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October 28, 2012 6:23:05 PM

I decided to try and build my own computer for gaming. i have hours of research into it and feel like i have a decent understanding of what i should be purchasing. i was wondering if everything that i will be buying is pretty evenly balanced. i was also wondering if you have any suggestions for changing parts (not looking to spend more money) or if any are uneeded. another thing that im not sure on is compatibility. i dont know if the mother board has the ports to acomodate evrything. Is there anything else i have to buy to make this a complete computer pc (Wires, cables, etc.) excluding peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.). Thanks
My Build:

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

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

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

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

OS: Windows 8 (64-Bit)

Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 PCI Express x1 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter

Heat Sink:ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (i was wondering if i should go 120mm)

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

Extras: 1x Sata Cable (for optical drive), thermal compund, anti-static wrist strap

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October 28, 2012 6:44:14 PM

That's an excellent start, these would be my suggestions:

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Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

Extras: 1x Sata Cable (for optical drive), thermal compund, anti-static wrist strap


None of these things are needed. Your motherboard has built in audio and comes with plenty of SATA cables, you don't need the static wrist strap, and your fan will come with thermal compound.

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RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B


Make sure this is low profile or get something else. For gaming you don't need 16GB of RAM.

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


Get a different case. This case is so old and outdated now - has no cable management and decent air flow. Get an NZXT Phantom 410 instead - or get something like the Corsair 400R instead.

Case suggestions:
- Corsair 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are newer than the Antec 900 and have better cable management and air flow.

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Heat Sink:ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (i was wondering if i should go 120mm)


Get a different one. Go with the Noctua NH-U9B instead, better build quality and better fans included. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 28, 2012 6:50:38 PM

thanks for the reply. how is the compatibility looking. i wasnt sure if the motherboard has a 3-pin or 4-pin fan connector. the ram is low profile though so im all set on that. are you sure that the standard heat sink will come with thermal compound, i thought that it comes already on the heatsink.
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October 28, 2012 7:41:42 PM

zcaisse2876 said:
thanks for the reply. how is the compatibility looking. i wasnt sure if the motherboard has a 3-pin or 4-pin fan connector. the ram is low profile though so im all set on that. are you sure that the standard heat sink will come with thermal compound, i thought that it comes already on the heatsink.


No any aftermarket fan will come with the thermal compound in a tube. The Noctua includes really good thermal compound as well - it's better than just about any you could buy. Your motherboard will have at least three - four fan ports and the CPU fan is almost always 4-pin.

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it all looks good and all motherboards have a 4pin cpu fan header. The hyper 212's have a tube of thermal compound included but if you want the best its noctua nt-h1


The Hyper 212 is a good choice but if you have the money I'd go Noctua.
October 28, 2012 9:36:12 PM

ilove to go for the noctua but it is not compatable with lga115 or atleast the one in the link you brought me to wasnt. is there a different version that is compatible
October 28, 2012 11:09:37 PM

unless they say otherwise like optetron or lga 2011 it should be compaitable
October 29, 2012 1:02:27 AM

zcaisse2876 said:
ilove to go for the noctua but it is not compatable with lga115 or atleast the one in the link you brought me to wasnt. is there a different version that is compatible


The Hyper 212 has a flexible retention bracket. You need an adapter for LGA 2011 but for LGA 1155 it works fine. Still though, get the Noctua U9B fan - it has better constructed fans and a low profile heat sink.
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