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August 18, 2012 7:39:50 AM

Hi, i have a computer build coming up in September and I've got these parts in mind:

Corsair Carbide 500R Case - White $145.00

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z $279.00

Intel Core i5 2500K $229.00

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCu II 2GB $409.00

Corsair CMT8GX3M2A1866C9 8GB (2x4GB) Dominator GT $99.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $36.00

Corsair TX-650M Modular Power Supply $129.00

Western Digital WD Black 500GB $89.00

Net-gear WNA3100 Wireless N USB Adapter $41.00

i would like to know if this will all be compatible, would there be any room issues with the ram and cpu cooler, etc... and recommendations such as different parts than i have chosen because they might be bad or something. Thanks

The total price of this build is $1456.00
August 18, 2012 7:52:39 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 18, 2012 10:18:55 AM

milkshak3taco said:
Hi, i have a computer build coming up in September and I've got these parts in mind:

i would like to know if this will all be compatible, would there be any room issues with the ram and cpu cooler, etc... and recommendations such as different parts than i have chosen because they might be bad or something. Thanks

The total price of this build is $1456.00

You have some obvious fat to trim off that build and a few needed changes.

First off you want a 750w psu so you have some headroom if and when you decide to add another one of those cards in SLI.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $135.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750


Change out that Sandy Bridge for the newer Ivy Bridge. Native 3.0 USB, more transistors, etc... Newer tech and better.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $235.00
Intel Core i5 3570K


That Corsair Dominator you have up there is a total waste of $$ imo. Look at this G.Skill down below. It's low profile so it won't impede the cpu h/s and it's solid RAM.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3


Dump the USB wireless and step up to a pci with dual band. Better and faster connection and if you ever upgrade your router to a dual band your ready.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor


That Asus board you have up there is super expensive. Look at any of these boards down below. They all support SLI and they get the job done.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $155.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $165.00
ASUS P8Z77-V LK Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $195.00
ASUS P8Z77-V-LE-PLUS Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $175.00
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard




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August 18, 2012 11:45:52 PM

Big +1 to Why_Me's suggested improvements. With those changes in mind, you could easily step up to a gtx 670 with your original budget total... if you were wanting the extra gaming performance.

Just checking you don't need CD/DVD drive?

Not interested in SSD?
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August 19, 2012 1:55:50 AM

I would honestly scratch most of your build and save some money, upgrade to SSD and get a Check this out

Case: yours
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 - 149
CPU: Phenom II X4 965 BE (Overclock it to 3.6 after setup) - 109
RAM: Mushkin 16 GB (2x8GB) 1600 DDR3 - 108
Video Card: X-Fire 7870 2GB GDDR5 - 600
SSD: Corsair 90GB SATAIII - 100
Power Supply: go with the one mentioned - 135
NIC mentioned - 55
CPU cooler get the hyper - 33
Extra disk space get the HD you have listed - 89

1,487 you will get alot more bang for your buck with this. And it might even be under 1.4K if you skip getting the Hard Drive
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August 19, 2012 3:09:13 AM

SikkoB said:
I would honestly scratch most of your build and save some money, upgrade to SSD and get a Check this out

Case: yours
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 - 149
CPU: Phenom II X4 965 BE (Overclock it to 3.6 after setup) - 109
RAM: Mushkin 16 GB (2x8GB) 1600 DDR3 - 108
Video Card: X-Fire 7870 2GB GDDR5 - 600
SSD: Corsair 90GB SATAIII - 100
Power Supply: go with the one mentioned - 135
NIC mentioned - 55
CPU cooler get the hyper - 33
Extra disk space get the HD you have listed - 89

1,487 you will get alot more bang for your buck with this. And it might even be under 1.4K if you skip getting the Hard Drive

So for your 6th post on here you recommending an AMD build for gaming along with 16GB of RAM ?
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August 19, 2012 3:15:21 AM

Hey why me
I would like to go with the build you mentioned in my thread is it worth it and how bout an ssd but isaw many people getting it broken even before 6 months
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August 19, 2012 3:54:26 AM

ok, thanks guys. yeah i kinda changed my mind about those parts after i posted it and i agree with you Why_me. Thank you for the help
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August 19, 2012 3:57:57 AM

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August 19, 2012 4:04:06 AM

Why_Me said:
So for your 6th post on here you recommending an AMD build for gaming along with 16GB of RAM ?


Do you know a good 750w psu thats quiet and isnt too expensive. quite possibly modular too
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August 19, 2012 4:50:48 AM

So, thanks to the help im thinking of getting this. thanks alot guys but im still open to some recomendations

Intel Core i5 3570K $235.00

TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $55.00

Corsair Carbide 500R Case - White $145.00

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard $175.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 412 Slim CPU Cooler $48.00

Western Digital WD Black 500GB WD5003AZEX $89.00

G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9D-8GAB 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $75.00

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II $499.00

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W Power Supply $135.00

Total: $1456.00
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August 19, 2012 5:55:15 PM

Why_Me said:
So for your 6th post on here you recommending an AMD build for gaming along with 16GB of RAM ?


I have been building computers for 13 years. My last build I didnt think I could ever want anything more than 4GB which was $100 then. Now the standard is 8GB and I can buy 16GB for the same price I bought 4 years ago so why would I want to change? Also the 7870 card performs pretty close @ higher resolutions to the GTX 670 but its $100 cheaper. With the amount of money saved on the CPU/MB ($200 and the $100 on the GTX) put that money to another video card and XFire them. Most of the gaming computations come from the GPUs anyway. For being an expert I would think you knew that already.
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August 27, 2012 5:58:23 AM

Definitely think about getting an ssd, you can get the samsung 803 series ssd which is highly recommended. Instead of getting a 660ti that is $409. Upgrade to a 670 or even a 680. I'm thinking of getting the EVGA GTX 680 with 4 GB of ram - $539.99. Here's the build I'm thinking of doing in September too.

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$119.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$109.99

EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$539.99

ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card
$29.99

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ...
$144.99

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
$104.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179.99

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$114.99

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back
$69.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$198.99

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W - $339.99
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August 27, 2012 7:17:38 AM

Razorflaw said:
Definitely think about getting an ssd, you can get the samsung 803 series ssd which is highly recommended. Instead of getting a 660ti that is $409. Upgrade to a 670 or even a 680. I'm thinking of getting the EVGA GTX 680 with 4 GB of ram - $539.99. Here's the build I'm thinking of doing in September too.

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$119.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$109.99

EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$539.99

ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card
$29.99

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ...
$144.99

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
$104.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179.99

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$114.99

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back
$69.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$198.99

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W - $339.99

Read the OP and click a few links. Your posting components in US dollars and the OP lives in Australia hence the reason we are using Australian retailers.
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