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Hello everyone, I'm about to start my first build and I'm looking for some advice on components. My budget is between $1100-1300


CPU - I'm settled on this and I'm getting the Intel i5 2500k.

Memory - I've been considering the Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4gb) 240 pin DDR5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173

Motherboard - I really need some help here. I know that I want a motherboard that is reliable, is able to be overclocked, and has some decent fan controls (which from my understanding rules out Gigabyte). I don't plan to run multiple cards or do crossfiring.

Hard Drive - I've been considering an SSD drive but I may just go with a traditional hard drive to start with. If I go the SSD drive its my understanding that Intel makes the most reliable and I'd probably get a 120gb model. I've heard the 320 series is good for gaming? Maybe I'm wrong on that. Any suggestions are welcome.

Graphics Card - Most likely going with the Nvidia 560 Ti. Is there a certain manufacturer I should go with (Evga, Gigabyte etc..).

Power Supply - I had been eyeing this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021 . Once again I'm open to suggestion.

Case - On the case like the motherboard I need some help. I know I want a case with good wire management. Other than that I'm open to suggestions.
post #2 of 6
For the ram get these, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

For the mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

You want a M4 for the ssd and a F3 1tb for games and other things.

For the gpu I would get something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125338 its cheaper than the 560ti but just as good smile.gif

Corsair psu you've listed it perfect for what you want so keep that one

For the case look for a Haf x plenty of room supurb airflow and if you want to later do watercooling plenty of room to do so.

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Welcome to ocn and sorry for the delay in replying to your thread thumb.gif
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Hello everyone, I'm about to start my first build and I'm looking for some advice on components. My budget is between $1100-1300
CPU - I'm settled on this and I'm getting the Intel i5 2500k.
perfectly fine cpu here
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Memory - I've been considering the Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4gb) 240 pin DDR5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173
for ram i would go with the corsair vengeance. they are the at the same price point and are tried and true sticks of ram, running relatively cool and overclock extremely well. also, g.skill makes awesome ram as well.
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Motherboard - I really need some help here. I know that I want a motherboard that is reliable, is able to be overclocked, and has some decent fan controls (which from my understanding rules out Gigabyte). I don't plan to run multiple cards or do crossfiring.
i personally only use asus motherboards. the sabertooth is a solid choice if you can get past the lack luster color scheme. i really like asus bios's as well for overclocking.

gigabyte is also an excellent brand, same as msi. mobo manufacturer really comes down to personal preference and what individual users like.

regarding fan controls, do you mean 3 prong hook ups on the board to connect fans and monitor the speed from the bios? if so, most all boards have a set number of fan inputs (always 1 for the cpu) and usually 2/3 additional ports.
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Hard Drive - I've been considering an SSD drive but I may just go with a traditional hard drive to start with. If I go the SSD drive its my understanding that Intel makes the most reliable and I'd probably get a 120gb model. I've heard the 320 series is good for gaming? Maybe I'm wrong on that. Any suggestions are welcome.

most people on OCN will boast about the crucial M4 ssd. i will do the same, as it is an amazing device and crucial is preferred by many people.

vertex 3's are also good except i am personally not comfortable with ocz's products yet after their sand force 2 controller issues.

intel and samsung also make good ssd's. i would go with a 64 gig or 128 gig ssd for OS and apps, then add a 1/2 tb 7200 seagate for storage and other apps that don't need the speed of the ssd.
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Graphics Card - Most likely going with the Nvidia 560 Ti. Is there a certain manufacturer I should go with (Evga, Gigabyte etc..).

the 560 ti is an awesome card for the price, and i prefer nvidia over ati and have personally had better luck with nvidia drivers.

for a manufacturer, i only buy evga cards due to the warranty and step up program. i had 1 bad experience with an asus ati card once, and never bought an asus graphics card again. im not sure if bfg tech still makes nvidia cards (or even still exists) but they used to offer lifetime limited warranties on their cards as well. overall i would go with evga tho.
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Power Supply - I had been eyeing this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021 . Once again I'm open to suggestion

you dont want to scimp out on your psu. i dont think that psu is fully modular. having a fully modular psu is going to save you a headache on cable management.

corsair is a good brand, and all i use. i know there are other psu manufacturers that are just as good or better, but i dont want to lead you in the wrong direction on that so i'll let someone else comment on the other brands available.

i would spend the extra 20/30 bucks on the TX750M version (modular version). basically the same psu as you had listed but modular.
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Case - On the case like the motherboard I need some help. I know I want a case with good wire management. Other than that I'm open to suggestions.

the case really depends on what you want to achieve with the build and how much airflow you want. do you want to trick it out with lights and a massive window or is space a concern with a larger case.

corsair cases are built with watercooling in mind, but still offer plenty of airflow and have some of the best layed out grommets for cable management (especially when not watercooling one of their cases). they typically have ample enough room behind the mobo panel to run cables.

antec also makes excellent cases, but i have personally moved away from using them as other cases have provided features i was hunting for for my watercooling build that antec just didnt offer. their cable management isnt as easy as it is in a corsair case, but they also use standard 120/140 mm fans for case fans and offer excellent air flow.

silverstone, cooler master, and numerous others all offer excellent cases. caselabs offers amazing products but are geared more for watercooling and custom builds.

i would suggest looking through newegg and post the links to a handful of cases you like the looks of and we can provide input either from first hand use or from being familiar with the cases.


also, welcome to OCN :-D
Edited by Hyperlite - 12/7/11 at 12:57pm
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3960X ASUS Rampage IV Extreme 4 x eVGA 580 GTX 3GB FTW Hydro 2 in Quad SLI 32 GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator GT Quad Channel 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
4 x 256GB Crucial M4 in RAID 0 on SATA III 2 x Western Digital 2TB RE4 in RAID 0 on SATA II 2 x LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 3D Playback XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
8 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 5400 RPM Fans 13 x Aerocool Shark Red Edition Fans 4 x Danger Den Black Chrome Top and Nickle Base... Koolance ASUS Rampage IV Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x EK Dominator Red/Nickel Waterblocks 2 x Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480 Radiator 2 x FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir - ... Bitspower Fittings, Extensions, Etc. 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
4 x Danger Den D5 Pump 4 x Bitspower D5 Pump V2 Mods (Body and Top) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 3 x 27" Samsung 1ms LCD's 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G19 2 x Corsair 1200AX CaseLabs Magnum TH-10 Logitech G700 Wireless 
Mouse PadAudioOtherOther
Victoria Secret Mouse Pad Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers 2 x APC Smart-UPS SMT2200 2200VA LCD 1980 Watt ... Logitech G13 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4960x ASUS Rampage IV Extreme 4 x EVGA GTX TITAN 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400 MHz 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
ASUS 16x Blu-Ray Writer CPU Block: EK Supremacy (Clear/Nickel) Pumps: 3 x Aquacomputer Aquastream XT USB 12V P... Reservoir: 2 x Bitspower Z-Tank 250mm All Acrylic 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Motherboard Block: EK ASUS R4E Full Board Block... GPU Block: 4 x EK Titan SE's (Clear/Nickel) GPU Backplate: 4 x EK Geforce GTX Titan Backplate Memory Block: 4 x EK Monarch Series X2's (Clear... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Memory Sideplates: 4 x EK RAM Monarch DIMM Module Radiator: 3 x XSPS AX480's in White Rad Fans: 16 x Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM Coolant: Mayhem Aurora - Tharsis Red 
OSPowerCaseOther
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit PSU: 2 x Corsair AX1200i CaseLabs STH10 MDPC-X Sleeving 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Radiator Gasket: ? x XSPC 480mm Radiator Gaskets Tubing Main: PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic Tube (Clear) Tubing SLI: EK 12mm Acrylic (Clear) Compression Fittings: ? x PrimoChill Rigid Ghos... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3960X ASUS Rampage IV Extreme 4 x eVGA 580 GTX 3GB FTW Hydro 2 in Quad SLI 32 GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator GT Quad Channel 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
4 x 256GB Crucial M4 in RAID 0 on SATA III 2 x Western Digital 2TB RE4 in RAID 0 on SATA II 2 x LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 3D Playback XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
8 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 5400 RPM Fans 13 x Aerocool Shark Red Edition Fans 4 x Danger Den Black Chrome Top and Nickle Base... Koolance ASUS Rampage IV Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x EK Dominator Red/Nickel Waterblocks 2 x Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480 Radiator 2 x FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir - ... Bitspower Fittings, Extensions, Etc. 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
4 x Danger Den D5 Pump 4 x Bitspower D5 Pump V2 Mods (Body and Top) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 3 x 27" Samsung 1ms LCD's 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G19 2 x Corsair 1200AX CaseLabs Magnum TH-10 Logitech G700 Wireless 
Mouse PadAudioOtherOther
Victoria Secret Mouse Pad Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers 2 x APC Smart-UPS SMT2200 2200VA LCD 1980 Watt ... Logitech G13 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4960x ASUS Rampage IV Extreme 4 x EVGA GTX TITAN 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400 MHz 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
ASUS 16x Blu-Ray Writer CPU Block: EK Supremacy (Clear/Nickel) Pumps: 3 x Aquacomputer Aquastream XT USB 12V P... Reservoir: 2 x Bitspower Z-Tank 250mm All Acrylic 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Motherboard Block: EK ASUS R4E Full Board Block... GPU Block: 4 x EK Titan SE's (Clear/Nickel) GPU Backplate: 4 x EK Geforce GTX Titan Backplate Memory Block: 4 x EK Monarch Series X2's (Clear... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Memory Sideplates: 4 x EK RAM Monarch DIMM Module Radiator: 3 x XSPS AX480's in White Rad Fans: 16 x Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM Coolant: Mayhem Aurora - Tharsis Red 
OSPowerCaseOther
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit PSU: 2 x Corsair AX1200i CaseLabs STH10 MDPC-X Sleeving 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Radiator Gasket: ? x XSPC 480mm Radiator Gaskets Tubing Main: PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic Tube (Clear) Tubing SLI: EK 12mm Acrylic (Clear) Compression Fittings: ? x PrimoChill Rigid Ghos... 
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Should I try to get a Z68 board? I plan to get an SSD either now or later. My main use for an SSD is the improved performance of windows and better game loading in MMO's. Do I need to worry about SSD Caching for that?

Should I try to get a Gen3 board to future proof a bit?


These are some of the boards I've been looking at...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

and this P67 board....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=gzfgw70uxitt


Cases I'm considering...

Though I guess I should also mention that right now the cooler I'm considering is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 though I've also thought about the Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler.

Anyways onto the cases....

Mid Tower...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233



Full Tower....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213
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post #6 of 6
You don't really need to worry about cacheing, but it is very useful. I think that gen3 would be kind of useless unless you plan to upgrade soon. If not, by the time you upgrade, then there will be a better socket
corsair vengence is good ram. Stick with it

almost all your choices are very good! must have thought it through very well.

Cooler i would say maybe archon or 212+. Don't go with a water. More expensive
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