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Hi everyone, I have a few computer parts that I got from a friend recently and I've been meaning to start a new rig. Currently I'm still on a really old rig I built 3 years ago that is still pretty good for the games and tasks I do today.

I wanted to build a mATX because my current rig is cased in an Antec 1200...its huge and heavy....and I need something small for my room.

Current list of parts:

Corsair Force-GT 120GB SSD (Debate to sell or not...)
i5-2500k
Asus Maximus Gene-Z
Seasonic X750 PSU
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD
Silverstone FT-03
2x Sapphire HD6850
Kingston 8GB Ram KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX

Need to pick a CPU cooler....not sure which one...
Edited by Kevii - 12/12/11 at 12:39pm
post #2 of 18
Crucial M4 for the 128GB SSD.
You don't need 12GB, and even if you do triple channel may not be the best way to go about it. Triple channel isn't for Sandy Bridge.
8GB Vengeance kit would be great. Try to find the one with the lowest timings. 1600MHz is also supposed to be a sweet spot so you've got that part nailed.
Also, the Seasonic X660, or X760 would be great for you needs.

NZXT cases do pretty well and the Vulcan looks like it could handle all of this. I don't have any references though.
The HR-02 (Macho) from Thermalright is pretty cheap for how well it does. I'm not sure if it would fit in the Vulcan though. I'm not sure if any after market cooler could fit though.

I think you might just want to get an H50 or an Antec 620. PNY cooler I think is for GPU's and CPU's at the same time.

I think everything is pretty solid though.

Good luck.
 
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Hey there,

Is this rig going to be mostly for gaming ? If so you can save yourself a bill by going with a i5-2500K.

The ram for this type of motherboard needs to be dual channel if my memory serves me right (no pun intended) so 2 x 4Gb or 4 x 4GB or 4 X 2GB etc etc

I agree with the seasonic PSU
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post #4 of 18
2 things i noticed. First just get a 1Tb HDD. You can find them for ~$50 so you might as well. That and you most likely will not need the 2600k. A 2500k has almost identical performance. So unless you are using highly multithreaded applications just get a 2500k.
post #5 of 18
The vulcan is a good choice for a microATX setup since it can handle the ff. fans:

COOLING SYSTEM of the Vulcan:
- FRONT, 1 X 120mm (included)
- REAR, 1 X 92/80mm
- TOP, 2 x 120mm (1 x Orange LED fan included)
- SIDE, 1 x 200mm

I would get a Gentle typhoon (AP-15 or the high rpm series w/ a fan controller) up front or an air penetrator (AP-121) since these fans are probably the best intake fans in my opinion. My only concern with this case is the amount of dust that will accumulate since it's a very open design.

I would actually choose the FT03 from silverstone, very sleek looks and pushes a lot of air with their stack cool effect. Here's the link for reference:

www.silverstonetek.com - FT03

In terms of price per watt and AS-SSD overall performance I would go for the the SSD the Kingston HyperX 256GB, SF-2281, SATA 6Gb/s is a pretty good one as well.

tomshardware.com/Performance-per-Watt

tomshardware.com/AS-SSD-Overall-Total-Score

I believe this one has 128GB variant as well, compared to the Crucial, it's cheaper and performs relatively better.
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First of all, thanks for all the input guys ! The only reason why I am saying its a i7-2600k was because I already bought it from a friend for $160 ; its the rest of the computer that I need!

As for the RAM, I dont need 12GB its just a few parts my friend has available for a good price. So if I need dual channel Ill just get Vengeance 8GB 4GBx2

The power supply I want to be able to get the lowest reliable watt possible. I think the X760 is a good choice, does it have a modular setup? I'm pretty bad with wiring haha.

And thanks for the SSD reccomendations I'll consider them both. Although the Kingston performs better, the crucial one is actually cheaper on newegg O_o


I do have HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE problems with my room and my house in general accumulating TONS of dust. My Antec 1200 case gets SOOOO much dust in the front fans its ridiculous the time I spend to take it out for cleaning. I hate it to be honest.

The T03 looks REALLY cool does the cool air blow from the bottom with the hot air leaving the top as an exhaust? The case I chose was simply a placeholder and the Vulcan is moderately cheap as well.

If on the off chance my friend wants his i7 back (He said he might), I will just purchase the i5-2500k since its 180 at microcenter lol
Edited by Kevii - 10/8/11 at 6:27pm
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SF2281 SSD are awful. My reference for that is the entirety of the user base and my sig rig. Stick to the Crucial M4 and don't look back.

That PNY cooler won't work well. If someone could get the performance PNY claims from a single 120mm radiator then the entirety of the WC industry would be flipped upside-down. Stick to a Kuhler 620 or H60.

Like others have said, only use dual-channel RAM with SB.

That 6990 will be louder than loud at full blast, so you might as well get some loud (see: insanely effective a.k.a. 120x38mm) fans for your case!

ETA: The Seasonic X series is 100% modular. They're excellent PSUs.
Edited by MKHunt - 10/8/11 at 6:25pm
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post #8 of 18
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Yeah it looks like I'm dropping the PNY cooling idea. It was simply a borrowed one from TomsHardware's recent article on the mATX gaming rig.

Sorry I'm a little bad with terms. SB ? I looked at Corsair Vengeance series ram they all seem practically the same minus how they look....lol

Oh man its going to be loud? Lol I guess I dont really mind my computer at home is already pretty loud.

Woot woot Seasonic it is ! Would the X660 be enough or should I get the X760 to be safe? I don't plan on upgrading the rig or running a Crossfire setup.




...It just hit me. Will the HD6990 even fit?
Edited by Kevii - 10/8/11 at 7:03pm
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Yeah it looks like I'm dropping the PNY cooling idea. It was simply a borrowed one from TomsHardware's recent article on the mATX gaming rig.

Sorry I'm a little bad with terms. SB ? I looked at Corsair Vengeance series ram they all seem practically the same minus how they look....lol

Oh man its going to be loud? Lol I guess I dont really mind my computer at home is already pretty loud.

Woot woot Seasonic it is ! Would the X660 be enough or should I get the X760 to be safe? I don't plan on upgrading the rig or running a Crossfire setup.




...It just hit me. Will the HD6990 even fit?
Sandy Bridge=SB
And the Vengeance series is pretty much the same, just look for a set with the lowest timings.

The GPU shouldn't get too loud unless you crank the fan way up. Compared to other fans, it might be loud at a certain speed, but surely it won't be too loud at like 60-70%?

The Phaedrus' PSU calculator (the page, not the app) says that 600w should be fine for an overclocked 2600k and 6990. The X660 should be fine then. You can get the X760 if you're paranoid, though.

The NZXT website says the Vulcan can hold a card with a length of 350mm, and the 6990 is 305mm.
 
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For a case, pick up a Lian Li V351. I am using it for my my mATX and I absolutely love it! I ended up modding it/ripping the 5.25 bays out to mount a radiator. but there is a good amount of room in the little case. Also, for the SSD, save your money. Buy a 60gb and just use it for a boot drive. The price per gb just isn't worth it. Game loading time really is not very impressive. But OS loading speed is.
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