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yeah I had a really hard time choosing a case. what should I be careful of when working with it?
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Okay, I'm changing the original Post to say Memory, because my old school terminology doesn't work here lolz

Wikipedia: "Primary storage (or main memory or internal memory), often referred to simply as memory, is the only one directly accessible to the CPU. The CPU continuously reads instructions stored there and executes them as required. Any data actively operated on is also stored there in uniform manner."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_data_storage
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yeah I had a really hard time choosing a case. what should I be careful of when working with it?
The biggest problem is that the Smilodon has zero cable management features, so it's difficult to make it tidy, especially for a beginner (like I was). Other than that, its cooling capabilities are a far cry from, say, Cooler Master's HAF series. If you'd asked me, I would have told you to buy this.

Oh, and the foldout motherboard feature isn't all that great - once you get your cables managed, you can't make use of it.
post #14 of 41
if you spend an etrxa $15 or so we can have 1600mhz ram and CL8 timings with this g.skill kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

also the corsair TX series PSU's are outdated now; a better choice would be the AX series, as they are manufactured by Seasonic. Just noticed the AX are considerably more expensive than the PSU you posted...whats your max budget here bobaffett?
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The biggest problem is that the Smilodon has zero cable management features, so it's difficult to make it tidy, especially for a beginner (like I was). Other than that, its cooling capabilities are a far cry from, say, Cooler Master's HAF series. If you'd asked me, I would have told you to buy this.
yeah, I still am terrible at cable management myself.

thats an awesome deal on that case!! thanks for the link
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Go to a i5 2500. Unless he wants to overclock, then get the 2500k. The only gain a 2600k has over a 2500k i hyper threading. Which is useless in every thing but video/audio encoding and folding. Getting a unlocked processor is useless if he doesn't know how to overclock and has no cooler/intention to do so.

Also, go for a SSD.

Hope I helped
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if you spend an etrxa $15 or so we can have 1600mhz ram and CL8 timings with this g.skill kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

also the corsair TX series PSU's are outdated now; a better choice would be the AX series, as they are manufactured by Seasonic. Just noticed the AX are considerably more expensive than the PSU you posted...whats your max budget here bobaffett?
the max budget was 1200.... and I think I went over by like $8 lolz darn graphics card used up all the extra cash
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post #18 of 41
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I know the memory was bugging me a bit, but everyone in the newegg reviews says it overclocks to 1600mhz without issues, so I figured I would give it a shot with that cuz it was on deal for $55 at the time of purchase.

it will primarily be used for casual gaming, League of legends WoW, skyrim when it comes out, probably a few newer games. he didn't want to have to ever upgrade the gpu before buying a new PC and he doesnt have a 1080p monitor so I'm hoping that gpu will work for the 4 years he plans on keeping the pc
Yeah that RAM can probably overclock fine, ive got the 1600mhz and hear it can get to 1866 nicely, haven't actually tried though.

And yeah I just realized you were willing to pay $100 for that case too... I payed $85 for mine and got a 500W PSU.

You can definitely get a better case for that money, or a decent case and a CPU cooler. Or you could budget some money for something to make the inside look pretty. For instance, Cathodes or Sleeving. Check out http://www.frozencpu.com or the Case Modding Section of these forums for ideas!

EDIT:
Also it seems you may have already purchased stuff, but switching to the i5-2500k would show very little (if any) performance decrease in games and such that don't use or need hyper threading. Its likely that the 2500k could last a while, it would save $100.

Also if there is a Micro Center near you check it out. They have nice CPU prices.

Hope this thread doesn't dissapoint you too much, your first build still looks great!
Edited by Sierpinski - 7/21/11 at 8:38am
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Go to a i5 2500. Unless he wants to overclock, then get the 2500k. The only gain a 2600k has over a 2500k i hyper threading. Which is useless in every thing but video/audio encoding and folding. Getting a unlocked processor is useless if he doesn't know how to overclock and has no cooler/intention to do so.

Also, go for a SSD.

Hope I helped
I will be overclocking for him before letting him use it, and will probably be limited by whatever cooler ends up on it.
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Yeah that RAM can probably overclock fine, ive got the 1600mhz and hear it can get to 1866 nicely, haven't actually tried though.

And yeah I just realized you were willing to pay $100 for that case too... I payed $85 for mine and got a 500W PSU.

You can definitely get a better case for that money, or a decent case and a CPU cooler. Or you could budget some money for something to make the inside look pretty. For instance, Cathodes or Sleeving. Check out http://www.frozencpu.com or the Case Modding Section of these forums for ideas!
oooooh thanks, I saved that to the favorites, I now have learned my lesson and will post up the log before purchasing parts lol
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