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Eh, I'm a Shin Etsu guy myself. tongue.gif

Shin Etsu is also great, I ran out of my Z23 paste putting a new heatsync on an 4850hd for my media box. A moment of digression: The Arctic Cooling Accelero is probably the most obnoxious heatsink I've ever had to install, but the temps are great.

On topic: I honestly couldn't tell you which is better, I just know the stock stuff from Noctua was not good. wink.gif Toss that stuff out the window!
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you are gonna need a data HDD, perhaps from your old rig?

also, dont pay too much attention to the thermal paste, the "best" will always get disputed, however there are alot that are undeniably good like shin etsu or arctic silver, i personally use IC 7
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Looks good, make sure to check out combos to save a few bucks:
2500k + Corsair 600T
Also, I sort of like full sized ATX motherboards compared to microATX, so here's a combo that maybe you should consider:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.811259
As for the power supply, I would look at some 80+ Gold units, like these:
NZXT 850w, has a promo code that would make it $153
Seasonic X750 promo code makes it $120

I might not be purchasing from Newegg, but used it to "wish list" save my rig setups, and to get a basic understanding of how much said hardware should cost. I like the MicroATX board because it allows so much more open free space to keep clutter out. It has 2x PCIe 3.0 slots that are more then capable of holding 2x 7970's in CrossfireX (which ill never buy a second anyhow tongue.gif) I had the P8Z68-V Pro in my order before hand but decided to change to this board as that board has a high failure rate.
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I prefer Artctic Cool MX - 4, its offered a 6 degree C difference for me against the provided thermal paste .

I was going to get some MX-4, in fact it was in my cart too. They both have the same exact thermal conductivity. Tho I think GC Extreme runs like 0.50C cooler tongue.gif
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you are gonna need a data HDD, perhaps from your old rig?
also, dont pay too much attention to the thermal paste, the "best" will always get disputed, however there are alot that are undeniably good like shin etsu or arctic silver, i personally use IC 7

Nah, im not so much of a media pack rat like most people seem to be biggrin.gif. I never use over 60GB of space on my drive. I figure tho with a new rig ill have tons of games loaded onto it so the 128GB would better suit me rather then a 64GB, as it still fits within my budget.
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I like the MicroATX board because it allows so much more open free space to keep clutter out. It has 2x PCIe 3.0 slots that are more then capable of holding 2x 7970's in CrossfireX (which ill never buy a second anyhow tongue.gif)
Nah, im not so much of a media pack rat like most people seem to be biggrin.gif. I never use over 60GB of space on my drive. I figure tho with a new rig ill have tons of games loaded onto it so the 128GB would better suit me rather then a 64GB, as it still fits within my budget.

You think that now, but once you get into it you might change your mind, unless you're getting a micro ATX case, there's no point of getting a micro ATX mobo, the extra couple inches of board isn't going to clutter everything, it gives everything more room so there's less clutter. You'll probably end up needing more HDD space too, but you can always just get one later when you do.


Oh and why are you getting an 850 watt PSU if you never plan on crossfire? You only need like 500-600 watts for a single GPU. Like I said, you might change your mind though, so you should still get the bigger PSU if you can afford it (along with a bigger motherboard)
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You think that now, but once you get into it you might change your mind, unless you're getting a micro ATX case, there's no point of getting a micro ATX mobo, the extra couple inches of board isn't going to clutter everything, it gives everything more room so there's less clutter. You'll probably end up needing more HDD space too, but you can always just get one later when you do.
Oh and why are you getting an 850 watt PSU if you never plan on crossfire? You only need like 500-600 watts for a single GPU. Like I said, you might change your mind though, so you should still get the bigger PSU if you can afford it (along with a bigger motherboard)

I don't run any PCI lane cards, never have and never will. So without the need of extra slots, whats the sense in buying a board that costs more with them? The onboard NIC and Audio chipsets are always what 98% of people use, me being one of them. This board even offers a step up on both, which is another reason I like it. There really isn't any advantage to a full sized board for me (smaller board will promote more airflow). As for the PSU the 850w is more me (gotta have power) and doesn't cost much more. So somewhere down the line if I ever do decide to step it up to Crossfire, or if I ever sell it, it will be ready to go for someone to pop in another card. The way I have the machine configured now is its future proof (to an extent). When the time comes I can always swap out or add something without buying anything other then that piece of hardware. And like I said I use barely any hard drive space, I mean seriously (right now 18.6GB used of 149GB) with all my stuff installed. I doubt MW3 + BF3 + Skyrim + a few other little games will eat 128GB. So as for hard drive space im golden. thumb.gif
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I'm just saying, if you've never owned more than a single core before you don't know what you're getting yourself into, you might change your mind. And there are plenty of good ATX motherboard for the same price as that one. When I upgraded from my Pentium 4, it was last year, my brother-in-law upgraded his computer and he gave me an Athlon X2, my current mobo and RAM, and a 9500GT, I was thinking "omg! This is amazing I wont need to upgrade this for years!" but then I wanted a quad core, so I bought this Phenom II 840 and I was again thinking I wont need to upgrade it for a while, and then I got my GTX 460 and thought the same thing, but now I'm already planning on GTX 460 SLI and thinking about getting a 2500k/mobo/ram too or at least a real Phenom II.
My point is, you aren't going to know what you'll "never" want to have until you get into it and realize you do want more, even if it's not for a while. If that's what you want to buy then go ahead and buy it, I'm just giving you my opinion
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I'm just saying, if you've never owned more than a single core before you don't know what you're getting yourself into, you might change your mind. And there are plenty of good ATX motherboard for the same price as that one. When I upgraded from my Pentium 4, it was last year, my brother-in-law upgraded his computer and he gave me an Athlon X2, my current mobo and RAM, and a 9500GT, I was thinking "omg! This is amazing I wont need to upgrade this for years!" but then I wanted a quad core, so I bought this Phenom II 840 and I was again thinking I wont need to upgrade it for a while, and then I got my GTX 460 and thought the same thing, but now I'm already planning on GTX 460 SLI and thinking about getting a 2500k/mobo/ram too or at least a real Phenom II.
My point is, you aren't going to know what you'll "never" want to have until you get into it and realize you do want more, even if it's not for a while. If that's what you want to buy then go ahead and buy it, I'm just giving you my opinion

It may be entitled my "First Gaming Rig", but its certainly not my first time messing with hardware. Im 100% certain I will never use another PCI lane other then the x16's. Sure they may come out with some cool card that does something neat, but chances are I wont need it. And if somehow I do it will most likely end up being a x4 lane card in which I have one of them slots biggrin.gif. This is why motherboard manufactures are completely removing the standard PCI lanes. I mean if you looked around there is a great majority of motherboards out there now that only offer x16 lanes. The reason why is because again people don't need them the onboard chipsets are more then adequate for audio and networking. The only time I ever hear of someone buying a high end audio card is when they got a pair of $2000 headphones to play it through. Otherwise you really couldn't tell the difference on today's pc surround sound systems. If the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCu II comes out before I order, I may lose the 850w and get a 650w so I can put the extra bit of cash towards one, as they run idle 24C full load 60C which is darn impressive.
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