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1st Time building computer; Did I do it right?

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October 25, 2012 7:48:07 AM

As the title says this is my first time trying to build a computer and after a friend look it over and catching a problem I had with the memory and motherboard I thought it would be best to hold off buying the parts until someone who knows what their doing gives it a once over.

If anyone can give this a once over just to make sure the parts I've selected will work together and any opinions I'd appreciate it.

thanks.


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0



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


GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM


Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX


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



Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

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October 25, 2012 8:00:19 AM

I would highly suggest buying a better cooler than the hyper 212 plus if you really want to overclock a 3570k. They're notoriously hotter than the 2500k/2550k and there are solutions such as xigmatek's dark knight II that perform significantly better at a cost of only $25-30 more. The absolute top-end coolers include Zalman's CNPS12X and Noctua NH-D14 which are closer to $60 more.
The hyper 212 plus simply will not be able to get a 3570k to it's full potential, it couldn't even get my 2500k past 4.2ghz. My new nh-d14 does 4.4ghz 10-15 degrees C cooler than the 212 plus at 4.2ghz.
You shouldn't need to buy additional thermal compound, the stuff shipped with higher-end coolers is basically the same stuff you get from Arctic Silver, and will be a max 1-2 degrees C different if applied correctly.
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October 25, 2012 8:05:22 AM

Get RAM from someone other than Kingston; their RAM runs at 1.65V which voids the CPU warranty on intel chips.

I'd get an Extreme4 not Extreme6. Newegg throws in 8GB free RAM with the Extreme4 currently too.

Caviar black drives are generally overpriced.
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October 25, 2012 5:10:31 PM

kevin83 said:
I would highly suggest buying a better cooler than the hyper 212 plus if you really want to overclock a 3570k. They're notoriously hotter than the 2500k/2550k and there are solutions such as xigmatek's dark knight II that perform significantly better at a cost of only $25-30 more. The absolute top-end coolers include Zalman's CNPS12X and Noctua NH-D14 which are closer to $60 more.
The hyper 212 plus simply will not be able to get a 3570k to it's full potential, it couldn't even get my 2500k past 4.2ghz. My new nh-d14 does 4.4ghz 10-15 degrees C cooler than the 212 plus at 4.2ghz.
You shouldn't need to buy additional thermal compound, the stuff shipped with higher-end coolers is basically the same stuff you get from Arctic Silver, and will be a max 1-2 degrees C different if applied correctly.


If it's your first time I wouldn't purchase a D14 just because the size of the heat sink makes it really difficult to install. Go with a Noctua NH-U9B instead, I really dislike Xigmatek coolers.

As far as the original build goes - the Antec 900 is so old and outdated now that it's hard to recommend it. If you want to stick with Antec try the new 1100 - it has way better features than the 900 does. The Kingston Hyper X RAM you chose is rated at 1.65V, that won't mix well with Ivy Bridge. The extra thermal compound isn't needed (it looks like you went on Newegg and selected all the 5 egg rated items - that is never a good way to select parts for a build).

I would try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1082.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 25, 2012 8:19:28 PM

You can dislike xigmatek coolers all you want, the dark knight II looks way cooler than the d14 and is smaller, while still being vastly better at cooling than any of the 212 coolers.
The D-14 is by no means difficult to install. Yes it's a bit heavy, but the locking mechanisms to hold it to the backplate are much simpler than the 212 plus/evo. I've built with both the 212 and D-14 in the same machine, the D-14 is leagues better in both design and performance.
Both coolers had problems with my high-profile ram, low-profile is the way to go.
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November 6, 2012 3:04:26 AM

Best answer selected by VanillaZero.
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