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Hey guys, i'm going to be doing my first total build soon and I'm ordering my parts on boxing day (The day after Christmas here in Canada. Sales equivalent to black Friday). I have pretty much everything planned out and all my parts selected but I thought I might as well post here to see what you guys think and hopefully get some advice/recommendations.

Here's my planned build:

Case: LIAN LI PC-A71F
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970
SSD (For OS and select few apps): Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750
Cooler: Corsiar H80
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster BX2450

Any reviews on the above parts, or recommendations on others and any other tips or tricks would be awesome.

Thanks,
Rydain.
Edited by rydain - 12/23/11 at 1:48pm
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Case: Lian-Li makes great cases, and that is a great case! It's a little plain for my personal tastes. Make sure to take a look at the SilverStone Fortress series cases and the Coolmaster HAF cases if you have not already. I feel SilverStone and Coolmaster is offering more bang-for-your-buck at the moment than Lian-Li.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163121

Cooler: I have never been impressed with the H80. Many air coolers perform equally as well for half the cost. Personally, i would look into a air cooler, or a higher performing water cooling system. Why so sold on the H80?

HDD: Ugh. Go for a WD black or a Samsung Spinpoint F3.

GPU: Wheather you go GTX 570 or HD 6970, they are both good choices. Make sure to look at the Asus DCII GTX 570. You can easily over-clock them to GTX 580 speeds and they offer alot of bang for your buck. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432&Tpk=DCII%20GTX%20570

SSD: I would spend a little bit extra for the 120Gb SSD. With the 64Gb you can really only hold your OS and some small apps. With the 120Gb you can hold your OS, and several large games or applications that you often use. I really feel the 120Gb is more practical for daily use. I would suggest the 120Gb Chronos Munchkin Deluxe, the reviews on it have really been turning alot of heads. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225

Extra things to think about: Get a internal card reader if your use it. Get a blue-ray drive if your use it.

Tips or Tricks: You know about making sure your SSD is in AHCI mode? Right? Do that.

EDIT: As Clockster in the post below me pointer out, yeah...the silverstone Raven RV2 is such a sexy case. <3 Don't forget the Raven RV2B.
EDIT: I am with Clockster on the Asus Sabertooth over the Gigabyte. Also, ASRock makes some mind-blowingly good motherboards.-->http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263 A bit pricey, but worth considering.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 12/23/11 at 3:59pm
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I agree with crimson tears on this one.

Rather look at Noctua NH-D14 instead of that H80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

If you're set on going for a closed loop watercooler I would suggest maybe looking at a Antec Khuler 920. I've been running one on a 2500k @4.5Ghz and the temps are absolutely fantastic, I will add though my ambient room temp is kept below 20c lol

I am not a Gigabyte fan so I would suggest maybe looking at the Asus Sabertooth P67R3 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702

Chassis wise I would say yeah Lian Li make fantastic chassis but they are just a little to plain for me.
I would suggest looking at the Silverstone Raven RV2.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154

The 6970 is a fantastic card, I owned 2 for a while, recently sold them as I am preparing for the 7970 launch biggrin.gif
But yeah like crimson said, GTX570 or 6970 would be great.

Again agree with crimson on the SSD, try opting for at least a 120GB. I've got a patriot wildfire 120GB and its basically got my os and my steam installed but almost 70% full. So def try and look at getting a 120GB.

Other than that it looks like a really solid build thumb.gif
    
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Your right when you say the case is a bit bland, but that's what I love about it. I think its just an awesome monolith of..well..awesome. I've never been a fan of the more flashy cases. The reason I was leaning towards an H80 is that this case doesn't have great air flow and I have heard good things about the H series. I would go for a fully water cooled system, if I had the cash. I WAS going to get a Caviar Black, it was on my list. Two months ago, then the floods in Thailand happened and the prices have gone up to much for me to be able to get one for now. I think I may just go for a 120 gig SSD, I was thinking about switching to one beforehand as well.

I do have both a card reader and a blu-ray drive picked out as well:

Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM

I have looked at the ASUS sabertooth, but decided against it as a lot of reviewers are saying it may have heat issues without an extra fan inside which again brings up the case air-flow issue. Do you guys think it'll make much of a difference? I must admit, I ultimately chose the gigabyte because of how the matte black looks. When I get the case I plan on painting the inside with black heat resistant BBQ paint tongue.gif .

Thanks for the quick responses guys. They're exactly what I was hoping for biggrin.gif
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You should use liquid cooling because you want the performance aspects, not to cover up your cases mediocre airflow. I guess to each their own.

If you want a fully liquid cooled system, and your in love with the H-series, at least consider going from the H80 to the H100. The H80 is just to "meh" in the performance department.

Another motherboard to look at is mine, the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL ($60 cheaper than the Z68 professional i linked you to earlier). I use all 10 SATA ports. muahaha! It is a beast...oh..and it runs cooler than the sabertooth for the same price and comes with a poop load of accessories.
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I'm doing the same thing, have gotten some parts, getting one more for xmas and then hoping to grab the rest boxing day, here's what I'm looking at:

Have:

Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: Corsair AX850
Video: 2x Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti OC 1GB
Ram: 8GB 2x4 G. Skill PC2800CL8 1600 8-8-8-24

Want to get:

Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
i5 2500k

120mm fan (for GPU cooling duct)

At some point also change the top and side stock fans for blue LEDs

My 2 big question marks are CPU cooling and HDD/SSD.

I was also looking at the H100 and H80 and I think the H80 can fit where the 140mm rear fan is, anyone try this?

For the HDD I was thinking a SATA2 2TB drive, at least a 7.2k rpm, and I've been toying with the idea of using the Intel SSD/HDD cache on the mobo with an inexpensive SATA2 SSD like a 40-64GB drive, until SSD prices drop and then I can add 2 SATA3 SSDs in RAID 0. Any suggestions on reliable drives that are quick and won't break the bank...

I was also wondering about fan controllers with monitors...feedback?

This is primarily a gaming rig to run Skyrim, B3 and Counterstrike when it comes out, and I'm looking to overclock of course....


Thanks.
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Your right when you say the case is a bit bland, but that's what I love about it. I think its just an awesome monolith of..well..awesome. I've never been a fan of the more flashy cases. The reason I was leaning towards an H80 is that this case doesn't have great air flow and I have heard good things about the H series. I would go for a fully water cooled system, if I had the cash. I WAS going to get a Caviar Black, it was on my list. Two months ago, then the floods in Thailand happened and the prices have gone up to much for me to be able to get one for now. I think I may just go for a 120 gig SSD, I was thinking about switching to one beforehand as well.
I do have both a card reader and a blu-ray drive picked out as well:
Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM
I have looked at the ASUS sabertooth, but decided against it as a lot of reviewers are saying it may have heat issues without an extra fan inside which again brings up the case air-flow issue. Do you guys think it'll make much of a difference? I must admit, I ultimately chose the gigabyte because of how the matte black looks. When I get the case I plan on painting the inside with black heat resistant BBQ paint tongue.gif .
Thanks for the quick responses guys. They're exactly what I was hoping for biggrin.gif

lol The Gigabyte does have the better look i'll give it that biggrin.gif
Again with Crimson on the H80 issue, they are really..well um...crap lol and I reckon you could do a lot better, like I said if you are looking at a closed loop water cooler, I would suggest a Antec Kuhler H20 920 or if you're set on going the corsair route, I would opt for the H100.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209054

Personally I don't think the airflow in the case might be to much of an issue, only worrying factor for me is the GPU not getting proper airflow.
Whatever you do and whichever gpu you decide on, make sure that they have an external exhaust, I made the mistake of buying a EVGA GTX580 DS Superclocked and the temps were horrific due to the internal exhausting (worst design ever in my opinion).
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You should use liquid cooling because you want the performance aspects, not to cover up your cases mediocre airflow. I guess to each their own.
If you want a fully liquid cooled system, and your in love with the H-series, at least consider going from the H80 to the H100. The H80 is just to "meh" in the performance department.
Another motherboard to look at is mine, the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL ($60 cheaper than the Z68 professional i linked you to earlier). I use all 10 SATA ports. muahaha! It is a beast...oh..and it runs cooler than the sabertooth for the same price and comes with a poop load of accessories.

Yeah the Asrock looks pretty awesome, unfortunately I haven't had much experience with them due to the board not being available in SA up to now, but I have only read good things about them and they seem to be well priced thumb.gif
    
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I like everything about your build, and this?

"SSD: I would spend a little bit extra for the 120Gb SSD. With the 64Gb you can really only hold your OS and some small apps."

The part in bold is simply not true. My 64GB M4 has my OS, all my programs, AND BF3 loaded onto it and I have 23.6GB of space left. But, if you have the money get the 120GB.
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I like everything about your build, and this?

"SSD: I would spend a little bit extra for the 120Gb SSD. With the 64Gb you can really only hold your OS and some small apps."

The part in bold is simply not true. My 64GB M4 has my OS, all my programs, AND BF3 loaded onto it and I have 23.6GB of space left. But, if you have the money get the 120GB.

That might be ok for you but in my case my steam alone is over 50GB then there is still the OS.
I think its worth getting a 120GB, at the end of the day he is just gonna end up regretting getting a 64GB SSD when he starts running out of space, and then having to fork out more cash for a 2nd 64GB. Rather just get a 120GB and have peace of mind that you won't need to really worry about space .
    
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Yeah, I went with a Crucial 64GB M4 as well....and now thinking...."self, why didn't you just fork over more cabbage and get the 120GB". Still have time to send back the 64GB and get the 120...so, all is not lost...wink.gif
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