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1st Desktop Building: Intel Core i5-2500k

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May 23, 2012 12:56:53 PM

Hello! :D 

I am currently on my way to build my own desktop for the first time, and I would like some assistance.

Frankly, I don't know much about computer components, but I have some knowledge of it after reading many guides.

So would you correct any mistake or recommend different components if you see something wrong with my build?

I am not planning to OC because I want to use it for a very long time. I heard it shortens the durability.

And obviously I am planning to use this for gaming like max graphic setting for sc2.

My budge is about around $1000 to $1500.

Thank you.

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I decided to go with this mobo

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570k

Video Card:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
It seems video card is very expansive...

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (RC-932-KKN5-GP)
http://www.squidoo.com/gaming-cases
I'm just going to go with this. I think I'll be needing a lot of space just because it's my first time... and I might need some spacing handicap.

Fans:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 23, 2012 1:00:34 PM

DrunkApple said:
Hello! :D 

I am currently on my way to build my own desktop for the first time, and I would like some assistance.

Frankly, I don't know much about computer components, but I have some knowledge of it after reading many guides.

So would you correct any mistake or recommend different components if you see something wrong with my build?

I am not planning to OC because I want to use it for a very long time. I heard it shortens the durability.

And obviously I am planning to use this for gaming like max graphic setting for sc2.

My budge is about around $1000 to $1500.

Thank you.

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I got this mobo highly recommended from http://www.squidoo.com/motherboards. What do you think? Is this mobo good? What other mobo would you recommend?

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500k
Probably the only thing I am sure about of all the components...

Video Card:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
I am quiet unsure of how to pick a good video card that will run at max setting of latest games. I Did some searching and stumble this across because it was cheap because most of graphic card I saw were over $400. Would you tell me if this is a good video card? Will it fit into my mobo? What else would you recommend?

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It was recommended RAM for ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z from http://www.squidoo.com/motherboards, but still unsure. Is there better RAM?

PSU:
Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply
I couldn't find a website for this, but founded here http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-1200-Watt-Ce...

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (RC-932-KKN5-GP)
http://www.squidoo.com/gaming-cases


Im a fan of the asus p8z68 series boards. I have the le and its awesome. If you overclock correctly, it shouldnt reduce lifespan. For gpu, I recommend the gtx 570 since the 480 is terribly hot and loud. 1200 W is soooo overkill for one gpu so get like a 650 W in the same brand. For gaming you only need 8 gb of ram also. And that is a nice case.
May 23, 2012 1:22:43 PM

1: if you are not overclocking, why are you getting a k chip?

2: would recommend a i5 3570k if you do want some overclocking later on. ivy bridge is faster than sandy bridge at stock speeds. ivy bridge will ot run hot if you dont overclock. if you do, just dont bump the voltage that high. if no overclocking get the i5 3550

3: if you are going with ivy bridge, go with something like a maximus 5 gene-z if you like those ROG boards. If not, go with a asrock extreme4 or a gigabyte z77x-ud3h

4: a great video card is a gigabyte windforce 3x gtx 670. it will max out allyour games and can easily beat a gtx 480 and a gtx 580 wihile using less than 175w

5: you dont need 16gb of ram nless you are video editing. you can go with 8gb of corsair ram if you like it. my favorite is mushkin blackline.

6: remember to get a hyper 212 evo or plus because it has much better temps and has some overclocking headroom. the cooler your porcessor runs, the longer it lasts. not to mention that the hyper 212 is quieter

7: a 550-650w power suppply is more than enough for your needs. i recommend the ocz zt 650w because its 80+ bronze and is fully modular

8: a better and cheaper case is the antec 302.
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May 23, 2012 1:25:37 PM

oh and final thing, i recommend throwing in a crucial m4 128gb ssd as a boot drive. it is reliable and is fast.
May 23, 2012 2:29:57 PM

TheBigTroll said:
oh and final thing, i recommend throwing in a crucial m4 128gb ssd as a boot drive. it is reliable and is fast.

SSD... that's hard drive right?
Also, I changed the components accordingly. Would you look over please? If you feel strongly about certain components, please do critique... very harshly
May 28, 2012 12:23:23 AM

no. SSD and hard drives are different. SSD=solid state drives are the new tech. they are much faster than any hard drive. they will boot windows in 10-20 seconds. ssd s are very expensive at higher capacities than 240-256gb. you use the ssd to store windows on and som key applications and games and use the hard drive for anything else such as music files or movies
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