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Finalizing my first home build! up to $1500 budget.

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April 27, 2012 11:21:11 AM

Well I am building my first ever computer. I'm a total newb and i'm looking how to do things through the internet.

Approximate Purchase Date: by this wednesday may /2/2012 i plan to have most if not all.

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, youtube videos.

Parts Not Required: all parts are up for suggestions and opinions.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or micro center yonkers.

Country: US, New york.

Parts Preferences: No real preferance.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1600x1200
Additional Comments: quiet, good temperature pc. with red led lights.




So far these are the parts I have.

Intel core i5-2500k $180

z68 Fatal1ty gen 3 professional series motherboard $270


Haf X full tower case $190


ocz fatal1ty 750 watt power supply $105


asus 12x blue ray driver $120


corsair 2x4gb ram sticks ddr3 1600 $53


asus 23.6 lcd monitor $200


I still need a keyboard, mouse, ssd, hard drive, video card, sound car, and windows disk, and still deciding on the cooling type i want. I'm leaning more towards water cooling only because it just looks cooler lol, but please tell me if i should go with anything else. Any recommendation for what i need left would be awesome. There was a bundle in micro center with the 15 2500k and the motherboard i can't seem to find it anymore.

Is this going well so far? I want to make it a gaming computer. Anything from League of legends to games like tera online or continent of the ninth and hopefully be able to play grand theft auto 5 on it.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 27, 2012 12:03:59 PM

Water cooling is indeed cool, but you need another $200 (at least) over buying the tower to do it properly. Also, consider buying a GPU with the water block already installed.

BTW, you don't need a sound card.
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April 27, 2012 2:58:26 PM

Oh no sound card? OKAY! what gpus have a water block already installed? I'm looking to get one with 3gb.
April 27, 2012 3:32:06 PM

You do realize that Fatal1ty branded stuff is overpriced and it isn't any better than a lower priced option.
April 27, 2012 6:39:22 PM

You are right on that on egilbe. But if he is looking for water cooling and wants to spend the cash on it let him. Me id prefer telling him the 7970 over the 680. But im in process of sending mine back for a rma.
April 27, 2012 10:42:58 PM

Oh, well i already bought it =/ can't do anything about it now. so 7970 over 680? or no? i hear 3gb is much faster.
April 28, 2012 12:17:27 PM

Please if anyone else has any options, recommendations, suggestions please post. Thank you.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 28, 2012 12:55:51 PM

3gb is absolute overkill for 1080p.680 is faster then 7970.
April 28, 2012 4:15:28 PM

so it's not wise to get 3gb? i'm still looking for a good gpu with a water block already installed. can someone link me some well cooled ones with good performance?
April 29, 2012 2:14:39 AM

Looks nice that's for sure, hmm and there's good feedback! Will be put on my list! Because i do want to have room for any upgrade later to the ivy bridge series cpu's and be able to just run most games in the next 1 year or so..I really want to build something that can run bf3 on highest possible settings.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 29, 2012 4:09:52 AM

2500k+680=BF3 ultra!
April 29, 2012 5:20:04 AM

i have a 7970 and also does on of my buds it runs everything we throw at them. And also the 680 is better at lower res like 1080.
April 29, 2012 6:08:45 AM

hellfire24 said:
2500k+680=BF3 ultra!


Correction

2500k + 680 + 1080p = BF3 ultra @ 60fps vsync no problem.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 29, 2012 6:18:38 AM

anything above 35 fps(40 fps) is smooth and silky.you can't really tell the difference.
April 29, 2012 6:51:40 AM

hellfire24 said:
anything above 35 fps(40 fps) is smooth and silky.you can't really tell the difference.


We are talking about an ONLINE FIRST PERSON SHOOTER here bro.

60fps = smooth. 120fps = superb. 240fps = offthewallamazing

Personally I am ready to give up on 60fps gaming all together and buy me a TN panel 120mhz and two GTX 680s.

Why would I do this you say, why bother upgrading to 120fps vsync when 60fps is all your eyes can see. Because I am not thinking about my eyes anymore when you move to that level of fps gaming its about what your computer can see and respond to.

It gives you a clear advantage over 60fps gamers (not including the fact that 60fps can drop below that and cause "visual lag" where as when 120fps drops there is no more visual lag. Another factor is that having more FPS in first person shooters is better, especially if you can run vsync. Reason why people run vsync in FPS games, it gets rid of tearing but it also reduces the gpu usages which in return improves overclocking and heat headroom which in return gives better performance feedback.

I never used vsync before bf3 because it never worked properly for most games so I said "more fps better". Now I say "stable fps cap better" which can also be more fps :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
April 29, 2012 7:09:21 AM

i agree on the point that stable fps>more fps.
April 29, 2012 11:44:29 AM

ok So, i just need to wait and see if that 680 will become available -_-. Any suggestions on good keyboards, mouses, ssd's, and water cooling system? I will be buying windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. Just need to see some good suggestions :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
April 29, 2012 12:07:38 PM

watercooling isn't a 'necessity'.good air cooler is enough.sidewinder x4 and g500 make a great couple as a gaming keyboard and mouse.crucial,mushkin,samsung,kingstones are great ssds.just stay away from OCZs.
April 29, 2012 3:47:03 PM

What about patriot ssds? I saw them on a maximumpc mag. Not sure how good they are.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 29, 2012 3:56:13 PM

can't really say.
April 30, 2012 2:52:36 AM

straldo said:
What about patriot ssds? I saw them on a maximumpc mag. Not sure how good they are.


Patriot Wildfire and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe are ones of the top teir SSDs on the market because of their quality/type of nand flash.

One of the most reliable SSDs out right now is the Crucial M4 and when I think of a SSD lasting 5+ years I think of reliability first and speed second which Crucial M4s meet. (I own 1 and a Crucial Adrenaline, both excellent products as well I own an Intel 320 series)

Right now one of the best deals on SSDs are the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120gb (not the deluxe version) for around $1/gb

April 30, 2012 2:30:03 PM

Sounds good, can you link me?
April 30, 2012 2:46:07 PM

I know water cooling isn't a necessity also but, it does make your build look sick and look cool. Plus i can put in the money.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 30, 2012 4:07:42 PM

^if you can then you should :) 
May 5, 2012 3:50:02 PM

Ok so i have all the above PLUS an h100 and a 1000 psu! Imma just get a keyboard and mouse today! i hope this will be okay for now, I also settled for a gtx 570 hd 2.5gb video card.
May 12, 2012 12:14:12 AM

Any other add ones i can put on a build? I've seen different tyes of drives with lights on them, not sure what those are, and i've seen an object with a )( shape right next to the cpu cooler.
May 12, 2012 3:39:45 AM

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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
May 12, 2012 3:59:20 AM

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W isnt the best PSU on the market, and apparently has a short PCI-E lead if you have a big case (which is exactly what you'v got). If your willing to get an extension and absolutely love the red LED, get it. But there are better options.
May 12, 2012 1:07:14 PM

I changed it and got the silent pro gold 1000w
a b B Homebuilt system
May 12, 2012 1:41:44 PM

^don't listen to the boys who say it's crap.m brother has got the same unit and it works like a charm.
May 12, 2012 6:46:53 PM

straldo said:
I changed it and got the silent pro gold 1000w




Planning on tri/quad firing anything?

You could get a Rosewill CAPSTONE/HIVE 750W that is a epic psu can easily sli 2x 680s. Or a NZXT Hale90/Hale82.

Cooler Master Silent Pro... never see them get recommended (doesn't mean its bad just never see em). Especially when no1 needs 1000W psus anymore unless they are going all out on the graphics array.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 12, 2012 7:20:51 PM

^FYI,hive is one of the worst power supplies.i agree with capstone and nzxt units as they are rebranded superflower.a friend of mine runs a hd 7950 CF setup on a capstone gold 750w unit.
i don't know why he got that psu(yeah it's an exception in cooler master power supplies)but i am damn sure that it's going to perform well.
May 12, 2012 7:31:17 PM

hellfire24 said:
^FYI,hive is one of the worst power supplies.i agree with capstone and nzxt units as they are rebranded superflower.a friend of mine runs a hd 7950 CF setup on a capstone gold 750w unit.
i don't know why he got that psu(yeah it's an exception in cooler master power supplies)but i am damn sure that it's going to perform well.


I don't see where you are getting that a HIVE is one of the worst power supplies? Especially considering how many good reviews and affordable it is for modular cables. It is pretty much a OCZ ZS, which is better than a Fatality ;) 

I own a HIVE myself and its quality is very nice. Beats my Corsair TX by a long shot.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 4:38:53 AM

^i don't agree,HIVE series is made by high power aka sirfa.TX is made by seasonic which is the best power supply manufacturer followed by super flower.
i am saying that HIVE series is crap because i know a guy who is a rosewill fanboy.he recently built his system with 2500k and hd 7950 CF,first he tried HIVE 750w,it died out with in a week.then i did some research and suggested him capstone gold series which is working like a champ.
May 13, 2012 6:06:39 AM

hellfire24 said:
^i don't agree,HIVE series is made by high power aka sirfa.TX is made by seasonic which is the best power supply manufacturer followed by super flower.
i am saying that HIVE series is crap because i know a guy who is a rosewill fanboy.he recently built his system with 2500k and hd 7950 CF,first he tried HIVE 750w,it died out with in a week.then i did some research and suggested him capstone gold series which is working like a champ.


So because 1 bad unit = bad in total?

If its made by the same people that make OCZ ZS which is a great psu for what it is, I don't see where you are getting your information.

My two 6950s In CF with my 2500K @ 4.5ghz (and gpus max overclock) have been running strong on my 750W HIVE for months k. not to mention they use more power than 2x 7950s.


As for the TX 850, well lets see I paid $140~ for mine and got less than what I paid for. Where as I paid $79 for my HIVE 750.

The NZXT Hale82 is a great purchase as well and would have been what I would have ordered over the HIVE 750 just for NZXT sleeved cables ;3
a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 6:09:21 AM

^calm down LOL.i was complaining just because i suffered a psu failure.
May 13, 2012 8:23:10 AM

hellfire24 said:
^calm down LOL.i was complaining just because i suffered a psu failure.


<3 I am very calm my friend, ;3

so calm, for some reason I have the urge to go viking raider style on my fridge!

afk, raiding.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 9:28:52 AM

^ :lol: 
May 13, 2012 5:30:08 PM

o.o hmmm meh, i know i'm going to learn about overclocking, will do that, will do sli as well. WIll be buying 2 more screens. Hopefully it all comes out well. I wanna build a nasty computer.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 5:31:20 PM

^good luck mate :) 
May 14, 2012 11:11:41 AM

Thank you ^_^!

Anyone know of a site where i can figure out how to do good cable management on my haf x case?
May 18, 2012 9:47:53 PM

Any other nice things to add unto the computer? I'm trying to learn about modding water coolers, I think i can buy a thermaltake water cooler and connect it to the h80, maybe that works well.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2012 4:37:06 AM

don't mess up with these 'prebuilt' things bro,better go with full custom loop when you are ready.
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