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I've been commisoned to build a gaming/general use desktop for a family member overseas. It's pretty ridicilous to ship things there or have things shipped to yourself there. So I get one shot at doing this right. It needs to last, perform well, and be stable as hell. Budget is about $1500. Size matters so i'm going with a HAF 912. Let me know what you think, or what you'd change.

Thanks

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=15458332

CPU: Core i7 2600k
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth P67
GPU: EVGA GTX 570
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb 1600 9t 1.5v
HD1: Intel X25-M 120gb SSD
HD2: WD Black 1 TB SATA 6.0gb
CPU Cooler: Cooler master Hyper 212+ /Additional Coolermaster 120 for P/P
ODD: LG Blu-ray combo drive
PSU: Corsair HX 750 Modular
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

Updated the parts list

Added photos - No side window on this, so I didn't make it "perfect". Blue leds not by choice, only fan in stock at time.







Edited by sdf - 2/8/11 at 4:46pm
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i like what i see. What will you be using this computer for?
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My brother will use it for mostly gaming, after that some general desktop use/multi screen business applications (nothing too demanding). My main concern is give him enough juice to last a long time.
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Looks good. Only thing I would change would be upping to 1600mhz memory if affordable. Also, I have had no problems with Corsair Dominator kits, but I had to RMA 3 different kits of the XMS3 stuff... If the price is too much higher, consider dropping down to the higher speed 6GB kit. That extra 2 GB likely won't ever get used. Just my thoughts... As configured in your list I'm sure it will perform well.
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Looks good. Only thing I would change would be upping to 1600mhz memory if affordable.
That's not necessary if this rig is strictly for gaming...take some time & read Bit-tech's Article: The Best Memory for Sandy Bridge
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Digigami - Valid point. Come to think of it I had a problem with one stick of XMS3. What I was going for was a lower voltage kit. From my understanding, Sandy Bridge likes lower voltage for overclocking. I won't send this out overclocked, but if he's itching for more performance in a couple years I'd like to leave him the option and room to overclock. I will look at the dominators. Thanks.
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Thanks for the link drBlahMan. So I think the sweet spot would be a reputable 1600, lower voltage, cl9 or cl8 kit 6 gb.
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Digigami - Valid point. Come to think of it I had a problem with one stick of XMS3. What I was going for was a lower voltage kit. From my understanding, Sandy Bridge likes lower voltage for overclocking. I won't send this out overclocked, but if he's itching for more performance in a couple years I'd like to leave him the option and room to overclock. I will look at the dominators. Thanks.
Well if you're going to invest in 1600MHz, before you pull the trigger on the Dominators, take some time and check out GSkill ECO 1600MHz Cas7 Memory Best low voltage ram w/ overclocking room using low voltages. Just click on the reviews on that link & surprise yourself
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Honestly after some bad experiences in DDR1 days i've been staying away from G.Skill. I've heard of compatibility issues when it comes to some systems? Maybe that's just heresay.
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