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August 11, 2012 6:06:56 PM

Hey, forum. I'm looking to build my first PC in about a week or so with around $1000-$1100 that my parents have been saving up for me. I plan to use it for gaming and probably a little bit of AutoCAD and 3DS Max for school (nothing too extensive).

I've chosen these parts and I was wondering if they were any good and if they are all compatible with each other (I'm pretty sure they are, but a double check from an outside source couldn't hurt, right?)

So here's the list (all products found on newegg):
Storage:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter:

LINKSYS WET610N Gaming and Video Adapter 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Dual Band up to 300Mbps/ Wireless your Blu-ray, Game Console
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850-AMBAJ3-US 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a keyboard, mouse, and an HDTV, so that takes care of that. Also probably getting Windows 7 Premium off of Amazon.com for about $90.

That all comes out to about $1056 in my newegg cart due to two combo deals between the CPU & Motherboard and the Case & PSU.
Links to both combo deals:

CPU & Mobo:
url= http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU & Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


If anybody could double check compatibility between all these parts or recommend better components for the same price (really can't go above $1100, I'm already pushing it with my parents lol), then I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks guys

Oh, and if it helps, I live in central Jersey, so if anybody knows any good computer hardware stores in the area, that could help too.
Thanks again.
-Francis

August 11, 2012 6:13:24 PM

Oh, and I might also be starting a YouTube Podcast thing with my friends, so I think I'm going to need the storage for all the footage.

And with the wireless adapter, I plan to have the computer in my room, which is right below the room with the router/modem. Can't drill a whole according to my dad lol and running an ethernet cable down the stairs, through the hallway, to my room would be too blah. Better wireless solutions would be awesome.
-Francis
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August 11, 2012 6:23:33 PM

are you overclocking? that makes a difference in the build im recommending

also, you could set up powerline ethernet. it sends internet throughout your house electrical wiring. very good and doesnt have so many cables. you just plug in a adaptor to the wall to get the signal. kinda expensive though (40-60 dollars a adaptor)

the i7 3770 should help with rendering if you need it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/enI7

otherwise this would be another solution

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/enIv


if you dont need upgrading options in the future, get this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7K6
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August 11, 2012 6:24:49 PM

If you live within driving distance of a Microcenter, I recommend you pick up your CPU and possibly a few other components from there.

Try something like this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1042.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 14:23 EDT-0400)

You can typically get the i5 2500k from Microcenter for around $150. This is an in-store only deal. So you have to live within driving distance of the store itself. You may also be able to pick up CPU and mobo combo deals. Here's a link to the Microcenter website...
http://www.microcenter.com/

There's a store in North Jersey/Patterson. Not sure if you know where that is. I'm not too familiar with that state, lol. I live in North Carolina. Hope this helps.
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August 11, 2012 6:42:43 PM

Oh, wow, sorry I forgot that, but I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon, but there is a possibility of it in the future. I heard the i5 2500k should be great for what I need and also great for overclocking. I'm not sure I want a micro ATX board because I might also run SLI in the future, if I'm feeling adventurous in my PC journey lol.

To Deus, I know where Paterson, I think I'll probably be able to go there. I hope they have those combos there too.

Thanks for you guys' replies.

Also what is the optimum PSU for what I'm trying to build? If I'm forgetting any other aspects of my PC, then just ask me and sorry for leaving it out lol
Thanks again
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August 11, 2012 6:46:26 PM

For a PSU, you want something that is 80+ certified and is manufactured by a reputable company such as Corsair or Seasonic. If you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire in the future, you're gonna want at least a 750 watt PSU. You may be able to get away with a 650w, but I'd play it safe and go for the 750w.
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August 11, 2012 6:47:05 PM

Also, how reliable are ASRock mobos? I get mixed reviews from them being great, to the boards being defective a lot of the time and unreliable. And how is ASRock's customer support?
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August 11, 2012 6:47:38 PM

Okay, so (most drastic situation here) if my computer had 3 case fans, ran SLI, used a cpu fan, was overclocking and used an ssd and a regular hd, would a 750w PSU be able to handle that?
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August 11, 2012 6:50:19 PM

I've personally had no trouble with them. ASRock is pretty much a spin off of Asus. Asus offers excellent customer service and fairly reliable products, so therefore ASRock shouldn't be any different.
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August 11, 2012 6:51:39 PM

F_Pastor said:
Okay, so (most drastic situation here) if my computer had 3 case fans, ran SLI, used a cpu fan, was overclocking and used an ssd and a regular hd, would a 750w PSU be able to handle that?


Wouldn't be a problem. It would run without a hiccup. You should even be able to add a couple more HDDs and some more case fans if needed.
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August 11, 2012 7:10:59 PM

Okay, I'll look at the 750w PSUs now. However, I looked up ASRock's reviews and I'm feeling iffy about it still...I'm not sure I want to risk quality on this one...
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August 11, 2012 7:11:12 PM

hardware these days are pretty efficient
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August 11, 2012 7:17:31 PM

fully modular, seasonic, and 80+ gold
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August 11, 2012 7:23:09 PM

Oh, damn, is that Seasonic code $40 off the already discounted $159.99?
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August 11, 2012 7:45:05 PM

If your getting the i5-2500k stick with the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 the Z77 don't provide any benefit with a sandy bridge and the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 is a nice mid high end mobo so ether get i5-3570k and a Z77 mobo or a i5-2500k and a Z68 mobo
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August 11, 2012 8:01:15 PM

bigcyco, but if I upgrade my cpu in the future, would it be better to have the z77? I'm getting the i5-2500k right now because it's only $160 at microcenter. Would it be smarter to get the Gigabyte board Deus recommended before to allow me to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor in a couple of months?
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August 11, 2012 8:05:38 PM

F_Pastor said:
bigcyco, but if I upgrade my cpu in the future, would it be better to have the z77? I'm getting the i5-2500k right now because it's only $160 at microcenter. Would it be smarter to get the Gigabyte board Deus recommended before to allow me to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor in a couple of months?
i think it would be smarter to get it all at once buying a i5-2500k now wouldn't be smart money spent if you plan to upgrade cpu in a few months but if you don't care about wasting money than sure
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August 11, 2012 8:05:42 PM

F_Pastor said:
bigcyco, but if I upgrade my cpu in the future, would it be better to have the z77? I'm getting the i5-2500k right now because it's only $160 at microcenter. Would it be smarter to get the Gigabyte board Deus recommended before to allow me to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor in a couple of months?


The new ivy bridge CPUs are only 6% faster clock for clock. If pushed, the sandy bridge can reach higher overclocks and potentially better performance. It doesn't really matter. Just get whichever is cheaper and has the features you need and want.
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August 11, 2012 8:09:10 PM

Well, the only way I'd be getting a new cpu in a couple of months is if I finally got my own job and I had extra money left over, so it's not really set in stone. Right now, my parents are buying everything for me because I'm only 16 lol and I'm trying to keep it in their price range or even a little bit lower, but still have the good quality, know what I'm sayin'?
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August 11, 2012 8:12:46 PM

DeusAres said:
The new ivy bridge CPUs are only 6% faster clock for clock. If pushed, the sandy bridge can reach higher overclocks and potentially better performance. It doesn't really matter. Just get whichever is cheaper and has the features you need and want.
i don't know about all that you maybe right or wrong i really can't say but i do prefer i5-2500k and i agree get whatever fits your needs the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H is not better than the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 OP had listed org. but it certainly not a bad option ;) 
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August 11, 2012 8:17:54 PM

At his budget, a motherboard at that price point isn't necessary. The asrock z77 board would be just as good. And I didn't say the gigabyte was better. It was simply an alternative.

However, for his needs, the asrock board would be perfect.
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August 11, 2012 8:21:43 PM

the psu is 119.99 after the promo code. what a steal
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August 11, 2012 8:34:04 PM

Corsair does not manufacture Power Supplies btw. Seasonic, CWT, Delta, etc do.
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August 11, 2012 8:47:50 PM

DeusAres said:
At his budget, a motherboard at that price point isn't necessary. The asrock z77 board would be just as good. And I didn't say the gigabyte was better. It was simply an alternative.

However, for his needs, the asrock board would be perfect.
You misunderstood what i meant i didn't say you said the gigabyte was better and cheaper works but in noway is it better you get what you pay for Asrock is good though ;) 
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August 11, 2012 8:48:58 PM

Regardless, Corsair PSUs are of good quality.
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August 11, 2012 8:49:40 PM

bigcyco1 said:
You misunderstood what i meant i didn't say you said the gigabyte was better and cheaper works but in noway is it better you get what you pay for Asrock is good though ;) 


Ah, I see. It's all good.
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August 11, 2012 8:50:16 PM

Not all of them are good quality. The GX, GS, and CX (not bad just subpar) are crap Corsair PSUs.
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August 11, 2012 8:54:15 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the psu is 119.99 after the promo code. what a steal
+1 :o  jump on that with a quickness do no debate about it just buy it
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August 11, 2012 8:55:15 PM

Those variations do not apply here. In terms of the tx, hx, and ax series, they are pretty good.

I actually have a question myself; perhaps you may know...are the Corsair PSUs manufactured by Seasonic?
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August 11, 2012 8:56:31 PM

It would have been a good deal lol. Too bad I built my computer already.
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August 11, 2012 8:56:38 PM

DeusAres said:
Those variations do not apply here. In terms of the tx, hx, and ax series, they are pretty good.

I actually have a question myself; perhaps you may know...are the Corsair PSUs manufactured by Seasonic?


AX-650 – Seasonic
AX-750 – Seasonic
AX-850 – Seasonic
AX-1200 – Flextronics
CX-400 – Seasonic
CX-430 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-430 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS600 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS700 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS800 – Channel Well(CWT)
HX-450 – Seasonic
HX-520 – Seasonic
HX-620 – Seasonic
HX-650 – Seasonic
HX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-1000 – Channel Well (CWT)
HX-1050 – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-550M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-650 – Seasonic
TX-650 v2 – Seasonic
TX-650M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-750 v2 – Seasonic
TX-750M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-850 v2 – Seasonic
TX-850M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-950 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
VX-450 – Seasonic
VX-550 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH platform)
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August 11, 2012 9:03:57 PM

DeusAres said:
Those variations do not apply here. In terms of the tx, hx, and ax series, they are pretty good.

I actually have a question myself; perhaps you may know...are the Corsair PSUs manufactured by Seasonic?

When you make generalizations saying "Corsair PSUs are of good quality", you are including all Corsair PSUs, so I don't see how those variations do not apply to your statement. Just saying.
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August 11, 2012 9:14:29 PM

Oh, you're one of those kinds of people. Always have to have to be right and have the last word.

I made an assumption; forgive my ignorance.

I figured since we were talking about a 750w 80+ certified PSU, that would simply negate the other corsair options.
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August 11, 2012 9:44:01 PM

Okay, just got the okay to order that Seasonic PSU. Sweet.

Then gonna get that i5-2500k and I think I'm gonna go with this Gigabyte mobo : http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

How does that look to you guys?
And would you guys say that the Cooler Master HAF 922 is a good choice for me? Anything substantially better for the price?
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August 11, 2012 9:46:37 PM

Looks good.

Can't really think of any other cases. Perhaps the Corsair carbide 400r may be a better option. Like the haf 922, it offers high airflow and decent cable management.
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August 11, 2012 9:47:45 PM

Corsair 400R is better.
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August 11, 2012 9:48:50 PM

Another case to look at is the Antec Eleven Hundred.
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August 11, 2012 9:52:51 PM

Yup, pretty awesome case^

If you get it, you're goona be looking at having to buy another $20-40 worth of case fans. It only comes with two exhaust fans.
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August 11, 2012 10:01:25 PM

bigcyco1 said:
AX-650 – Seasonic
AX-750 – Seasonic
AX-850 – Seasonic
AX-1200 – Flextronics
CX-400 – Seasonic
CX-430 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-430 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS600 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS700 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS800 – Channel Well(CWT)
HX-450 – Seasonic
HX-520 – Seasonic
HX-620 – Seasonic
HX-650 – Seasonic
HX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-1000 – Channel Well (CWT)
HX-1050 – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-550M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-650 – Seasonic
TX-650 v2 – Seasonic
TX-650M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-750 v2 – Seasonic
TX-750M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-850 v2 – Seasonic
TX-850M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-950 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
VX-450 – Seasonic
VX-550 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH platform)



the 1200i is flextronics. the 1200 is seasonic :) 
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August 11, 2012 10:11:41 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the 1200i is flextronics. the 1200 is seasonic :) 

No, that is wrong.

"Flextronics International Ltd. is an electronics manufacturing services provider, which makes it a bit atypical from the general consumer SMPS OEM, founded in 1969 and headquartered in Singapore. "

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/06/21/corsair_ax120...
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August 11, 2012 10:12:22 PM

I found a combo deal on newegg with the Western Digital Caviar Clack 500GB and the Haf 922 with $20 off...should I still go with that or get the cases you guys said?

And someone mentioned powerline networking before? Anybody know about that, or should I start a new thread somewhere else?
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August 11, 2012 10:15:37 PM

i started the powerline thing.

you plug a ethernet cable to the modem that you have into a adaptor. you plug the adaptor into the wall. you plug another adaptor where you want to signal. you plug a ethernet cable the adaptor that you wish to take the internet signals from and plug the ethernet cable into your pc. bam, you get internet without lag like on a wireless network
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August 11, 2012 10:24:47 PM

Sounds awesome. Know any good powerline network products?
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