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Build Complete (Tier 5)
05-07-2012, 01:26 PM,
Build Complete (Tier 5)
Thanks again to everyone for all the help. I am an old school (43!) now-part-time gamer who has been painfully using an Asus (gaming) laptop for the last two plus years. After putting it off for years, I put my very first roughly tier 5 build together over the weekend and fired up Skyrim last night - what a huge difference!Big Grin

Here are the specs:
Asrock P68 Extreme3 Gen3
Core i5 2500k
Hypermaster 212 plus Cooler
8GB G-Skill DDR3 RAM
Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD ($185 w/MIRExclamation)
Barracuda 500GB HHD
Sapphire Radeon 7850 (thanks, Phyrre56!)
Rosewill Hive 550W PSU
Lian Li PC-K9B Case

The NewEgg videos are great, but they say it will take 3-4 hours for assembly - maybe for all the seasoned pros out there that is true, but that was not my experience - good thing I took Friday off work. The sensation of stunned elation when the system fired up on the first try is priceless!

The only issue I am having at this point is that the case has 2 front panel USB 3.0 connections terminating in a 20-pin internal header; of course, my mobo only has USB 3.0 available on the I/O out back. The simplest solution seems to be an adapter cable offered by coolermaster:
The problem is I don't know where I can buy it - I have an email in to Coolermaster.

The new 25" Asus monitor should be in by tomorrow - can't wait to see how Skyrim and L4D2 look on that...
05-07-2012, 01:38 PM,
RE: Build Complete (Tier 5)
cool good luck with it. lol, i used to be a major dead head on xbox. lots of countless wasted hours on that game. lol.
05-07-2012, 01:42 PM,
RE: Build Complete (Tier 5)
congrats on a successful buildSmile
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Samsung 840 120gb
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
05-07-2012, 02:03 PM,
Build Complete (Tier 5)
I used that same case for a low end workstation for Dad. It is actually a really good case for the money. Congrats on the build.

Isn't Skyrim a great game? I play it on a PS3 myself.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
05-07-2012, 03:18 PM,
RE: Build Complete (Tier 5)
Congrats, good job!
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CPU: Intel i5 2500k Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68 Video Card: Sapphire Radeon 6870 Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550w Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Case: Antec 300 Illusion Monitor: ASUS 23" 5ms 1080p Mouse: Logitech G500

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