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April 21, 2012 9:04:59 PM

Update: After spending way too much time researching, watching videos and reading reviews, I think I am finally set. A few recommended going with a wired keyboard and mouse. So I have since worked in the Sidewinder and DeathAdder. Slightly over the $1200 budget, but will fall under that with a few rebates. The Corsair 300R is a great looking cases with some awesome reviews. Don't know how I missed it before, but it cures the problem I had with the chunky, aggressive look of the 400R. I will probably be ordering this in a few hours, so if anyone else has some advice or opinions, let me know.

NCIX.com How are these guys? I have never used them and just wanted to get some confirmation on them since I will be ordering a few things from them. I was expecting to order most from Newegg, but Amazon and NCIX had the better prices on quite a few things.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.70 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($257.11 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1158.08
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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This is pretty much the build I have decided to go with. Open to last minute ideas and thoughts, might switch something around here and there. SSD will be a future purchase. Would the stock fans in the 400R case be adequate or do I need to change them out or add a few more? Anything I'm missing that I should probably pick up? Thanks.

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April 21, 2012 9:18:18 PM

Personal choice but I'd much rather use an Antec 300 two than the corsair 400 . Try reading the reviews of them both at anandtech.com

Unless you will add a second graphics card your power supply is overkill . 500 watts is more appropriate for that build as it is

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April 21, 2012 9:36:45 PM

I would change your keyboard and mouse to wired if you are going to be using this build for gaming. other than that looks good
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April 22, 2012 1:42:18 AM

Thanks for responses guys. I'm not dead set on the case yet, but none of the others really suit my taste in the $100 or less range. I like the look of the Antec 302, but not fond of the curved bezels in the front. A few I've debated but can't bring myself to like such as the HAF series of cases. I don't care too much for the sides on the 400R to be honest either. I'm still reading reviews and checking out cases.

I'm aware wired would be the way to go for gaming and am also considering changed the keyboard and mouse combo. Keyboard and mouse isn't too important to me at the moment. Focusing more on the core of the system and rather than the not so important things.

While the 650W is not needed, it's on sale and gets good reviews. Seems like a decent price for the quality according to the reviews I have read. It's not modular, but it will get the job done and I don't really trust the brands that have modular supplies in that price range.

If anyone else has any advice or thoughts, I would love to hear them. And really interesting in cases, so if anyone wants to throw their opinion in about a certain case, I'm all ears. Thanks.
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April 22, 2012 1:55:44 AM

My only suggestion is that an ssd will be a worthwhile investment. My favorite case is the cougar evolution. The corsair one is sufficient.

A 120 gb ssd is a good price/performance at about 150.
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April 22, 2012 2:56:42 AM

Go with a case you like, but make sure it is not from a crap brand. I have the bigger brother of the 400R and it is an excellent case. I am sure the 400R will be too. It has cable management, unlike the 300. I would not recommend the 300 at all.
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April 22, 2012 4:47:19 AM

I've been looking at the Bitfenix Shinobi. Looks interesting and gets good reviews, but the cooling has been about average in reviews. The 400R is still my current choice. No matter how much I look at the 300 or 302, it just doesn't fit my taste. Not really a fan of the CM series. I like simple and elegant cases that don't go overboard with all the rugged gamer look.
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April 22, 2012 6:00:56 AM

After a few hours and research and watching videos, I have pretty much decided on the Corsair 300R. Simple, clean and elegant and doesn't have that chunky look like on the 400R.
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April 22, 2012 6:20:18 AM

XzyluM said:
After a few hours and research and watching videos, I have pretty much decided on the Corsair 300R. Simple, clean and elegant and doesn't have that chunky look like on the 400R.



I agree . Simple , clean elegant .
As a designer you achieve perfection not when you can add everything that can be added , but when you have taken away everything that can be taken away .

Good choice
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April 22, 2012 7:01:28 AM

Quick question, would the two stock fans be adequate or should I go ahead and add two 140 to the top and two 120 to the side?
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April 22, 2012 7:05:36 AM

I'duse the case as it is and check your temps . The 2500K runs cool till you OC , and the 7850 is very cool too
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April 22, 2012 7:21:57 PM

Updated first post with new items.
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May 2, 2012 12:03:47 AM

Best answer selected by XzyluM.
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