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Hey everybody. First time builder here looking for some opinions before I go ahead and pull the trigger on these parts. I've already got a case and a cooler (Fractal R3 and a CoolIt ECO ALC bundled for $109.99), but I'd welcome feedback on the rest of the components I've picked out. So far:

CPU - Intel i5-2500K

MOBO - MSI P67A-GD65 (or GD55)

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB (2X4GB)

GPU - MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

PSU - Corsair AX750

DVD - Undecided...seems like six of one, half a dozen of another in most cases.

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Just a couple questions with these parts. I've chosen the 8GB RAM mostly because it's so dirt cheap at the moment, but is that amount really necessary? I'll be using this computer for gaming, movies, music, and the Internet, and if there won't be a noticeable increase in performance, I may as well downgrade to the 4GB Mushkin and save myself $40. Also, I grabbed the CoolIt ECO almost by default, because buying the bundle was actually cheaper than buying the Fractal by itself. I've read a few reviews and they seem pretty positive, but would I be best served trying to sell the CoolIt and buying a different cooler? Finally, I'm unsure of whether or not the GD65 is worth the extra cash over the GD55. Other than the extra ports, I've read that the heatsink on the GD65 is better quality. Is that a really big deal, or is it relatively minor in the greater scheme of things?

Looking forward to hearing from the forum, I've learned a tonne of stuff lurking on here the last little while. All opinions welcome, thanks!
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First of all, welcome to ocn!

I think that it really depends on what you are going to be doing. You may not even need the 4gb of ram, but if you can afford it why not? Also, are you going to be doing much gaming? The 560 is good but a 570 may serve you better.

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Well, just a few things.

You won't need a 750w PSU. A good 650 or even 550 would be plenty.

For RAM, I would recommend at least 1600Mhz CL9 RAM. Preferably at 1.5v. 4GB is plenty but you can stick to 8GB if you want. And, I personally havent had any problems with Mushkin RAM. But, ive heard some bad things. G-Skill or Corsair are probably the best to go to for RAM.

GET AN SSD! You won't regret it. It doesnt need to be big. Just enough to hold Windows, your common internet applications, and maybe even a few games.

And, a 560Ti is actually quite good! Depending on how much gaming you do, stick to that instead of getting a 570. But, if you do a fair amount of gaming and have the money, then go for a non-reference (preferably) 570.

If you are planning on doing EXTREME overclocking (above 5GHz) then dont get an MSI board. VRMs on the MSI board aren't the greatest.

And, also... The Samsung F3 Hard Drive is great! Arguably better and cheaper than a WD Black.


Remember, these are only my own recommendations. Your decision is your own.
Other than that, you should be extremely happy with it!
Edited by gnarlybug5 - 5/9/11 at 9:19pm
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Welcome to OCN.
I'd recommend something other than GD65 for the board... I personally had a horrible experience with it.
Go with ASRock Extreme 4 or (if you can spend a tad more) Asus P8P67 Pro.

Btw, wht's your budget?
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Hey guys, thanks for the welcome and the advice. Should've mentioned my budget in the original post - sorry about that. I'm aiming for $1000 - $1200 (Canadian). Buying mostly from NCIX.com and using shopbot.ca for price matching when I can.

About the motherboard, I went with the MSI because I only plan on trying a modest overclock this time around (first build nerves and all). I'll check out that ASRock though, I've heard a lot of good things about their P67 boards. It seems like there are horror stories about all the major companies' P67 boards (ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI).

For the PSU, I went with the AX750 partly because it's on sale at the moment, but also because I'd like to have the option of SLI as an upgrade path in the future, and I don't think anything less would cover it (correct me if I'm wrong though, I'm not positive).

I'm very tempted to grab an SSD, but the cost for the larger ones is really a sticking point. Is it still worth getting a smaller SSD just for Windows if all my games will be installed on a separate drive? If so, any recommendations on a smaller SSD just for the OS would be appreciated. If there are any guides around for setting up Windows 7 on an SSD, I'd welcome them too.

Lastly, is there much practical difference between 1333Mhz and 1600Mhz RAM? I've read conflicting reports, but if it's worth the price jump I'll certainly consider it.

Thanks again!
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get a SeaSonic X-560 or X-650 or X-750. Corsair PSU's are rebrands of SeaSonic's top notch stuff.

get 2 small ssd's and put them in raid 0, double capacity, double performance compared to 1 big ssd.

get 1600 ram, G.SKILL brand.

ASUS P8P67 series is also a fine choice for mobo

get a Samsung F3 1TB 7200rpm hdd

sell to coolit, get a Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver arrow, these heatsinks kick the @$$ out of EVERY self contained liquid cooler out there.
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