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Old 09-01-2011, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for a look over of my new gaming computer build

This will be the first computer I have built. I have done alot of research and feel comfortable putting it together, but I'd like someone who knows a thing or 2 more about computers to take a look at my build and give me any feedback or advice you have.

I'm also curious if the Lanboy Air with 13 of the 15 120" fans will be enough to cool it or do i need to buy a CPU cooler on top of those fans.


Case: Antec Lanboy air Blue Black / Blue ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129093

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152245

Graphic Card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130661

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
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371026

Mother Board: EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188065

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-12GBRM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231408

Processor: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115211

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986

Fans: X8 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1) Unless you are doing some hardcore overclocking, buying that many extra fans is not going to be much benefit other than making the case really loud.
2) Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Western Digital Caviar Black, the "green" or "blue" drives are primarily for storage, not for regular access.
3) Go for an i5 2500k CPU, $40 cheaper and more performance than the i7 950.
3a) Need a new motherboard to go with the i5 2500k, and new RAM to go with the new motherboard.
4) If its a computer focused on gaming, and what looks like a pretty good budget, you can do much better than the GTX 560.

If my math is right your total is $1,390.

For ~$120 more you can get a more optimized gaming build with an SSD and GTX 580.
Also has the ability to overclock quite nicely.
$220 Intel i5 2500k.
$160 Asus P8P67 Pro (REV 3.1).
$130 Silverstone 750w, 80+ Silver, Modular.
$495 MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr II/OC.
$170 120 GB OCZ Solid 3.
$59 750GB Western Digital Caviar Black.
$55 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 CAS9.
$20 Sony Optiarc 24x DVD/CD Burner.
$100 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM.
$100 Corsair Carbide Series 400R.

Total = $1,509 (before rebates/shipping/combo deals)

Case is obviously personal preference, just been looking for an excuse to link that one.
For the price it is arguably the best case available feature wise and, in my opinion, for looks.
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Nice Job Roark... but to add to what you said, if you take out the SSD it'll be about the same price as what you already priced out and be much MUCH better... personally, i would never consider the lanboy air... its just a horrible case in my oppinion... i like this mother board better, its the same price but has better features, and will compliment your 2500K processor better:

Newegg.com - MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

personally, i dont build any computers with anything but a corsair power supplies, i would get this instead, shaves $10 off

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply


if you still want a SSD, you can cut the price down by getting a smaller one, 60-80 gigs is plenty for an OS and a few games

as far as a case, NZXT just released their new Source 210 Elite case, for under $50, it offers features that compete with cases that are 3 and 4 times more expensive, i will be using it for my next build. its offered in white and black, both are very sharp looking, very minnimalistic and performance oriented.

Newegg.com - NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim



and of course, with your new super oober processor you are going to need a cooler to push that baby for all shes worth, my current favorite coolers are these 2

Cooler MAster Hyper 212+
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

and the corsair A70 ( basically the same design as the 212 but a little beefier )
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
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Sean, that Corsair is $20 cheaper. I'll certainly agree that Corsair is an awesome brand, but personally willing to pay a $20 premium for 80+ Silver and modular cabling from another reliable manufacturer. If you want the same features from Corsair its $20 more than the Silverstone.

Also, curious as to the better features on the MSI board (not being snarky, legit want to know), from what I can tell:
MSI: +1 PCIe x1 and +2 USB 2.0 on the rear I/O.
Asus: +1 PCIe 2.0, +1 PS/2, +4 on-board USB 2.0, on-board bluetooth, and LAN by Intel.
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The MSI board has better cooling, Vcheck points, OC gene, onboard power and reset buttons, can suppport up to 6 usb 3.0 slots, you can charge things from the USB slot when the computer is off, it has MSI's Military class II components, MSIs Bios is better than Asus's...

i realize the silverstone is a better powersupply, i was just giving him some options....
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XD i guess my name is Dragontail now (was Dragon@$$)...anyways lol, thank you all for your input I will take it all into consideration and probably post another thread for a recheck soon. Thanks again!
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