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August 12, 2012 9:31:20 AM

Hey guys, first time posting :D 

I've started taking an interesting in PC gaming and 3D modeling (Kind of, not too intensive). Over the last few months I've been building a wishlist on PC Case Gear (Australian PC website).

I've already purchased 3 components according to my wishlist. Now, as a first time builder who knows very little about how to go about these things, except with the help of friends. I'm slightly nervous that I will encounter incompatibility issues.

Without further delay the parts I have purchased thus far is;

-Bitfenix Shinobi Mid Size Case.

-ASUS - P8 Z77-M Pro motherboard.

-Corsair GS 700 V2 Power Supply.

And these are the parts I am about to purchase come this Wednesday. Assuming there is nothing wrong with the build :D 

-Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3.

-Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD.

-Intel Core i5 2500K CPU.

-EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB.

-Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM

Now as for the GPU I know that I could purchase ATI for a slight bit better power effeciency I think. But nVidia have been kind to me over the years and I'd like to stick with them :D  Personal preference you could say.

If there is any advice or any words that you could say to reassure me that the PC will work well. Or everything is compatible I'd be very grateful.

Thanks in advance ;) 

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August 12, 2012 9:44:40 AM
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Should be all good, its compatible and should be good for light to med/high gaming. some changes though.

i5-3570k instead of the 2500k. Its the Ivy Bridge equivalent of the 2500k (comes with the typical Ivy benefits, bit faster, lower power draw, PCI-3, etc).
Intel i5-3570k.Only $10 more.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Corsair Vengeance have massive heat fins on them that can intrude on aftermarket heatsinks, may want a low profile kit. This kit is the same spec wise.
Corsair Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

EVGA graphics cards use reference cooling, which is loud an doesnt work as well compared to custom. This is the same price, better cooling and even comes with an overclock.
Gigabyte GTX560Ti.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Speaking of overclocking, you will need an aftermarket cooler to do so. This is the go to budget cooler to get, and keeps my 3570k under 55C at full load in this miserable Melbourne winter.
CM Hyper 212 EVO. $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
August 12, 2012 9:55:31 AM

My golly goodness! You sir are a saint. Thank you so much for a speedy and detailed reply Manofchalk :D 


I've made the adjustments as you've suggested, thank you for the CPU suggestion especially.

If I was to overclock at a later date could I than purchase an aftercooler at that point in time? I probably wont be OC'ing for a while and my budget is slightly stretched even for this.

Thanks again mate, I hope melbourne stops changing it's weather 10 times in one day so you can have a pleasant day Monday :D 
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August 12, 2012 10:04:18 AM

Yep, you can swap the cooler in later no problem. Just make sure to clean off the old thermal paste on the CPU before installing it.

Always good to help new builders, I know how hard it is to nail down small facts like that when your new.
August 12, 2012 11:00:46 AM

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