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Old 07-25-2011, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help With First Build

Hi everbody,
My name is Josh and I'm helping my friend with my first with his first build. I just want to double-check all of these parts to make sure that they are compatible. My friend can spend around $1000 and wants this computer for GPU-heavy video games, music production, video editing, and 3D modeling and rendering. Here is the list we compiled so far:

Processor: Micro Center - Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor 179648

Motherboard: - MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: - ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GC4G9-2G

GPU: - MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

HDD: - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Windows 7: - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Cooling System: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 All in One High-performance CPU Cooler CWCH50-1: Electronics

Power supply: - Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

And I have a case which I will be selling him.

Any criticism and help is immensely appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-25-2011, 05:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It isn't absolutely necessary but you might want to get RAM that has a voltage of 1.5.
And if he is going to be doing some music production, you will want to buy a separate sound card.
Maybe something like - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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Old 07-25-2011, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i dont think anybody needs that sound card. perhaps, if it was somehow critical, a xonar would do: - ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card

im not liking that motherboard... maybe someone will say they do, or that msi is a good choice but i think youre better sticking with asus and gigabyte. same for the ram, go with a more mainstream brand.

maybe: - ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

and: - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

someone can correct me, but i think that 750 W is more than you need by a lot. probably 650 W will be plenty.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1) You're getting the Win7 upgrade. Unless you already have a retail version of XP or Vista that isn't currently being used, or an OEM license tied to that motherboard, then you're better off just buying a new OEM version.

2) Nothing wrong with a 750w, but why not spend a few $ more for a more efficient one? PC Power and Cooling 750w 80+ Silver $89.99 w/MiR. Also a single 12v rail, but that may just be personal preference.

3) The stock 2500k HS/F can take OC-ing to 3.7-4.0GHz, the H50 is unnecessary unless you plan on going much higher, though I'm not sure how much higher you can go with that particular cooler.

4) G.Skill Ripjaws X $10 more, just saying.
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The only suggestion I have is go with the i7 2600k. The i5 2500k does not support hyperthreading. You could drop the corsair h50 to help off shoot the cost.
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