding, Multimedia
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Driving to microcenter next weekend to pick up a mobo/cpu combo, so there and newegg prefered
Country: USA
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CPU : i5-2500K - $180 microcenter

Motherboard: ?? Some choices here for cpu bundle at microcenter
$50 - Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$50 - Biostar TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$70 - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$85 - Intel DZ68DB LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$100 - GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX
$100 - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU - EVGA Superclocked GTX 580 - The one component I have already purchased, got a super deal from a friend, $370, batman edition.. not that I give a rip about batman but that means its only been used for about 4 or 5 months.

Memory - $50 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

PSU - $80 Antec High Current Gamer 750W Gamer Power Supply HCG-750

SSD - $175 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case - $50 Antec 300

Heatsink - $37 Hyper 212 Evo

Optical - Whatever - $20


Okay so thoughts/questions:
1. When I first started planning this build I was thinking going SLI all the way.. but based on some advice I got on here I think it probably makes more sense to just go single gpu... Im only gaming on one monitor and only at 1080p. I think the 580 will last me pretty good for a year or two, and then I can sell it and get another higher end single gpu... thoughts?

2. Okay on the motherboard Im lost.. right now im leaning towards $70 - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard, based on the price and the brand it seems like a good deal (puts the total build at $1032, which is nice). That would lock me into single gpu though as its 16x/4x. I'm not opposed to spending $30 more to get a gigabyte board with 16x/8x, but is it worth it?

3. Does everything look compatible... silly question I know, but having never done this before I get nervous about the memory matching the board and everything fitting in the case.

4. Only listed a SSD as I have a 1TB NAS and a couple small sata drives sitting around if I really need them. But I doubt I will use more that 120gb.

Any additional thoughts are appreciated, if you see something that could be improved please let me know. Going to start ordering the newegg parts in the next couple days.

Thank you!



Have you looked at the HAF 912? Its a pretty large mid tower case and i know youll have room for that GTX 580
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February 15, 2012 12:13:56 PM

+1

:sol:  :hello:  :kaola:  :love: 


and i love it
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