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January 28, 2013 6:17:27 PM

Hey tom's community,

After what seems to be about several hundred revisions, posts asking this and that-also, several "final approval" builds, I think I'm set. Finally. I hope... Anyways, I'm pretty much AT budget and don't want to go higher in price, so will all these parts fit, work, and not be bottlenecked in any way? (Quick side-note: My friend has G-Skill Ripjaws (4gbx2) 1600mhz, and I was wondering if it would work with my ripjaws x of the same specs. I assume so since the only difference are the heatsinks).

MoBo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink/Fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I'd get two of these (One for the front, moving the front 120mm fan to the side to pull air into the GPU, and then have the other 120mm still on the back pushing air out, and then the second 200mm up on top pushing air out.)

Hopefully this all works out. Any feedback, comments, questions, etc. would be great! Thanks!



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January 28, 2013 6:33:44 PM

Looks great! Only thing is that PSU is a little overkill. You should save some money and get the Antec Neo Eco 620w its on sale for $30. Its made by SeaSonic just like the Corsair PSU you wanna use, so it will have just as good quality. Unless you wanna Crossfire in the future then the 750w psu would be smart.
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January 28, 2013 6:44:45 PM

I haven't got a lot of spare time right now so i'll just improve a couple of things in your build.
First off, you can upgrade the power supply to this one which is a lot better and doesn't cost any more.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=43101&vpn=CMPSU-950TX&...

You should also upgrade the graphics card to a HD 7870 XT which provides HD 7950 performance at the price of a HD 7870.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the saved money you can upgrade the motherboard to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has much better cooling on the VRM, so the poor ventilation in the HAF 912 will no longer be a problem.
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January 28, 2013 7:46:16 PM

I'm going to stick with the PSU i have as it's $20 off with a code + $20 rebate card so its 69.99-89.99. Thanks for the input blake1234. Kamen I think i'm going to stick with the mobo and gpu I have. thanks for the input though.
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February 4, 2013 6:20:43 PM

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