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This is my 1st time planning a desktop so I'm in need for some advice
the problem that concerns me the most is whether are they compatible or not
So here goes:

Case: NZXT Phantom
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (other options include: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z or Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 or ...)
System Memory: 4 gbx2 G.Skills RipJawsX
HD: 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5"
Video Card: Radeon 6950 (other options include: GTX 560ti, GTX 570, GTX 580, Radeon 6970 or ...)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX750 V2 ATX2.3
Cooling: Scythe Mugen 2 REV B (other options include: Noctua Nh-d14 or CM Hyper 212 or ...)
TOTAL: €924


I`ll be running on a single 1920x1080 monitor. I'm gonna sli/xfire my graphic card. I'm going to do some overclocking.
post #2 of 11
The i5 is compatible with the motherboard.
The way you check for the coolers compatibility is if it gives you the socket type, for you that'd be 1155.
Your ram is fine, the gpu is good, the psu will be plenty unless you're planning on SLIing some GTX580s and overclocking.
Oh and I have the NZXT too, can't complain on that one!
I'd probably try and make space for an SSD as a boot drive, but what you have so far should have no problem making a really good machine.
    
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I'd also say the Noctua would be the better choice if were to look into 4.4Ghz+ Ocing.

Other then that, it all looks good, except look for an SSD.
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post #4 of 11
Sorry but how is this a "Budget" Gaming system??

Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 is a very very good motherboard, I wouldn't look at the gene since it's M-ATX

I would personally go with the CM hyper 212+ since before you notice any difference in cooling you need to drop about £50 on a cooler. It's a great cooler and the best in it's price range (Probably up to where you start dropping £60 on a cooler)

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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by akazzz View Post
This is my 1st time planning a desktop so I'm in need for some advice
the problem that concerns me the most is whether are they compatible or not
So here goes:

Case: NZXT Phantom
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (other options include: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z or Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 or ...)
System Memory: 4 gbx2 G.Skills RipJawsX
HD: 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5"
Video Card: Radeon 6950 (other options include: GTX 560ti, GTX 570, GTX 580, Radeon 6970 or ...)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX750 V2 ATX2.3
Cooling: Scythe Mugen 2 REV B (other options include: Noctua Nh-d14 or CM Hyper 212 or ...)
TOTAL: €924


I`ll be running on a single 1920x1080 monitor. I'm gonna sli/xfire my graphic card. I'm going to do some overclocking.
cpu- i5 2500k
mobo- gigabyte z68xp ud4/asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
ram- 2x4gb corsair vengeance/gskill ripjawsX 1600mhz cl9 kit
gpu- hd6970/gtx570
pc case- nzxt phantom(my favourite one)
psu- corsair hx750
ssd- ocz agility3 120gb
hdd- 1tb wd cavair black
optical drive- lg blu ray burner
cooler- corsair h80(avoid air coolers due to space problem with tall rams).
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From where are you going to buy the system? Gives us a site to see whether we will be able to cut a bit on the budget - money saved are money well spent.
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cooler- corsair h80(avoid air coolers due to space problem with tall rams).
This doesn't cool better then the Noctua DH-14, if you are worried about tall RAM, get the G.Skill sniper, low profile and one of the best of out on the market.
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Video Card: Radeon 6950 (other options include: GTX 560ti, GTX 570, GTX 580, Radeon 6970 or ...)
If you can get the GTX 580, get it! GO BIG! But I would hardly consider it a budget gaming desktop If you are looking for more bang for your buck you could get 2 GTX 560ti's, which is better than 1 580. You could also go for a GTX 580 3GB for a little future proofing. And SLI that later down the road
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Noobie question incoming...

Noctua if I want to OC to 4.4+ ghz but what if I'm living in Ireland where the weather hits on average 10 degrees. Will that enable me to get a cheaper cooling system and also let me OC it to 4.4+ ghz?

Its not a budget desktop but I'm setting a €1000 budget for my rig

Will the G.Skill RipJawsX affect my system if I'm going for a tall heatsink e.g: Noctua nh-d14?

What's the difference between the HX, TX & AX series for the Corsair?

Websites:- www.mindfactory.de. Any recommendation on websites where I can get my parts cheaper would be great. No UK sites please

I`ll consider getting a 580 if its within my €1000 budget.
Edited by akazzz - 10/20/11 at 9:37am
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Noobie question incoming...

Noctua if I want to OC to 4.4+ ghz but what if I'm living in Ireland where the weather hits on average 10 degrees. Will that enable me to get a cheaper cooling system and also let me OC it to 4.4+ ghz?

Its not a budget desktop but I'm setting a €1000 budget for my rig

Will the G.Skill RipJawsX affect my system if I'm going for a tall heatsink e.g: Noctua nh-d14?

What's the difference between the HX, TX & AX series for the Corsair?

Websites:- www.mindfactory.de. Any recommendation on websites where I can get my parts cheaper would be great. No UK sites please

I`ll consider getting a 580 if its within my €1000 budget.
Even in my country(INDIA)where ambient temparature are much higher than yours,people have overclocked their i5 2500k to 4.8ghz with a cm hyper 212+ and thermalright true black 120.
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