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post #1 of 9
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So I, like every other poster here, am building a new rig. Just wanted to post what I'm getting and hopefully get some feedback, and make sure I am getting what is best for me. I am going to be using this for gaming, and some light video encoding. Nothing is set in stone, I will be ordering in a week, so I would love to hear your thoughts on any part of it. So here it is:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k - $225
Mobo: AsRock Extreme 4 - $160
GPU: Sapphire 6950 2gb - $275
PSU: Corsair 650TX - $90
Ram: G. Skill Ripjaw 1600mhz 2x2gb - $50
HDD: WD Black 1TB - $88
Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-Burner - $20
Case: NZXT Phantom - White - $126
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $75

Total - $1109

I already have a copy of Win 7, 22" 1920x1080 monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse.

The ram and mobo are the two things I am most in the air about, and if someone has better suggestions in that price range (+/- $50 or so) I would love to hear them. Thanks a lot for looking, and any remarks.
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 8gb G. Skill Ripjaw 1600 mhz 
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640gb & 1.5tb WD Black Win 7 64-bit 22" Samsung 2233 & 2 22" VE228h Seasonic X650 
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640gb & 1.5tb WD Black Win 7 64-bit 22" Samsung 2233 & 2 22" VE228h Seasonic X650 
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post #2 of 9
You know seasonic makes a 620w for the same price, just a thought. Also I've never used asrock, so I can't comment there.

Other than that, excellent setup.
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i7 920 @ 4.0 GHz|1.26250v Asus P6T deluxe V2 XFX AMD Radeon 6950 2GB RF 12 GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 
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WD 1 TB Caviar Black 7200 RPM Win 7 64-bit Asus 24" 1080p Corsair TX 750W 
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WD 1 TB Caviar Black 7200 RPM Win 7 64-bit Asus 24" 1080p Corsair TX 750W 
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post #3 of 9
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I have always used Corsair psu's and have had nothing but great experiences with them, so I am a bit of a fanboy, lol.

I haven't ever used AsRock either, which is why I'm not positive about it, but I've had faulty Asus and Gigabyte boards in the past, and have heard lots of good things about AsRock as of late, especially that board, so figured I would give it a try, especially since SB's oc is so much more chip dependent then mobo.

Thanks a lot for the reply though, hopefully we'll get some more discussion going in here.
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White NZXT Phantom Logitech G500 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
640gb & 1.5tb WD Black Win 7 64-bit 22" Samsung 2233 & 2 22" VE228h Seasonic X650 
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White NZXT Phantom Logitech G500 
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post #4 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
You know seasonic makes a 620w for the same price, just a thought. Also I've never used asrock, so I can't comment there.

Other than that, excellent setup.
Seasonic makes Corsair's PSUs. They just use higher quality components than their own brand PSUs.
Natasha
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64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
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64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
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post #5 of 9
Since you can spend a little more on your motherboard, I would suggest getting a more trustable company (Although ASRock is great for budgets) and go with either the ASUS P8P67A PRO, MSI P67A-65 (Best in my opinion.), or the Gigabyte P67-UD4 (Great looks, but no UEFI).
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i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
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WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
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NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
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NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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post #6 of 9
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Can anyone give some more input on what Justin is saying about the motherboard?
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post #7 of 9
I think if you can aford the asus pro go for it but if not the AsRock Extreme 4 is great board
post #8 of 9
Just to add more information about each one. All of these are great overclockers to the i5 you're going with.

For the Asus P8P67A-PRO
I don't know much about it, but I heard that it has one of the best UEFI interfaces.
It's pretty standard in my opinion with pretty good looks if that's what you're into.
Google is awaiting for you.

For the MSI P67A-GD65
I think that this is the best board for its price (basically on par with Asus's Deluxe version). It offers MSI's Military Class 2 components which are great if you worry about your motherboard, or plan to keep it apparently for 10 years. It also has OC Genie II which is a button on your motherboard that automatically overclocks your CPU. I think it goes somewhere between 4.1-4.5 on the i5-2500k. Uhh, hmm what else. I nearly forgot all the research I did so, sorry for the lack of insight.

For the Gigabyte P67A-UD4
The all black theme is really great if you have a side window. It has all the same things as the two boards above with 2 PCI Express x8/x8, and other goodies. The only thing it is missing is UEFI, but people say it may come in future updates.

Again, sorry for the brief description, I should be getting back to homework. I hope this helps slightly.
Closet Computer.
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i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
Audio
Sennheiser HD555. 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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Sennheiser HD555. 
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post #9 of 9
uefi
is the new bios for the motherboards it looks great (although i dont own it just got to look at it at a local comp shop)

He is looking at boards that are similar in price of course
these are going to be a little bit more ...(better overclocking really with any one of those he mentioned)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131705
go with this one


while the msi is military (it rips the sinks form the asus crosshair formula 4 board north bridge and southbridge lol)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574
Edited by odin2free - 4/19/11 at 11:50pm
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