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First Build: Are my parts compatible?

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November 13, 2012 11:36:41 PM

So this will be the first time I've ever built a PC and I think I've finally found everything I'll need. I'd just like to know if they're all compatible and good choices.

Case - Corsair Carbide 300R Case with Window
http://www.ebuyer.com/395040-corsair-carbide-300r-case-...
Motherboard - Asus MAXIMUS V GENE
http://www.ebuyer.com/363724-asus-maximus-v-gene-z77-so...
CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K
http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz...
RAM - Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance Memory
http://www.ebuyer.com/248846-corsair-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-v...
SSD - OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD
http://www.ebuyer.com/268239-ocz-60gb-agility-3-ssd-agt...
HDD - Seagate 500GB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-barracuda-in...
PSU - Corsair 600W CX Builder Series 80 Plus Bronze PSU 3 Year Warranty
http://www.ebuyer.com/269259-corsair-600w-cx-series-v2-...
DVD Drive - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVD Write Optical Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/342873-samsung-sh-222bb-sata-dvd-...

At the moment I can't afford a GPU or CPU cooling, so I'll be using the integrated graphics on the 2500k and the stock fan. When I have enough I plan on getting something like the corsair H80 - pretty sure the H100 doesn't fit in the case I've chosen. And I've yet to research GPUs.

I do plan on overclocking, although I'm new to that too. I'll be using this PC mainly for casual use, work - programming, photoshop. I'm not a big PC gamer, but I still want the ability to play games heavy on graphics (and after having a Dell with an AMD Sempron and less than 500mb of ram as my main PC for the past 7 years or so I really want something flashy hence the Asus MVG).

Any help is greatly appreciated! :) 

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November 14, 2012 6:45:18 AM

Sure, they're compatible, but some of those components are less than optimal. For examlpe, that SSD is one of the least reliable models available today and that PSU is not very good either. I'd also recommend the i5-3570K over the i5-2500K nowadays.
November 14, 2012 7:06:40 AM

blazorthon said:
Sure, they're compatible, but some of those components are less than optimal. For examlpe, that SSD is one of the least reliable models available today and that PSU is not very good either. I'd also recommend the i5-3570K over the i5-2500K nowadays.

i think the psu will be fine i would also agree with the 3570k unless your one of those people that arent gonna be happy unless you hit 5ghz even though the ivy will probably keep up with the 2500k at 4.8 anyways, pci-e 3.0 etc etc why wouldnt you get the new model
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November 14, 2012 7:12:05 AM

Fine, probably, but it's not a high-quality nor a high-reliability model. The CX series is far more failure-prone than many similarly priced Antec PSUs.
November 14, 2012 7:20:24 AM

The motherboard is a micro atx which is pretty stupid considering the price.
November 14, 2012 7:31:13 AM

cutebeans said:
The motherboard is a micro atx which is pretty stupid considering the price.


The size is not the problem instead of the performance, as you don't to
November 14, 2012 7:36:45 AM

cutebeans said:
The motherboard is a micro atx which is pretty stupid considering the price.


Dude, the size is not important, the performance is. The Maximus is a very pro motherboard and especially built for gamers, but yea if you don't need things like these you don't have to buy, you can downgrade and save money for others.

Everything is OK but I suggest you upgrade the PSU if you want to save money from your electric bill, everyday computing, and even keep it for more years. And also get the 3570k, paired nicely with the Z77 chipset.
November 14, 2012 4:35:56 PM

I really like the motherboard, I know it's mATX, but it has some great features, and as kelvin mentioned, size isn't important.

fair enough with the 2500k, I was already thinking of getting the 3570K anyway since it's better and pretty much the same price.

The 60gb OCZ Agility 3 is unreliable? I thought it was pretty good. What should I be getting instead?

The CX series corsair PSU doesn't surprise me though, is the TX series any better? What would you recommend for the PSU? I checked out Antec, but could only find this in a similar price range - Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/245671-antec-520w-high-current-ga...
November 14, 2012 6:29:53 PM

Yes, the Agility 3 is not very reliable. Agility 4, Crucial M4, Samsung 830, Plextor M5S, and OCZ Vertex 4 are all much more reliable. Also, generally less important for a gaming but still worth noting, Agility 3 is slower than all of them except for Agility 4 (similar performance) and Crucial M4 isn't too far ahead of them.

Example:
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive...

Sure, it's a little more expensive, but the extra reliability of having a proper Marvell controller instead of OCZ's messed-up SandForce implementation is worth it IMO.

About the PSU, I just remembered that Antec's pricing is different relative to some other companies' models in the UK compared to the USA, sorry. Here's another great option:

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...
November 14, 2012 7:29:28 PM

Fair enough, looks like I'll be getting the agility 4 or vertex 4 then.

Would you say that's one of the best PSUs around that price range, or is there anything else that might be better?

And thanks so much, you've been a massive help so far!
November 14, 2012 7:37:25 PM

The XFX model that I suggested is the best in the price range AFAIK. Glad to help.
November 15, 2012 2:07:32 AM

DavidJAldred said:
Fair enough, looks like I'll be getting the agility 4 or vertex 4 then.

Would you say that's one of the best PSUs around that price range, or is there anything else that might be better?

And thanks so much, you've been a massive help so far!


Is there Agility 4 and Vertex 4? Or the 4 means Series? If they are, don't get them, it's SATA II and they can be worse than better HDDs, find a SATA III.

Get the Corsair TX for your PSU, my clients like them.
November 15, 2012 2:33:33 AM

Agility 4 and Vertex 4 are the same generation. They're the current generation of OCZ's high-end and low-end SATA3 SSDs (differentiated by different types of NAND flash interfaces with Agility 4 having an asynchronous and Vertex 4 having a Synchronous or Toggle-mode IIRC, I'd have to check to be more sure). Vertex 4 is one of the fastest affordable consumer SSDs available and Agility 4 is a slightly cheaper, but much slower (still a SATA 6G00MB/s model that beats any SATA 300MB/s SSD).
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