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March 13, 2012 2:51:04 PM

I realized that i didnt give enough info in the old thread so i closed it and here goes, i hope its better now =D

This is the build so far, i just have a few little bits to iron out with your help =D


Ill chuck the prices in so you guys can get a feel for how its shaping up =-)

Mobo ASROCK Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 - $125
CPU i5 2500k - $209
GPU Gainward GTX560Ti Phantom 1G - $264.33
HD OCZ Agility3 60gb - $109 and a WD scorpio black 500gb 2.5" from my laptop that just died =D

Sub $707.33

My query with the ram is what MHz i should buy, should i buy DDR3 1333, 1600 or 2000 MHz??
Im thinking - 8Gb DDR3 Corsair 2X4Gb 1600Mhz Kit Vengeance Performance CL9 for $59

Im guessing my PSU should be 750W or so considering ill go SLI one day when i need the juice and i have the dosh. Which of the coolermaster/antec/corsair lines stand out as being the best in this wattage at a low price?
Im thinking Cooler Master 720W Silent Pro Modular II for $125
OR 750W "Corsair" TX-750v2 ATX Power Supply $141 Or 750W "Corsair" TX-750 ATX Power Supply $159 (whats the difference?)

As far as a case is concerned... Antec Three Hundred for $60 ??? do you have to buy a special case with USB3 ports or does any old port work when u plug it all in? ASROCK Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 is a USB3 mobo right??

Oh and im putting a wireless card in too, is there anything i need to watch out for??? or will any do?

Lastly it would be a shame to not OC my 2500k so i'm going to need an el'cheapo air cooler. I saw TH did a review of some a few weeks back but couldn't find the article =( what do you all recommend??

Thanks a tonne for all your help and please let me know if you spot any problems.

Cheers
Paul
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March 13, 2012 3:03:08 PM
March 13, 2012 3:19:36 PM

Your RAM speed won't matter past 1333MHz on an Intel rig. So the 1600MHz kit you have should be fine, though you can find cheaper. Such as the Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Cooler Master PSU is a bit intriguing, as it is a brand spankin' new model. I have the old 750w version, which is fine for what it is. You don't really need 750 watts of power though, a good 650 watt could save you a little bit of dosh. Plus you'll have enough room to spare, in power, for a 2nd 560.

Also, that price on the OCZ agility is terrible! I would go with a Crucial M4 anyway instead of the OCZ.

Cases have to have the BLUE USB 3.0 plugs in order to support USB 3.0. There are also 4 port 3.5" front panel things you can buy that work pretty good too.

For cheap cooling, I would go with the Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 or the Cooler Master Hyper 212, both are around 30 bucks on newegg.
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March 13, 2012 3:26:20 PM

^why don't you build him a whole system? :whistle: 
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March 13, 2012 3:34:37 PM

hellfire24 said:
^why don't you build him a whole system? :whistle: 


He is on the right track, already, with his build.
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March 13, 2012 3:35:29 PM

okay!
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2012 6:44:33 PM

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Also, that price on the OCZ agility is terrible! I would go with a Crucial M4 anyway instead of the OCZ.


Yeah I agree, when I did my research into SSDs, I read nothing but complaints about OCZ, so I generally tend to stay away from them as a result.

Here's my $1K build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333Mhz 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $320 (approx)

Total: $970.92 - $35.00 MIR = $935.92

If you can wait until the 19th for the 7870 I would heavily advise doing so and running off the HD3000 in the mean time.
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March 13, 2012 10:58:38 PM

Once again thanks a million guys!
I cant wait any longer for the 78xx cards tho, tomorrow is my only half day off from my unpaid internship (yaaaay) and im falling behind in my assignments lol.

Im building this in Perth, Western Australia so we dont get all the discounts and bundles and stuff that you do =P the shopping process here is a little more... exploratory =D

For example, the best price i can get on a COOLER MASTER HAF 912 is $107 =D
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 is $148.50
I use a website called staticice which checks all the retailers and compares their prices.

Thanks for warning me about the OCZ, ill try to hunt myself down a Crucial M4 and thanks for the ram advice, i remembered reading about the i5 2550k only liking a certain speed lol or maybe it was that it didnt like the 2000MHz.

Anyway, time to go for to work, ill double check this once i finish to see if anything changed.

Once again, cheers fellas you're life savers

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
March 16, 2012 11:50:18 PM

07tonzpau said:
Once again thanks a million guys!
I cant wait any longer for the 78xx cards tho, tomorrow is my only half day off from my unpaid internship (yaaaay) and im falling behind in my assignments lol.

Im building this in Perth, Western Australia so we dont get all the discounts and bundles and stuff that you do =P the shopping process here is a little more... exploratory =D

For example, the best price i can get on a COOLER MASTER HAF 912 is $107 =D
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 is $148.50
I use a website called staticice which checks all the retailers and compares their prices.

Thanks for warning me about the OCZ, ill try to hunt myself down a Crucial M4 and thanks for the ram advice, i remembered reading about the i5 2550k only liking a certain speed lol or maybe it was that it didnt like the 2000MHz.

Anyway, time to go for to work, ill double check this once i finish to see if anything changed.

Once again, cheers fellas you're life savers


You can always run off the onboard video until the 7870 is available - it will run circles around any 560 - 570TI setup that's available right now.
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March 31, 2012 12:20:42 AM

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March 31, 2012 12:21:47 AM

I wish i had read this before i sent the order for the phantom 560ti haha the onboard graphics is actually much better than i expected... capable of running skyrim on lowest o.O
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