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Hey guys, I've been lurking on these forums for some time now, but today I finally decided to join and post.

I've decided after years of console gaming to build my first rig and join the big-boys club. I've set a budget for myself of about $1200 USD before MIR. I live in the US, so Newegg/Amazon will be my sources.

Any comments/improvements you guys could suggest would be awesome.

Here's what I've come up with after a few days of wading through reviews/threads/benchmarks.
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Mobo: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (or the equivalent Corsair w/ mobo bundle)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428

GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127582

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139021

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I have an external for back-up)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119197

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

CPU HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Premium thermal paste:Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007





This is my first formally made build advice thread, as well as my first self-built PC.

A few of additional questions:
-Is a bronze certification significantly more comforting that not having a bronze+ for the psu?
-Should 750w cover an SLI in the future (may not actually use this feature, but would it?)?
-Should I be fine with the case fans + MSI TF III HSF for OC both cpu and gpu (mild-moderate)?
-Would Arctic Silver give me an appreciable heat reduction over the CM paste?


On a separate note, I was having second thoughts about buying a semi-expensive ($300+) GPU with the next gen GPUs (nVidia especially) supposedly being released at the end of this year with superior architecture (28nm vs 40nm). However, visiting some "Should I wait???" threads and reasoning with myself a little more, a sub-$400 card in the next-gen may not even surface this year. I really would rather not wait 8 months when I could have a rig that can max out most games now (i.e. BFBC2, SCII, and in the future BF3, Skyrim and the like). Any re-assurance that now is the time to make a rig for the first time would be much appreciated (or the opposite).
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/4/11 at 11:46am
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Great GPU choice! I would go with MX-4 for TIM though....
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Sounds good but I would get:

Asus P8P67 Pro board.
AC MX-4 TIM.
Tigher timings ram.
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Intel i5 2500k [4.7 GHz] Asus P8P67 Pro B3 [2001 BIOS] MSI 7970 Lighting [Stock] G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4GB [1600 MHz] 
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Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Just realized all of my links were nested incorrectly. Fixed.

Was just taking a guess on the TIM I chose, thanks for the advice guys.

As for the RAM, are the 'tighter' timings really worth the $20-30 premium that I have been seeing? Also, why specifically did you suggest Asus P8P67 Pro board over the one I chose?
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Originally Posted by Infinite Jest;13750284 
Just realized all of my links were nested incorrectly. Fixed.

Was just taking a guess on the TIM I chose, thanks for the advice guys.

As for the RAM, are the 'tighter' timings really worth the $20-30 premium that I have been seeing? Also, why specifically did you suggest Asus P8P67 Pro board over the one I chose?

MSI boards are known to be.. how to say.. go kabooooom and.. being just terrible.

You are using CL9 ram. If you can get CL7 for 20/30$ I would get it over the CL9 ram. If you can only get CL8 ram for another 20/30$, forget it and keep the CL9.

The Asus PRO board is probably best bang for buck board.. A lot of features and a really good board.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Also, another quick question:

The first two EVGA GTX 570 versions here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NG&PageSize=20) are $40 and $60 cheaper, respectively, than than the TF III. Is the cooling capacity worth the premium for OCing and for the life of the card?
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MSI boards are known to be.. how to say.. go kabooooom and.. being just terrible.

You are using CL9 ram. If you can get CL7 for 20/30$ I would get it over the CL9 ram. If you can only get CL8 ram for another 20/30$, forget it and keep the CL9.

The Asus PRO board is probably best bang for buck board.. A lot of features and a really good board.

Wow, that's very good to know. Could you provide a link for the ASUS board (newegg) as to prevent me from selecting he wrong one?

I'll do a little more RAM hunting and post it here.
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Originally Posted by Infinite Jest View Post
Also, another quick question:

The first two EVGA GTX 570 versions here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NG&PageSize=20) are $40 and $60 cheaper, respectively, than than the TF III. Is the cooling capacity worth the premium for OCing and for the life of the card?
I would say yes especially if you want to overclock them. MSI bins their chips for the TF III and they tend to clock higher. Stay away from reference 570's if you want to overclock.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703&cm_re=asus_p8p67_pro-_-13-131-703-_-Product for the board.

TF III is THE BEST cooler for those cards. I myself got a reference and it's really not that loud so I would save money there to be honest..Mine came with a 1.05v VID which is terrible..Even with TF III I wouldn't be able to go higher.

I would just get the cheapest GTX 570 you can get (reference).

Price difference is too big, keep the CL9.
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric;13750569 
I would say yes especially if you want to overclock them. MSI bins their chips for the TF III and they tend to clock higher. Stay away from reference 570's if you want to overclock.

Unless you go higher than the max 1.1v, the reference should be just as good.

Also, proof that they bin them higher ? I never knew that. I'm pretty sure they do so for the Lighting series, not for TF III.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Silverstone Strider [1500w] Corsair 300R Razer Deathadder 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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