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first build check (only amazon)
08-09-2011, 10:04 PM,
#1
first build check (only amazon)
Below is my first attempt at building a PC, based on a slightly upgraded tier 6 (better Motherboard, RAM, SSD). A twist is that all parts come from Amazon, as Newegg is quite unfriendly to customers outside of US.

I was trying to choose exactly same parts from amazon, or at least pick from the recommended list. Just want a quick sanity check that all parts are compatible and I did not do anything stupid by accident.

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz ($220)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ

Motherboard:
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 ($210)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K330KK

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ($67)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I

Video:
2x Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 in CF ($360)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004E0KV3I

HDD:
Samsung 1 TB ($50)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0

SSD:
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB ($249)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057QETGS

Optical:
ASUS 24x DVD+RW ($21)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ

PSU:
Corsair Enthusiast Series 750W ($110)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODI

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 ($91)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U

Cooling:
Cooler Master 200mm Case Fan ($14)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LE8BJA

Indigo Xtreme 1156-X1 Thermal Kit ($20)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052GLZ6K

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm ($28)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0

Total for parts: $1440

A few questions:
1) Does motherboard allow overclocking and CF?
2) 2.5 to 3.5 adapter for SSD - do I need one?
3) Is PSU CF compatible? Will it work outside of US?

Also and recommendations in terms of better/cheaper parts are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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08-09-2011, 10:10 PM,
#2
RE: first build check (only amazon)
I'd recommend shorter RAM for better compatibility in the future. Indigo Xtreme is also really not worth it.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-09-2011, 10:22 PM,
#3
RE: first build check (only amazon)
What do you mean by shorter RAM? Physical size? Can you recommend anything in particular? Indigo Xtreme was recommended on Mainstream Gaming page for overclocking purposes. If you think that coolers on their own are sufficient, I wont take it.
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08-09-2011, 10:26 PM,
#4
RE: first build check (only amazon)
The RAM has to be physically less tall, because tall RAM can cause compatibility with CPU coolers. Normal G.Skill Ripjaws (not Ripjaws X) or Kingston HyperX or Corsair XMS are good choices. Also, I really don't think the Indigo Xtreme is worth it considering most of the recommended CPU coolers come with high end thermal paste. I'd rather use the money to get a better cooler like the A70.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-09-2011, 10:40 PM,
#5
RE: first build check (only amazon)
Thanks for the tips

Kingston HyperX 8Gb kit looks good, and is also slightly cheaper:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TO5C0

And I'll take A70 instead as you suggest:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IT6RE8
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