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February 13, 2012 4:02:23 PM

Hello... this is my first PC build. I have always been a PC enthusiast and have a decent knowledge on PC repair, upgrading, etc... I just never built a PC from scratch. Just wanted to see if what I was buying was price to quality. If everything looks good here I am going to purchase tonight.

My 'Wish List -> Purchase List':

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case $170
Mother Board: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $270
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $330
CPU Fan/Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $90
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ... $300
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power ... $330
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM $75
DVD-Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $23
SDD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $161

My main questions are:
1) Is my power supply unit sufficient? Will it support an SLI setup in the future?
2) Does my MoBo even support PCIe 2.0 and/or PCIe 2.0 SLI support (16x or dual 8x)? I wanted to future proof my MoBo with PCIe 3.0 but I'm not sure if my 2.0 PCIe card can eventually run in SLI or if I should choose a different board. The following page shows it can run PCIe3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x8), while the newegg page does not express that. http://directron.com/p8z68delugen3.html#caption
3) Is my RAM going to fit on my MoBo with the CPU Heatsink?
... these are probably noob questions just I just wanted to make sure...

Goal Cost: $1,200
Current Cost: $1,558
*If it's worth it I will pay the 1,558...

Any and all help is appreciated. Comments and suggestions welcome too... like I said this is my first build.

Thanks!
- Steve

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February 13, 2012 4:45:04 PM

Will you be using this PC solely for gaming?
If so drop the i7-2600k, and get an i5-2500k. Hyperthreading on the i7 is not supported by any game out today.

Otherwise, awesome case, motherboard, RAM, cooler and PSU.
Personally I would go for an AMD Radeon HD 6950 GPU but I'm sure the equivalent GTX 560 Ti is good too :) 

Motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 and Quad SLI/CrossfireX, and USB 3.0 headers and SATA 6.0Gbps, AND is full size ATX! (like I said, awesome motherboard is awesome)

As for the RAM fitting, I don't think you should have a problem. Just set your CPU HSF to blow out by the rear vent and put your RAM in before you install the HSF :) 

Also, btw, no HDD other than the SSD?
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February 13, 2012 7:29:34 PM

sjh858 said:
Hello... this is my first PC build. I have always been a PC enthusiast and have a decent knowledge on PC repair, upgrading, etc... I just never built a PC from scratch. Just wanted to see if what I was buying was price to quality. If everything looks good here I am going to purchase tonight.

My 'Wish List -> Purchase List':

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case $170
Mother Board: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $270
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $330
CPU Fan/Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $90
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ... $300
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power ... $330
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM $75
DVD-Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $23
SDD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $161

My main questions are:
1) Is my power supply unit sufficient? Will it support an SLI setup in the future?
2) Does my MoBo even support PCIe 2.0 and/or PCIe 2.0 SLI support (16x or dual 8x)? I wanted to future proof my MoBo with PCIe 3.0 but I'm not sure if my 2.0 PCIe card can eventually run in SLI or if I should choose a different board. The following page shows it can run PCIe3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x8), while the newegg page does not express that. http://directron.com/p8z68delugen3.html#caption
3) Is my RAM going to fit on my MoBo with the CPU Heatsink?
... these are probably noob questions just I just wanted to make sure...

Goal Cost: $1,200
Current Cost: $1,558
*If it's worth it I will pay the 1,558...

Any and all help is appreciated. Comments and suggestions welcome too... like I said this is my first build.

Thanks!
- Steve


From my view you are over the top on certain items and spending money that could be used elsewhere. You don't need anything near 850w. You can spend way less on the mobo and do as well. The i7 is an unneeded expense for gaming. A single gpu is almost always better than sli/xfire. The cpu cooler cost can be cut by 50-70%. I like my ram low profile.

Here's a $1300 system (before rebates) that has everything in case you want to compare to yours:

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February 13, 2012 10:00:41 PM

quicksand10 said:
Will you be using this PC solely for gaming?
If so drop the i7-2600k, and get an i5-2500k. Hyperthreading on the i7 is not supported by any game out today.

Otherwise, awesome case, motherboard, RAM, cooler and PSU.
Personally I would go for an AMD Radeon HD 6950 GPU but I'm sure the equivalent GTX 560 Ti is good too :) 

Motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 and Quad SLI/CrossfireX, and USB 3.0 headers and SATA 6.0Gbps, AND is full size ATX! (like I said, awesome motherboard is awesome)

As for the RAM fitting, I don't think you should have a problem. Just set your CPU HSF to blow out by the rear vent and put your RAM in before you install the HSF :) 

Also, btw, no HDD other than the SSD?


Thanks for the reply! Okay, I'll stick with the RAM I have and not worry about the low-profile. Yah, I really like the motherboard, glad you approve. I added an HDD (500GB) to the mix. The prices are just so high right now I was hoping they would come down. I also dropped down to the i5-2500k. Good advice, I really appreciate it!
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February 13, 2012 10:13:25 PM

QuietPC said:
From my view you are over the top on certain items and spending money that could be used elsewhere. You don't need anything near 850w. You can spend way less on the mobo and do as well. The i7 is an unneeded expense for gaming. A single gpu is almost always better than sli/xfire. The cpu cooler cost can be cut by 50-70%. I like my ram low profile.

Here's a $1300 system (before rebates) that has everything in case you want to compare to yours:

Update

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-922M-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119197
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate

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Thanks for the reply! The motherboard I was using just because it was the only one I could find by Asus that will be utilizing the PCIe 3.0. I know I'm not using it now but atleast I could upgrade to the new standard in 3-4 years and I don't have to invest in a whole new MoBo at that time too. I downgraded to the i5-2500k Intel.

How do I figure out what type of PSU I need? Do I need to add up all my components by required Voltage/Watts and purchase that way?

What is a decent Heatsink/Fan that would be cheaper for the LGA 1155 chipset?

Thanks again!
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February 13, 2012 10:17:23 PM

There are wattage calculators online that are readily available. It's unusual that a single gpu system needs more than 550w and 650w is only if they are paranoid.

As for a cpu cooler the CM 212 gets a lot of positive reviews.
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February 17, 2012 6:06:44 PM

Okay, my final build was:


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power ...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
SilverStone SDP08 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" Bay Converter
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and ...

Total Bill: ~$1,400 (with rebates)

I just got all my parts in at 11a.m. this morning. I hate my job for getting in the way of building this right now :p  This being my first build I'm very excited to dig into it. I did have a question tho!

I purchased a 2x2.5" to 3.5" Drive Bracket. My idea was to mount my 2.5" SSD in there and keep it in the 3.5" drive slot as the case does not support 2.5" drives. I also have an Asus G50vt-x1 gaming laptop I purchased from Best Buy a few years ago (it is still a great computer). I installed an extra 2.5" 500GB HDD in the laptop. I was wondering if it would be a good or bad idea to mount the 2.5" HDD with the 2.5" SSD on that same bracket? I haven't physically looked at it yet but it would seem they will be sitting in top of, if not very close to each other in the same bay. If I CAN mount them in the same bracket, should I put the HDD on top or SSD? I would imagine the SSD should be on the base and the HDD should be mounted above as heat rises.

Just wanted to see what the community thought! Thanks for all the help!

The components in question:
SilverStone SDP08 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" Bay Converter
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
And a standard 2.5" 500GB HDD.


- Steve
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February 25, 2012 10:45:50 AM

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