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Long term questions...
01-05-2012, 05:41 PM,
#21
RE: Long term questions...
For the Radeon HD 6950, you want a 2GB edition so that it's more futureproof (demanding games already use more than 1GB and this trend will worsen as time goes by).

Motherboard: I'd get the ASRock Extreme 3 instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813157271
It has better VRAM cooling, better PCI-Express 16x spacing, an E-SATA port and better customer ratings.

750W is way overkill for the PSU. 500W is plenty with the system stock, 600W if you overclock.

Speaking of overclocking, I see that you have the i5-2500K, so I assume that you intend to overclock? If that is the case, make sure to get an after-market CPU Cooler, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Rest of the build looks good to me.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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01-05-2012, 06:49 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-05-2012, 06:51 PM by bigwig001.)
#22
RE: Long term questions...
Thanks Mathieu! I do plan on overclocking at some point. I have never done that before but want to have the option. Initially, I will probably run stock, then grab the cooler once I am ready to OC.
Another question though, I have changed to this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814161372

With this board and the Rosewill Challenger case, am I going to have any issues with length or fitting?

Also, what about this PSU?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817371044

Edit: I read the reviews on that MoBo you suggested and changed to it as well. Thanks!
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01-05-2012, 09:09 PM,
#23
RE: Long term questions...
Makes sense regarding the overclocking.

Nope, you'd have no problem with fitting. PSU is all right, but does not include a power cord.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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01-11-2012, 04:59 PM,
#24
RE: Long term questions...
Hey guys! Well, all parts have been purchased and will be here tomorrow!! I cant wait. I am a little bit worried since it has been a while (10+ years) since I built a computer. I have a few questions about the process.
I ordered the Hyper 212+ cooler and it comes with thermal paste, as does the I5-2500k. Which is a better paste and what is the best way to apply it? I have read numerous times about people applying too much or too little and it causing issues.

Also, I ended up ordering a different RAM kit because I got a good deal on it at Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820233144

It got great reviews, and was a great deal, but now I am worried about the heatsinks. I know that they are really not needed and can interfere with the cooler. Any tips?

Lastly, I have my case on-hand already, the Rosewill Challenger, and after looking at the connectors, and the pics for my motherboard, I am worried about the front panel connectors. I believe there may be some unusable features? I was hoping someone could shed some light on this for me.

As for installing the OS, used to be a lot of formatting/ partitioning involved with the HDD. Is this still the case or is stick in the disc and it does it all for you?

I hope I am just being paranoid, but, IMHO, its worth it!!

Thanks again all for your replies and all your hard work and sharing!

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01-11-2012, 10:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2012, 10:57 PM by MathieuB.)
#25
RE: Long term questions...
You want to use the thermal paste from the CM Hyper 212 +. Here are instructions on the best way to apply it: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?op...mitstart=5

For the RAM, you'll probably have to stick it in the RAM 2nd and 4th slots so that it doesn't interfere with the CPU Cooler. Alternatively, you can install the CPU Cooler fan on the other side.

The Rosewill Challenger has an E-SATA, which plugs into a motherboard SATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, which go into a USB header and audio, which gets plugged into a header as well. The motherboard will have no problem supporting that.

For the OS, you'll simply have to go into the UEFI/BIOS, select the DVD drive as the first device to boot, save, stick the Windows disk in it, start installing it. When it restarts, put the hard drive as the first device to boot, save and enjoy Windows.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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01-12-2012, 08:01 AM,
#26
RE: Long term questions...
Thanks again, Mathieu!
That is an excellent article about the thermal paste. I would never have thought to level the gaps on the heatsink.

Eagerly awaiting the UPS man's arrival!

Pics to follow.
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01-12-2012, 10:35 PM,
#27
RE: Long term questions...
Hello once again, albeit this time from my brand spanking new computer!!!

All went well, with a small hiccup installing the Hyper 212+ A little help from the wife, and all is well again.

Two questions though, my RAM shows up only as 1333 in my bios as opposed to the 1600 I bought. Any thoughts? I browsed the bios settings and I am not sure what to change.

Also, there is an extra connector attached directly to the HD Audio connector from the front panel of the case labeled ACC 97. It is the same connector as the Audio only with less pins populated. I think it may be just an extension of the same connector, but I am unsure.

My cable management needs major help!!

Thanks again all!
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