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Old 10-21-2011, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, I've never built a computer before, but I have put an intense amount of research into this (Weeks of boredom in the office probably amounts to 20+ hours of research). However, it never hurts to have a second pair of eyes that knows what they are looking at. Thoughts?

All parts will be procured from Newegg. I have shortened some of the names but added the link in case it is an unrecognized part.

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 (Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan)

MoBo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 (Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS)

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4 GHz (Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K)

RAM: G. Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM)

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580 (Newegg.com - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card)

PSU: CORSAIR 850W Modular, SLI Ready, 80 PLUS Gold (Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply)

HDD: WesternDigital Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM 6GB/s (Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive)

Optical Drive: Asus CD/DVD 24x Burner (Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners)


I have some other miscellaneous items worthy of note but not links, Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste, a superclocked keyboard, a monitor, and 64bit home premium Windows 7. I just said I'm buying a superclocked keyboard, confused?

My price range is $2000 and this build is currently at around $1825 (Before shipping)
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The psu is way over sized and over priced. A quality 850 like a corsair, will handle 580 sli's and won't cost you a small fortune.

When you go over 1kW the price gets crazy.. The savings will allow you to get a WD Black or an aftermarket cooler.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like this?

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Also with the money that came off of that I added a 750 GB HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136794
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Default Re: Thoughts on this Build?

I'm still trying to figure out why this build is so expensive, some things I noticed.

1) Its about $20 cheaper to get 2x 4GB RAM instead of 4x 2GB.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

2) For about $50 cheaper you can get a 1TB hard drive that will perform comparably to a WD Caviar Black.
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The ax850 is 5$ more expensive after rebate and is gold certified Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply its what i was looking to get if it were available on NCIX

Because of the color scheme of the MB these might appeal more to you Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

Wouldnt the western digital drive be faster then the Samsung spinpoint as it operates at sata III 6gb/s?

My only other suggestion would be to look at the HAF X if your sticking with air because it has 2 top mounted fans and a few more features. the 932 has a little more features geared towards people who want to water cool (you can internally mount 1 360mm rad and 2 240mm rads) but they are essentially the same case.

Superclocked keyboard? Can it overclock your typing speed? :P

*Edit* There is a cheaper 750gb caviar blue drive on newegg btw
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That 1TB drive has a smaller cache and a higher latency. Its also 3GB/s, though I doubt the WD CB will ever reach 6 GB/s, it can still take advantage of the higher speed.
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Please see my comments here on violating the terms of CPU warranties with aftermarket coolers, and Windows licensing.
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Don't buy (2) sets of memory for 8GB. Using all four slots is more stressful on the memory controller than just using two slots.

The Corsair Vengeance memory heatspreaders will interfere with most aftermarket heatsinks. Get this instead (plus you'll save a few dollars).

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

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Thats one freaky 750 WD Black

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I'm seeing a lot of repeated suggestions so I've updated the opening post to reflect the current build. However multiple suggestions aren't necessarily bad, it actually helps in decision making when multiple people see the same thing as detrimental to the build.

Thank you for posting about the licensing/warranty information. I am fully aware that overclocking voids warranties however the after market cooler void was not something I was thinking about. I'm very glad I posted this here as not only is my build looking better but its $1850 now (Again, before shipping...). To be honest I wanted a mobo that more matched my case (Also I preferred a case with blue LEDs, I can always buy fans later) but for price to performance the mobo I currently have chosen is the best pick. Its just unfortunate it looks like a Lego water park. I don't intend to stare into my case all that much anyway.
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