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My First Ever Build. Suggestions welcome.

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Hello,

This would be my first time building/ordering parts for a computer, and I would like to know what you guys think.

1 Sunbeam PL-RS-6 Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller Panel (Black)

1 COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Case

1 ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card


1 XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

1 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply

1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

1 Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 998768

1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL


1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


1 LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70

1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (I don't need to link this, do I?)

4 Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

1 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

Subtotal: $1,241.85 $1,194.85

EDIT: Looked around at other builds and realized I was really limiting myself. Changed the build around, because I didn't want to create a new post. Does this topic even belong in this forum? There doesn't seem to be an alternative...
Edited by Sekky - 6/6/11 at 1:01pm
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Save a few bucks on your HDD and get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 which are just as good but cost less: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

For only $30 more you can get a way more powerful GPU: XFX HD 6950 1GB

Also the RAM kit you picked is for the 1366 platform. Sandy Bridge 1155 platform either uses 2 or 4 RAM sticks. I'd go with something like this: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600.

Also aftermarket cooling may be of use to you when you OC. Go with: CM Hyper 212 plus

Your PSU is way overkill for your current set-up. A good 500W would be plenty for your system. A 750W is only needed if you plan on adding a second video card later down the road.

I don't know about the fans and the fan controller. Someone else gotta give you an input on this.

Lastly, the 2600K... What's your build going to be used for? If it's a gaming build, you'll want to get a 2500K.
Edited by Aeru - 6/6/11 at 12:31pm
    
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i5 2500S Radeon HD 6970M 7200 rpm Standard 
MonitorKeyboardMouse
Apple Display (2560 x 1440) Apple Keyboard Apple Trackpad and Magic Mouse 
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Okay, Ill switch to the Spinpoint F3.

Losing the i7 makes up for the $30 for me, so I'm happy with that.

I wasn't aware RAM was made for specific platforms. Would someone mind enlightening me?

For now, I'm really not interested in OC'ing. I would rather get more experience before Starting with that.

Actually, I do plan on adding a second card eventually... so... yeah.

I wanted blue LED fans. That was my main goal for the fans, but if there are better ones, I'll look at them. I saw the fan controller on another thread asking what the best fan controller was.

Switched to 2500k.
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I am a first time builder as well, I never ordered my parts yet, still waiting on advice. Apparently i5 and i7 k have the same performance, so yea that was a good decision. As for OC I know nothing about it and im gonna jump right into it, and apparently its easy as well, especially with that Asus MOBO you picked (same as mine).
Edited by Bruhdoski - 6/6/11 at 3:22pm
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