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So I have been a LONG time console gamer. I loved playing cod, bf, and most Bethselda/Bioware RPG's. I was finishing up undergrad and starting grad school so I decided I should sell off the ps3 to focus more on school. Turns out that with ADD to the extreme level that I have (no I am not taking or addicted to adderall) I found myself extremely bored when I didn't have work/school and my fiance was at work. I can only spend so much time at the gym and I don't like to waste money at the bars (I bartend/serve myself) so I spent a lot of my free time the past couple months researching what new computer I should purchase seeing as my laptop is 5 years old and on its last leg. I started by making an AMD budget gaming/all purpose build, but quickly learned that sandy-bridge was the way to go. Looking to get a $15 off $100 from newegg I applied for preferred and they gave me a quite large limit so I decided 1 year no interest, why not make this a sweet gaming build!

TL;DR: I sold my ps3 and decided to build a sandy-bridge gaming/high-performance pc.

After reading through several of these logs I decided it would be fun and give people a good idea of what some products look like and perform that might be on the fence with their new build.

So here is what I bought today:
case:
Cooler Master HAF X Blue edition
Even though it is more expensive (and NOT free to ship compared to the red version) I decided that I would have purchased the blue fans anyway and I will have fun experimenting with fan positions to get the best temps in the case!

Video Card:
MSI GTX 580 Lightning
The video card took me the longest to decide on. I was torn between this card, the 570 pe/tfIII, the Lightning XE, and even some ATI options. There was a mail in rebate of $25 going on with this model so that made the decision easy for me (even though I might or might not see that $25 )

Power Supply:
Corsair 850ax
When deciding on a PSU I wanted a reputable brand, a single 12v rail, a good warranty, and modular. All signs pointed to corsair and this PSU had a combo deal with my ram which saved me $25 or $30 (forgot how much). Also, this should give me enough head room to SLI the 580 in the future (once I can afford a better monitor and kepler is out).

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb kit (2x4gb) DDR3 1600
Bundled with PSU, 1600, blue (you will see a blue theme soon enough), and cheapish. Kind of high heatsinks, but if they block my cpu cooler (I checked the dimensions and they should not) I will just take off the heatsinks.

HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint 1tb
Plenty of storage, popular and seem recommended by most, and it had a $10 off promo code going on.

SSD:
Crucial M4 64gb
m4's seem to be the most reliable and with firmware .009 quite fast. I was going to go with the 128gb but I couldn't justify the extra $100. Also, they are as cheap on newegg as b&h now and I will know for SURE that it will ship with firmware .002 from newegg. This is my first build/possibly only computer so if it has .002 I would have to worry about flashing it then re-installing the os right away if I don't want to.

Keyboard:
Logitech g110
I have a logitech mouse and love it, this is backlit and considerably cheaper than it was a month ago so I just went with it.

Monitor:
Asus VH238H Black 23"
I wanted to go with ASUS or Samsung because of quality and the 3 year warranties. This was just a better buy at the time than the Samsung monitors I was looking at and it had free shipping.

Eventually I want to go 27"-30" high-res Dell, but it just wasn't in my budget at this time. Also, after experiencing a triple monitor set-up, I have NO desire to do that. I didn't like it, and I feel that my fiance would judge me lol.

Optical drive:
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM
For $40 more I decided to go blu-ray. Although, I know that you need to buy the software to play back the movies and it is kind of buggy. I plan to just rip the rented blu-rays to file and then play them back later anyway.

OS:
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
Bundled with my case. I don't think a link is neccesary everyone knows what it is

CPU Cooler:
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme
Kind of overpriced, but all the video reviews/unboxings that I watched gave it praise for being lightweight, having more surface area to absorb the heat, having a V-shape (easy ram clearance), etc.
And with the $10 MIR, the free thermal paste (that I probably would have spent $7-$10 on anyway), and it looking badass I just went with it

Extra Case Fan:
COOLER MASTER megaflow 200mm Blue
I will add this to the top of my case. I want to try a dual top intake, front intake, rear exhaust and possibly side exhaust (or side intake) and compare to stock to see what kind of temperature difference I get.

Mouse pad and free wrist rest
Might or might not be useful, but it was a good deal.

That is what I purchased from newegg. I plan to buy the MOBO/CPU at Microcenter once this arrives. They have a great deal going on right now and if my mobo is DOA it is just a 15min drive to get a new one

Also IF (that is an all caps if for a reason) Bulldozer is released or benchmarks are released on Sept. 6th like some speculate the sandy price might go down.



So that is my build (99% sure on mobo cpu but it could change in the next 5 or so days it will take everything to arrive). I will be uploading lots of pictures as I struggle to make everything work! Thanks for reading my log and I will update as much as I can!

And sorry for the lame Jersey Shore type reference for my computer name. I may change it, who knows.
Come at me, bro!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS p8z68-V Pro MSI GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengence 8gb (2 x 4gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
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Corsair 850ax Cooler Master HAF X Logitech G700 
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i7 2600k ASUS p8z68-V Pro MSI GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengence 8gb (2 x 4gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850ax Cooler Master HAF X Logitech G700 
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Reserved for pictures

ETA for picture log September 12-15th.
Edited by Delicious T Silk - 9/3/11 at 10:28am
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i7 2600k ASUS p8z68-V Pro MSI GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengence 8gb (2 x 4gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
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Corsair 850ax Cooler Master HAF X Logitech G700 
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UPDATE: Apparently my payment authorization has failed? (sigh) Customer service phone calls here i come!

edit: Since the address on the preffered account (a third party company) was slightly different than the one newegg dot com had (newegg had all capital letters and no period after street "XYZ ST vs Xyz St.") they put a lock on my account for six business days lol. I am just going to avoid the preferred line of credit and use my visa after Friday's payday. Looks like the log will start in ~2 weeks instead of ~5 days
Edited by Delicious T Silk - 9/3/11 at 10:11am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS p8z68-V Pro MSI GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengence 8gb (2 x 4gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850ax Cooler Master HAF X Logitech G700 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS p8z68-V Pro MSI GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengence 8gb (2 x 4gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850ax Cooler Master HAF X Logitech G700 
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Good luck!
    
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Xeon w3680 Gigabyte X58A-UD3R GTX 295 Engineering Samples 2X Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Sandisk SSD Seagate Corsair H50 W7 Ult 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardCase
Viewsonic VA1912wb Viewsonic VA912b K350 CM HAF 
Mouse
Logitech M570 
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Sandisk SSD Seagate Corsair H50 W7 Ult 
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post #5 of 29
Great build! You won't regret it.
post #6 of 29
Looks good! Only thing I would change is the cpu cooler though. Have you looked up the Corsair H100 Or Noctua NH-D14?
 
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post #7 of 29
That's almost exactly my planned build, down to the motherboard. Only thing I changed was a gigabyte gtx 570 w/ windforce cooler. It's cool, quiet, $200 cheaper than the msi 580 lightning, and is easily overclockable to reference gtx 580 speeds because of its low temperatures. Honestly if I were you i'd just SLI these (buy a 2nd one after the price drop) and you'll slaughter your MSI for a ton cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125384

EDIT: @vitality: the zalman 9900max and 11x extreme are both incredible coolers from what i've heard. Not quite as good as the noctua, but also a LOT smaller so you have no issues with weight or RAM clearance.
 
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post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by eXecuution View Post
That's almost exactly my planned build, down to the motherboard. Only thing I changed was a gigabyte gtx 570 w/ windforce cooler. It's cool, quiet, $200 cheaper than the msi 580 lightning, and is easily overclockable to reference gtx 580 speeds because of its low temperatures. Honestly if I were you i'd just SLI these (buy a 2nd one after the price drop) and you'll slaughter your MSI for a ton cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125384

EDIT: @vitality: the zalman 9900max and 11x extreme are both incredible coolers from what i've heard. Not quite as good as the noctua, but also a LOT smaller so you have no issues with weight or RAM clearance.
Except with the 580 he can overclock that and it will be super fast

Also just wait a year or two and buy another for SLI and you are set!
 
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Thanks for the comments guys! I did look at both of those coolers and I doubt I will be overclocking more than 4.0 (maybe slightly higher) so I am going to stick with the Zalman. I like the look of it and it had some pretty good reviews. Should I decide that it does not provide the cooling I need the NH-D14 would be the first thing I buy. I might make a HTPC towards the holiday season and would just throw the CNPS11X in that if that is the case.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128gb Crucial M4 SSD ASUS 24x DVD-SATA Windows 7 64bit Samsung S24A350HS 
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post #10 of 29
It'll be super fast, but a 15%-20% increase over reference gtx 580 speeds for $200 more isn't worth it imo.

EDIT: Also, if you plan to overclock your GPU and/or SLI later on, it might be a good idea to beef up your PSU a little. An 850 can handle 2 580/570s fine, but not if both are overclocked.

Double EDIT: If you're building an awesome gaming rig, just go all out and get a mechanical keyboard. You won't regret it!
Edited by eXecuution - 9/3/11 at 10:19am
 
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