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Hi everyone. I am building my first computer and I'm a bit nervous because I have looked at a lot of parts over the last few months to determine what the best option was for a gaming pc. Here is what I have so far:

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Powersupply: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

In terms of a case I can't determine whether I want to purchase a Cooler Master HAF 912 or the new Fractal Design Core 3000. Additionally, I have no idea of what kind of cpu cooler I should purchase. If someone could give me some advice on how I should move forward, I would really appreciate it.

My budget is $1200 and I would like to keep the intel sandy bridge processor and a Nvidia GPU.
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Looks good, but a few suggestions:

1. For the motherboard you could go down to the GD55 and save money there as there really isn't a difference between the two. Also, even though I have a GD65 I purchased it during the recalls when it was the only board with good reviews available. But it still suffers from bad vcore on load that hasn't been fixed yet. The Asus boards would be a good alternative.

2. Hard drive: Get two 500GB drives instead of one 1TB drive and put them in Raid 0 for increased speeds.

3. Power Supply: Unless you are planning on SLI then you could take the watts down a notch. 600W will give you more than enough headroom.

4. For the case, I've really been liking the new Fractal series thats been coming out, I'd take that over the Haf any day.

5. For the cpu cooler, if you're on a budget then get the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus. If not then the Silver Arrow>=Noctua NHD14.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/9/11 at 11:40pm
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Looks good, but a few suggestions:

1. For the motherboard you could go down to the GD55 and save money there as there really isn't a difference between the two. Also, even though I have a GD65 I purchased it during the recalls when it was the only board with good reviews available. But it still suffers from bad vcore on load that hasn't been fixed yet. The Asus boards would be a good alternative.

2. Hard drive: Get two 500GB drives instead of one 1TB drive and put them in Raid 0 for increased speeds.

3. Power Supply: Unless you are planning on SLI then you could take the watts down a notch. 600W will give you more than enough headroom.

4. For the case, I've really been liking the new Fractal series that been coming out, I'd take that over the Haf any day.
For the Hard drives, is there a particular model I should purchase for raid 0? I have on my list a HD that is 6.0 Gb/s. Should I purchase 2 HD that are 6.0 Gb/s for raid 0 for better performance or are 2 HD that are 3.0 Gb/s just as good?
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post #4 of 12
I probably go with the samsung F3 1Tb drive instead

Drop your PSU to the HX650w, this machine will happily run on a 550w PSU tbh.

I'd personally go with Asus for a motherboard but MSI are fine as well.

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For the Hard drives, is there a particular model I should purchase for raid 0? I have on my list a HD that is 6.0 Gb/s. Should I purchase 2 HD that are 6.0 Gb/s for raid 0 for better performance or are 2 HD that are 3.0 Gb/s just as good?
No mech drives reach the limit of SATAII so it makes no difference. The samsungs are good in raid though.

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For the Hard drives, is there a particular model I should purchase for raid 0? I have on my list a HD that is 6.0 Gb/s. Should I purchase 2 HD that are 6.0 Gb/s for raid 0 for better performance or are 2 HD that are 3.0 Gb/s just as good?
Hard drives don't saturate the full 6.0Gb/s(Unless they are SSDs). So even though they are SATAIII compatible they will still run at the same speeds if you were running them at SATAII 3.0Gb/s. If you want to stick with Western Digital then go with the caviar blacks with 64Mb cache. Hard drive brand is just a matter of personal preference.
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Hard drives don't saturate the full 6.0Gb/s(Unless they are SSDs). So even though they are SATAIII compatible they will still run at the same speeds if you were running them at SATAII 3.0Gb/s. If you want to stick with Western Digital then go with the caviar blacks with 64Mb cache.
Even the majority of SSD's don't reach the limit of SataII

If you use the western digital there is an application you need ot run on them to enable TLER unless they've fixed that.

Otherwise they fall out of the RAID array
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Hard drives don't saturate the full 6.0Gb/s(Unless they are SSDs). So even though they are SATAIII compatible they will still run at the same speeds if you were running them at SATAII 3.0Gb/s. If you want to stick with Western Digital then go with the caviar blacks with 64Mb cache.
Okay. Thanks. What should I do about a CPU Cooler?
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Okay. Thanks. What should I do about a CPU Cooler?
Read my original reply, I added on for your cooler.
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Looks good, but a few suggestions:

1. For the motherboard you could go down to the GD55 and save money there as there really isn't a difference between the two. Also, even though I have a GD65 I purchased it during the recalls when it was the only board with good reviews available. But it still suffers from bad vcore on load that hasn't been fixed yet. The Asus boards would be a good alternative.

2. Hard drive: Get two 500GB drives instead of one 1TB drive and put them in Raid 0 for increased speeds.

3. Power Supply: Unless you are planning on SLI then you could take the watts down a notch. 600W will give you more than enough headroom.

4. For the case, I've really been liking the new Fractal series thats been coming out, I'd take that over the Haf any day.

5. For the cpu cooler, if you're on a budget then get the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus. If not then the Silver Arrow>=Noctua NHD14.
You suggested that I look at another motherboard by Asus, which one would your recommend? I want to get a board that I can use for sli.

Would it matter that my motherboard would be Asus and my gpu is from MSI?
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post #10 of 12
P8P67 Pro is a good Asus board. Its a little more expensive than the MSI board, but supports SLI. I exchanged my MSI board for one due to the Vdroop issue (too many bsod's). It also has some nice extras like built in blue tooth.

If you want similar features for less money, look into the Asrock Extreme4.

It shouldn't matter in the least that the motherboard is from one company and the gpu is from another.
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