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    $1500 build, seeking eyes before I pull the trigger

    Hi all, looking to build my first computer and I'm seeking advice before I take the plunge and buy all the parts. It's a gaming rig, MW, BF3, D3, and maybe GW2 when it drops. I do plan to overclock.

    CPU: Intel i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($220)
    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB ($400)
    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 ($140)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 CPU Cooler w. Dual 140mm Fans ($60)
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 ($140)
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 850w ($130)
    SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III ($125)
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 ($90)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 ($100)
    Sound: ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 ($24)
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($100)
    Peripherals: Cannibalize
    $1529 total

    So the concerns:
    Have I made any errors with compatibility? Are there any gains I could make with better parts - without breaking the bank? The power supply, is 850w overkill? I'd eventually like to take the 2500k to 5GHz or close to it - though I realize the cooler I've chosen might not hack it for that. As far as upgrading the CPU to IB, I'd rather stick with SB and wait to upgrade until heat issues are resolved or proven unfounded. Any/all notes appreciated

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    i wouldn't get the crucial SSD it has slow write speeds compared to most others. i would get this its cheaper and much faster for write speeds http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226236
    also dont know if you just prefer radeon's but you could get a GTX 580 for the same price as the 7950 and get a little more performance the gtx is a PCI-E 2.0 card and the 7950 is a PCI-E 3.0 but nether card will even saturate a 16x PCI-E 2 lane so it wont matter
    CPU----Intel i7 3820 (@4.3)
    Cooler-Corsair H100 W/Spectre pro fans
    Case---TT Armor Revo
    Psu----Corsair AX1200
    Mobo---ASUS Sabertooth X79
    Ram----32 Gigs Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
    Sound--Creative Recon3D Fatal1ty
    Hdd----Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD + 8TB External
    Bluray-LG 3D 12x W/MDISC
    Video--Evga GTX 680 SC Signature
    Monitor-Samsung 46"3D LED-UN46C8000XF
    OS-----Windows 7 x64 Ult

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ketch View Post
    The power supply, is 850w overkill?
    According to Thermaltake's PSU calculator, you could manage with about half that much PSU. I wouldn't necessarily cut it back by half, but 850 is definitely overkill. You might want to cut it back a bit if you can save enough money to make it worthwhile.

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    Thanks for the words to you both. I'm dropping the power supply down to 750w, and with the bit of cash saved there I've decided to go with a better SSD, the Samsung 830 series. As for the vid card, yeah, I just prefer radeon. Ordering everything Friday, so if anyone has more imput before then feel free to chime in

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    Go with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU cooler. Probs the best air cooler out there. Probs even edges it over the noctua. Also you can get different colours. Which is always nice

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    With the money your saving and if you want to hit 5 GHZ your not going to do it with a air cooler. This kit is a think 240 should should fit on the top of the case. Also i would wait for the upcoming price drops on the amd cards due to the release of the 670 (should come out on the 10th i think). Here is the link. Its a good kit and you could eventually cool your GPU if your really wanted. Also the 932 has a cool fill port on the top of the case so it makes it easy to fill your res. With the money you save on the psu and use the money that you where going to spend on the cpu cooler this should cover it.
    Main Rig:
    Cpu: i5-3570k 4.4 @ 1.36 Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 Ram: 8GB 1600 mhz G. Skill ram GPU: MSI Twin Frozer 7950 HDD: 2 Raid 0X320 gb 7200rpm 1X2tb 5900rpm SSD: 128gb Crucial M4 Dvd: Blue Ray Super Drive Case: Corsair 300r HSF: Hyper 212+ (P/P) PSU: OCZ ZT 650 Watt psu Monitors: 23" LG IPS 1080p 20.6" LG LCD 1680X1050

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    Cpu: i7 4700MQ Ram: 8GB 1600 mhz GPU: SLI 755m HDD: 1tb 5400 RPM SSD: 8gb MSSD (ISRT)

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    Here are good fans for the 240 if your going to go with that. Those are blue led fans if you don't want the blue leds here are the ones with out the leds. here is the link.
    Main Rig:
    Cpu: i5-3570k 4.4 @ 1.36 Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 Ram: 8GB 1600 mhz G. Skill ram GPU: MSI Twin Frozer 7950 HDD: 2 Raid 0X320 gb 7200rpm 1X2tb 5900rpm SSD: 128gb Crucial M4 Dvd: Blue Ray Super Drive Case: Corsair 300r HSF: Hyper 212+ (P/P) PSU: OCZ ZT 650 Watt psu Monitors: 23" LG IPS 1080p 20.6" LG LCD 1680X1050

    Lenovo Y510P:
    Cpu: i7 4700MQ Ram: 8GB 1600 mhz GPU: SLI 755m HDD: 1tb 5400 RPM SSD: 8gb MSSD (ISRT)

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    + 1 for the kit if you can afford it! Youll need to add another 240 rad at least if you add you gpu to the loop though. ( + it will cost another $100+ for the gpu block rad and extra tubing/fitting!)

    Mobo:asus z68 gen 3
    RAM:16GB ddr3 dual channel (1866mhz)
    CPU:Intel® Core™ i7 2700k@ 5ghz 1.45v (watercooled)
    GFX card: GTX 780 @ 1228 mhz core boost, memory 6600mhz (watercooled)
    PSU:ZM850-HP
    HDD: Primary: SSD, corsair force 3 120GB, Storage:750GB Seagate ( 7,2000 rpm 32mb cache)
    Case:Corsair 800d
    OS:Windows 7 Professional 64bit

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