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April 9, 2012 2:31:00 AM

Hi

Need advice/comments/criticisms on the following gaming rig specs:

Intel i5 2500k processor
Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard
Kingston Hyper-X Twins 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL9 RAM (KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX)
Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
FSP Group AU-700 PSU
WD Caviar Blue 500GB HDD
Silverstone TJ08-E Chasis
Cooler Master 212 Evo + 2 X Arctic Cooling F12 Combo

I'm looking to play Diablo 3 at 1920x1080 on my Sharp LC22LE22E 22-inch Widescreen HD Ready 1080p LCD TV.

I'm not too certain about the choice of RAM, PSU and the Cooler Masters as the gaming rig specs was a 'modification' to someone's gaming rig specs.

Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2012 3:41:21 AM

nextasy said:
Hi

Need advice/comments/criticisms on the following gaming rig specs:

Intel i5 2500k processor
Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard
Kingston Hyper-X Twins 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL9 RAM (KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX)
Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
FSP Group AU-700 PSU
WD Caviar Blue 500GB HDD
Silverstone TJ08-E Chasis
Cooler Master 212 Evo + 2 X Arctic Cooling F12 Combo

I'm looking to play Diablo 3 at 1920x1080 on my Sharp LC22LE22E 22-inch Widescreen HD Ready 1080p LCD TV.

I'm not too certain about the choice of RAM, PSU and the Cooler Masters as the gaming rig specs was a 'modification' to someone's gaming rig specs.

Thanks!

I'm not so sure about that ram either - Asus hasn't posted a QVL for that mobo yet
The PSU I have never seen before (doesn't mean anything though - I'm very limited when it comes to PSU's)
As far as the CM 212 Evo, it is a popular cooler - good value but there are better coolers if you don't mind spending more
While I' on the spending subject, the Silverstone is reported to be a good case but... it is a micro case and pricey at that - it will, just by size, be limited in it's cooling ability - Keep in mind the case itself is what you will be looking at all the time (unless you sell this rig) and you will want to spend quite a bit of time looking for what suits you (If you're okay with the case, disregard this)
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2012 3:57:08 AM

nextasy said:
Hi

Need advice/comments/criticisms on the following gaming rig specs:

Intel i5 2500k processor
Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard
Kingston Hyper-X Twins 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL9 RAM (KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX)
Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
FSP Group AU-700 PSU
WD Caviar Blue 500GB HDD
Silverstone TJ08-E Chasis
Cooler Master 212 Evo + 2 X Arctic Cooling F12 Combo

I'm looking to play Diablo 3 at 1920x1080 on my Sharp LC22LE22E 22-inch Widescreen HD Ready 1080p LCD TV.

I'm not too certain about the choice of RAM, PSU and the Cooler Masters as the gaming rig specs was a 'modification' to someone's gaming rig specs.

Thanks!

Chances are that old school 1.65v RAM you have up there is going to mess with your controllers. These 1155 boards require low voltage RAM as in 1.5v or even less. Also those Z77 boards are targeted towards the new Ivy Bridge cpu's due out this April 29th.
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April 9, 2012 3:58:06 AM

Thanks for your input.

Which RAM would you recommend for my setup in lieu of Kingston? I'm generally looking for something that works well with my setup and reasonably priced of course.

Since the CM 212 Evo is a good value buy then I'll be happy to stick with it.

I chose Silverstone purely for the simplicity in its design and the fact that it is a micro case. I have to admit I was pretty spoilt for choice when it came to the chasis so I 'forced' myself to a brand and picked out the design and size I liked best. I'm also hoping to 'future-proof' my chasis which gives me concern about whether the TJ08-E is the way to go. Again, any suggestions?
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2012 4:02:14 AM

nextasy said:
Thanks for your input.

Which RAM would you recommend for my setup in lieu of Kingston? I'm generally looking for something that works well with my setup and reasonably priced of course.

Since the CM 212 Evo is a good value buy then I'll be happy to stick with it.

I chose Silverstone purely for the simplicity in its design and the fact that it is a micro case. I have to admit I was pretty spoilt for choice when it came to the chasis so I 'forced' myself to a brand and picked out the design and size I liked best. I'm also hoping to 'future-proof' my chasis which gives me concern about whether the TJ08-E is the way to go. Again, any suggestions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- Any of these sets. Look for: G.Skill, Crucial, Corsair, Mushkin, or Patriot on there...whatever has the best price. That "G.Skill Ares" is on sale atm for $44.99 and free shipping.
April 9, 2012 4:04:52 AM

Hmm...I see no harm in holding out just a little longer for the new Ivy Bridge CPUs in particular the i5-3570K...thanks for that.
April 9, 2012 4:11:47 AM

Thanks for the link. I settled for the Corsairs Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) since Corsairs are fairly widely available in my country.
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2012 4:19:58 AM

Hold off on buying ram until Asus releases the QVL... save headaches later.
April 9, 2012 4:33:37 AM

Well since the gaming rig isn't required until ard mid to end of may I suppose I can still hold off until the QVL. I don't expect the other gaming specs to change drastically. Thanks.
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