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March 19, 2012 2:31:12 AM

Hey everyone at Tom's Hardware!

I recently posted a build question and got a few really helpful responses! Now, I've come to a decision somewhat, on the parts that I am going to be using for the build. I have all the parts listed below as well as the prices. I'd be really grateful if any of you could comment telling me what you think could be changed for an improvement in the price for performance; or if you know where I could get some of these products for a better price. None of the parts listed are final and are very open to being changed!


A computer building novice, Niko

CPU: i5 2500k

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi)

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-650

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB)
I need the RAM to fit under the heatsink, do you think this is the best option?

Case: BitFinex Colossus Chasis

HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23"

CD/DVD Drive:
-Just a random one from either amazon or newegg.

Operating System:
-Windows 7

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 19, 2012 10:12:16 AM

I don't know the price of that Bitfenix case but i think is expensive.
If you need some silent and cheaper cases , here some options :
COOLER MASTER Silencio 450 60$
COOLER MASTER Silencio 550 110$ and here a reviews of the case
Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Grey 110$
Fractal Design Define XL Titanium Grey 150$
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 40$
The build looks great.
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March 19, 2012 10:24:47 AM

When I look at your specs, I am a little worried about your PSU. It's best if you get a 700W PSU just to support your chosen GPU, CPU, Memory and provide a little more head room.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 19, 2012 10:37:50 AM

He don't need a 700W PSU. Even a 600W PSU can power easy his build.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 19, 2012 11:12:09 AM

For cases, check out Rosewill. Their fans are quiet but effective, and the construction and materials are decent even on the low end.
For a cooler, any direct-touch 120mm cooler will offer similar results. I use a Xigmatek Gaia, and it is keeping my mildly oc'ed 970BE at 30C idle.
Especially with equivalent or better competition, it is very easy to recommend against anything from Crappermaster (Coolermaster). Some of their PSUs have liar labels on them, and/or claim to have protections that are missing (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business, for any product, no matter its quality. Fortunately, like I said above, in any market where they are found, Crappermaster has competitors who offer similar (or better, imho) products for the same price; you need not take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest company.
March 19, 2012 11:21:45 AM

I just got the same fan for a build, I generally like CM but this heatsink and fan are trash. Your video Card, If you have not bought yet, wait for the new releases.
I am personally ready to get the 7870, just waiting for the avaliability.
The PSU is the most important part do not be cheap. While seasonic make some Corsair psu, this would be my recomended one for this build

Good luck.
March 19, 2012 11:23:44 AM

I like it! I might go with a less flashy/cheaper case and a 1 tb HD though. Good build as it stands.
March 26, 2012 2:14:07 AM

Best answer selected by nikopappas.