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April 3, 2012 2:54:38 PM

Hey everyone,

First time poster, first time builder. Looking for some advice and guidance. I've been researching parts for about a month now and have been mainly using the Logical Increments Buying Guide to help me along. Once I started researching the various components, I got pretty overwhelmed at the sheer multitude of options presented to me when picking each component. I think I have everything picked, but I just want to make sure that this system is going to do what I intend it to do and that when I finally turn it on, this whole project fails in a puff of smoke and tears.

Anyway, here's what I got so far:
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Approximate Purchase Date: Over the course of the next couple of months. Going to be buying the parts over time so I don't have to drop all the cash at once.

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Movies, Light CAD drafting, emailing mom and dad

Parts Not Required: Need everything. Switched from Desktop to Laptop ~3 yrs ago. Need a good gaming rig and want to go back to desktop.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use the Intel CPU and already purchased a Gigabyte Mobo

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like to buy all the initial components now (i.e. 1 GPU, 1 HDD) with the option of upgrading, adding parts, OCing, and/or Crossfire/SLI later on when more cash becomes available.

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Here's what I got picked out:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.28GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec NEC ECO 620C 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Some of my main questions:
1. Obviously, are there any parts I should swap out and will this all work together?
2. Is 620W enough power considering I may want to add additional GPUs, RAM, and HDDs or possibly OC later on?
3. What am I doing wrong??

Any input I could get from the community here would be MUCH appreciated. I've been a little bit hesitant to really explore every option as I am a first time builder.

Thanks a lot!!

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April 3, 2012 3:12:39 PM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

i changed a few things.

ram : i upgraded the ram to 1600mhz which will increase the performance.

gpu : i exchanged the gtx 570 to hd 7870 ghz edition.

the 7870 cost less than a gtx 580 but wins in every test against gtx 580.

psu : i upgraded the psu to a 750 w as you said sli maybe in future so you would need a 750 w psu for that.

ssd : i included an ssd it will reduce the loading and booting times by a big margin.

ohh i saw it now. you also need an os. if you can just increase the budget by 100$ then its ok but if not just replace the ssd with os.

hope thois helps
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April 3, 2012 3:48:50 PM

the ram will hardly show any difference but 1600mhz is a sweet spot.anything apove is useless and voids warranty.
7870 is the way to go.570 isn't a wise choice now.
for psu,750w is plenty for 7870 CF.rosewill capstone 750w is a great unit for it's price($110)-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
crucial m4 64gb is a great ssd and will fit in your budgt.for ram,crucial ballixtix sports is a great kit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1.5V dual channel kit,it's perfect for you and is cheaper than others.
this one is a better HDD for same price-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
other things are good!
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April 3, 2012 4:16:52 PM

Thanks so much for the advice. Really appreciate it.

Would you guys suggest installing additional fans into the system? The 400R allows for multiple 120mm fans. Already comes with two intake fans on the front and an outtake fan on the back. Not sure if some additional fans on the side by the PCI slots would be worth it right now.

Thanks again!
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April 3, 2012 4:32:22 PM

blu drives are dirt slow and are well known for their failure rates.the one i suggested is a way better choice.
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April 3, 2012 4:34:14 PM

Oh man. Well good to know! Thanks for the heads up.
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April 3, 2012 5:27:29 PM

An hdd is a very slow storage device which cannot even saturate a sata2 3.0gb port.

So a hdd with sata3 and another with sata2 wont have any difference

as for the optical drives . Blueray drive is very slow but as you gonna burn the cd in slower speed to atain maximum quality it wont matter.


For the case install 2 120mm fans at the top of the case. it will give you plenty of good airflow as per thermodynamixs as hot air rises the hot air would go out of the system through the upper fans.
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April 3, 2012 5:46:10 PM

serialkiller said:
An hdd is a very slow storage device which cannot even saturate a sata2 3.0gb port.

So a hdd with sata3 and another with sata2 wont have any difference


Sorry serialkiller, please excuse the lack of knowledge here but you lost me on that one. Could you explain what you mean here? An HDD, let's say for example the WD Caviar Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is listed as SATA 6.0Gb/s would not have an appreciable difference over one that's listed as SATA 3.0GB/s?

Thanks
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April 3, 2012 5:50:01 PM

No, it would not. Only SSDs make full use of SATA 3.0.
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April 3, 2012 5:53:57 PM

OK. Just to get this straight: SATA 2.0 = 3Gb/s and SATA 3.0 = 6Gb/s. Well that's confusing.

Isn't it a little misleading for them to say something will run at 6Gb/s if it does not?
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April 3, 2012 5:55:47 PM

It is a marketing ploy.
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April 3, 2012 6:31:55 PM

At your budget, you should be waiting a few more days for the IB to drop and check out the benchmarks before deciding one way or another. It'll be a crying shame for a much more powerful line to come out within weeks of your purchase (which will be the case if the chatter is anything to go by).

Maybe also check out the newer 6xx series cards before arriving at a final decision for gaming alone.

Also, check out the Autodesk forums for specialized recommendations 'bout GPU's. Mainstream gaming GPU's won't necessarily perform upto scratch with 3ds max, Maya.

As for SATA 6Gb/s, that's only for synthetic benchies. Real world performance won't see much change unless you opt for an SSD. For the same price though, get the 6Gb/s if only for psychological reasons :) 
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April 3, 2012 6:42:26 PM

calguyhunk said:
At your budget, you should be waiting a few more days for the IB to drop and check out the benchmarks before deciding one way or another. It'll be a crying shame for a much more powerful line to come out within weeks of your purchase (which will be the case if the chatter is anything to go by.

Maybe also check out the newer 6xx series cards before arriving at a final decision for gaming alone.

Also, check out the Autodesk forums for specialized recommendations 'bout GPU's. Mainstream gaming GPU's won't necessarily perform upto scratch with 3ds max, Maya.

As for SATA 6Gb/s, that's only for synthetic benchies. Real world performance won't see much change unless you opt for an SSD. For the same price though, get the 6Gb/s if only for psychological reasons :) 


Hahahahaha, "psychological reasons." I like that.

Totally hear you on the Ivy Bridge and any new GPUs that may be coming out. Gonna hold off on buying the processor and then GPU for a couple of months for cash flow reasons so we'll see what happens.

Not too concerned about the CAD stuff. I'm a transportation engineer so most CADing I do at work and the stuff I would bring home would be 2D plan view stuff.

Thanks a lot for the input though. Wonder what the IB release is going to do to the SB prices....
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April 3, 2012 6:45:08 PM

It won't change them at all.
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April 3, 2012 6:50:40 PM

dberkowksy said:

Gonna hold off on buying the processor and then GPU for a couple of months for cash flow reasons so we'll see what happens.
Don't spread your purchase over a long period. That way, if somethings turns out defective, you'll not be able to RMA. Once you have the monyz, make your mind up and pull the trigger.
dberkowksy said:
Wonder what the IB release is going to do to the SB prices....
IB will not lower the cost of the current gen, but it'll deliver much better performance at the ~current prices if the chatter is anything to go by.
dberkowksy said:
...any new GPUs that may be coming out.
The flagship GTX 680 of the Nvidia 600 series is already out. And it is pretty much the performance king as of now - Anandtech review
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April 3, 2012 7:04:57 PM

Damn. The GTX 680 looks amazing based on that review. But at $500, may be a little rich for my blood...
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April 4, 2012 12:46:54 PM

^Yeah, but I'm sure the 660/670 and their derivatives are also gonna trump their respective 500 series brethren @ ~$250, ~$350 range :) 
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April 4, 2012 5:12:13 PM

Best answer selected by dberkowksy.
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