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$1600 build, ready to pull the trigger, what would you change? thanks!

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I will use this PC for: 95% games, 5% ms office/internet

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200





Parts I have chosen so far:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119160


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157229

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835185142

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231445


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.641809

Corsair HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.641809

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289


Total: $1484.39 + Tax + shipping = $1627.96

2 Questions:
I was thinking about getting SSD disk for windows 7 boot up but then I read about how they break and stuff. Are they that unreliable? And is the boot-up time that much faster.

How good is the sound on the motherboard, do I need to buy a SB card if I want good quality sound. (I also use USB G35 surround sound headphones)

Thanks guys
post #2 of 26
Your links don't work.
1. SSD's breaking? Not sure about that. & yes. your boot time will be significantly faster.
2. Onboard is meh. If you're not an audiophile, then don't worry about it. USB headphones are crap anyways & a sound card won't even help you there.

Personally, I'd find another cooler. NH-D14 or Hyper 212+ are some good choices.
Not so sure about the Scythe.
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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Your links don't work.
1. SSD's breaking? Not sure about that. & yes. your boot time will be significantly faster.
2. Onboard is meh. If you're not an audiophile, then don't worry about it. USB headphones are crap anyways & a sound card won't even help you there.

Personally, I'd find another cooler. NH-D14 or Hyper 212+ are some good choices.
Not so sure about the Scythe.
hyper 212+ very very good cooler

ssd's dont break that often infact ehy break significantly less than hdd's your psu is overkill for your setup FYI, you may want to swap that out

i would reccomend 600-700 gold if u can find one, 650 gold would work very nicely for you
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There is no point buying a Super Clocked 580 since the basic EVGA would achieve the same overclock for free extra ca$h.


If you have a little extra money you could buy a C300 or M4 64Gb as a Win7 boot drive.
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The Mugen 2 appears to be deactivated, and I would say go with something else anyways. I like the cheap and effective 212+.

The HX850 is a little much for one 580 I think; you could go with an AX850 (same brand, better quality unit) for the same price. But less ceiling.

You should think about getting another F3 to RAID the one you're getting with. Or look at a cheap SSD as 2 F3's = 60GB SSD roughly. And then I would look at separate storage for OS, games and everything else.

If you're a student, pick up a $30 copy of Windows 7 Pro Upgrade from Microsoft. You can install it like normal, there's threads around talking about it.

Oh and ditch the 580 you're getting in favour of a model with a custom/third party cooler on it. Such as the Gigabyte Windforce or the MSI Lightning/TFIII.
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Not sure how much your paying for the corsair PSU but I found a great deal on newegg for the antec high current 900w, it's $110 dollars after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-050-_-Product

If its the same price I would go for the antec.
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I was thinking about getting SSD disk for windows 7 boot up but then I read about how they break and stuff. Are they that unreliable? And is the boot-up time that much faster.
SSDs are more reliable than HDDs. Boot-up time is much faster but not only that, with an SSD your applications will load faster too.

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How good is the sound on the motherboard, do I need to buy a SB card if I want good quality sound. (I also use USB G35 surround sound headphones)
For G35 headphones you don't need a soundcard. So the sound of your motherboard will be sufficient for that kind of headphones.

Your build looks great btw, though one might say that that your PSU is overkill if you don't SLI GTX 580s.
    
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Also found a good deal on Newegg for a DVD burner for 16 bucks shipped.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136216
Promo code: EMCKEGJ72
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I am confused by your build. If you are gaming at 1920x1200 ditch the 580 and go with either a 570. Take that extra dough and put it into a good SSD.
Also instead of the HAF932, look into the HAF-X, or even the 600t from corsair. The HAF932 is a huge dust magnet.
You might want to change your CPU cooleras well, the hyper 212+ is an excellent one, or possible even look into a ALC unit like the H70/50/60.
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Switch the cooler, get a Hyper 212+ / NH-D14 / H70.
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