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post #71 of 159
Glad you finally found a case you like for a good price. smile.gif You might have to go with a different CPU cooler though, the 212+ is huge and it will not fit in my case w/the side fan installed and my case is wider than yours. (according to specifications on Newegg.) I have the same mobo as you and I have had no problems so far. The UEFI hasn't been updated since it was released and has some weird quirks, but I was able to figure it out as a first time builder so you should be able to as well. Haven't tried overclocking (stock cpu cooler) on it yet myself but I've read reviews of people getting in the high 4's (Ghz) with sandybridge which is about average. So other than the 212+ looks like a good build.
post #72 of 159
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Well hmm well I may have to find another case that's wider. XD this is just a wild goose chase. I need at least a 9 inch wide case I think or just over 8.5 to fit even an D14. And the evo just wont cut it. >.< what are some nice wide cases? That look good, aren't expensive and have good airflow? Ha
post #73 of 159
Well...the HAF (High Airflow) series by Cooler Master is probably your best bet for great cooling and space. IIRC you were looking at the HAF X, but I would suggest the HAF 932 or HAF 922 to save some money. HAF X is only slightly bigger than the 932 and isn't really worth the extra money (like $50). The HAF 922 is only $100 is 10" wide and has about the same cooling capability of the other two. (a little bit smaller though) I don't like the look of them, but I think the 932 is the best selling case on Newegg, and like I said it's probably the best bang for your buck.
post #74 of 159
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I grew to like the HAF series, I used to think they were ugly too. haha But now i actually like them and I might go for the 932. It's kind of pricey but it is also pretty wide which is what I need and it will put me in the low-mid $1200 range which is still pretty good.
post #75 of 159
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Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 | $159.99

PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST75F-P 750w | $129.99

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 | $124.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K | $219.99

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ | $26.99

GPU: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 570 | $349.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600MHz (Red) | $51.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM | $59.99

ODD: LITE-ON iHAS-324 | $20.99

Total with shipping and taxes $1243.51
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/4/11 at 6:23pm
post #76 of 159
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What size SSD should I get when I do get one later on? because they are still kinda pricey so I just need to know what I'm getting into, also how does this build look now? Any other suggestions for me? Or a better case hat is about 9 inches wide where I can save some money? If not then I am just fine with the HAF 932. =]

Like say the Thermaltake Element G?
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/4/11 at 10:14pm
post #77 of 159
If you are going with a 570 I would recommend a non reference model. You said you where worried about how loud the 212+ would be, well that reference 570 will be much louder in comparison.

Some suggestions,
Asus GTX 570 If you have no plans for SLI in the future. It should also OC better, no guarantee.
$350

MSI GTX TF3 570 This should be able to overclock WAY past the EVGA superclock version, but its never a guarantee. See sig for my stable 24/7 TF2 OC.
$370

GIGABYTE Super Overclock GTX 570 Higher overclock MUCH better cooler.
$370

EVGA 570 DoubleShot No OC, but much better cooler.
$350

GIGABYTE GTX 570 Clocks are almost the same, Has a much better cooler. $344.


When you start looking at SSD's I would recommend something 120+ GB the first time around. My old system had 2 64GB SSD's, OS on one Games on another. I kept 15GB free on each drive that's 30GB of free space. I went with 1 big SSD drive this time around and I like it much better, no more clutter, no more custom installs on the other drive, I also picked up 15GB because I keep 15gb free on 1 drive rather than 2.

When you are picking out a SSD you don't need to get the fastest drive on the market unless you are into benchmarking. A cheaper SSD will dominate any HDD when it comes to normal daily use, that's why I went with a cheaper A-Data. My single SSD outperforms my raid 0 10k rpm raptor setup by leaps and bounds. There have been some problems with controllers and you might want to do some research before buying.
Edited by Max78 - 10/5/11 at 10:23am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K @4.7 ~ 1.332V BIOSTAR TP67XE RX 580 Red Devil (8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
128GB ADATA SSD S599 / Samsung F3 1TB Hyper 212+ Win7 64bit BenQ EW2750ZL (27") 
PowerCase
Antec EarthWatts 750W Corsair 230T 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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I5 2500K @4.7 ~ 1.332V BIOSTAR TP67XE RX 580 Red Devil (8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
128GB ADATA SSD S599 / Samsung F3 1TB Hyper 212+ Win7 64bit BenQ EW2750ZL (27") 
PowerCase
Antec EarthWatts 750W Corsair 230T 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 630 ASUS M3A78EM GTX 460 8GB DDR2 (4x2GB) 
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post #78 of 159
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I went with the Gigabyte 570 since its the most overclocked out of the box. And I will start looking into an SSD thanks for the help. Will update later. So any other suggestions?
post #79 of 159
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Idk really considering the Lanboy air again. I know it's probably not the best case but I think if I could fit more fans in it the positive preasure would keep things pretty cool? Plus it should fit the 212+ perfectly. I have even seen a D14 in a Lanboy. But I don't think I need a D14 because I'm not OCing for benchmarks, just some gaming.
post #80 of 159
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Btw is the Hyper 212 Evo better than the 212+?

Or what about the NH-U12P SE2?

Or should I just pony up the money for a D14?

I want to OC my CPU as much as I can and I'm not sure a cheaper HSF like the 212 Evo and Plus will be enough and I don't want to buy one then have to get the other in addition because the cheaper one didn't work like I had hoped. So I'm really just considering gettuing the D14 and saving myself some trouble and not having to buy one for a long while.

I am still on the fence, I love the look of the Lanboy air but is it as good as the HAF 932? Will it have good airflow? Would switching to the Lanboy air be a downgrade from the 932? Because I really want the Lanboy air now. I love that you can install 15 fans total in it and it just looks nice with all its mesh...
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/5/11 at 9:02pm
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