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February 21, 2012 11:43:00 AM

Hi again everyone,

After reading all your advice, forums and looking at different combinations I have come up with a build that you have all suggested.

Please offer all your comments.
I will be overclocking and the main use is gaming. It has been a problem all along, but I am still unsure about the PSU. The cost is completely on par with what I was
aiming to spend (2150 with monitor, OS and Office. Around 1850-1900 when extra was taken away.)

Please offer all your comments.

Thank you to the whole community and everyone that has helped me put this together. Look forward to learning more and working with the Tomshardware community throughout my computing time.


Intel S1155 Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Quad Core CPU UNLOCKED
128GB Crucial M4 2.5" SATA SSD Drive
24" ASUS VS248H LED monitor 1
Asus S1155 ATX P8Z68-V PRO-GEN3 Motherboard
CoolerMaster Full ATX RC-840-KKN1 Case Black (No PSU)
1TB Seagate 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s Hard Disk Drive
ATI 7950 3GB MSI PCIe Video Card
Antec 750W High Current Gamer Power Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze, 135mm fan, High Current +12V rail(s), 4x PCI-E, 9x SATA, 6x Molex
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile Vengeance Module
Coolermaster COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO UNIVERSAL
February 21, 2012 11:51:24 AM

That 750W will handle 2 of your 7950s.

I will personally recommend you drop the reference 7950 card and get either a Powercolor PCS + version or the Sapphire Twin Fan version.
If the MSI Twin Frozr III version is available in your area that would be my first choice.

Also, I've not seen anything on that case before. And it seems all but discontinued on Newegg (I'm from the UK but I assume folk are US here)
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February 21, 2012 2:55:06 PM

Did you check out the Coolermaster HAF cases.. many of them come highly recommended.
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February 21, 2012 9:19:56 PM

What would you suggest as a PSU then? I would like the PSU to last a few upgrades so even if it is overkill at the moment, I'm thinking it will be perfect in a few years time.

I know the HAF cases come highly recommended. This one also was praised, and from what I read, has no major differences. I can change the case thats no problem but I'm really just wondering about the other components.

I haven't seen the MSI Twin Frozr III version, but I will have another look.
Why do you suggest a Powercolor PCS + version. I have seen the sapphire twin fan and was thinking of getting it.
What do you think of the nvidia 580gtx super clock. Both the 580gtx and reference 7950 are the same price. The sapphire is about $100 more expensive.

Cheers.
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February 21, 2012 9:33:21 PM

What is the subtotal so far? If it is less than 2150, you could get a better monitor. :p 
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February 21, 2012 9:39:08 PM

I'm happy with the monitor. It has had really good reviews.
It is still sub 2100 possibly sub 2000.
I just really want to make sure that what is in the inside is correct and offers me the best performance possibly for the level of expenditure.
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February 21, 2012 9:42:04 PM

If you do any fast-paced gaming, consider a 120Hz monitor.
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February 21, 2012 9:46:07 PM

Try this for a $1900 build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline Quad Channel DDR3 1600MHz 1.5v 16GB (4 x 4GB) - $159.99
SSD: 64GB Samsung 830 - $119.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB - $159.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: HIS Radeon 7950 - $464.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99
Monitor: Asus VH242H - $179.99

Total: $2,197.88

With this build you get the current X79 platform, a state of the art Radeon 7950, 2TB of HD storage and a 64GB SSD for boot.
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February 21, 2012 9:54:10 PM

deadjon said:
That 750W will handle 2 of your 7950s.

I will personally recommend you drop the reference 7950 card and get either a Powercolor PCS + version or the Sapphire Twin Fan version.
If the MSI Twin Frozr III version is available in your area that would be my first choice.

Also, I've not seen anything on that case before. And it seems all but discontinued on Newegg (I'm from the UK but I assume folk are US here)


+1 on this. 650w is plenty and you could still get a modular for under $100. I'm very happy with my Corsair modular.
I like your mobo. It has a sweet "ez OC button" that will take you to 4.5 in about 5 minutes of work.
Get a nice case....corsair, antec are my favorites. If you're in the low hundreds to $150 then you're sittin pretty. +1 on gunits recommendation for the 500R.
You could save some money on your HDD since you're just going to be using it for storing your pr0n and what not. 6Gb/s will be wasted so just find a cheapie that has enough storage for your needs. Your SSD will be doing the heavy lifting.
I like your choice of RAM (low profile) and CPU cooler.
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February 21, 2012 10:00:25 PM

there are cheaper monitor as well....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" - $170 after rebate

also you can get this psu instead...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W - $100 after rebate

though 750watt is enough for cfx... but you can get extra 100watt for pretty much the same price... so why not?

when are you going to buy these parts... just to mind you... nvidia is about to release its next gen graphics processor kepler sometime in march/april... and that's very close from now....

as for cases is really down to your personal taste... but these are some of the best case under $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill BLACKHAWK - $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP - $80 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc Midi Black - $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 400R - $90 after rebate
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