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I built my current rig about 2 year ago, and want to get a new rig, haven't ever used a Intel one before, I want to try one, along with Water cooling.
My Budget is at max, $1500

CPU -
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

or

Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Cpu Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

Case
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012

GPU -
ASUS GTX670-DC2-4GD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121659

Ram -
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568

Boot Drive
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB 10000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136929

Or what's a good Entry level SSD.

PSU - 650 watt is enough? If it is, I'll just reuse my old Antec 650 watt PSU

I mainly play games and record and upload gameplay video to youtube.
I might try to overclock CPU and GPU and Ram, but doesn't plan to go to extremem level.
Most graphic intensive game I play would be Skyrim or Crysis 2, I don't play BF3.
Is this build good, if not, what can be changed.
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Just wondering, isn't 4x4gb cheaper than 2x8gb? As for the PSU I would recommend the XFX Core Series 550w.
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Couple of questionable value choices there (and one really bad one).

The Sabertooth is expensive, and doesn't really offer any advantages over the normal Asus P8Z77-V.
Asus P8Z77-V

The H100 is overkill (and a bad value) unless you really plan to push the overclocking. You'd be better off with something like the $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO

The Velociraptor is a terrible purchase at this point. Use the money saved from the previous suggestions to get a Samsung 830 128GB SSD and a second storage drive (something like the Caviar Blue 1TB).
Samsung 830 128GB
WD Caviar Blue 1TB

You'll be fine with a 650W power supply, and get the 3570K over the 2500K.
Edited by Forceman - 10/30/12 at 12:47am
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sim~build (Click to show) Here's a sacrifice sim~build coz you have to pick-up the procie to get it from mc a good bargain price. Then you have to MIR to get most of the savings, after that, with the cost after rebate, you can attempt to SLI that evga gtx 670 for a budget gtx 690 in the making. The build can challenge your build with no performance loss and with new powersupply included, and the bragging rights of the i7 k SB procie. Hope you like it
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Couple of questionable value choices there (and one really bad one).
The Sabertooth is expensive, and doesn't really offer any advantages over the normal Asus P8Z77-V.
Asus P8Z77-V
The H100 is overkill (and a bad value) unless you really plan to push the overclocking. You'd be better off with something like the $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO
The Velociraptor is a terrible purchase at this point. Use the money saved from the previous suggestions to get a Samsung 830 128GB SSD and a second storage drive (something like the Caviar Blue 1TB).
Samsung 830 128GB
WD Caviar Blue 1TB
You'll be fine with a 650W power supply, and get the 3570K over the 2500K.

I want to try a Water Cooling build.
And that Cooler seems to be made for that case, as it can go in the top from what I understand.
I've been using a Cooler Master Hyper 212(Not sure if +) on my current Phenom 965, can't get it past 3.8ghz in OC.
And it's really loud.
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sim~build (Click to show) Here's a sacrifice sim~build coz you have to pick-up the procie to get it from mc a good bargain price. Then you have to MIR to get most of the savings, after that, with the cost after rebate, you can attempt to SLI that evga gtx 670 for a budget gtx 690 in the making. The build can challenge your build with no performance loss and with new powersupply included, and the bragging rights of the i7 k SB procie. Hope you like it

Looks like a very nice build, bu

I'll check out the Motherboard and Hardrive, thanks for the recomendation.
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looks pretty good though the boot drive is rather big in space for a boot drive redface.gif i would of gone wit a 60gb ssd for a boot drive redface.gif but that's my opinion though redface.gif
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Just wondering, isn't 4x4gb cheaper than 2x8gb? As for the PSU I would recommend the XFX Core Series 550w.

when you occupy all 4 slots you do put abit more stress on the memory controller compared to 2 8gb sticks. redface.gif
Edited by JunkoXan - 10/30/12 at 10:53am
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looks pretty good though the boot drive is rather big in space for a boot drive redface.gif i would of gone wit a 60gb ssd for a boot drive redface.gif but that's my opinion though redface.gif
when you occupy all 4 slots you do put a bit more stress on the memory controller compared to 2 8gb sticks. redface.gif


yeah but I don't think that would dissipate sooo much more heat

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looks pretty good though the boot drive is rather big in space for a boot drive redface.gif i would of gone wit a 60gb ssd for a boot drive redface.gif but that's my opinion though redface.gif
when you occupy all 4 slots you do put a bit more stress on the memory controller compared to 2 8gb sticks. redface.gif


yeah but I don't think that would dissipate sooo much more heat

it's not so much of the heat part of it but rather the stability part of it aswell overclocking ability on the CPU which iirc can be hindered. redface.gif
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it's not so much of the heat part of it but rather the stability part of it aswell overclocking ability on the CPU which iirc can be hindered. redface.gif

Precisely.
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Depending on your desired overclock, I might recommend the 2500k over the 3570k. It is a bit cheaper and if all you are looking for is 4.5ghz, the 2500k runs much cooler. The H100 is a fine cooler but realistically with a 2500k, you could use an H70 or H80 and save a few bucks. Alternatively the Antec Kuhler's are great as well and seem to be on sale often.

I had a 3770k for awhile and ended up going back to a 2600k. First, I could hit similar overclocks with much lower vcore with the 2600k over the 3770k. Also temps on the new chips are a bit high for my taste north of 4.5ghz.

I agree on the board recommendation above. I had the Sabertooth and while it is neat to look at, there are several cheaper boards that can easily match it in overclocks and features.

With respect to a boot drive, definitely an SSD over a mechanical drive. I was a huge fan of Velociraptors and have owned many singly and in RAID. SSD is the way to go.

The Sandisk Extreme 120GB is selling for $80. Plextor and Samsung also have great drives in the 120gb range for slightly more money. Grab an SSD as a primary drive and pick up a 2TB Western Digital for storage and away you go.

Your existing Antec 650w is plenty for a single 670. If you plan to SLI at some point, you will need to move up a bit though.

Regarding your RAM choice I have had nothing but trouble with 4x4 kits on various Asus boards. 2x8GB works every time though. You might want to see if you can find the kit I am using, the Black Mamba's are one of the faster 2x8Gb kits and I picked up my set for $90 on sale.
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