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March 5, 2012 5:33:52 PM

Just need some thoughts and feedback on this for using to to game. Mainly Wow, D3, GW2, BF3, Skyrim.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $179.99
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing $39.99
Motherboard Asus P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) ATX LGA1155 $159.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 $41.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $131.74
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB $219.99
Case NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower $109.99
Power Supply Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $94.99
Optical Drive Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer $18.98
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $99.99

Total is about 1100. I really am torn on mother boards and graphics card the rest I feel I know what I want on the rest just wanted to make sure it was all compatible before I pull the trigger on ordering. How will this fair graphics wise. I will prolly do the 90 day step up from EVGA if I feel I need a better card thoughts and feed back would be great :) 

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March 5, 2012 5:47:11 PM

No SSD? your computer is going to feel slow
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March 5, 2012 6:05:21 PM

The cooler you linked has terrible reviews it seems lots of bad problems recently. Why that mother board?
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March 5, 2012 6:07:47 PM

Lostguy said:
The cooler you linked has terrible reviews it seems lots of bad problems recently. Why that mother board?


Where are you getting that from - the Hyper 212 is a pretty universally praised cooler, I have one and I like it way way better than the Zalman fan I had.

As far as the motherboard goes - you said you weren't sure about it, it's always wise to consider multiple options before purchasing - I use the UD3P and it's been an excellent board so far, I can't imagine the UD3H is any different.
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March 5, 2012 6:13:44 PM

Came without the back plate. How is this even possible?

I don't know why But the cross piece that screws the heatsink onto the motherboard, do I have to push that lil screw pin in the tiny hole before mounting? I can't get my fingers in between the heastsink and the top of the screw. Directions weren't very clear on that, or do I just screw the thing onto the motherboard and it does it automatically?

One of the stand off screws that game with mine was stripped, so the nut wouldn't tighten on properly. After unsuccessfully attempting to find a replacement nut, I had to register on Cooler Master's website and submit a part request on 10/30. The status of this request is still "pending" 5 days later.

Ok here's the deal. I bought this based on the all the amazing reviews, I am not impressed.

I have had to reseat this thing FIVE times to try and get better temps. Here is the progression on a 2500k @4.0 Ghz under full load 61C, 68C, 68C, 63C, 61C. I have wasted so much thermal compound and time on this thing it is ridiculous.

I am getting uneven pressure (as evidenced by uneven coating of thermal paste) after repeatedly adjusting the MB screws, which isn't allowing good contact. My Loki is rock solidly bolted to the motherboard. This thing is floating on springs, which is a poor design IMO. For the money this thing cost they could have a better mounting system.

Thats just four reviews in a row that I read over there.
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March 5, 2012 7:31:40 PM

Lostguy said:
Came without the back plate. How is this even possible?

I don't know why But the cross piece that screws the heatsink onto the motherboard, do I have to push that lil screw pin in the tiny hole before mounting? I can't get my fingers in between the heastsink and the top of the screw. Directions weren't very clear on that, or do I just screw the thing onto the motherboard and it does it automatically?

One of the stand off screws that game with mine was stripped, so the nut wouldn't tighten on properly. After unsuccessfully attempting to find a replacement nut, I had to register on Cooler Master's website and submit a part request on 10/30. The status of this request is still "pending" 5 days later.

Ok here's the deal. I bought this based on the all the amazing reviews, I am not impressed.

I have had to reseat this thing FIVE times to try and get better temps. Here is the progression on a 2500k @4.0 Ghz under full load 61C, 68C, 68C, 63C, 61C. I have wasted so much thermal compound and time on this thing it is ridiculous.

I am getting uneven pressure (as evidenced by uneven coating of thermal paste) after repeatedly adjusting the MB screws, which isn't allowing good contact. My Loki is rock solidly bolted to the motherboard. This thing is floating on springs, which is a poor design IMO. For the money this thing cost they could have a better mounting system.

Thats just four reviews in a row that I read over there.



Wow, I never read that about the Hyper 212 - maybe it was just a bad batch or something. I'm using a Hyper 212 Plus and it's been rock solid and stable since the day I got it. I hate Xigmatek though and won't recommend them after I had a fan that gave me constant CPU errors and eventually fried a motherboard I was using (Asus M487TD Evo). The Xigmatek fan is currently being used as a paper weight and a reminder never to buy them again.

Cooler Master does not have the best tech support I will admit that (I had a bent side door on my HAF 912 and they sent me the wrong one as a replacement).

The thing is I don't use Newegg or Amazon as the sole basis for the products I choose - I use a wide variety of sources - PC Magazine, Maximum PC, Tom's, Anandtech, PC Gamer, and a couple of others and I went with the Hyper 212 based on reviews from those mags.

If you don't want to use a Hyper 212 here's a couple of fans you could check out similar:
- EVGA M020: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Noctua NH-U9B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 5, 2012 7:36:43 PM

Well the case I got has 5 fans as well plus the one on the card I feel it will be pretty cool one sec I will post my final list.
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March 5, 2012 7:37:16 PM



LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$17.99


NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$139.99
$119.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$139.99


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 ...
Item #: N82E16814130604
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$249.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$104.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$41.99


ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131771
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
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$224.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99


NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835146002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$15.99


NZXT FS-200RB 200mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835146004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$16.99


ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Item #: N82E16835118003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$44.99
$39.99
Subtotal: $1,252.88
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March 5, 2012 7:46:00 PM

Get a better cooler. Why Zalman?
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