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April 20, 2012 6:22:49 AM

I am putting together a desktop in anticipation for Guild Wars 2's near release. I hope to play the game on near high settings. Here is what I have put together:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel i5 2500K Overclocked to 4.5

GPU: 2- ASUS Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express Dual DVI/HDMI Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Crossfired

Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

PSU:KingWin Lazer Power Supply 1000 Watts with Universal Modular Connectors/3 Way LED Switch/80 Plus Bronze ATX 1000 Power Supply LZ-1000

HDD: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2) W/ Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

Anybody have any input?


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April 20, 2012 6:50:31 AM

Yes that's right. You don't need 16gb of Ram though, 8gb will be plenty.
PSU? Get a Corsair 850W/or something like that. 1000w is overkill.
evrything else is fine.
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April 20, 2012 7:10:26 AM

good build i would suggest the following changes-
1-Z77 boards are out.they are more 'futureproof'.i would suggest this gigabyte board-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2-a single powerful card>two weaker cards.sapphire dual fan 7950 is a great deal-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3-HAF X is a great case but not required unless you are going to do heavy watercooling.i would suggest carbide 500r-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4-ram is overkill,go with this 8gb kit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5-get this psu-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it's reliable and powerful enough to take care of 7950 CF and overclocks.
now it's good.
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April 22, 2012 8:51:54 PM

I have modified my build according to feedback on this site and others:

MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel i5 2500K Overclocked to 4.5

Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (I love the look and size of this Case.)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL (I got this really really cheap with combo deal on newegg, at the price of the 8GB)

PSU:KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply (Because its shiny)

HDD: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit


For the Video Card Im confused whether I should get the GTX 680 because its Out Of Stock everywhere or the Radeon 7970. My price range for the Video Card is $500 now. Id like one that I could crossfire later if needed. I could just wait and buy the video card last and get the GTX 680.
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April 23, 2012 3:51:13 AM

nirvine8282 said:
I have modified my build according to feedback on this site and others:

good it is better to do some research.

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MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

excellent board no doubt!

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CPU: Intel i5 2500K Overclocked to 4.5

will cut through any thing you throw at it.

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Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (I love the look and size of this Case.)

still i won't recommend that case.byt if you really like it then no problem. ;) 

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RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL (I got this really really cheap with combo deal on newegg, at the price of the 8GB)

just make sure it is low profile ram.

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PSU:KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply (Because its shiny)

every shiny thing isn't gold :lol:  if you want a good looking psu then you might wanna take a look at xfx units.they are very attractive IMO.this one is definitely better than the one you selected-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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HDD: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

one of the worst drives IMO.for $10 more,go with samsung f4 2tb drive-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

no offence but that is not worth $50+!this noctua cooler is a great deal for $50-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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For the Video Card Im confused whether I should get the GTX 680 because its Out Of Stock everywhere or the Radeon 7970. My price range for the Video Card is $500 now. Id like one that I could crossfire later if needed. I could just wait and buy the video card last and get the GTX 680
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nvidia has stopped the production of 580 and other 5xx cards.they are working on 6xx especially 680,so i hope them go get restocked soon.680 is a great but for $500 budget.wait is worth.
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April 23, 2012 6:28:08 AM

Okay I altered my HDD, Cooler, and PSU to your recommendations. I still have another 2-3 weeks before I have enough money to purchase, so hopefully the GTX 680 will be out in full supply. What are your recommendations of using the I5 2500k vs the soon to be released Ivy Bridge Equivalent. My Budget is about 1800 for everything, os, Monitor and all the components.

What do you mean low profile ram?

Is this low profile? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 23, 2012 7:34:48 AM

ram without fancy heatsink is low profile ram.the one you selected is a good kit.
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April 23, 2012 7:41:18 PM

So I guess I am pretty much set, one last thing, you don't recommend Haf X Case just because its too big? Is there anything functionally wrong with it?

I am mainly looking for a Nice looking case with red LED and a side window.
I will be adding additional lighting inside. I would prefer green or yellow, but it seems my options are blue or red.
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April 24, 2012 4:19:43 AM

nirvine8282 said:
So I guess I am pretty much set, one last thing, you don't recommend Haf X Case just because its too big? Is there anything functionally wrong with it?

I am mainly looking for a Nice looking case with red LED and a side window.
I will be adding additional lighting inside. I would prefer green or yellow, but it seems my options are blue or red.


HAF X seems to be a bit more expensive and not a necessity.you can get the job done by buying a cheaper case and focusing more on your core components.if you a good looking case then nzxt phantom is a great choice-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but if you want something with rugged looks then in win dragon rider white limited edition-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 25, 2012 3:21:03 AM

I decided to take your recommendations into consideration and changed my case. I lost my deal on the 16GB of ram because I changed my case.

My new Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am changing my ram to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also looking at other Z77 boards. Hows this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should I stick with what I had or not. Im trying to save on components and matching colors so I can really deck out the interior with accessories.
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April 25, 2012 3:21:27 AM

Best answer selected by nirvine8282.
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April 25, 2012 5:44:50 AM

nirvine8282 said:
I decided to take your recommendations into consideration and changed my case. I lost my deal on the 16GB of ram because I changed my case.

My new Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am changing my ram to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also looking at other Z77 boards. Hows this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should I stick with what I had or not. Im trying to save on components and matching colors so I can really deck out the interior with accessories.


phantom is one of my favorite case.good decision for the case.that ram may be good but crucial has the least possible failure rates.it's worth extra 2 bucks.for motherboards-
1-Asus
2-Gigabyte
3-MSi and Asrock.
UD5H provides great features for a reasonable price tag.i won't recommend changing it unless you can tell me a solid reason.
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April 25, 2012 6:36:09 AM

I was just being cheap, I guess I shouldn't cut corners with such a high expense system. I changed back to suggested MOBO and changed to crucial RAM. I was also deciding based off color schemes. I guess I should choose based on reviews and specs and not color. I added a bunch of orange led fans and led strips to compensate. BTW Crucial has an Orange LED RAM.
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April 25, 2012 6:43:17 AM

nirvine8282 said:
I was also deciding based off color schemes.

first performance then looks :sol: 

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I guess I should choose based on reviews and specs and not color.

good decision

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I added a bunch of orange led fans and led strips to compensate.

don't add too much lights.
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April 25, 2012 6:45:24 AM

Now That Im 99% done, Im pretty much set on i5 2500k. Views on the soon to be released Ivy Bridge Equivalent?
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April 25, 2012 6:57:07 AM

check my sig
nuff said!
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April 25, 2012 7:09:08 AM

So good news for me is that i5 2500k price should be dropping.
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