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Hey guys, been spending a lot of time lurking on OCN without an account and finally decide to make one to see what you guys think of my Christmas build. I've spent quite awhile putting this together and I'm just hoping to see what you guys think. My budget is anywhere from 2000-2500$ (haven't gotten an exact number yet but I'm guaranteed 2000$ and most likely 2300$). The CPU+GPU and PSU+mobo are combos on newegg just to save a few dollars, and I still haven't made up my mind about air vs water cooling or OEM vs retail windows 7. I'm really just hoping to see what you guys think and hope that everything is fine.

I couldn't add the blu-ray drive in the image because it's out of stock at the moment

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Case - Coolermaster HAFX blue edition (just cause I want my build to be blue thumb.gif) 210$
CPU + GPU - i5 2500k + EVGA GTX 570 550$
PSU + mobo - Thortech thunderbolt 1000w + ASUS P8Z68-v pro gen3 375$
RAM G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 50$
SSD - Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 200$
HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 230$
Blu-ray - LITE-ON 12x BD-ROM 75$
OS - Unsure if I should get the OEM or retail version of windows 7 home OEM 100$ vs Retail 190$
Cooling - I haven't decided if I'm going to go with water or air cooling yet, but these are what I've chosen so far. I'm probably going to run the wc loop by the water cooling forums before deciding on it or not, unless anyone here is knowledgeable on the subject.
Noctua DH-14 85$
OR
CPU block - EK Supreme HF nickel plated 95$
Rad - Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360mm 120$
Pump + Res - Swiftech MCP35x w/res 130$
Tubing - XSPC High Flex 1/2" ID 3/4" OD OR PrimoChill PrimoFlex pro LRT 1/2" ID 3/4" OD both 2.50$ per foot, I'm assuming 6 feet is enough so 15$
Anti-kink coil - PrimoChill 3/4" OD 4$
Fittings - Haven't decided, probably going with compression, assuming somewhere around 50$
WC loop total cost - 410$
Total cost w/air - 1875$
Total cost w/water - 2200$
Budget - 2500$

I used the OEM windows 7 for totals just because it's cheaper. Please tell me what you think! smile.gif
P.S. add me on Skype if you noticed that I forgot to close it and want to stalk me, I was too lazy to edit the picture. tongue.gif
P.S.S. Using it mostly for gaming.
Edited by Stagnate - 11/29/11 at 7:33pm
post #2 of 10
Got a microcenter? buy the 2500k from there and the 570 from newegg
PSU- OVERKILL get like a 650w or 750w don't know about that brand, get sea sonic or corsair. Not sure if you should go for water on your first build, unless its a closed loop kit. Kinda hard to get all the fittings and stuff
do you need blu-ray? if you do, add another dvd-rw drive.
I don't really like sand force ssd's, i think that they had a problem
post #3 of 10
You should downgrade a lot of things and go with a 580 sli XD
post #4 of 10
Nice build, will get the job done that's for sure. OEM version of windows 7 is excatly the same as the retail so nothing to worry about there.

I can't help to much with the watercooling stuff as I haven't done it before, but air build wise it's very nice. Now you have a little more to spend by the looks, you could always go with a 580 over a 570 to get quite a bit more GPU performance out of it if that's what you were going to be using it for.

Everything else about the build is fine... though I have never even heard of those PSUs before, not the best sign. I would go with a seasonic or a corsair over that but that's just me.

Also 500th post biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by FyreBurn View Post

Got a microcenter? buy the 2500k from there and the 570 from newegg
PSU- OVERKILL get like a 650w or 750w don't know about that brand, get sea sonic or corsair. Not sure if you should go for water on your first build, unless its a closed loop kit. Kinda hard to get all the fittings and stuff
do you need blu-ray? if you do, add another dvd-rw drive.
I don't really like sand force ssd's, i think that they had a problem

PSU - I hadn't heard of the brand either but I did a bit of research and people have been saying that they didn't have any problems so I thought I would try it out.
Is it still overkill even if I'm planning to run SLI? If so I'll probably find a different one with a more known brand, I just chose it because it was nice and came with the mobo I wanted.
I don't really need blu-ray, I just thought it would be nice to have.
A lot of people love the SSD I chose, and with the recent price drop I couldn't resist.
post #6 of 10
too much money going into case and PSU. don't buy hard drives now as they're overpriced. also i'd take corsair ram. finally, "borrow" windows 7. should save you enough for a 2600k and possibly a 580.
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PSU - I hadn't heard of the brand either but I did a bit of research and people have been saying that they didn't have any problems so I thought I would try it out.
Is it still overkill even if I'm planning to run SLI? If so I'll probably find a different one with a more known brand, I just chose it because it was nice and came with the mobo I wanted.
I don't really need blu-ray, I just thought it would be nice to have.
A lot of people love the SSD I chose, and with the recent price drop I couldn't resist.

Still overkill. Uless you want try-sli or 580 eli 850 is enough. maybe even 750
blu-ray is pretty useless. you can install one
Edited by FyreBurn - 11/30/11 at 6:53pm
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I about fainted when I saw the HDD price... If i were you, just grab a 500GB HDD, and wait till next year when HDD prices will drop by 75%. 2TB is not needed right away.

Also, you do not need that large of a HDD, it will be used for mainly the OS and maybe a couple of programs. Trust me, a HDD is plenty fast for games. Don't overpay for something you arent going to use.

As for your build goes, it is highly ineffiecent for what you are getting. Here is a build still under your budget that I came up with. If you want to watercool, loose one of the GTX 580s in my build. But seriously with a $2500 budget, I don't see why anyone wouldnt grab 2 x GTX 580 3GB. But it is overkill unless you are running something better than 1080p.

343

I also didnt include a drive since you said you were going to get some blu-ray drive add $75, if you need a CD burner, add $20 tongue.gif
Edited by Ironman517 - 11/29/11 at 10:04pm
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I about fainted when I saw the HDD price... If i were you, just grab a 500GB HDD, and wait till next year when HDD prices will drop by 75%. 2TB is not needed right away.

Also, you do not need that large of a HDD, it will be used for mainly the OS and maybe a couple of programs. Trust me, a HDD is plenty fast for games. Don't overpay for something you arent going to use.

As for your build goes, it is highly ineffiecent for what you are getting. Here is a build still under your budget that I came up with. If you want to watercool, loose one of the GTX 580s in my build. But seriously with a $2500 budget, I don't see why anyone wouldnt grab 2 x GTX 580 3GB. But it is overkill unless you are running something better than 1080p.

343

I also didnt include a drive since you said you were going to get some blu-ray drive add $75, if you need a CD burner, add $20 tongue.gif

I agree with this, but I think Msi lightning is better than evga. I love evga, but I just think the lightning has better performance
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I agree with this, but I think Msi lightning is better than evga. I love evga, but I just think the lightning has better performance

The MSI lightning is OOS @ newegg, and the EVGA one is a reference card, so if he wants to WC, he can grab a standard reference Waterblock
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