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June 26, 2012 1:43:49 AM

Hello,
I'm looking to build a new gaming rig and I have already selected a case and internals and I was wondering if it would all fit together and work well. This is my first rig so I'm new to this but I do know a bit about computers. I have a budget of about $1000 and I might be willing to spend a little bit more if there is something I need. Feel free to give some suggestions for improvement or tell me if I'm just missing something I'll need altogether (I prefer from amazon or newegg)

Case:
http://www.amazon.com/Crafted-Series-Tower-Steel-Chassi...

PSU:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...
(850W model)

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-...

CPU:
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500...

RAM:
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT2CP51264BC1067-204-PIN-...

Hard drive:
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...
(1 Tb model)

GPU:
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-Mini-HDMI-Graph...

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June 26, 2012 1:50:28 AM

CPU-GPU combo-awesome

Ram-terrible

Case-awesome

PSU-Awesome

Get some corsair vengeance or g.skill sniper or kingston hyper x and you have a solid gaming monstrosity
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June 26, 2012 8:00:51 AM

850W is a bit much. Just stick with 750W. The Corsair TX750 would work well.

You're links for the MoBo's are broken by the way. For your CPU, I would recommend Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 however.

If you could sneak in 70 more dollars, you can get a 60 Gb SSD. Its not a requirement but I imagine you would be happy with the speed of boot times. Mushkin Chronos 60 Gb.

If you're overclocking, you need an aftermarket CPU cooler. Cooler Mastere Hyper 212 Evo is what I would recommend.
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June 26, 2012 1:47:36 PM

l0v3rboi said:
850W is a bit much. Just stick with 750W. The Corsair TX750 would work well.

You're links for the MoBo's are broken by the way. For your CPU, I would recommend Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 however.

If you could sneak in 70 more dollars, you can get a 60 Gb SSD. Its not a requirement but I imagine you would be happy with the speed of boot times. Mushkin Chronos 60 Gb.

If you're overclocking, you need an aftermarket CPU cooler. Cooler Mastere Hyper 212 Evo is what I would recommend.


Alright. So I'll go with the 750W. As for the MoBo, it looks like you're talking about something like this:

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

is there a reason why? It is also a fair amount cheaper than the one I had selected already. What makes this one better? If I do get that MoBo, I could use the savings to look at getting an SSD. I was thinking about getting an aftermarket CPU cooler and it seems the one you posted is pretty popular so I think I'll get one of those too.
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June 26, 2012 2:01:24 PM

Get the vengeance, 650 watt psu and it is a good looking build!
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June 26, 2012 2:29:57 PM

You won't be able to use that RAM anyway, its a DDR3 SODIMM meant for laptops.
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June 26, 2012 3:36:33 PM

The Asus z68 MoBo you chose is fairly expensive for the features you are getting. The Asrock one will provide you the best features and performance for a significantly lower price.

If you are getting an aftermarket CPU cooler, I would not get the Corsair Vengeance. The tall heat spreaders may interfere with installation. I would get either one of these models:
G-Skill Ripjaws, G-Skill Ares or Mushkin Blackline

Also, get the following specs: DDR3, 1600, 1.5V. They would provide you with the best bang for your buck in terms of performance.
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June 26, 2012 4:05:31 PM

Corsair does sell a Vengeance Low Profile for the same price, so that's also an option if you like Corsair.
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June 26, 2012 6:01:36 PM

Ok so here is my new build with some revisions:

NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis
http://www.amazon.com/Crafted-Series-Tower-Steel-Chassi...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms (I'm going to keep the 850W just because it's only $20 more than the 750W)
http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certifi...

Intel Core i5-2500K processor
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 8 Dual Channel Kit
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz...

Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (I've chosen this Samsung SSD because it does have good reviews but if you guys are insistent on not getting this I'll consider other recommendations)
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC1...

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR...

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 2048 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card (and depending on my funds, if I do have some extra money, what is a graphics card I could upgrade to? Personally I prefer Nvidia/EVGA but I will consider other cards. And I may possibly do SLI with this card)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-Mini-HDMI-Graph...

What do you guys think?
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June 26, 2012 6:06:38 PM

CPU: Good.
Motherboard: Good.
CPU Cooler: Get the Hyper 212 EVO. It performs better.
RAM: Good.
HDD: Good.
SSD: You don't want to sacrifice performance in games for faster loading and boot times. Save the SSD as an upgrade.

DVD: Good.
GPU: Underpowered at that budget. Get the Radeon 7850 for $100 more.
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June 26, 2012 6:19:48 PM

azeem40 said:
CPU: Good.
Motherboard: Good.
CPU Cooler: Get the Hyper 212 EVO. It performs better.
RAM: Good.
HDD: Good.
SSD: You don't want to sacrifice performance in games for faster loading and boot times. Save the SSD as an upgrade.

DVD: Good.
GPU: Underpowered at that budget. Get the Radeon 7850 for $100 more.


Is this the 7850 you're talking about?
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

It is only $40 more expensive, or would it be worth it do go up to the 7870?
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

And I'll get the Hyper 212 EVO instead.
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June 26, 2012 6:21:25 PM

The 7850 is better price/performance because it OCs to the levels of the GTX 580.
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June 26, 2012 6:51:51 PM

azeem40 said:
The 7850 is better price/performance because it OCs to the levels of the GTX 580.


Alright cool. I really want to do CF. Is this a good card for that that will also last me for a couple years?
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June 26, 2012 9:42:55 PM

It should last you a while. But predicting how long is a complicated thing. If you xFire, it should last you for 2 years though. :) 
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June 27, 2012 5:07:07 AM

AznInvazn said:
I know this may seem like a dumb question, but I just want to make sure. Are these the same mobos? Because one is cheaper and I would just like to get the best deal I can.

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

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z68-PRO3-GEN3-Intel/dp/B00...


Nope, not dumb at all. Their naming systems cab be confusing.

That being said, they are not the same MoBo. The 2nd one from Amazon is the Pro 3 Gen 3. I will not suggest you to get that one since it is built for single GPU computer builds.

The 1st one is what you want. The Extreme 3 Gen 3.
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