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June 28, 2012 1:56:58 PM

I'm building my first self-made gaming rig and want some feedback from the community to see how well my setup works together, weak links, "too strong" links (if there are any), and the overall quality of the parts I chose.

Here's my setup:

Processor: Intel i5-3570k
Graphics Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64mb cache
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus


Any feedback and suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 1:58:56 PM

the Cx 600 is too much unless you plan to crossfire.

any build like this probly wants an SSD. try the Mushkin Chronos 120GB for $92.99 at newegg
June 28, 2012 2:08:10 PM

Looks great. My first build was basically the same but one generation older.
SSDs are REALLY nice. Personally I just went out and bought a cheap 60gb ocz as a C;/ drive, but now they offer better deals on 120gb drives.
600 watts is "too much" but its never bad to have extra headroom. That being said, my cheap used CM 750w is now the loudest thing in my system, so get a nicer 500w if you want...
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June 28, 2012 2:15:07 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the Cx 600 is too much unless you plan to crossfire.

any build like this probly wants an SSD. try the Mushkin Chronos 120GB for $92.99 at newegg



If I were to get an SSD would i still want the 1TB hard drive or should/could i cut down some?
June 28, 2012 2:15:08 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the Cx 600 is too much unless you plan to crossfire.

any build like this probly wants an SSD. try the Mushkin Chronos 120GB for $92.99 at newegg



If I were to get an SSD would i still want the 1TB hard drive or should/could i cut down some?
June 28, 2012 2:39:28 PM

larzlo said:
If I were to get an SSD would i still want the 1TB hard drive or should/could i cut down some?


You still want the 1TB because 128 or 256GB SSD's really aren't big enough to cover your movies, music, and other downloads. If you keep all of that stuff on externals anyways then the 256 should cover you completely.
June 28, 2012 2:45:50 PM

fiduke said:
You still want the 1TB because 128 or 256GB SSD's really aren't big enough to cover your movies, music, and other downloads. If you keep all of that stuff on externals anyways then the 256 should cover you completely.


Ok thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 3:29:21 PM

You may want to consider this case, if it appeals to you : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma... TECH&promoid=1223 The build quality is the same as the antec 300 and has a TON of extra features for a cheaper price. I know this because I put one of my brothers computers together for him, and he used the Antec 300. I also just bought this Zalman Z9 plus about a month ago, and it was far better than I expected for the price. The customer reviews on NCIX and Newegg say it all. lol.

I also agree that you should go with 2 drives. 128gb SSD(intel,crucial m4,samsung 830) for the OS, a few games, and a few programs that could benifit from the extra speed. Then also have a separate HDD for you movies, music, and videos. This is what I usually recommend to people building new PC's. Allthough if money is an issue, you could always hold off on the SSD and grab one later on when you have the money as well. It's worth it though in my opinion, if you can afford it.

PS: I linked NCIX(US) because this case is about $20 cheaper there right now than pretty much everywhere else, including newegg.($64.99 on newegg)
June 28, 2012 3:59:20 PM

Some thoughts - I'm a noob and just built a similar and my first machine:

1. Microcenter has a deal right now (has been going for 2-3 weeks now). ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 + i5 3570 = just under $300 AFTER tax. You have to go the store to pick up, but it's worth it if able.
2. I love my Intel 330 180 SSD. Amazing speed in all endeavors when compared to HDD
3. Your case is fine - I opted for HAF 912 that was on special - nice and roomy
4. MOBO: ASRock advertises internet update of BIOS, complete with YOUTUBE intructions - could not get mine to update that or any other way (thumb drive) so I'm running UN updated 1.3 - no problems noted
5. NEWEGG video series on computer builds was perfect EXCEPT put the CM 212+ bracket on MOBO BEFORE you put the chip in - it would just be easier i believe. Not a requirement just a lesson learned.
6. Hooking up case pins to the MOBO - complete pain in my ass ! Worst part of build - least threat
7. NEWEGG video - follow and you'll be on your way
8. 1.5 v RAM seems to work best w/ ASROCK

GL !

I5 3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
G Skill 1.5 v 1866
PC Cooling Mk 3, 600 w
Intel 180 GB SSD
500 GB WD Green HDD
MSI PE/OC HD 6850
CM 212 Evo
June 28, 2012 6:26:18 PM

odiervr said:
Some thoughts - I'm a noob and just built a similar and my first machine:

1. Microcenter has a deal right now (has been going for 2-3 weeks now). ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 + i5 3570 = just under $300 AFTER tax. You have to go the store to pick up, but it's worth it if able.
2. I love my Intel 330 180 SSD. Amazing speed in all endeavors when compared to HDD
3. Your case is fine - I opted for HAF 912 that was on special - nice and roomy
4. MOBO: ASRock advertises internet update of BIOS, complete with YOUTUBE intructions - could not get mine to update that or any other way (thumb drive) so I'm running UN updated 1.3 - no problems noted
5. NEWEGG video series on computer builds was perfect EXCEPT put the CM 212+ bracket on MOBO BEFORE you put the chip in - it would just be easier i believe. Not a requirement just a lesson learned.
6. Hooking up case pins to the MOBO - complete pain in my ass ! Worst part of build - least threat
7. NEWEGG video - follow and you'll be on your way
8. 1.5 v RAM seems to work best w/ ASROCK

GL !

I5 3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
G Skill 1.5 v 1866
PC Cooling Mk 3, 600 w
Intel 180 GB SSD
500 GB WD Green HDD
MSI PE/OC HD 6850
CM 212 Evo


Too bad the closest Microcenter to me is about 3 hours away..... but it could be worth it. :/ 
June 28, 2012 6:32:22 PM

larzlo i just built my computer and i went to microcenter also 3 hours away and it is over the top worth it :D  preorder on line to make it easier... This was my first built and to see it work and to work on it it fricking awsome!
June 28, 2012 9:49:19 PM

odiervr said:
Some thoughts - I'm a noob and just built a similar and my first machine:

1. Microcenter has a deal right now (has been going for 2-3 weeks now). ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 + i5 3570 = just under $300 AFTER tax. You have to go the store to pick up, but it's worth it if able.
2. I love my Intel 330 180 SSD. Amazing speed in all endeavors when compared to HDD
3. Your case is fine - I opted for HAF 912 that was on special - nice and roomy
4. MOBO: ASRock advertises internet update of BIOS, complete with YOUTUBE intructions - could not get mine to update that or any other way (thumb drive) so I'm running UN updated 1.3 - no problems noted
5. NEWEGG video series on computer builds was perfect EXCEPT put the CM 212+ bracket on MOBO BEFORE you put the chip in - it would just be easier i believe. Not a requirement just a lesson learned.
6. Hooking up case pins to the MOBO - complete pain in my ass ! Worst part of build - least threat
7. NEWEGG video - follow and you'll be on your way
8. 1.5 v RAM seems to work best w/ ASROCK

GL !

I5 3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
G Skill 1.5 v 1866
PC Cooling Mk 3, 600 w
Intel 180 GB SSD
500 GB WD Green HDD
MSI PE/OC HD 6850
CM 212 Evo


Also, I can't even seem to find the deal anymore, not sure if it's still up but any links would be appreciated :D 
June 29, 2012 5:13:45 AM

I have two personal owner opinions to share:

DO NOT buy ANY coolermaster xtreme series!!! I have the 750w, an i5 25k, and a 6950, and when gaming the poor psu sounds like its going to die. The fans are the loudest thing in my case at idle, and the loudest thing in my room under 400w load. That is ridiculous fore a 750w. Personally I dont feel 100% safe with this thing running my computer. Also it has way too many SATA power connectors and only 3 molex connectors.

In using the zalman z9 right now, and as was stated before, its a great case. Has cable management cutouts, cpu backplate cutout, tons of places to put fans. Only problems I've had: if you have lots of fans and a big cpu cooler, reaching things like the 8-pin on the mobo or other fan 3-pins is a pain. Also the side is a mesh so you cant have negative or positive air pressure in the case, and you can hear all of your fans. Also check out the z11, its like the z9 on ther inside but on the outside its got lambo looks.

a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2012 5:19:36 AM

Wrong! That PSU is underpowered for a CF build. The 12v rail on the CX600 only provides 520W of power.
June 29, 2012 11:52:39 AM

If I get the Zalman Z9 Plus which comes with 4 fans and apparently good airflow will i still need the Hyper 212 if i want to mildly overclock or will the 4 stock fans be sufficient?
a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2012 11:56:55 AM

azeem40 said:
Wrong! That PSU is underpowered for a CF build. The 12v rail on the CX600 only provides 520W of power.



yes, but an HD7850 only uses about 150W at maximum stress. two would be 300W, leaving 120W left on the 12v rails, 10 spare amps is plenty.
June 29, 2012 1:42:29 PM

larzlo said:
If I get the Zalman Z9 Plus which comes with 4 fans and apparently good airflow will i still need the Hyper 212 if i want to mildly overclock or will the 4 stock fans be sufficient?


No you will defiantly need a better cpu cooler. The airflow in the case will not affect cpu temperature enough to overclock. You want a cpu cooler with alot of surface area (fins) that can disperse heat efficiently. Then the airflow from the cpu and case fans carries that heat away.
June 29, 2012 3:26:16 PM

Does this setup with the 4 stock fans and Hyper 212 Plus have enough cooling capability for overclocking and such?
a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2012 5:09:38 PM

yes
July 2, 2012 2:59:40 PM

Another quick question. Will all of my components fit into the Zalman Z11?
a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2012 4:19:17 PM

should not have any problems unless its a slimline case
!