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March 3, 2012 10:15:28 PM

Hello,
this is my first PC build, shooting for a mid-level gaming PC. Any thoughts on this set up?
ASUS P8Z68 V Pro
i5 2500k (future oc)
EVGA GTX 570
Ripjaw 8GB ddr3 1600
Corsair TX650 psu
Corsair Carbide 400R

I'm pretty sure it will all fit in the case, I'm mainly wondering if I've mis-matched the GPU and PSU (is 650 enough?)

thanks.


edit: forgot to add - WD caviar blue 500 mb (leaving open for future SSD).
will also add a cooler in the future when I OC the CPU - waiting to see how much clearance I have in the case.

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March 3, 2012 10:51:52 PM

Change the PSU to at least 750 watts for future GPU upgrade(SLI)
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March 3, 2012 11:09:28 PM

Looks like a nice rig! I'm assuming you already have an HDD and optical drive? Don't forget to budget for an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan to OC. And keep in mind clearance issues with memory sticks with the fins. If you just use slots 2 and 4 on that mobo, you won't have clearance issues but you may if you intend to use all 4 in the future.....depending on the CPU cooler you end up with. I love that case. Also, Corsair has a utility on their website that will recommend PSU depending on your components. You will also need a $7 mobo speaker if you want to hear your POST beeps. My ASUS didn't have one....not sure on the Pro version.
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March 4, 2012 1:11:22 AM

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edit: forgot to add - WD caviar blue 500 mb (leaving open for future SSD).
will also add a cooler in the future when I OC the CPU - waiting to see how much clearance I have in the case.


Good choice with the Corsair case - if you're worried about space constraints I have one, and it has *PLENTY* of room to support any cooler you throw at it. The Carbide could easily support a Noctua D14 if you wanted to.

I definitely agree about switching out the PSU - get one that is at least a 750W and a bit more energy efficient - try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your budget allows I'd look at getting a small SSD for a boot drive - it will increase your load times drastically, try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 4, 2012 4:29:06 AM

Thanks all for your input. The PSU was definitely my one concern for future expansion.
My other thought was to spend more $$ up front on a better PSU vs. the GTX 570 (but the GTX sure looks like a nice card.)

The PSU selector on the Corsair web-site seems to indicate that the minimum PSU size for SLI or cross fire starts at 750 and up.
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March 4, 2012 5:14:43 AM

tis build wan to ply wat kind of games ?
gv some example ~
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March 4, 2012 8:13:07 PM

We have some older games such as Riven & Myst, plus newer ones like Skyrim, Portal II. The older ones should be fine, it's the new (& future games) I need to plan for. From what I've read, Skyrim shoud be fine with this setup, maybe just not in the highest mode.
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March 5, 2012 12:27:26 AM

Stuckinmuk said:
Thanks all for your input. The PSU was definitely my one concern for future expansion.
My other thought was to spend more $$ up front on a better PSU vs. the GTX 570 (but the GTX sure looks like a nice card.)

The PSU selector on the Corsair web-site seems to indicate that the minimum PSU size for SLI or cross fire starts at 750 and up.


The 570TI and 560TI are excellent cards - you can't go wrong either way.

A good rule of thumb is whatever the minimum wattage your PSU calculator recommends, add 50W for overclocking and 100W if you plan to add a second video card.
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March 5, 2012 1:18:24 AM

Stuckinmuk said:
Thanks all for your input. The PSU was definitely my one concern for future expansion.
My other thought was to spend more $$ up front on a better PSU vs. the GTX 570 (but the GTX sure looks like a nice card.)

The PSU selector on the Corsair web-site seems to indicate that the minimum PSU size for SLI or cross fire starts at 750 and up.


A better PSU is always a plus. I have a TX850W Corsair and a 2500K, HD5870 so I don't need that much. But it will last longer as it wont have to push itself so hard to power the components.

Also, try to get the P8Z68-v Pro/Gen3. The difference is the Gen3 will support PCIe 3.0 should you decide to upgrade to a Ivy Bridge CPU. The non Gen3 will support Ivy Bridge but not PCIe 3.0 and it never hurts to have the next gen PCIe even though we wont saturate PCIe 2.0 for a few years.
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March 5, 2012 1:22:40 AM

With a 570, it's probably not a mid-range gaming pc anymore and I do agree with people suggesting 750W for more headroom for future upgrades. While I normally don't prefer pre-filled liquid cooler, try looking at the antec kuhler 620. It's about $50 and performs where it should be plus no clearance issue with memory heatsink whatsoever.
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March 5, 2012 2:25:55 AM

EzioAs said:
With a 570, it's probably not a mid-range gaming pc anymore and I do agree with people suggesting 750W for more headroom for future upgrades. While I normally don't prefer pre-filled liquid cooler, try looking at the antec kuhler 620. It's about $50 and performs where it should be plus no clearance issue with memory heatsink whatsoever.


Tom's didn't like the Antec Kuhler - it didn't fare well in a recent comparison with the Corsair H60:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...

Go with the EVGA M020 if you're considering that type of cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 5, 2012 2:31:58 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Tom's didn't like the Antec Kuhler - it didn't fare well in a recent comparison with the Corsair H60:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...

Go with the EVGA M020 if you're considering that type of cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's just a suggestion if he wants pre-filled liquid cooler. I really prefer high-end air cooler such as the D14 which is cheaper than the H100 but performs just as well, but most people tend to avoid tower type cooler these days.
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March 5, 2012 2:32:45 AM

jimmysmitty said:
A better PSU is always a plus. I have a TX850W Corsair and a 2500K, HD5870 so I don't need that much. But it will last longer as it wont have to push itself so hard to power the components.

Also, try to get the P8Z68-v Pro/Gen3. The difference is the Gen3 will support PCIe 3.0 should you decide to upgrade to a Ivy Bridge CPU. The non Gen3 will support Ivy Bridge but not PCIe 3.0 and it never hurts to have the next gen PCIe even though we wont saturate PCIe 2.0 for a few years.


Yes, thank you for that. It is the P8Z68-V Pro/gen3 I've got ready to order. Also upgraded to the Corsair 750 PSU.
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March 5, 2012 2:38:08 AM

Seems like you're ready for the build. I'll let you do the cpu cooler choice based on reviews. Good luck
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