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I have decided to make the plunge into building my own rig. I have been scouring forums, including this one to glean as much information as possible and have incorporated those recommendations that worked for me, while still sticking to some components that I was partial to (i.e., case). Any final advice, or even humor me with a blessing as I shamelessly seek validation (to provide an ounce of confidence that I'm starting to actually have a clue what I'm doing) would be great.

Build:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($224.99)

Heatsink: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooler ($79.99)
Probably overkill, but any fan/heatsink combo over 150mm tall (almost all) prevented me from using side fan on case (completely vain but loved the case and the blue LED on side fan).

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H ($159.99)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($94.99)

GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB ($319.99)

Case: IN WIN Dragon Rider Black ($129.99)
Again, was a sucker for the look here.

PS: Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W ($79.99)
Wanted to ensure I had a modular PS for cable management

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM ($84.99)
Got several recommendations for Samsung product, but newegg reviews showed a consistent fail rate complaint that scared me off a bit.

Solid State Drive: OCZ OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB ($159.99)

DVD-RW: Asus DVD-RW ($21.99)

Media Reader: Koutech all-in-one ($19.99)

Monitor:


Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard ($52.95)

Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder ($44.99)

TOTAL: $1,776.81 (after rebates)

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 9
Whats your main use? Gaming? Youve done a pretty solid job on part selection.
Have you hit your budget limit?

Things i personally would change is a more recommended power supple like Corsair or seasonic. And spring for a Vertex 3. Or maybe just another vertex 2 and raid 0 them. 60gbx2

Your choice of heatsink shouldnt be limited by the fan as they are exchangable, at least on the h50 and h70 so you can choose whatever you like to replace it with.
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A very nice build. But the one thing I would change is the SSD.

Try and get the latest series. You are looking at nearly double the speed for a total cost of not to much more then what you paying already. It would be going from 285/220 to 550/500. Pretty big boost.

There's never anything as to much speed.
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I would change the mems to these, better timings for the speed versus what your getting.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231410

CPU is good, mouse is good the Hard drive is the best at that size. The monitor is spot on, good choice going with an IPS monitor.

For water cooling though I would recommend going with a set that gives you flexibility in the future. The kuhler is good but it actually doesn't perform any better than the best air cooled based CPU heat sinks. If you're willing to shell out about $135 bucks I have a couple of suggestions below.

NOTE: Rememeber we have an awesome thread around OCN about these things so help is just around the corner.


Complete kits for ~$135:

1. XSPC Rasa 450 ($119.95)
- Single 120MM Radiator
- XSPC Rasa CPU Block
- XSPC 450 pump / res combo
- Low Noise 120MM fan
- 120mm to 80mm fan adapter
- 2 meters of 7/16" ID tubing
- Thermal Paste
- 6 barbs

2. XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 ($129.95)
- Dual 120MM Radiator
- XSPC Rasa CPU Block
- XSPC 750 Dual Bay Pump / Res Combo
- 2 Low Noise 120mm fans
- 2 120mm fan grills
- 2 120mm to 80mm fan adapters
- 2 meters of 7/16" ID tubing
- Thermal Paste
- 6 barbs

Here's a third that is actually a set that is even cheaper:

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ra750rswakit.html
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 5/25/11 at 9:19pm
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unless youre video editing or rendering you will not need 8GB of ram. 4 will do just fine for gaming.
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Originally Posted by hzac View Post
Whats your main use? Gaming? Youve done a pretty solid job on part selection.
Have you hit your budget limit?

Things i personally would change is a more recommended power supple like Corsair or seasonic. And spring for a Vertex 3. Or maybe just another vertex 2 and raid 0 them. 60gbx2

Your choice of heatsink shouldnt be limited by the fan as they are exchangable, at least on the h50 and h70 so you can choose whatever you like to replace it with.
The Antec TruePower New series is built by Seasonic. They are very solid units.

OP That motherboard will take very fast RAM. You can always back off the speed if you want tighter timings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231468

Overall, it's a very solid build.
Edited by spaceballsrules - 5/25/11 at 11:50pm
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Get a WC loop, and change the case

lol just messing. Looks good.
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Looking good. Enjoy
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