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Final check for my new gaming system (i5-2550k, HD 7850, SSD, 8g Ram)

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April 13, 2012 3:01:02 AM

I have been taking advice and picking parts for the last week. My original budget was $600-$900 and I now have a $1,120+tax machine. :ouch: 

I have fallen in love with it though and cant make any cuts. :D  Now I am just checking to make sure that everything will be compatible, Im not missing any good deals, and/or any last minute suggestions.

Please help me double check my parts here:

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

I would like to order this weekend. But the MSI card I want is currently out of stock, so I might wait until next week and hope they get it back in stock.

PSU look OK? Any better choices?

2500k vs 2550k?
April 13, 2012 3:10:43 AM

Add Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.
Get i5 2500k(VERY simple overclock to get to i5 2550K level).
Get the HAF 912 case.
It'll go down in price by $10.
April 13, 2012 3:18:16 AM

Build looks good. Good Luck!
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April 13, 2012 3:23:07 AM

obsama1 said:
Add Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.
Get i5 2500k(VERY simple overclock to get to i5 2550K level).
Get the HAF 912 case.
It'll go down in price by $10.


Ohhhh yes, thermal paste! Added.

I had the 2500k, but figured what the hell for $10 more. I saw it was Toms pick for Best Gaming CPU: $200 and Up so I changed it.

Why do you like the HAF 912 over the Antec 300? I did have the HAF but switched to the Antec because it has more fans.
April 13, 2012 3:34:17 AM

HAF stands for High Air Flow I'm not sure but, I think the HAF 912 has more fans.
April 13, 2012 5:38:50 AM

BuBzXXL said:
HAF stands for High Air Flow I'm not sure but, I think the HAF 912 has more fans.


The Antec has 4, the HAF has 2 I think.
April 13, 2012 6:15:07 AM

you made an absolutely great choice.you will find a lot of fanboys here.you don't need aftermarket TIM stock CM paste is good enough ;) 
all the best great rig.
April 13, 2012 7:36:50 PM

hellfire24 said:
you made an absolutely great choice.you will find a lot of fanboys here.you don't need aftermarket TIM stock CM paste is good enough ;) 
all the best great rig.


Thanks. Credit goes to aznshinobi and other Toms for pointing me in the right direction though.

I was originally planning on buying an expensive pile of crap. :D 
April 13, 2012 7:42:24 PM

obsama1 said:
Add Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.
Get i5 2500k(VERY simple overclock to get to i5 2550K level).
Get the HAF 912 case.
It'll go down in price by $10.

Why would the OP need Arctic Silver thermal paste? CM cpu coolers come with a small tube of MX-4 thermal compound which is about as good as it gets. This is the second time Iv'e seen you recommend Arctic Silver to someone who already planned on purchasing a CM cooler.
April 13, 2012 7:55:40 PM

Oh, didn't see the 212 already came with paste. Thanks for pointing that out.
April 13, 2012 8:26:59 PM

I'd go with the HAF 912 also, purchase x2 200mm fan for the Front(intake) and top (exhaust) and move the stock fans elsewhere, maybe the side and you'll have great quiet cooling. Price shouldn't fluxute too much
April 13, 2012 8:40:51 PM

Why does everyone like the HAF? I havnt used either, but just looking at specs and reviews, the 300 looks better. What am I missing?
April 14, 2012 1:44:44 AM

Well I decided to stop by Frys today and just check out the cases in person and Im glad I did. I found out that I didn't like the Antec 300, but I also don't like the HAF 912 either. The Antecs front panel and buttons felt cheap. The 912 was just ugly. (Sorry if Im offending anyone here, I know a lot of people have these cases. Just a personal preference.)

I was leaning toward the HAF 922 because of the fans it comes with, but its even uglier than the 912. Thats when I saw this:

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a little bit more expensive at $99 before rebate, but the overall quality of the case seems much better. It doesnt have as many fans as the 922 or 300 Illusion, but that's an easy upgrade if I do need more airflow.

It has a dust filter on the bottom as well which is nice and also has and a very nice cable management system. Besides the 2 ugly blue usb ports on the front, this beats the 300 and HAF hands down in the looks department (again, just my opinion).

The only problem I can see is that the front ports are USB 3.0, and my Mobo only has USB 3.0 on the back panel. Not a huge problem though. I can live without USB on the front for now, and I think they make adapters that go from 2.0 Motherboard to 3.0 Case ( at 2.0 speed).

Edit: Just noticed the 400R comes with a 2.0 to 3.0 USB adapter. Woohoo!
April 14, 2012 1:46:11 AM

i like 912 but i would take 400r over 912 any day :p 
April 14, 2012 2:05:42 AM

yeah haf 922 is a great case.
April 14, 2012 2:54:03 AM

Yea, I was sitting there for about 30 minutes going back and forth between the two.

I do like the 922, just don't think I could ever get used to how the front looks.

I kept going back to the Carbide 400R though. Solid buttons, well made, interior paint, cable management, sleek front, ect. Just really liked how it was designed. Only concerns were the USB and FANs, but both are any easy fix.

And what the hell, I am already well over budget. Whats another $20... right? :whistle: 
April 14, 2012 3:25:47 AM

I like the Corsair 500R, Hellfire told me about it :p  I plan on buying it to.
April 14, 2012 5:58:34 AM

yep,500r is a great case for it's price.
April 14, 2012 6:01:39 AM

hellfire24 said:
i like 912 but i would take 400r over 912 any day :p 

Same! :sol: 
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