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Hey,

I am currently trying to pick out all the components that I will be using in my first-ever build. I'm going for a mid-level gaming computer that I will be able to overclock in the future. Note that I'd also like a quieter rig.

Here are the components I've picked out so far:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R ($90)
PSU: RAIDMAX Blackstone series 700W ($65)
CPU: Intel i7 2600k ($300)
MB: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z ($190)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 (HD687AZDFC) 1024MB PCIe ($140)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB SSD ($175)

EDITED LIST (based off of suggestions on this thread):

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R ($90)
PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular ($90)
CPU: Intel i7 2500k ($224)
--> MB: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z ($190) - Do I really need this motherboard or could I downgrade to something in the $130-150 range without sacrificing much? If so, then what are some good ones?
Memory: SAMSUNG 4GB x 2 ($46)
Storage: Crucial M4 120GB ($175)?
Heatsink: Master Hyper 212+ ($30)
--> GPU: I still haven't decided. At the moment I'm learning towards the EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti, but other possibilities are GTX 480 or a Radeon 6870 or 6950, or anything else around the price range of up to ~$230.

I would greatly appreciate any opinions or suggestions regarding my build. Thanks.

Andrew
Edited by Andrew A - 3/1/12 at 7:37pm
post #2 of 14
Would change the psu to something like a corsair or something.gpu wise why not just get a 6950 price wise not much more but better.. Also you have an os and hdd for storage?

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Edited by xProxius - 3/1/12 at 1:12am
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Do not get that PSU and RAM. The psu is not that good and you can get much better ram for the same price.
Look in the PSU section for a list of recommended ones.

For the ram, get the Samsung 30 nm ones that everyone loves, they clock better, use less power and do bother large cpu coolers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

700 watts from a good psu is more then enough for what you have, you could run a 7970 if you wanted.

For the gpu, it depend on what you want to spend and what you want to spend. I you don't want to stray too far from that price range, I would go with the 6950 as that is a great card and should last a while.

You could probably get the same SSD for cheaper, just wait abit as that drive goes on sale quite often as of recent.

I recommend that you get an aftermarket cooler. Something like that Cooler Master Hyper 212+ as that will get the job done at an affordable price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
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Basically what has been said before, but also when you actually build it, take your time and read the documentation. Nothing worse than breaking something beasue you rush it, and reading the documentions (for first time builds) gives you a nice overview of what your kit is capable of, and also gives you some basic instructions on installing the hardware. Windows is fairly straight foward, however there is a good guide on here for SSD's.

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here's a replacement build gene z is out of stock if you still going for 2600K, if not go for 2500K save the $100 throw in the videocard or other component

cpu Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ~ $330, best price for rendering

pcb EVGA Z68 SLI Micro 120-SB-E682-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3 ~ $133, asus gen z is out of stock, this is what i can find available at the moment to replace it

ram Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Model 996995 ~ $45, just choose the 1600, there no real world difference with the 1800 or 2100, SB is happy with 1600 so far

ssd Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal (SSD) ~ $143

psu SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W 80+S Bronze Modular ~ $90

gpu EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ~ $230

case Corsair Carbide Series 300R ~ $85

Total ~ $ 1,056 (basic) less gpu $30 rebate = $1,026 + shipping
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Originally Posted by Andrew A View Post

Hey,
I am currently trying to pick out all the components that I will be using in my first-ever build. I'm going for a mid-level gaming computer that I will be able to overclock in the future. Note that I'd also like a quieter rig.
Here are the components I've picked out so far:
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R ($90)
PSU: RAIDMAX Blackstone series 700W ($65)
CPU: Intel i7 2600k ($300)
MB: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z ($190)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 (HD687AZDFC) 1024MB PCIe ($140)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB SSD ($175)
I have a few questions about the things I have so far.
- Is a 700W PSU enough for this setup? If not then how much?
- I'm very unsure about my GPU. First off, I'm not sure which type of Radeon 6870 I should get as there are many types in the $130-$200 range that are all very similar. Also, should I get something other than a Radeon 6870?
- I would like to keep this build around $1,000. Is there anything I'm spending too much money on and something I'm spending I should upgrade (i.e. not enough on GPU, etc.)?
- Have I made any obvious bad choices? If I could get something better for a similar price, please inform me.
- Should I get an aftermarket heatsink fan? If so, which are good?
- Should I use the stock fans that come with the case or buy and install my own?
I would greatly appreciate any opinions or suggestions regarding my build. Thanks.
Andrew
Edit: Away for a few hours. I will respond when I get back.

Solid build, your going to love that motherboard, pared with the 2600k. The only thing I would put more money into is the video card. If you could find an AMD 6950 or a Nvidia 560 ti on sale that would really complete system. The 6870 is good but your end up having to crossfire it sooner then later, so it migt be cheaper now to spend an extra $50 and get a better GPU. 700 watts is good becasue it leaves your options open for crossfire, if you NEVER plan to crossfire you could get a 600-650 watt and save $15-$25 but for that why bother. Members might tell you not to buy a 2600k but it's a better more future proof CPU that will last longer and perfrom better. And yes buy an aftermarket heat sink even like a $30-$40 one will be much better thern the crappy one that came with your CPU.


This is from the NCIX outlet store and not a person. I would try this and save lots of $$$ if you get it. And you'll get a warrenty
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gigabyte-Radeon-HD-6950-870MHZ-1GB-5GHZ-GDDR5-62087-/310383607725?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item48444dffad
 
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gosh the evga z68 sli micro got out of stock as well oh well other store might still have both the gene z or this one.
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Hey, thanks for all the replies.

Now I have a much better idea of what to get. I'm going to post an edited version of my components list on my OP and then start taking opinions and suggestions for that.
post #9 of 14
If it is just for gaming i would sacrifise teh 2600k for a 2500k so you can spend around 60-100 more on your gpu. also the gtx 480 is also $219 dollars from newegg i bought 2 of these in australia and i have never been happier.
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post #10 of 14
Cpu $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Motherboard $129.99 + $7.87 SHIPPING
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

ram $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

gpu $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

psu $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

ssd $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

case $100 + $19.99 SHIPPING
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

Total $1014.98 With shipping added Grand total of $1042.87
Edited by Hoodz - 3/1/12 at 5:26pm
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i7 3930k X79 Maximus Extreme Gtx Titan Gtx Titan 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Gskill 2400Mhz 2x Plexitor ssd 1x Corsair force  Windows 8 pro 27' Asus 144Hz 
PowerCase
Corsair AX1200 Caselabs Th10 
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