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March 7, 2012 1:19:37 AM

I have done my research and i think i have the best bang for my buck here but what do you think?

do not need monitor, keyboard, or mouse.

this is a gaming only rig, my first build ever

and i do not need a ssd (feel comfortable enough with just 500gb hdd) need your honest opinions pls question anything that might be iffy..

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Item #: N82E16811129021 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136769 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... Item #: N82E16814130590 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd/cd drive: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM Item #: N82E16827106276 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ... Item #: N82E16817139021 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL Item #: N82E16820231455 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Item #: N82E16813131790 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Without IGP BX80623i52550K Item #: N82E16819115230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116986

CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ... Item #: N82E16835103099 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007


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March 7, 2012 1:38:53 AM

Hey man i pretty much got the same build as you. Take a look at my sig to see mine.

I can recommend every single thing you put in your rig. Mines runs great and runs crysis 2 and bf3 on max settings at a steady 60fps. Havent met a game yet it hasnt torn threw. Gtx 580 SC comes with a lifetime warrenty if your didnt know.

If you want some RAM to match your board, check out the kingston hyper x. The blue matches pefectly with the blue on the board. Looks great.

The psu isnt enough to power two 580's if you ever plan to go that way. The recommend is 1000+ if you plan to run 2 and overclock everything. I plan to do SLI when the card drops in price to like 300. But theres not rush since the card is a beast.

You dont need the thermal compound, either the hypere 212 comes with some.

The case is great, but you may want to check out the antec 1100. Was going to go with the 900 orginally, but the 1100 is a better bang for your buck. I got no issues whatsoever with temps and its got everything i would ever need. Its about an inch taller than a midsize tower, and 2 inches longer.

Heres a pic of my rig, not trying to show up but your rig is pretty much identical to my setup so i figure id add them for you can get an idea of what it looks like all thrown together. I moved that fan i had on the inside to the outside for the window has two fans, but you can throw 2 in the center of the case if you want. Two fans blow right on the card, my 580 never gets over 67c.

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March 7, 2012 1:44:55 AM

thanks alot neal! I think that ill stick with the 750w psu because I do not think I will run sli 580s,

once games start beating up this rig, ill upgrade and just get a different psu and a new card by then when im out of college and have a job hopefully by then to buy a new beast =] i will look into that case and matching color ram sound great to me good input !
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March 7, 2012 1:47:26 AM

I'd recommend adding a SSd into there and your set. Use the SSD for Your Windows 7 Install and any essential programs you want to run at blazing speeds =p

Recommend:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I have my OS and almost all Programs on there. Still have 33gigs left of room.
Using a 3Tb harddrive for Games
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March 7, 2012 1:48:36 AM

You don't want a SSD? LMAO. Really? I feel all build over $1000 with a SSD is weak. You didn't even get a 10,000RPM HDD.
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March 7, 2012 1:53:31 AM

i reccomend the same SSD cloud said. You can get a 64gb one too for $100 bucks if thats more in your budget. I got the 64gb one. Get the 128gb one if you have the money, but the 64gb work just as good. I got my OS, Skyrim and like 10gbs of mods, and starcraft 2 on mine, with about 15gb to spare. Os took up about 30gb, It really makes a difference. My computer boots up in like 10 seconds. Skyrims got 2 second loading screens, and a map in starcraft loads up in like 3 seconds. Big difference compared to an HDD. Its nice to put the games you play alot on there, and then move them over to your HDD when your done.
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March 7, 2012 1:53:39 AM

I have a question about that ram neal.. its stock speed is says 1600 but people say its actually 1333 then you have to tweak it in bios to get it to 1600,

when i plug these into the asus board, do i have to change anything to get it to go to 1600
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March 7, 2012 1:57:31 AM

will a ssd effect any performance or just load times, load times arent that much of an issue to me..
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March 7, 2012 2:04:48 AM

Macclan_06 said:
I have a question about that ram neal.. its stock speed is says 1600 but people say its actually 1333 then you have to tweak it in bios to get it to 1600,

when i plug these into the asus board, do i have to change anything to get it to go to 1600



Your Mobo Bios should Automatically change it to 1600 (make sure to update your bios to the latest version)..... If not then yes you do have to tweak it. Its easy just match the latency of your memory and input it in. Example In my bios I have it set at 1600 9-9-9-24

Very easy how to guides online to help you out.
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March 7, 2012 2:14:06 AM

An SSD affects all aspect of your computer performance. Mostly random reads and write so it makes your computer lag free basically.
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March 7, 2012 2:14:12 AM

Macclan_06 said:
I have a question about that ram neal.. its stock speed is says 1600 but people say its actually 1333 then you have to tweak it in bios to get it to 1600,

when i plug these into the asus board, do i have to change anything to get it to go to 1600


Yeah it set my clock speed to 1333 when i first put it in. But that can happen with any RAM its just the board getting setup to boot. After any build your going to have to go into the bios and double check to make sure everything is setup like you want it. Its as easy as going in the bios and clicking a button scrolling down to 1600 and clicking it. Takes 2 seconds. Honestly i recommend ASUS boards because there the easiest bios to play with. Its amazing how its setup compared to other boards. Everything is really easy to do.
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March 7, 2012 2:17:43 AM

neal0790 said:
Yeah it set my clock speed to 1333 when i first put it in. But that can happen with any RAM its just the board getting setup to boot. After any build your going to have to go into the bios and double check to make sure everything is setup like you want it. Its as easy as going in the bios and clicking a button scrolling down to 1600 and clicking it. Takes 2 seconds. Honestly i recommend ASUS boards because there the easiest bios to play with. Its amazing how its setup compared to other boards. Everything is really easy to do.


sounds real easy thanks neal,

still wondering about tha ssd performance effect tho
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March 7, 2012 2:33:40 AM

Macclan_06 said:
sounds real easy thanks neal,

still wondering about tha ssd performance effect tho


SSD is going to become mainstream real soon. The performance itself is excellent. PC Boot times in under 10 seconds or less. Programs open instantly. Example itunes or Adobe CS4 takes a good amount of time to load. Imagine them opening either instantly or at 2 seconds/less. SSD really does shine when your using a program that takes long to load. The best example I can actually show you is from NCIX. Watch this and you'll get a better understanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lR0XoHFU6Y
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March 7, 2012 2:36:14 AM

Cloudz00x said:
SSD is going to become mainstream real soon. The performance itself is excellent. PC Boot times in under 10 seconds or less. Programs open instantly. Example itunes or Adobe CS4 takes a good amount of time to load. Imagine them opening either instantly or at 2 seconds/less. SSD really does shine when your using a program that takes long to load. The best example I can actually show you is from NCIX. Watch this and you'll get a better understanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lR0XoHFU6Y


You beat me to it. I was actually going to post that video. I love that guy, i watched a bunch of his videos when i was trying to pick parts and he really explains alot.
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March 7, 2012 2:39:56 AM

Cloudz00x said:
SSD is going to become mainstream real soon. The performance itself is excellent. PC Boot times in under 10 seconds or less. Programs open instantly. Example itunes or Adobe CS4 takes a good amount of time to load. Imagine them opening either instantly or at 2 seconds/less. SSD really does shine when your using a program that takes long to load. The best example I can actually show you is from NCIX. Watch this and you'll get a better understanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lR0XoHFU6Y



so a ssd will just give me great load times opening up programs and such or booting up windows, but will it effect how programs and games run on my computer?

if not i could care less about blazing fast load up times when its how the game runs that matters to me not how long it takes to load up (which wouldnt be long on this build compared to current setup)

if it does help games run better then yea i will get it. if not ill save the 100 dollars and sit for the 50 seconds it will take to boot up my computer.. not an issue to me.
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March 7, 2012 2:44:44 AM

Macclan_06 said:
so a ssd will just give me great load times opening up programs and such or booting up windows, but will it effect how programs and games run on my computer?

if not i could care less about blazing fast load up times when its how the game runs that matters to me not how long it takes to load up (which wouldnt be long on this build compared to current setup)

if it does help games run better then yea i will get it. if not ill save the 100 dollars and sit for the 50 seconds it will take to boot up my computer.. not an issue to me.



When you watch the video, you will notice that games are also affected. Anything that takes reading/writing times. Theres no lag in between. So yes Games will be smoother. Loading points in games will be faster. Over all better performance in game.

Most games will run smooth and fine since there dependent on A) Proccessor B) GPU... but a game that loads everything in to RAM will not see any benefit except faster loading screen. A game that constantly streams textures, models, icons, animations (like wow/skyrim/mmorpgsetc;) will see a huge increase in performance.
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March 7, 2012 2:55:15 AM

An SSD wont effect your frame rate or anything like that. But it will give you an advantage playing games like Skyrim. After playing skyrim on an SSD i dont know how i played it on my HDD. It will load items faster, and will give you a little bit quicker response time. Assassins creed seem to be another game that really helps. No more punching into thin air for 2 minutes while the level loads, throws you right to the next level. There not a complete necessity but there real nice especially on a high end build like yours. Really it just comes down to budget, we can rant and rave about them but your the one who has to decide whats right for them. I was in the same boat and couldnt decide but i feel like it was $100 well spent.
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March 7, 2012 3:05:28 AM

since this build is mainly for swtor and diablo 3 and also bf3 i think you guys got me sold now on getting the crucial 64gb ssd.

this is right at the end of my budget so im very hesitant but i think it will help star wars alot

neal will the antec 900 case fit everything i have decently? i dont want the 1100 because I dont have money now to add anymore fans and the 900 comes loaded with fans.
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March 7, 2012 3:05:54 AM

Get the SSD. I built a rig in December with similar specs to yours and initially didn't have an SSD. I just bought one and did a fresh install of windows, and it's amazing. Although the SSD won't affect framerates (much), it just makes using your machine way more enjoyable. Shogun 2, for example, takes FOREVER to launch from the HDD and has frequent load screens. On the SSD it flies, which makes the experience way more enjoyable. Processing rival moves is also faster because it involves a lot of read/write. Trust me, with the parts you're buying and especially on certain games, your storage is the bottleneck, even if it doesn't affect your framerate as such.
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March 7, 2012 3:07:39 AM

Once you go SSD, you don't go back. For the price they are, they are worth it.
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March 7, 2012 3:08:05 AM

neal0790 said:
An SSD wont effect your frame rate or anything like that. But it will give you an advantage playing games like Skyrim. After playing skyrim on an SSD i dont know how i played it on my HDD. It will load items faster, and will give you a little bit quicker response time. Assassins creed seem to be another game that really helps. No more punching into thin air for 2 minutes while the level loads, throws you right to the next level. There not a complete necessity but there real nice especially on a high end build like yours. Really it just comes down to budget, we can rant and rave about them but your the one who has to decide whats right for them. I was in the same boat and couldnt decide but i feel like it was $100 well spent.



Yep gotta agree here. I was hesitant also in purchasing a SSD, but now looking at how well everything runs.... I cant turn back. I was going to settle for a 1TB/2TB Western Digital/Seagate for $200+ that runs on 7200RPM or a Velociraptor thats alrdy at 100+ no matter what Size you get.

Compared to the SSD.... The SSD blows them all out the water.

Take the plunge.... I'll speak on behalf of Neal and say you wont regret it.
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March 7, 2012 3:10:53 AM

alright alright you guys win its now been added to my shopping cart!

ssd woohoo! One thing that also sold me i was reading some youtube comments and this one guy said think about the 6hrs it takes to wait for a hdd to boot up ur windows in a year compared to the 2 hours a ssd would take in a year, thats 4 hours on my time i get back to game vs sit and wait in a chair.
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March 7, 2012 3:12:50 AM

Macclan_06 said:
alright alright you guys win its now been added to my shopping cart!

ssd woohoo! One thing that also sold me i was reading some youtube comments and this one guy said think about the 6hrs it takes to wait for a hdd to boot up ur windows in a year compared to the 2 hours a ssd would take in a year, thats 4 hours on my time i get back to game vs sit and wait in a chair.



As for the case. The dimensions on the case is big so you'll have enough room for everything. Cable management shouldn't be an issue.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
That's your case ^^.... Just checked it out. Good Luck on the build my friend. You got yourself a monster pc. Welcome to the Elite!
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March 7, 2012 3:16:17 AM

Cloudz00x said:
Yep gotta agree here. I was hesitant also in purchasing a SSD, but now looking at how well everything runs.... I cant turn back. I was going to settle for a 1TB/2TB Western Digital/Seagate for $200+ that runs on 7200RPM or a Velociraptor thats alrdy at 100+ no matter what Size you get.

Compared to the SSD.... The SSD blows them all out the water.

Take the plunge.... I'll speak on behalf of Neal and say you wont regret it.



thx cloud and neal and everyone else who have helped, you guys are great this site is amazing and community is awesome!

thanks everyone with your help I have finalized sorta my build, 900 case, hyper x memory, and a ssd and got rid of that paste because the hyper 212 comes with.

everything else looks grand then i suppose?

I CANNOT WAIT TO BUILD THIS MONSTER!
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March 7, 2012 3:30:15 AM

Macclan_06 said:
thx cloud and neal and everyone else who have helped, you guys are great this site is amazing and community is awesome!

thanks everyone with your help I have finalized sorta my build, 900 case, hyper x memory, and a ssd and got rid of that paste because the hyper 212 comes with.

everything else looks grand then i suppose?

I CANNOT WAIT TO BUILD THIS MONSTER!



Yep your all set to go. Good luck with it. Remember to post back the finalized product so we can take a peek at it.
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March 7, 2012 4:03:12 AM


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March 7, 2012 4:05:47 AM

missing anything? this looks about final... down graded the mobo from the asus z68 gen3 pro to the asus z68 gen3 saved a few bucks there.. sorry for the format of that above post as well. that was an opps.
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March 7, 2012 4:09:33 AM

Macclan_06 said:
missing anything? this looks about final... down graded the mobo from the asus z68 gen3 pro to the asus z68 gen3 saved a few bucks there.. sorry for the format of that above post as well. that was an opps.



Yep looks good. Whats the final cost?
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March 7, 2012 4:13:04 AM

$1,512.89 before shipping and taxes, shipping esti goes to $1535 then for taxes its 1535x.08= 1660 total
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March 7, 2012 4:14:52 AM

Macclan_06 said:
$1,512.89 before shipping and taxes, shipping esti goes to $1535 then for taxes its 1535x.08= 1660 total



Very nice. Now if you paid another company to build that for you. Woulda been in the 2500+ range. Excellent. I await to see the final result
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March 7, 2012 4:21:22 AM

I will be sure to include some pictures hopefully =]... im just praying that nothing arrives DOA, im ordering from newegg and recently it seems like there is a surge in DOA's but anyone who got one will let the world know so it could be that too.

for everyone else yes this is a near 3000 dollar store built but im doing my self for almost half the price! this is my first time doing anything like this at all never built or really messed with any computers i cant wait.

do your research look around ask questions and put together your own (pre build) parts list and come ask the great people of this site for suggestions like i did and you cant be more happier feeling confident your getting the best for that dollar!
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March 7, 2012 4:30:32 AM

Best answer selected by macclan_06.
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March 7, 2012 4:37:41 AM

Yeah your case will be fine. Good luck with your build. If you got any questions about building or when you get it up running hit me up with a message and i will help you out as much as i can.
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