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Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by deholtsl, May 25, 2012.

  1. deholtsl

    deholtsl Member

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    I'm way overdue for a new desktop, my current is about ten years old. Besides being really old, I want a new one so I can run Diablo 3 (maxed out if possible). Here is what I'm thinking, I just want to know if everything is going to go together. Also, there might be some stuff I'm forgetting. I built my last two desktops, so I'm not totally new at it, but technology has changed a lot in the past ten years.....I really appreciate any feedback.


    Motherboard
    AS Rock 970 Extreme AM3+ $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    Processor
    AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 Eight Core 169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

    Harddrive
    Crucial M4 CT 128M4SSD2CCA 2.5” 128 GB SATA III 128.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

    Videocard
    EVGA OIG-P3-1556-KR Geforce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1 GB 134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    RAM
    Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8 GB) 240 Pin 119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246

    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower 59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Power Supply
    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W 59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200&Tpk=rosewill 630 w

    Speakers
    Logitech Z506 75 Watt 5.1 Surround Sound 89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121044&Tpk=logitech z506

    DVD Burner
    ASUS 24xDVD Burner Model DRW-24BIST/BLK/B/AS 17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total Cost: 866.91
     
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    I briefly Googled Diablo III specs, it looks fine. CPU/RAM is ample and is compatible with your choice of mobo. Your video card is supported for high performance - see here. CoolerMaster cases are generally good quality. Your PSU should be a high enough wattage.

    Get a SATA HDD for storage and have a smaller SSD for your OS drive (this is optional, you don't really need an SSD unless you particularly want one, but it may aid performance if you're installing games to it)..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    (if you don't need 1TB storage, choose a similar spec but smaller - 7200rpm 6gb/s)
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227728

    Personally, I would replace your DVD drive with this..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067
    (preference, I don't know anything about the quality of ASUS DVD drives)

    FWIW, there may be better, cheaper alternatives to your parts listed for what you need but I'm not the guy to tell you. What you have here will work fine together.

    Edit:

    IMO $90 surround sound speakers seem unnecessary, but this just an opinion and you might be a sound fanatic, who knows. Anyway..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121014
    (I actually own these for cheap speakers in my uni room, they're decent enough for the price)
     
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    blivetNC Regular member

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    I have the very same drive, it has worked fine for me for 2 months, average use in burning.
     
  4. deholtsl

    deholtsl Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I want the SSD just for more speed. Right now i have an old style 40 gb harddrive so 128 in my new one will seem like plenty. I tend to back up data on dvd anyway. I will probably go with the cheaper speakers you recommend i dint really need the 90 dollar ones. Is there anything im forgetting? Maybe extra fans? Im wondering if this case will be big enough if
    Several years from now i want to put another SSD in it, or another video card. Ive heard you can run two video cards at the same time.
     
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    Consider an aftermarket CPU Cooler also, I ran the stock one for a month on an AMD PhenomII 6 core, it ran about 120 degrees F in a 70 degree ambient room temp setting, I have the SETI Boinc program running in the background at all times. I switched to an aftermarket Cooler Master CPU Cooler and saw an immediate 25 degree F drop in temperatures. But be aware that this cooler is huge compared to the stock one. Measure the clearance around your CPU before you buy one, I have a rather large RAIDMAX case and it barely fits.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
     
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    Fair enough, SSD will be fine then. Your case should have more than enough drive bays for another.

    Regarding another video card, your motherboard and card(s) have to support SLI. From what I gather, the mobo you've selected would support two graphics cards but not to their full capacity - whereas the model up from the one you've selected has full SLI/Crossfire support..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266

    I'm not 100% on the specifics though sorry.

    Yeah, great suggestion that I forgot to mention. I have this exact cooler and it's very good, worth buying. As a general note, watch a few Youtube videos/read up on installing a CPU cooler and how to apply thermal paste properly as it's important you do it well.
     
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    This is why i posted on here, i really appreciate all the help. For ten dollars more, ill defenitely go with the better mobo. Im wondering if the case will work. I may eventually want to have two video cards and two ssd. I think this is called a Raid?? This case is 18 x 18 x 8 a full size case is like 22x22x9.
     
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    The case above should be big enough - these are quotes from the product page:

    "2+2 2.5" / 1.8" HDD/SSDs drive bays (via the 3.5’’ to 2.5’’ adapter)" - enough for 2 2.5" SSDs

    "The Cooler Master HAF 912 supports high-end graphics cards like ATI HD 5970 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 after the removal of the 3.5’’ HDD cage" - like your card

    No. RAID is a type of HDD configuration where you have multiple drives essentially "working together as one" (very loosely put). You would have two separate, single SSDs and they would appear as two separate drives in 'My Computer'.

    Edit:

    How to install cpu cooler
    how to apply thermal paste that comes with cpu cooler

    These are a couple of instructional video for installing the after-market cooler we suggested. Don't be phased at all, it's relatively straight-forward but I recommend you watch them.
     
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    The hardest part for me was getting the wife off the computer long enough to replace the cooler. If you build the thing all at once from the ground up it is even easier.
     
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    Haha. Yeah, I initially used the stock cooler that comes with the i5-750 but it's really not up to much, so had to then disassemble which was a bit of a pain!
     

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