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Old June 21, 2011, 03:30 PM
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Hello!

This is my first complete build. I've changed graphics cards, RAM, etc. but never actually built a whole computer myself. I was going to go with cyberpower until I saw your HardwareCanuck videos which gave me some confidence to finally build one myself! :)

Any comments or suggestions would be awesome! Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or two

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: I need everything except the mouse since I am moving from a laptop to a desktop. So a keyboard and monitor need to be included in the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel & Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe in the future when I learn how to do it but not initially

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe SLI in the future to keep up with games

Monitor Resolution: The monitor I am looking at is 1920x1080

Additional Comments: It needs to light up like a Christmas tree

Parts:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129097

I love the look of the hundred series but I'm not sure which one to get exactly.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

MOBO ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157229

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231314

VGA EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130622

PSU ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENM750AWT 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817194086

DVD Sony Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118031

HD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

Monitor Asus VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236049

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823175001

Total: $1,493.56 shipped

Also, are there any big hardware releases coming up soon that I should wait for? Or is now as good as any time to build a new rig, I'm hoping it will hold up pretty well for at least 3 years.

Any help would be great, thanks!
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Old June 21, 2011, 04:01 PM
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Nice build, the F3s are great drives. To complete I'd add a HSF, even though you won't be oc'ing from the getgo. It'll keep your cpu nice and cool.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler
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Old June 21, 2011, 04:17 PM
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look in the haf series for cases :)
the 912 kicks bott

seasonic for psu,not that the enermax you chose isnt very good :)

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Old June 21, 2011, 04:33 PM
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Cases are a personal choice.
PSU is just fine, if you compare the 'egg pricing. And it's modular.
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Old June 21, 2011, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for the fast responses! Those coolermasters look cool but I still really like how the Antec looks :)

I was recommended this PSU, would this work alright? It's an extra 100 watts and is $99 after rebates. I haven't ever heard of Raidmax though...are they reliable and built well?

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

What is the install like on the custom cpu cooler? I see in the antec case specs that it has a cpu cutout
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It's an Andyson-based unit, but being Raidmax, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole... stick to Enermax, Corsair, Seasonic.

Typically HSFs are easy to install, I always set them up 1st on the board then install the whole kit in the case. I found it was easier like that.
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The cpu cutout is just a hole cut in the case motherboard tray to make installing the cpu cooler easier. However like 3.0 said its way easier to install before putting the board in the case.
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Thanks! I'll look into getting the cpu cooler then...

Here's a good corsair?

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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Both that Corsair and the Enermax you originally selected are decent PSU's. My personal preference would be the Corsair though.
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on the new hardware front.. there will be some large releases later in the year.. but your looking at between 3 - 5 months..

Your shout whether to wait or build.. IMO wait and see what the new stuff is like..
Then you can either get the new bits if they kick ass or the stuff you have listed as they will drop in price but it's personal choice and a matter of how much / soon you need / want a new build.
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