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This will be the 3rd computer I've built in the last 8-9 years. I usually try to save up and build one every 3 years or so. With my tax return coming, I figured to budget around $1,500 this time around. I am just looking for some opinions on the overall quality of the build and/or if I can upgrade something for very little price increase (or even save some money - overspending on an item).

I'll be using it to mostly game. I don't really do much in the way of Photoshop and video editing etc. I'll probably try and overclock the CPU modestly as well (~4.5GHZ).

Here goes:
  • Case - Coolermaster HAF-932
  • CPU - Intel i5 2500k
  • HSF on CPU - Noctura NH-D14
  • GPU - MSI Twin Frozr GTX 560 ti
  • MOBO - ASUS p67 Pro
  • RAM - GSKILL 1600 Ripjaw X Series (4GB X 2)
  • HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I already have one, buying a second one and will possibly do Raid 1)
  • SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 128 GB
  • DVD Drive - HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer Black SATA Model 1260i
  • SATA Cable - OKGEAR 6Gbps (UV Blue) X 2
  • PSU - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 (modular)
  • TIM - Noctua NT-H1
  • O.S. - Windows 7 Home Premium (already have a copy I will use)

I was thinking about buying some Mosfet heatsinks for the motherboard. However, I've never done that before, and I don't even think the ASUS would need them?
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHZ GA-EP35 ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
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post #2 of 7
You see them big blue metal thingamajiggers on two sides of the CPU socket? Them's heatsinks for them MOSFET doohickies on that-there board.

Anyway, that looks like a pretty good build. Nicely balanced, and should be lightning-quick.

Unless you're planning on a little SLI action in the future though, that power supply is a bit overkill. Save a bit and get the 650HX or 750HX instead. That system as listed probably won't spike past 400W or 450W while heavily loaded (averaging 140W or so while lightly loaded), so the either of the two smaller power supplies would be more than enough.

Edit: I've got a SeaSonic 560W for my system, and I've got a GTX 570 and 12GB of RAM. CPU and GPU are both overclocked.
Edited by Leaps-from-Shadows - 3/4/11 at 11:28am
post #3 of 7
Looks very similar to what I'm currently building:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...s-new-rig.html

I noted prices of what I was getting, trying to get the best deals I could find. I ran your specs through http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp, 850watt psu might be a little too much? I'm getting a 750watt to be more than safe just in case I expand it in the future with some more drives (I only needed ~600 watts).
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Yea, I think I may go down to the 750 and save 25 bucks. I'm about 30/70 on doing SLI. Maybe down the road in a few months, but it wouldn't really be worth it unless I bought a bigger monitor.

As for the mosfets - I knew where they were and that the "big blue dookie things" were mosfet heatsinks around the CPU. I was just curious about the others around the board. I was pretty sure they didn't, but always open to other perspectives.
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
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post #5 of 7
mosfets heatsinks are not needed, I would take a look at some of the newer SSD's. Either Intel or Corsair, alot better performance than the c300. depending on how soon your buying it all might hold out to see specs and perfromance of the c400 or vertex 3, tho with OCZ pulling their crap lately i might stay away.
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16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1866 Samsung 840 Pro  iHAS324 - Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1866 Samsung 840 Pro  iHAS324 - Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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I was also considering the Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226152

I've heard good things about Sandforce, and it's about $50 cheaper. However, it's Sata II instead of III. I can't imagine there being that much of a perfomance difference between the two, though (there has to be a threshold value somewhere?). It's also 8 GB less if I want to be really picky.

Would the C300 be worth the extra $50 over the Mushkin?
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHZ GA-EP35 ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W Antec 900 
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
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post #7 of 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167042 was the one I would recommend if your buying now. It will blow the ever living hell out of the mushkin. Even the C300 would be better.
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16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1866 Samsung 840 Pro  iHAS324 - Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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Windows 10 ASUS VN248 ASUS VN248 Logitech G510 
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RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1866 Samsung 840 Pro  iHAS324 - Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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Windows 10 ASUS VN248 ASUS VN248 Logitech G510 
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