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February 17, 2012 2:15:43 PM

Hello! This is my first post and my first PC build (going to be used mainly for gaming). I’ve done a lot of research on these parts and I believe the following parts should work together but I definitely want some input from someone who has more experience than me. I’ve been saving up for some time and will be buying the parts within the next month or so. I’m definitely set on the GPU as it is a beast. As for the other parts, if you know of a cheaper part that does the same or better work I am open to suggestions. I will be installing Windows 64 bit on the SSD. I do not know how to overclock but it is a possibility in the future if I ever learn how to. I probably will not be setting up SLI, but again that is a possibility in the future when I can invest more. I mainly just want to make sure these parts are compatible before I make my purchases. Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers are not required at this time.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OC-Ready LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6990
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive: Sony SATA CD/DVD Drive (I don’t need a Blu-Ray drive since I have a PS3, plus I could always upgrade later down the road)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: HT OMEGA STRIKER (used to connect my gaming headset to)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Card: Linksys Dual-Band Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W (Just want plenty of power…)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: APEVIA ATX Full Tower (I like this full ATX tower, the color is nice and it should have plenty of room, right?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I won’t be buying exclusively from Newegg since other places may have better deals; I’m just including the links because Newegg lists part specs like champs. Again, I am a PC noob so please excuse any ignorance that you may have come across. Please let me know if I am missing anything necessary other than the keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!

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February 17, 2012 2:27:31 PM

Lelander said:
Hello! This is my first post and my first PC build (going to be used mainly for gaming). I’ve done a lot of research on these parts and I believe the following parts should work together but I definitely want some input from someone who has more experience than me. I’ve been saving up for some time and will be buying the parts within the next month or so. I’m definitely set on the GPU as it is a beast. As for the other parts, if you know of a cheaper part that does the same or better work I am open to suggestions. I will be installing Windows 64 bit on the SSD. I do not know how to overclock but it is a possibility in the future if I ever learn how to. I probably will not be setting up SLI, but again that is a possibility in the future when I can invest more. I mainly just want to make sure these parts are compatible before I make my purchases. Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers are not required at this time.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OC-Ready LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM 212 would do the same job and save about $20

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6990
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram is fine except that I prefer low profile to make sure there are no issues with clearance about the cpu fan

CD/DVD Drive: Sony SATA CD/DVD Drive (I don’t need a Blu-Ray drive since I have a PS3, plus I could always upgrade later down the road)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Give Hdd prices a 500gb right now is more than plenty and will save you money

Sound Card: HT OMEGA STRIKER (used to connect my gaming headset to)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Unless there is a specific reason you are going to use a SC I wouldn't waste the money. Haven;t used one for years. The onboards do just fine

Wireless Card: Linksys Dual-Band Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I stopped using board based wireless cards several years ago and only use USB dongle based now. Easier to use, don;t take a slot and will be less expensive. Lots of choices that you should be able to get for $50 or less (that assumes N and 300mbps)

Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W (Just want plenty of power…)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here you are going way over board. A 550w or 6650w is more than plenty now and down the road. Corsair, Seasonic or similar high quality will do the job and save money

Case: APEVIA ATX Full Tower (I like this full ATX tower, the color is nice and it should have plenty of room, right?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Are you buying it for the looks? Not a lot of systems for gaming use are built these days with full towers. Most use mid. Lots of cases are popular with the Haf series 912-922-932 well liked. Consider saving some money and getting a high quality case. If you are in love with the looks then love is blind


I won’t be buying exclusively from Newegg since other places may have better deals; I’m just including the links because Newegg lists part specs like champs. Again, I am a PC noob so please excuse any ignorance that you may have come across. Please let me know if I am missing anything necessary other than the keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!


Try this site for shopping to see if it helps with prices: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
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February 17, 2012 2:29:13 PM

Better to buy one 7970 and add another one in the future , and is cheaper than 6990.
Change the case with one of this:
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX 2011 Tom's hardware: Top cooling performance for value
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any of these cases are much better than any Apevia case and comes with better cooling.
Your build looks great.
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February 17, 2012 2:31:18 PM

i'd go with a 7970 over the 6990 due to a much lower power consumption and the option to crossfire in the future.
you most likely won't need a sound card for your headset.
ditch the coolermaster psu, get corsair, antec, or seasonic 750w or 850w (i believe you can cfx 7970s on those wattages)
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February 17, 2012 2:32:04 PM

the build looks nice
i would change out the 6990 for a 7970
you can get the 2550k, it gives you 100mhz boost over 2500k and it has the integrated video disabled (you will be using a nice card anyway)
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February 17, 2012 2:36:58 PM

i'd say stick with 2500k, 100 mhz isn't a lot and if OP overclocks it won't make a difference (and 2500k is cheaper)
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February 17, 2012 4:00:16 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll probably be switching the CPU cooler to QuietPC's suggestion. I like my original case's looks but based on all the suggestions to change I'll probably go with sosofm's COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE suggestion since that looks sexy and is... 'cooler' ;) . I'm wanting the soundcard to connect my Astro A40 system via optical cable and I didn't notice an optical cable plug on the mobo. The wireless card is to connect to our router via the 5GHz wireless connection (I want the wireless connection rather than wired). I might switch up the power supply to the 850W like morgoth780 mentioned, but I figured the 1000W would be plenty and wouldn’t need to be upgraded until way later down the road. So you all are basically saying the 7970 is better than the 6990? The main games this will be used for is BF3 and SC2. I take it the 7970 will run BF3 just as good as the 6990?
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February 17, 2012 4:41:47 PM

Thanks for the help! You all rock! xD
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February 17, 2012 4:44:31 PM

Best answer selected by Lelander.
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