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March 8, 2012 2:30:17 PM

Ok, I think I'm pretty much done researching all the parts I want to use for my new and first Intel based system. So please take a look and give a thumbs up or down on my configuration. I'm open to suggestions. I'm waiting on the video card until Kepler comes out.

This is a gaming rig that I intend to use with one video card. The settings for the games will be maxed @ 1920x1080. I will be playing SWTOR, Diablo 3, SC2, any major FPS, Batman AA & AC, and Possibly Skyrim. I may also do some video editing if I get fancy but it will just be recording VIA fraps as I play various games so cutting edge is not required.

Thanks!

Orion's New Machine 2012

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$199.99 -$30.00 Instant $169.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 $129.99

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready
$179.99 -$40.00 Instant $139.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
$224.99 $224.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$46.99 $93.98

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare
$159.99 $159.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$21.99 $21.99

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
$74.99 -$10.00 Instant $64.99

Subtotal: $1,065.90
March 8, 2012 2:32:20 PM

change the cpu cooler to a cooler master hyper 212+
other than that it's all good, but if you want to wait for kepler, why not wait for building until they come out? ivy bridge could be out by then too
March 8, 2012 3:08:13 PM

Everything I'm reading about Sandy Bridge gives amazing upgrades for Laptop users but little for Desktops. Am I missing something?
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March 8, 2012 3:13:18 PM

morgoth780 said:
change the cpu cooler to a cooler master hyper 212+
other than that it's all good, but if you want to wait for kepler, why not wait for building until they come out? ivy bridge could be out by then too


Ivy Bridge is not going to be out by mid summer - but Sandy Bridge is fine for now, Ivy will only offer like a 10% increase in CPU performance - not really worth it.

I definitely agree with the cooler - I don't particularly like Zalman fans.

Swap your SSD with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The OCZ is not a good choice - the Crucial M4 is the way to go.

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This is a gaming rig that I intend to use with one video card. The settings for the games will be maxed @ 1920x1080. I will be playing SWTOR, Diablo 3, SC2, any major FPS, Batman AA & AC, and Possibly Skyrim


What GPU are you using? Is it going to be a 560TI or are you holding out for the 7870?
March 8, 2012 3:17:20 PM

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What GPU are you using? Is it going to be a 560TI or are you holding out for the 7870?


Funny thing is I can't remember what my GPU is right now...I'm ashamed but I forgot, I think it's an Nvidia 9800. It's pretty old tech but it should hold me over until Kepler comes out hopefully later this month.

I might also buy a cheap 560 card locally and return it before the return period expires. Just to keep me a bit up to date until Kepler comes out.
March 8, 2012 3:27:21 PM

No way! If you are going to spend that much on a CPU cooler you could get a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for just a bit more and you will have one of the best Air Coolers around!

Only downside is you need ram that does not have huge heat spreaders.( they dont do much) You can get this set of 8gb instead, same brand and info only not as tall when in a slot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Goodluck with you build and grats on being able to wait for the new Nvidia Cards. They are going to be epic. (I hope, if not you can always get an older one for cheap ^_^)
a b å Intel
March 8, 2012 4:01:04 PM

Orion_2kTC said:
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What GPU are you using? Is it going to be a 560TI or are you holding out for the 7870?


Funny thing is I can't remember what my GPU is right now...I'm ashamed but I forgot, I think it's an Nvidia 9800. It's pretty old tech but it should hold me over until Kepler comes out hopefully later this month.

I might also buy a cheap 560 card locally and return it before the return period expires. Just to keep me a bit up to date until Kepler comes out.


I'm getting a 7870 personally - I've been reading the benchmarks and everything else and it's matching and in some cases beating a GTX 580, check it out: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

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No way! If you are going to spend that much on a CPU cooler you could get a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835608018

for just a bit more and you will have one of the best Air Coolers around!


I'd definitely second this recommendation although if you don't like the huge air coolers I'd recommend the smaller NH-U9B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b å Intel
March 8, 2012 5:48:44 PM

Orion_2kTC said:
Taking into account different cool, what about this memory?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That works - Crucial and Kingston generally have lower fail rates than Corsair does but they all should be fine, as long as you go with a tier 1 vendor like those you're good.
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