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May 26, 2012 11:09:50 AM

Just saw that a lot of the parts I'm looking at are on sale so I'm just double checking compatibility before I take the hit in the wallet. Please feel free to mock me mercilessly for the noobery...

case: thermaltake dokker mid tower
intel i5 2500k
mobo: MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3)
VID: xfx ati radeon hd6950
Ram: corsair vengeance 8gb
ssd: ocz agility 3 60gb (primarily for the OpSys)
Fan: cooler master hyper 212 evo
Western Digital caviar black (possibly green if my wallet can't keep up)
Optical: Samsung SH-222bb/bebe
PSU: Corsair HX Pro750w
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium HD
And since I'm gaming Win7 home Premium 64 bit

This is primarily being built so I can play Diablo 3...solo (sue me) and general home browsing and use. Just need to make sure everything is compatible before I keep newegg, tiger and amazon in business for a few months getting the parts together

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May 26, 2012 11:31:00 AM

i would suggest the following suggestions without being merciless :)  -
change the motherboard to AsRock extreme4 z77.
go with 7850-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
get low profile ram to eliminate clearance issues.
don't get OCZ drives,they are most unreliable SSDs.this mushkin drives is better-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you have SSD for speeds,get a cheap hard drive.
psu is way overkill and overpriced IMO,a quality 650w~ is enough.LEPA 650w is enough-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
don't worry about quality,it's a rebranded ENERMAX which means top notch quality.
you don't need a sound card!onboard is more that enough for daily stuff and movies.
good luck ;) 
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May 26, 2012 12:04:35 PM

Thanks. Saving money already, which is good, since the ex has most of it. One question: Micro Center has the I5 I want for $50 less than everyone else but, nearest one is 4 hours away. Does anyone know of anywhere else with the 2500k around $170?
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May 26, 2012 12:26:20 PM

^no :(  microcenter has the lowest price for 2500k and 2600k.if you can manage,than a visit is worth!
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May 27, 2012 11:21:54 AM

Yeah, don't see that in my future. Anything I spent on gas would negate the saving on the processor. Looks like I'm trolling amazon and ebay for a flash deal. Thanks for all the help. Ordered the mobo and the psu. Going to be knocking out the SSD and HDD soon enough. Still up in the air on the case, though. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on the case. I don't know that I'd get a lot of use out of the extra top dock and I've seen that in order to use it, you have to eat the top expansion bay. I don't see that being an issue and I like the airflow design they have set up for the dokker. But, some have suggested a Rosewill or a Corsair instead of the Thermaltakes for a noob build as they're a little more forgiving and have more space. Also, since my only intent is to put my opsys on the SSD, I don't really see the point of the larger SSD. Is there something I just don't see? Thanks for the help.
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May 27, 2012 11:26:41 AM

^case is not the most crucial factor but still it needs to be good.i can't really find anything wrong about thermaltake cases,my brother has armour+ and it's working well.
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May 28, 2012 5:46:31 PM

Windows itself takes up around 20gb. After that, any programs you put on the SSD will speed way up. I've got Photoshop on there, for instance, and I've become much more willing to use it now that it doesn't take a solid forty seconds to start up (it's more like ten). Games will also load much more quickly. If you don't care about this stuff at all, save your money, but I find it's made things much smoother.

Yeah, the case isn't important. Any decently expensive one ($60+?) will be just fine, and many under that price will be as well. Trawl Newegg and choose by style.
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May 28, 2012 6:07:45 PM

There are youtube video out there that show just how much faster SSDs are compared to HDDs.
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June 5, 2012 7:40:17 AM

I'm just doing some comparisons between the above suggested video card and other models by the same lineup. H785QN2G2M is essentially the same card but with a different cooling system and a supposedly quieter fan and allows for an easier overclock. I don't know that I'll be doing much overclocking, but, given that they're essentially the same price and the IceQ version seems to be the same card with a few more bells and whistles, is the a reason not to get the IceQ version of the 7850, or should I save the $5?
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June 5, 2012 7:44:46 AM

Also, I did break down and get the 120GB SSD. The sale on Newegg put the Mushkin's price $22 more than the Chronos 60GB drive. Double the memory and a brand that comes highly recommended. Couldn't resist. Peer pressure was right, despite the after school specials.
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June 5, 2012 8:28:02 AM

B_Street said:
I'm just doing some comparisons between the above suggested video card and other models by the same lineup. H785QN2G2M is essentially the same card but with a different cooling system and a supposedly quieter fan and allows for an easier overclock. I don't know that I'll be doing much overclocking, but, given that they're essentially the same price and the IceQ version seems to be the same card with a few more bells and whistles, is the a reason not to get the IceQ version of the 7850, or should I save the $5?


i think 5 bucks extra is 'worth it'
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June 5, 2012 8:28:59 AM

B_Street said:
Also, I did break down and get the 120GB SSD. The sale on Newegg put the Mushkin's price $22 more than the Chronos 60GB drive. Double the memory and a brand that comes highly recommended. Couldn't resist. Peer pressure was right, despite the after school specials.


yeah it's a good deal!
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June 5, 2012 8:44:26 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670 2GB

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review w/benchmarks[/b

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios
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June 5, 2012 9:34:03 AM

Now, of course, that I have the mobo, MicroCenter has the new Ivy Bridge on sale for 189.99 vs the 2500k for 169.99 and there exists the possibility of actually getting out of purgatory and making it to civilization long enough to get in to a MicroCenter. Just making certain that the upgrade wouldn't be a complication to the AsRock extreme4 mobo. Please feel free to mock away if it's warranted.
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June 5, 2012 11:32:28 PM

No worries there.
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June 6, 2012 6:27:24 AM

hellfire24 said:
i would suggest the following suggestions without being merciless :)  -
change the motherboard to AsRock extreme4 z77.
go with 7850-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
get low profile ram to eliminate clearance issues.
don't get OCZ drives,they are most unreliable SSDs.this mushkin drives is better-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you have SSD for speeds,get a cheap hard drive.
psu is way overkill and overpriced IMO,a quality 650w~ is enough.LEPA 650w is enough-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
don't worry about quality,it's a rebranded ENERMAX which means top notch quality.
you don't need a sound card!onboard is more that enough for daily stuff and movies.
good luck ;) 

Correction - the older OCZ drives are unreliable. The Vertex 4 is a good SSD.
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June 6, 2012 7:00:13 AM

^so,do you approve other things except SSD?
BTW,crucial>OCZ for me.
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June 6, 2012 7:55:46 AM

And yet another noob question. Just wanting to make certain that all of my last minute component changes are actually going to FIT in the case I'm still keen on.

I'm still thinking the Thermaltake Dokker is the way to go. I'm now thinking the top dock could be more useful than originally thought and I like the airflow design. I just want to make certain that the AsRock extreme4 and the HIS 7850 ICEQ at 11.6 x 6.1 x 2.3 inches isn't going to cause a space issue.
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June 6, 2012 8:08:08 AM

thermaltake dokker-
Dimensions
19.1" x 7.9" x 18.5"
big enough to fit your setup without issues.
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June 6, 2012 5:13:07 PM

Yes, I do agree that OCZ drives barring the Vertex 4 are unreliable.
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June 6, 2012 7:22:55 PM

Ordered the case last night from Newegg. Between the promos and the eventual mail in rebate, the final cost will be just under $24. Only things left are the Ram, Optical drive, HDD, CPU, and GPU. Then, the tower will be ready to assemble. Then, I can start worrying about how to afford the peripherals.
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June 16, 2012 10:46:51 AM

I now have everything but the fan and the graphics card. Decided to go with the HIS Iceq 7850. Went with the 3750k instead of the 2500k. Essentially the same price and I think I'll get more longevity out of the ivy bridge. Just ordered my Ram. Just needing the Iceq 7850 and the 212 EVO and I can start looking for the monitor and keyboard/mouse. So far, while doing research on all of these parts, I've yet to see any compatibility issues, so, I think as soon as I get these parts, I'm golden. I did get all of my drives OEM. From what I've seen thus far, I think I'm good, but, can anyone think of anything I'm missing? Cables? Adapters? Would additional fans be necessary? I'm sure there's something I'm missing here.
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June 16, 2012 10:57:46 AM

almost every required cable comes with the respective component.what case you are thinking of? usually stock fans get the job done.
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June 16, 2012 11:08:38 AM

got the thermaltake dokker. the optical drive and HDD were OEM so they came without cables, but, they shouldn't really need anything more than what's in the case or with the psu, if I'm not mistaken. Again, I'm new to this, so, I'm doing this by feel. I'm planning to start putting it all together next month once I get in to my new place. Just obsessing over details again.
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