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Old 08-16-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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Building a computer tower... input needed

All newegg links will have the product details...
Ok, to start out with, I have already purchased the Cooler Master HAF 922 case.
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Then, looked at CPUs and thought this would be a decently nice CPU. I don't do much gaming, but I do like photoshop and I may want to do some games or heavier CPU processes on it...
So I went with the Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz Quad Core (1366)
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
I am still open for suggestions, but I would like to stick with an i7 Intel processor.

To match that CPU, I selected an EVGA motherboard. I really like the options this board brings to the table. It's the EVGA X58 SLI 3 (1366) motherboard.
Newegg.com - EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I'm still open to suggestions here as well... but I like the card and the options.

On with some of the other important components... Graphics card. I stuck with EVGA here also and found a GeForce GTX560 Ti. I'm not terribly attached to it, especially in that I would need an adapter to run it to my HD monitor (though I could use the mini-HDMI).
Newegg.com - EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

For some serious hard drive space, I want to run at least one Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB drive. It only spins at 7200 RPM so I definitely need a faster drive, but for the massive amount of data storage I'll need for my dissertation data as well as its backup... some big space is needed.
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I would also love some nice speed associated with the hard drive though and was looking at a solid state drive. The problem is that they are still a little expensive for what you get and this 60GB version I found seems to have some minor issues associated with it (and I'd rather not lose an OS). This SSD is the OCZ Solid 3 SLD3 SATAIII drive.
Newegg.com - OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC
Very much open to possibly not even keeping this on the list, or other suggestions. I realize they will become cheaper.

I haven't selected a 10k RPM HDD, though I need to.

There are a host of possible memory options... I shall list them.
The Corsair Vengeance 12 GB (3x4GB) DDR3 1600, being that my MoBo would benefit from the three chips. I'm a little put off by the large heat fins.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9

I could also get this kit, which is the same, but blue and a 4 piece set for under $100... then I would have an extra stick.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Then there's the Corsair Dominator 4x4 GB DDR3 1333 (I think the 1600 matches the MoBo better).
Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMP16GX3M4A1333C9

I'm again very open to memory suggestions.

Now on to PSUs...
I found a nice Corsair Pro series (80+ Gold) AX750 Watt
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Or the Corsair Pro Series (80+ Silver) HX850 Watt
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I'd really like to stick to a modular PSU.

Anyway, I'd love to get some feedback. And of course, I would still have to add my optical drives to this. Thanks!
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Sounds pretty nice man! I'm kind of building up my comp with a pretty low budget... How much is all that gonna cost you?
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

I had priced it out to $1100 with the SSD which I may not get. I don't like "sub par" and this unit will be used on my dissertation. I don't want to fight the computer.... I want to fight the dissertation lol
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

Get this SSD: Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I have it and love it.
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

Otherwise... how is it?
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

The memory is overkill. I love G.Skill memory. I recommend 8GB of G.Kill Ripjaw memory.

Other than that, seems fine.
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

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The memory is overkill. I love G.Skill memory. I recommend 8GB of G.Kill Ripjaw memory.

Other than that, seems fine.
yeah. The 3x sticks would be 6GB or 12GB depending on 2 or 4GB sticks
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The memory is overkill. I love G.Skill memory. I recommend 8GB of G.Kill Ripjaw memory.

Other than that, seems fine.
+1 I have a friend that uses his for heavy gaming, and all he has is 6GB of G.Skill ram. Btw, gskill is the best ram I've ever used, but I only use mine for gaming sometimes so 4GB is fine for mine and runs well.... Here's my setup

Mobo: Asus p5gc-mx 1333, kind of an old mb but works fine for what I need it for.

Memory: 4GB of g.skill 1033mhz

HD: 1tb 7200rpm drive (don't have my computer here, so I don't remember...)

Graphics card: galaxy geforce gt430 (fermi)

Processor: core 2 duo 3.00ghz processor (cheap but it works great for my needs)

And a simple 500watt psu...
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

My current computer, that I just put together this past week: CPU-Z Validator 3.1
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

Thoughts on the rest of the build? Is it compatible? Overly difficult?
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Random question since you guys seem to know a lot... Does this look like a good upgrade from a galaxy geforce gt 430 (fermi)? It's an EVGA geforce gtx 550(fermi)(I know it's better quality, but other than that) will it perform much better than my old card? Opinions on it...?

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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

Just depends on what games you play. I am still using a GTX 275 that does fine for me.
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Yeah, I play mostly Grid, COD, and medal of honor... So I kind of need an upgrade...
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
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You don't need 12GB but if you want to spend the extra money go for it.
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You don't need 12GB but if you want to spend the extra money go for it.
I agree with Brent... It's unnecessary, but who knows, g.skill ram is pretty durable, you could use it in your next build and the one after that... I mean, its really just up to if you want to spend that right now.
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

On the power supply... would 750 watts do it, or do I need the 850 watt unit?
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

something that always seems to get skipped when people are building new pc and looking for video cards is what kind of monitor is being used. so many people have the 22 inchers that don't support super high resolutions,,
if your monitor only does 1920 or 1680, then you can get away with lower or last generation card and still get huge frame rates.. that i7 and large amount of memory will power through pretty much anything you can throw at it these days, just make sure its a dx10 card...the black hard drive is good choice, an ssd is certainly nice, but the black drive is quiet and still fast and if you want to wait on killer deals on ssd it will get you by till then, or run two black drives in raid and it will be very close to ssd speeds...i agree on the g skill memory others have recommended, memory is at all time low right now, deals are there to be had...750 watts is plenty of power. a great place to find deals is Hard OCP forums Hot Deals section, [H]ot|DEALS - [H]ard|Forum

the latest tiger direct deals shows a version of that same video card for 184 and a great pc power and cooling psu for 84...theres 140 savings for you right there! http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1629843
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

So... got suggested to look at the Intel Core i7 2600k. 3.4GHz Quad Core with 3.8GHz turbo boost. Also, a z68 chipset on the mobo so that it can cache on a SSD that is linked to a HDD.
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If you've got the budget wiggle room, go LianLi on the case. They're worth it.
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If you've got the budget wiggle room, go LianLi on the case. They're worth it.
I've already bought the case and I'm not aesthetically pleased with the LianLi cases. Thinking about the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro MoBo now... hoping parts will be on order in a week or two.
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"Final build list"
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core (Turbo 3.8) (1155)
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA (1155)
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
Newegg.com - EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 800w (80+ Gold)
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I realize there's 16GB of RAM in here, but honestly, it's a matter of a $20.
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I've already bought the case and I'm not aesthetically pleased with the LianLi cases. Thinking about the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro MoBo now... hoping parts will be on order in a week or two.
They're beautifully simple cases and extremely well made. I'll probably never buy a case from another manufacturer.
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If you've got the budget wiggle room, go LianLi on the case. They're worth it.
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I've already bought the case and I'm not aesthetically pleased with the LianLi cases. Thinking about the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro MoBo now... hoping parts will be on order in a week or two.
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They're beautifully simple cases and extremely well made. I'll probably never buy a case from another manufacturer.
Honestly, it's all opinion... Cooler master and lianli have pretty good quality, lianli being a little better.
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Not only that but it's irrelevant as the case is already purchased. They may very well be nice cases, but I cannot stand how they appear. This doesn't make them not good cases... just means I won't be buying one. People decide based on aesthetics all the time on much larger purchases. As long as it isn't junk, I'll be fine.
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great ssd deal....

OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G Vertex Plus 2.5 Solid State Drive - 120GB, SATA II at TigerDirect.com
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Okay... Holy ****. I need help. My friend just gave me his old motherboard and processor..
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Just one problem. He got thermal paste from a computer shop... But, turns out its some kind of glue. Any help? Scraping won't do anything, and it's very delicate. Are there any solvents you know of that could help remove this?

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Fixed it! It was a strong epoxy used for gpu heatsinks and stuff... All I did was shave it off with a razorblade and its good now
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About to install this btw... With that 'thermal glue' it ran at 60* plus... Now it idles at 27. Installing this beast later cause all I have is the stock cooler.
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And it's fitting. I own an 04 v6... This is a coolermaster v6
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:07 PM   #33
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Re: Building a computer tower... input needed

that cooler is massive! hope you can oc the snot out of whatever proc you have.. my e8400 is at 3.6 on stock air, up from 3.0!
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that cooler is massive! hope you can oc the snot out of whatever proc you have.. my e8400 is at 3.6 on stock air, up from 3.0!
Yeah... It's only an old phenom 9500 2.2ghz X4 but I'm going for 2.8ish everyday stable. And if I fry it, I'll just upgrade.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:35 PM   #35
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Installed my v6 cooler running at 31/32 degrees idling... Time to torture test wow... Actually just read on my core temp amp. 17 degree idle


Edit: as you can tell... I'm a little happy.
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