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Greeting's from CT!

Hey all, my name is Alex and this is my first time on OCN. I am mostly a networking guy as i work as a network administrator. I am in the middle of building my first custom rig and it only seemed natural to join the OCN community = ]. I'm looking to expand my knowledge of really all things IT related and looking forward to becoming an active member of the community here. Let the overclocking begin!


Here is a list of the parts that will be used in my rig:

-MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

-GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-LG Electronics WH12LS39K M-Disc 12X Blu-Ray Disc Rewriter and DVD-ROM Drive

-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

-Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

-Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive

-Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

-Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

-650w PSU
post #2 of 35
Welcome to OCN! Good luck with your build.
post #3 of 35
Hi, Alex! Welcome to OCN! I like the list you have so far, but how bout trying out the NZXT Phantom? Its an awesome case with plenty of space and really easy to build for first timers. Plus its super sexy to look at thumb.gif

Also, i believe Newegg is having a sale on the Noctua NH-D14 for $74.99, and id recommend that over the Cooler 212 +.

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=XMTsCH7YEeGxX9pxbuniXwcebe4&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16835608018

Also, if you live near a Microcenter they have a sale for a i5 2500k and mobo, so check it out if u can. I personally got the i5 2500k + Asus p8z68-v/gen3 for about $300.00 thumb.gif
post #4 of 35
welcome to OCN mate!
nice first custom rig!
post #5 of 35
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thanks for the welcome everyone!

khkim, I actually looked into your recommendations and decided to return my 400r. Now I am debating between the 500r and Phantom. I would have ordered the Phantom in a heartbeat, but it does not have any usb 3.0 ports on the front like the 400r and 500r do. Are there any mods you know of to switch out the 2 USB 2.0 ports with 2 3.0 ports? My motherboard supports this, I just need to change the hardware in the case itself.
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thanks for the welcome everyone!
khkim, I actually looked into your recommendations and decided to return my 400r. Now I am debating between the 500r and Phantom. I would have ordered the Phantom in a heartbeat, but it does not have any usb 3.0 ports on the front like the 400r and 500r do. Are there any mods you know of to switch out the 2 USB 2.0 ports with 2 3.0 ports? My motherboard supports this, I just need to change the hardware in the case itself.

if i could choose another case at this point it would be the
650d no questions.
give this guy a thought at least thumb.gif
post #7 of 35
-corsair 600t white
-anything made by silverstone
-corsiar 650d
-nzxt phantom 410 Its the updated phantom with usb3 and its a bit smaller
-nzxt switch 810 isnt bad either but you may get the water cooling bug
post #8 of 35
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Those are great cases but a little out of my price range, I was looking to spend between $100 - $140. I guess I can't really be picky with that price range but I was hoping Id be able to replace the USB 2 on the case with some kind of 3.0 socket, something similar to this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812400041
post #9 of 35
If you want USB 3.0, for $5 more you could get the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. It comes with a 3.5" Dual USB 3 ports bay, which can be mounted in the front 3.5" bay or get an adapter and stick it in the 5.25" bay.

I wouldn't really think there's a performance incrase between Z68 and P67 when using a 2500K and a PCI 2.0 video card. Only drawback would be maybe that it has just 4 SATA3 ports? It comes with onboard bluetooth, so yeah. I see it being better than the Gigabyte board anyway.
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i5 4570R Apple Logicboard Intel Iris Pro  8GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
1TB HDD Yosemite 10.10.2 iMac 21.5" 1080p ASUS VH228 21.5" 1080p 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ASUS VH228 21.5" 1080p Apple Numeric Pad Keyboard Unibody Alu Apple Mouse 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Hitachi TravelStar | 750GB | 5.2k | 2.5" Hitachi TravelStar | 750GB | 5.2k | 2.5" WD Blue | 500GB | 5.2k | 2.5" Akasa K25 CPU Heatsink 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
120mm Stock case fan Windows 10 x64 n/a - Remote access via other devices n/a 
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CoolerMaster GM550 BitFenix Neos n/a n/a 
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I would recommend the Rosewill Blackhawk case here. And I would stick with the Hyper 212+, the Nocua is more than double the price for about a 5% performance increase. The 212+ will get you to 4.7 comfortably.
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Intel 520 240GB Transcend 480GB Wraith Spire Windows 10 Pro x64 
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