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Post by S7 Glock on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:05 pm

It has been long overdue, I haven't built a PC in 5 yrs or so.... I just ordered the parts, let me know what you guys think

Case: (Love this case)
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case - White
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H04I/ref=oh_details_o00_s07_i00

CPU: (will Overclock)
Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i09

Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i08

Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V/GEN3
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UDITT6/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i06

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFBIUU/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i05

Power Supply:
Corsair HX Professional Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 - CMPSU-750HX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029F21LK/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i02

Graphics:
ASUS HD7950 DirectCU II 900MHz Overclocked GPU and Eyefinity Capability Graphics Cards HD7950-DC2T-3GD5
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00725YQUQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s03_i00

HDD:
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EALX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461LT6S/ref=oh_details_o00_s05_i00

SSD:
Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2JKWG/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i04

Optical Drive: (Might add BD-ROM later)
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i03

Keyboard:
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VAGXWK/ref=oh_details_o00_s04_i00

Mouse:
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HWRJBM/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i07

And of course a wired Xbox controller

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:18 pm

Y U NO BUY GOOD KEYBOARD & MOUSE?

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Seriously though, Razer & SteelSeries > Logitech

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Glock on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:21 pm

I agree Epic, but I had to cut back a little, I can always upgrade later

Other than that, do I get your seal of approval? lol

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by Xpert2010 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:27 pm

In my opinion, I don't think you need a computer that powerful.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by Atrum on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:29 pm

IMO 16 GB ram is a bit overkill for the system. 8 GB is all you need, beyond that you wouldn't notice any performance change.

Also Keyboard/Mouse...
I love my Saitek Eclipse II keyboard. Very solid and lasts forever.

Is there a reason you use a wireless mouse? If not just keep an eye on sites like LogicBuy.com Every few weeks a Razer mouse pops up there for around $20

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by Xpert2010 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:35 pm

The way I see it, is that computer parts usually seem to start failing after 3-5 years. And I don't know what you plan to run on that comp... but there sure as hell isn't going to be any games for awhile that will have requirements that will come close to matching your system. I only spent around $700 for my gaming comp and it is able to run a game like Skyrim very well with high graphic settings. I make sure to clean it often and even then I know that I'll probably end up having to get another one in four years because the parts don't last forever.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 OC on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:35 pm

total price if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 wonky on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:38 pm

AtrumX wrote:IMO 16 GB ram is a bit overkill for the system. 8 GB is all you need, beyond that you wouldn't notice any performance change.

Also Keyboard/Mouse...
I love my Saitek Eclipse II keyboard. Very solid and lasts forever.

Is there a reason you use a wireless mouse? If not just keep an eye on sites like LogicBuy.com Every few weeks a Razer mouse pops up there for around $20


I thought I had over kill with 10GB in a laptop but dang atrum

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:05 pm

DAM!!! GLOCK !!

what ever your selling get me into that job!!!!
that rig is going to be sexy as f#ck !!!!

cant wait till you get it all in !!!

keep us posted

@ oc pre shipping thats around 1,500.00

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:14 pm

RAM is cheap as f#ck, there is no reason NOT to have 16GB and it is all usable. I fully intend on having 32gb in my rebuild later on this year.

Everything looks pretty decent tbh, I'd say it was a nice mid-high end PC and it's undoubtedly going to be enough to keep you happy for a fair few years.

That said, if you intend on getting 3-5 years worth of good use out of it, DO NOT overclock it needlessly. OCing is fine if it gets your framerates from an jerky framerate to a playable one BUT don't do it just for e-penis. Heat is what will eventually kill your components, so if you can manage on stock or underclocked settings, then do that.

Right now, I'm running a 0.2GHz Underclock with the GPU cranked as far down as it'll go and it runs just fine for what I need.

Also, SSD advice. If you already know this, then skip this section.... SSD's have a limited number of time's they can be written to before they lose that ability. You can read from them near-infinity time, they're fine for that, just don't go putting short term stuff on there. You'll want your OS, any resource intensive software stuff (a la Photoshop) and then use the rest for games that you'll play often. Everything else will be just fine on a normal S-ATA....especially when you have plenty of RAM.

P.S. - Get some decent aftermarket thermal paste for that heatsink. $9 for 4-5 degrees less heat is a bargain.

P.S.S - I am glad you've chosen to build it yourself. No doubt you've already had a fair bit of enjoyment out of researching and choosing the parts, ordering, etc. Now you get the fun of building it and using it. Yes, installing Windows and whatnot sucks balls but whilst you're doing that just think about how much money you've saved... and what new mouse or keyboard you want to buy after returning those two to Amazon Wink

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:16 pm

Edit - Whilst we're on the subject, this is the type of scale I'm thinking for my next build...

http://i.imgur.com/xLEZD.png

Make money, get paid, sons...

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:35 pm

3.7ghz or GTFO

under stress normal is 38c and on a hot day 41c (in the summer time)

keep in mind in the summer 41(105f)c is the normal temp outside

but 3.7 is the max ill go as even at stock speed my cpu is over kill for most thing..

i normally leave my oc at 3.5ghz


but i do agree with epic still.. if there is no need then dont .. my cpu max i can get it to run fine is 4.2ghz but i will never leave it there! only did it to shut up my brother and spanked his i7

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:45 pm

S7 Sticky wrote:3.7ghz or GTFO

under stress normal is 38c and on a hot day 41c (in the summer time)

keep in mind in the summer 41(105f)c is the normal temp outside

but 3.7 is the max ill go as even at stock speed my cpu is over kill for most thing..

i normally leave my oc at 3.5ghz


but i do agree with epic still.. if there is no need then dont .. my cpu max i can get it to run fine is 4.2ghz but i will never leave it there! only did it to shut up my brother and spanked his i7

Yah, mine runs at about 22c but heat is heat. wear'n'tear. Motherboards are pretty good at dropping the performance for you automatically anyway, so make sure you enable those features Glock, then yit'll last longer and you'll have power on tap.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 DROOPY on Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:45 pm

WOW that gonna be WICKED, why amazon and no tigerdirect or newegg, which is probably where they are coming from anyway. looks like a nice "need it for work" tax right off (ha luke)

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Glock on Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:16 pm

prime baby, compared prices and the kicker was my amazon prime.

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Post by S7 SecurityGuy on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:15 pm

S7 Glock wrote:prime baby, compared prices and the kicker was my amazon prime.

I love amazon prime. I use the hell out of it.

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Post by S7 Panzer on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:40 pm

Cool Glock, hope you post up some awesome pics of the building process and finished result. Also I'm not sure of the overall benefit of a amazon prime account but newegg.com gives great deals for PC components.

EDIT: Amazon prices match Neweggs happy hunting Glock Very Happy

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by Atrum on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:34 pm

S7 Epic wrote:RAM is cheap as f#ck, there is no reason NOT to have 16GB and it is all usable. I fully intend on having 32gb in my rebuild later on this year.

Just depends on what you do. For me 16 GB or 32 GB will help because my SMALL art files are around 7000/7000px. Photoshop snacks on ram all day so it helps.
Doing more small scale or basic stuff like signatures, playing games, etc. Past 8GB no one is going to see any difference at all. Nice to have more incase you suddenly decide to do that stuff, definitely not necessary.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Epic on Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:42 pm

AtrumX wrote:
S7 Epic wrote:RAM is cheap as f#ck, there is no reason NOT to have 16GB and it is all usable. I fully intend on having 32gb in my rebuild later on this year.

Just depends on what you do. For me 16 GB or 32 GB will help because my SMALL art files are around 7000/7000px. Photoshop snacks on ram all day so it helps.
Doing more small scale or basic stuff like signatures, playing games, etc. Past 8GB no one is going to see any difference at all. Nice to have more incase you suddenly decide to do that stuff, definitely not necessary.

Well, if you play around with your settings, you can quite easily make use of 8gb+. My Chrome is currently using 2.5gb of memory (only 3 tabs open) and pre-loading the f#ck out of everything. Throw in an HD video, a virus scan, a software install and a piece of photo editing software, all of which could quite commonly used at once, and you could easily have make use of 16gb, perhaps not to the fullest extent but definitely moreso than 8gb.

Then, take somebody like me, who can easily have the following open, had I the right system resources -

A Linux Virtual Machine (Multiple browsers open)
A Mac Virtual Machine (Multiple browsers, Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop)
An FTP
An instance of Netbeans, complete with plug-ins.
Visual Studio with ReSharper and many, many other plug ins, a multi-project solution, running a live .NET site.
SQL Server
SSIS
Multiple Windows browsers (LOTS of tabs).
Large Subversion commits/merges and checkouts.
Large PDFs.
OneNote
Visio
Word
MS Outlook
Streaming flash media.
Skype
MSN Messenger
Cisco Softphone

All of which, could be nested inside another virtual machine....to be quite honest, I may even look at 64gb if I can find a performance Mobo that will support it.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Glock on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:21 am

Parts came in today. Woo hoo!


Got it put together and did a test run and install windows. Here are some pics before final setup.




Top of case


Let me know what you guys think.

I'll post up pics of the final setup tomorrow. Time for bed.

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Post by S7 mrmiller on Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:10 am

Nice. Looks just right for some Diablo 3 in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Sticky on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:14 am

dude its coming along very nice!

cant wait till you get a few test in game runs going

ps for you no WOW

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Post by Atrum on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:46 pm

Very slick looking glock. Makes me want to build another.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by DerangeMaverick on Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:09 pm

so.how much did.you spend with prime? cause I counted about 1400 which is not.bad.for a PC like that.

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Re: Time to build a gaming PC - FINALLY

Post by S7 Glock on Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:35 pm

Well overall with speakers and a 23 inch LED monitor, I spent 1800

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