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(Parts ordered) Was this a good build?

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February 20, 2012 9:09:02 PM

I've already ordered the parts on Friday so they should be here tomorrow. I didn't think about coming on here until today. I haven't built a $1000+ PC in over 8 years. I built a 600$ gaming PC in the summer and sold it this winter. I felt like treating myself to a new toy. I did a lot of reading a poking around on various sites and reviews to come to this conclusion.

I will say, the only thing I didn't mean to order with the PSU, I thought I had another one in the cart when I ordered. I'm sure it should be fine but some of the reviews bugged me.

I am just more-less looking for some input if this is a good build and preparing myself what to expect if I made a bad choice, LOL. Note that I also have a 150GB 10k Veliraptor that I will be throwing in there for storage. Everything else will just go on a external drive.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (NZXT Phantom PHAN)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Thermaltake TPG-750M)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (ASUS P8Z68-V PRO)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Intel Core i5-2500K)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED)


My total was a little over $1600. Is this machine going to be a top end performer? I haven't used a high end system in quite some time. I've never ran a system with SSD and I was a little worried about some of the reviews on the various drives. The Crucial M4 seems to be a top performer for performance/stability. I notice the write speeds are slower than others, but how much of a difference does that really make? I'd assume reading is where most of the performance is gained with these drives?

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February 20, 2012 9:29:41 PM

Thermaltake isnt generally considered a go to brand for PSU. But you may get lucky. Other than that, yeah its a good build. Grats the 7950 will OC like a beast.
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February 20, 2012 9:40:14 PM

Ya. I meant to order a Corsair HX750. Not too sure how I managed that one. :( ..LOL.

Ah well, no turning back now.

Will the single fan unit on the 7950 be able to handle OC?
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February 20, 2012 9:47:04 PM

Yes you can set up profiles using MSI Afterburner to set speeds, voltages, fan speeds manually and save em if you want some OC profiles and can hit Reset to restore to defaults.
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February 20, 2012 11:20:14 PM

Ok. Is it possible to get 7970 speeds on stock setup with stability?

I just noticed my join date was 1970, you guys didn't know I was old school like that did you..
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February 28, 2012 9:39:45 AM

So far the system has been amazing. Games, forget about it... Although I couldn't resist and i ordered another HD7950 and a additional 24" LCD which will be here tomorrow. :bounce: 

Only problem I ran in to so far was I wanted to reseat the HSF on Friday and add another 120mm for push/pull and the screw on the bracket snapped inside the stand-off screw. Put a parts order in with CoolMaster. Hopefully it doesn't take weeks to get here...
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February 28, 2012 9:40:40 AM

Best answer selected by wireeater.
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