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First Custom Build
01-21-2011, 08:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-26-2011, 10:08 AM by Ategenos.)
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First Custom Build
I'm looking at building my first PC, and I'm looking for a lot of advice. My laptop got totaled and the desktop I'm on now if from the stone age. I read the high-end/mainstream build threads and pulled things from both to make this configuration.

The main, and really only purpose, for the PC is gaming. Games like LotRO, DCUO, WoW and eventually D3 and SW:ToR.

Anyway, here is the rundown.

Motherboard:
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA

GPU:
GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

Disk Drive:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

Case:

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Cooling:

ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler
EDIT: Rexus NMB-MAT (Panaflo) 120mm Case Fan
EDIT: GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm Case Fan with Intelligent PWM control

Monitor:
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

All together, on Newegg, this'll cost just under $1337, not including shipping or an OS.

I opted for only one video card at this time because I can't really justify the extra $240 right now, when I don't think I will really need it yet. Here in the next six months or so when I get the extra cash, I will grab another.

A few things I was curious about:

Would it be worth the extra cash to grab the Thermalight Silver Arrow?
Am I going to need to grab any extra cables?
And how much affect will only having the one video card really have?

Thanks!
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01-21-2011, 08:50 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-21-2011, 08:50 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: First Custom Build
>Would it be worth the extra cash to grab the Thermalight Silver Arrow?

Only if you're interested in some serious overclocking (Over 5GHz)

>Am I going to need to grab any extra cables?

No.

>And how much affect will only having the one video card really have?

Not a huge effect, you just won't be able to max out Metro: 2033.

Overall looks good. Good luck with the build!
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01-21-2011, 08:53 PM,
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RE: First Custom Build
Thanks for the speedy reply! I'm still a few months off from getting to start work on it, as I have to wait for my tax return =(. Hopefully, by then, some of the parts will have dropped off a little bit in price.
So, I was thinking of adding a 60 GB SSD to the mix for the OS (Windows 7) and for whatever game is my fancy at the time (most likely to be SW:ToR by the time I get this done). Would it be worth the $115 for that purpose, and is 60GB really enough? I know Win 7 takes 20GB, and games are taking more and more space. Should I wait out for a 120GB?

Also, so I can get a head start, where is a good place to get BIOS?

Edit: The OCZ Agility 2 2.5″ 60GB SATA II SSD is now $130 instead of $115...that makes it less appealing =\
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01-22-2011, 07:51 PM,
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RE: First Custom Build
>Would it be worth the $115 for that purpose, and is 60GB really enough?

The only difference is Windows would boot faster and programs would load faster pretty much. I think 60GB is enough. Is it worth it for $130? That's up to you to decide.

>Also, so I can get a head start, where is a good place to get BIOS?

What do you mean? It's a new board, so I wouldn't expect the version it ships with is out of date. By the way, it uses UEFI, not the BIOS. Tongue

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01-22-2011, 07:53 PM,
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RE: First Custom Build
Well, like I said, I'm a noob. Guess I need to read more =\
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01-22-2011, 08:09 PM,
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RE: First Custom Build
We all start somewhere Wink. Basically UEFI is replacing the BIOS, it adds mouse support as well as other useful features.
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01-22-2011, 10:40 PM,
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RE: First Custom Build
Cool, I will have to look into that. Anything else you can think of that might make this system better?
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01-23-2011, 08:11 AM,
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RE: First Custom Build
Not really, but you could add a NZXT 200mm Case Fan to the side of your NZXT Phantom.
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01-23-2011, 10:13 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-23-2011, 10:16 PM by Ategenos.)
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RE: First Custom Build
Was probably going to overclock the PSU, what kinda 120mm fan is needed for the 2nd slot on the Zalman? And I opted for the red LED 200mm cooler master, cause lights are fun =D. Also curious as to why liquid coolers aren't recommended.
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01-24-2011, 06:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-24-2011, 06:45 AM by Andrew J.)
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RE: First Custom Build
>Was probably going to overclock the PSU, what kinda 120mm fan is needed for the 2nd slot on the Zalman?

I'm assuming you mean CPU. You don't have to add a second fan, the difference won't be that much. I'd expect you'd be able to get to around 4.6-5GHz with it. However if you do want to lower temps by another 2-4C I recommend this fan.

>And I opted for the red LED 200mm cooler master

Unfortunately NZXT fans aren't actually 200mm, they're 192mm so only their own fans will work in their cases.

>Also curious as to why liquid coolers aren't recommended.

The Silver Arrow tends to outperform the more expensive Corsair H70 liquid cooling kit.
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