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April 15, 2012 3:12:27 PM

Hey i am building a pc and would like some pointers:


Keep in mind that when the ivy bridge comes out on newegg i will be replacing my i5 2500k to an Ivy Bridge i5 3750k,

also for the graphics card as soon as the sapphire are in stock i will change my asus to sapphire as it is the exact same price.

thanks



http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
April 15, 2012 3:39:25 PM

Hi there. I would swap the Antec DF-85 for a Cooler Master HAF-922 (sorry, some links aren't working at newegg.com right now). Also, I would put the money I saved there into a Radeon HD 7870 (again, sorry). Another adjustment I would make is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or if you plan to do Crossfire: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., both will give you plenty of power head room, with a single card setup or Crossfire, respectively. Either way, I would stick to the ZT series because they are modular, which means it will make cable routing a bit easier, and perhaps lead to better airflow in your case. You could also downgrade your ram to 1600-- your Motherboard won't make use of that additional speed, and it will save you a few dollars.

On another note, I've read a couple reviews about Ivy Bridge, right now they look to only give about a 10% boost in overall performance. That said, it's really just another 10% overkill, giving that an i5 isn't even bottle necked by the faster single GPU setups in SLI or Crossfire, it would just be a waste of money. The smart move here is to wait till 4/29 when they launch, and see if the i5 Sandy Bridges will drop in price, and grab one for cheap--there's a good chance they will.

Everything else looks good, good luck with your build!
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April 15, 2012 3:46:23 PM

well the main reason i went with the df 85 is cause of the look, but ill take a look at your suggestions!
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April 15, 2012 3:48:23 PM

kwb said:
Hi there. I would swap the Antec DF-85 for a Cooler Master HAF-922 (sorry, some links aren't working at newegg.com right now). Also, I would put the money I saved there into a Radeon HD 7870 (again, sorry). One final adjustment I would make is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or if you plan to do Crossfire: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., both will give you plenty of power head room, with a single card setup or Crossfire, respectively. Either way, I would stick to the ZT series because they are modular, which means it will make cable routing a bit easier, and perhaps lead to better airflow in your case.

On another note, I've read a couple reviews about Ivy Bridge, right now they look to only give about a 10% boost in overall performance. That said, it's really just another 10% overkill, giving that an i5 isn't even bottle necked by the faster single GPU setups in SLI or Crossfire, it would just be a waste of money. The smart move here is to wait till 4/29 when they launch, and see if the i5 Sandy Bridges will drop in price, and grab one for cheap--there's a good chance they will.

Everything else looks good, good luck with your build!


very true, that was going through my mind, if the ivy bridge is the same price or just 10 dollars more then i think ill get it but if its more probably not or if the 2500k drops to maybe 175, then it is a given, i will get it and be really happy
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April 15, 2012 4:21:56 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
link works now!

Only two things I would change on that list. First off CM coolers like that one you have on your list come with a small tube of MX-4 thermal paste...which is better than Arctic Silver imo, so no need to purchase thermal paste. Second I would ditch that Antec case. Antec cases are crap anymore imo. You can spend less for a better quality case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

That case up above allows you to add another red LED 200mm Megaflow fan to it.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $12.20 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red)

You aren't going to notice the difference in RAM speed, so you can save a few dollars with this RAM down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

This monitor down below is LED Back Lit...makes for a nice bright picture.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00413PHEQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $149.99 + $10.49 shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)
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April 15, 2012 4:48:43 PM

i would like a full tower if possible, and ill stick my my monitor but i guess ill change the ram
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April 15, 2012 5:31:42 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
i would like a full tower if possible, and ill stick my my monitor but i guess ill change the ram

Cooler Master 922 HAF dimensions: 10.0 x 19.7 x 22.2

Antec DF-85 dimensions: 19.90" x 8.40" x 23.50


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <------ Review of that Asus 7870 in this build. 7870 > 7850

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
$79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500... $218.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.29 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $22.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00413PHEQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $149.99 + $10.49 shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)


Total: $1,322.67 *not including shipping
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April 15, 2012 5:32:18 PM

Yeah, but i like the kind of industrial look that the antec has, plus what kind of difference is it going to make between the 7870 and 7850
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April 15, 2012 5:43:26 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
Yeah, but i like the kind of industrial look that the antec has, plus what kind of difference is it going to make between the 7870 and 7850

That's why I posted a link to that review of the 7870. It's full of benchmarks...there's reviews of the 7870 all over the net. Gaming is all about FPS. The more FPS you get, the smoother the gaming. That's why the better gaming card makes for better gaming.
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April 15, 2012 7:23:14 PM

well i think ill stick with the 7850, I dont think that it is going to be worth spending another 100 dollars
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April 15, 2012 7:41:57 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
well i think ill stick with the 7850, I dont think that it is going to be worth spending another 100 dollars

It's your money but you came to this forum looking for advice. The best advice I can give you is don't stick your money into an over priced case and screw yourself on your video card. Same with that monitor. Going from non LED to LED is like going from night to day. The only thing I can think of is that you have actually never gamed online before and all this is new to you.
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April 15, 2012 7:48:44 PM

i changed the monitor already
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April 15, 2012 7:51:57 PM

there are 3 of the 7870s who shud i get

sapphire gigabyte or asus
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April 15, 2012 8:12:18 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
there are 3 of the 7870s who shud i get

sapphire gigabyte or asus

All three have good non reference cooling so it comes down to price point imo. That Asus card comes in at $349.99 and free shipping at amazon. That right there puts it ahead of the others.
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April 15, 2012 8:18:05 PM

alright, and on newegg what case would you recomend? i need a good amount of fans as i am not water cooling and i would like a nice look to it and preferred full tower
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April 15, 2012 8:46:58 PM

powerkiteman1 said:
alright, and on newegg what case would you recomend? i need a good amount of fans as i am not water cooling and i would like a nice look to it and preferred full tower

The 922 allows you to add another one of those 200mm Megaflow fans giving you a total of 3x200mm Megaflow fans and a rear 120/140mm exhaust fan. I think it also allows for a 140mm fan for underneath that case.

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <---- There's a better look at it there on the Cooler Master site, and it's on newegg for ...I think $80.
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April 16, 2012 11:13:55 PM

i changed a few things, let me know how it looks now
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April 16, 2012 11:28:58 PM

Remove the thermal paste and you're good to go.
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April 17, 2012 1:25:34 AM

it has been removed, any other tips?
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April 17, 2012 2:08:27 AM

one good tip-
pull the trigger
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April 17, 2012 11:54:54 AM

will do on the 25th of may!
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April 17, 2012 12:03:33 PM

great,my birthday is on 26th ;) 
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April 17, 2012 9:51:49 PM

ill wait to the 26th! ive been lookin at some ways to bring down the price just a little and can't seem to find any
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April 18, 2012 11:50:58 AM

anyone know anything else that might help me out here?
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April 18, 2012 11:54:38 AM

i guess you have every required thing.
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April 18, 2012 12:02:41 PM

alright, anything you know that i should upgrade that you think would be worth it without making the price go up hundreds of $$
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April 18, 2012 12:11:44 PM

post your final specs.
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April 18, 2012 11:26:21 PM

its the first link, it auto updates
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April 19, 2012 2:31:17 AM

sweet, and the motherboard, you think that it is good enough?
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April 19, 2012 2:39:10 AM

what about the processor for $10 more, i can get the 2550k, whats better? that or the 2500k
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April 19, 2012 5:24:52 AM

your board and cpu are great.you can easily beat 2550k by overclocking your cpu.
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April 19, 2012 11:11:39 AM

alright, and im gonna stick with the sandy bridges, hoping that the price on them goes down with the ivy bridges release
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April 26, 2012 2:27:48 AM

Best answer selected by powerkiteman1.
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