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Alright, been lurking through the forums for awhile now attempting to read up and catch up to the times. The last time I have built a machine was back in the days of DOS so please bear with me a bit

I'm looking to build a new machine for the new elder scrolls game/diablo3/BF3 and am having a hard time deciding on various pieces. I was kind of leaning towards waiting for whatever new is headed out but from the sounds of it that is still a bit off? I am planning on holding off on buying everything until all the black friday deals and such. My current machine is a nice old core 2 duo 2.6 4gb ddr2 ram evga 7960GT bla bla. Served well and at the end.

ANYWAYS. The following was what I had in mind thus far, lets say my budget is somewhere between 1.5 - 2k USD


Motherboard - ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - Leaning towards this here, having a hard time chosing one, sounds like these are pretty OC friendly. These are supposedly able to support the ivy bridge as well, yeh?
Appreciate suggestions for sure!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157264


CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k - Nothing else to say

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

CPU Cooling - Corsair H100 - Why not? I know some of you may refer me to a Rasa kit but it seems like a bit much for me to try figuring out

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...81017&Tpk=h100


Case - Corsair 500R - Heard you can't really do a push/pull with the H100 on this? Hopefully that is not that big of a deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139009


Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 or the CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233180

Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 - Again unsure - but I think I like the modular - no idea what kind of power I need but 750 sounds like a good number? I suppose the GPU will depend on that, onward!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139016


Video Card - Another hard decision I can't quite make...
2x SLI 560 TI...do 1x 570 and get a second at another time?..1x 580 and a second at a later time? 600 series coming out soon? may factor into what to blow the $$ on. keep reading about vram with games on ultra and such so a bit lost on what to do!


SSD - Crucial M4 128GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148442


HDD - Some random TB or such non sense

Possibly replacing the fans with these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835553001

SOOO..the above is pretty much where I sit thus far, really appreciate any feedback at all. Been scouring the forums for a few weeks now trying to make sense of everything so hopefully I am somewhat on the right track, love this place and glad I came across it. Been a long day and time for some sleep! Will check back later for sure

THANKS!!
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Looks very solid. FYI, Newegg has a few NZXT Phantom colorways for $106.24 with the code NZXTOCT1, which is a hell of a deal.

Personally I would only go modular if you really want the modularity, since the TX750 is quite a bit less expensive and will perform great. Also, my PSU, the Seasonic X-750, is a great choice, although I got it on a $130 sale, which Newegg has every now and then.

And I personally wouldn't bother upgrading the fans, considering the cost. Although they would look delicious in that black and orange Phantom...
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Case - Corsair 500R - Heard you can't really do a push/pull with the H100 on this? Hopefully that is not that big of a deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139009
The Corsair 500R will not do a push/pull up top, there is not enough room. You can probably manage it if you mod it a little bit or mount a set of fans outside the case.
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post #4 of 13
You have obviously been doing some research as the parts you have suggested are pretty much spot on for your needs.

The 2500k is a killer cpu and coupled with a high end graphics card it can eat any game.

The extra cost of the H100 over the H70 imo is not worth it as the H70 can keep a 2500k cool even at around 5ghz, so you may want to save some money here.

I would also go with a NZXT Phantom purely for its great airflow and cable management properties, Even with a non modular psu you can hide every cable needed within your build easilly, and also save money on the psu.

G-Skill ripjaws memory has to be the most recommended memory on this forum for a good reason it really is that good, So good choice.

750w is a good choice for allowing headroom for adding another gpu later on as this can handle 2x 580's + cpu overclock, Corsair, Seasonic or xfx are very well rated psu's and can pull 110% of their rated capacity easilly.

Right now i would go with a gtx 580 and add another once 600 series is released and 580 prices come down. 600 series cards are only supposed to be minimal improvements over the current 500 series and there's plenty of speculation some 600 series cards will be nothing more than re-branded 500 series cards

HDD Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB comes up again and again as it really is great for the money!.

In general Asrock make awsome boards with more features for less money, and overclock like champs so once again if your happy with asrock then there's no reason to change brands as asrock will perform the same or better than any other P67/Z68 motherboard.

Enjoy the build!
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I would also go with a NZXT Phantom purely for its great airflow and cable management properties, Even with a non modular psu you can hide every cable needed within your build easilly, and also save money on the psu.
No offence, but the 500R is probably one of the best mid-tower cases with airflow, another being the NZXT Phantom. They are both superior mid-tower cases for air-cooling. OP did his research and I am probably sure that is why he picked it. Apparently the 500R can have 10 fans, not saying that he should put 10 in there, but he has the option to.

Also, have you seen a finished 500R build. Those rubber grommets for cable management are awesome! I think the Phantom has them as well. There is plenty of room behind the mobo in the 500R for cable management too.
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Phantom is higher than a mid case. I have once and would suggest it. Everything else looks good

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Phantom is higher than a mid case. I have once and would suggest it. Everything else looks good

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Ahh i didnt realize it was a full tower, it is 4" longer an 1" taller than the 500R. and the 500R is a big "mid-tower" case. xD
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Very solid, imho get a 580 and then upgrade in the future if you have the cash, trust me, it's worth it.
post #9 of 13
Here is what I would change.

GPU-580
Case-Link for much better air flow and case size.
PSU-Link Solid PSU and you will need this for future upgrade/ 580 and its fully modular.

Let me know what you think.
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I agree with other posters that you should consider a larger case (full tower like the NXZT Phantom); in case you want to upgrade in the future, such as adding another video card.

As far as video card(s). 570 < 580 < 560TI in SLI. So, the question you need to answer is whether you want to future proof your rig. I've read that video games will be more and more graphic intensive down the road. Therefore, if I were to purchase a rig today, I would buy the 580 and upgrade in the future (when I feel it to be necessary) by buying another 580 to SLI those bad boys.
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