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April 16, 2012 2:31:11 AM

Hey guys,

I've built a number of computers in my life but I've been out of the game for a little while now. The last time I put a graphics card in a computer, it was an AGP model (I think that's what they were called). Any who, it's been a little while so my assumptions may be a bit off.

Still, I'm looking to build a new computer on account of Diablo 3 being released in a month's time. Could you guys take a look at this build and let me know what I'm doing wrong, if anything?



The graphics card is notably absent here. I'm planning on getting an an Nvidia Geforce GTX 680 - 2GB card. One card, no weird crossover stuff :)  Also, why are a lot of builds using the i5 rather than the i7?

Thanks in advance!
-Andrew
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April 16, 2012 2:37:16 AM

Most people use i5-2500k over i7-2600k/2700k because there is 0.05% difference in games, while a 100$ price difference. (Unless you use it for other programs)

Why do you have 2 power supplies and 2 motherboards? (Guessing accident..)

Case: That one is okay, take a look at the HAF 922, 932, Antec 900/1200.
PSU: TX650 or AX650
RAM: You don't need 16gb for Diablo 3, get 8gb of 1600 instead.
MOBO: I like that mobo, some may say it's overkill (it is) but it is badass. Alternatives are AsRock's Z77 Extreme4 and Extreme6 and ASUS's P8Z77 line.
CPU: I5-2500K is enough for gaming.
COOLER: 212 Evo, it's a lot better.
SSD: I would grab either a Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 over a OCZ.

Operating system? Storage drive? CD Drive?



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April 16, 2012 2:39:30 AM

I'll go from the top:

1) Why the Arc Midi? I'm getting an R3 for silence, but why would you get Fractal if not for sound-deadening? I'd suggest the Corsair 400R... you won't be disappointed.
2) You've got two PSUs and two Mobos selected... you know that, right? Anyway, I'm getting a PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II 750W because it's silver-rated... I'd suggest getting that. It's only like $30 more, yet worth it because of the silver rating
3) Why 16GB of RAM? Instead, get 2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 (not 1333) CAS9 1.5v
4) Looks good, but I'd suggest the ASRock Extreme4 (out of stock at the moment) at $130
5) CPU is fine (if you don't want to wait for IB)
6) Why the Hyper N instead of the Hyper 212 Evo? The Hyper N is quieter, but if you want quiet, why not go Noctua?
7) A 256GB SSD is overkill... get a 128GB Crucial M4 and save the money.

Overall, it seems like you want a silent/quiet build... am I right? If so, go ahead and tell me and I'll try to help... I'm trying to build a quiet build myself.
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April 16, 2012 2:40:34 AM

Wow, Gary. Seems we have the same stuff yet again. I just want to say that I didn't see his reply while I was writing mine.
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April 16, 2012 2:42:13 AM

ddan49 said:
Wow, Gary. Seems we have the same stuff yet again. I just want to say that I didn't see his reply while I was writing mine.


Well, there really is only a few CPU's and mobo's that are recommendable. RAM is usually G.SKILL or Corsair. Hyper 212 EVO is the go-to cooler. Only thing that really varies is the case, and sometimes PSU. (I'm a fanboy of Corsair/Seasonic..:) )
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April 16, 2012 2:43:22 AM

I saw the PC Silencer a while back and thought it was great... it really is a great deal. Corsair, however (and Seasonic) are very stable and have a good rep... but they're so expensive!
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April 16, 2012 2:44:16 AM

look on here and google cpu bottle necking. in gaming when then cpu starts holding the the gpu back.
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April 16, 2012 2:45:34 AM

WHAT? Are you kidding? The CPU will almost never hold back the GPU... unless you've got a GTX 680 and a i3 or something, and you're playing Starcraft.
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April 16, 2012 2:59:10 AM

Holy crap you guys are fast!

First, sorry for not using the posting template. Second, oops! Two mobos and PSUs. Fixing that! Going to look into your suggestions, guys and get you my new build :) 
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April 16, 2012 3:11:11 AM

with that rig you can play D3, render video and have it cook dinner :) 
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April 16, 2012 3:12:59 AM

All while playing six simultaneous games of Starcraft :)  (of course, I'm kidding... that would require more RAM at the least)
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April 16, 2012 3:19:01 AM

Haha. To all those telling me it's a bit powerful: I definitely want it to hold up for a good little while. In truth, I'll likely wait and get the IB processor, but in the meantime I want to construct the system that I'd buy today. I plan to purchase this around the end of the month and get it setup in time to run D3 by mid may. I also plan on hooking it up to my Apple Cinema display.

As for noise, I'd love a quiet system. I've had noisy systems in the past. I never set out to build it that way, but here's my latest build.

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April 16, 2012 3:40:37 AM

andrewmaier said:
Haha. To all those telling me it's a bit powerful: I definitely want it to hold up for a good little while. In truth, I'll likely wait and get the IB processor, but in the meantime I want to construct the system that I'd buy today. I plan to purchase this around the end of the month and get it setup in time to run D3 by mid may. I also plan on hooking it up to my Apple Cinema display.

As for noise, I'd love a quiet system. I've had noisy systems in the past. I never set out to build it that way, but here's my latest build.

http://designerandrew.com/images/build2.png


You still have 2 mobos. I would still take the Sabertooth though.. :)  You do not need thermal compound, the NT-H1 that comes with the Noctua is one of the best. Maybe for power supply get a TX650, made by Seasonic hehe.
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April 16, 2012 3:44:20 AM

gary1 said:
You still have 2 mobos. I would still take the Sabertooth though.. :) 



for being $50 cheaper yeah but the P8Z77 deluxe has more power phases (16) potentially a better overclocker.
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April 16, 2012 3:50:34 AM

That board is sex bro.
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April 16, 2012 3:53:50 AM

i'm actually an angst ridden nun and wouldn't know anything about that.
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April 16, 2012 3:59:00 AM

It's like meth and ecstasy mixed together and baked into a hash brownie.
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April 16, 2012 4:01:47 AM

Well... you didn't change the PSU. The one I suggested has a silver rating, but I guess you don't want it.. I see exactly how it is... ;) 

Again, I'm not sure about the SSD... 128GB is a lot. 64GB should be enough... also, look into a Crucial m4.. great deal, and it'll give you more money to spend on important things (like a 750W silver rated PSU >.>).

Great Noctua cooler... but it's massive. Make sure there's enough room.

What Gary said about the thermal compound.

Noticed you changed the case to an R3... nice! :) 
I'd put in an extra case fan (a Noctua would be nice, I'll use Cougar) in the front... it only comes with one exhaust and one intake, and there are two slots in the door for intake, so putting in a second fan there would increase airflow and not increase sound.

I'd suggest an MSI Twin Frozr OC edition of whatever GPU you're going to buy. Also, watch out... the GPU might get hot without a side fan. However, a sound fan would increase the noise level.

Other than that, everything looks fine!
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April 16, 2012 4:02:59 AM

now i know how you got those teeth.
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April 16, 2012 4:08:45 AM

Okay, upgraded the PSU per Dan's suggestion. Which mobo should I pick between the two, and why? I'm not too savvy on the differences and the concept of the "armor" is kinda weird for someone used to a non-armored build :) 
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April 16, 2012 4:11:15 AM

The more expensive one is better :) 

I think if you can afford the ASUS, go with the ASUS. However, the ASRock is perfectly fine for your needs as well. How soon are you going to be upgrading the CPU? 'Cause Z77 isn't compatible (or it's probably not going to be) with Haswell, the Intel CPUs in a year.
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April 16, 2012 4:12:29 AM

>> Great Noctua cooler... but it's massive. Make sure there's enough room.

Would you suggest another one? Also can you point me to your side fan of choice?
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April 16, 2012 4:13:10 AM

What *is* compatible with Haswell?
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April 16, 2012 4:14:21 AM

the asus deluxe has alot of bells and whistles on it so hence the $50 more in cost. the sabertooth is geared at more straight ahead overclocking an gaming.

either board is great you won't regret getting.
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April 16, 2012 4:15:46 AM

andrewmaier said:
What *is* compatible with Haswell?

hasewell is a completely different socket type and won't be out until later next year.
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April 16, 2012 4:15:55 AM

BTW (I know this is sort of obvious) I really appreciate your help, guys.
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April 16, 2012 4:20:07 AM

gary1 said:
The Noctua will fit.


i was just looking at if the G.skills will fit underneath or is low profile needed? i don't know.
or just put them in slots 1,3 instead of 0,2.
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April 16, 2012 4:21:10 AM

I have the D14, the G.SKILL fits with a couple mm to spare. The fan can always be adjusted, but it will fit.
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April 16, 2012 4:23:56 AM

cool.

g'nite guys been fun.
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April 23, 2012 1:56:21 AM

Best answer selected by andrewmaier.
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