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Building a computer, not sure if these parts are compatible

By erdfred
May 4, 2011
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  1. I was wanting some help in determining if these were compatible. I don't want to waste money on incompatible hardware. Sorry I couldn't post links to the websites that I found these on, I am a new member and I don't have a high enough post count.

    Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
    Price: $150

    Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1200
    Price: $214

    Mother Board: ASUS Rampage III Extreme
    Price: $364

    Hard Drive: Western Digital WD7502AAEX 750GB SATA3 6Gbps 64MB7200RPM
    Price: $76

    Graphics Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Price: $135

    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series Sound card - 192 kHz - 24-bit
    Price: $110

    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
    Price: $320

    Core Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
    Price: $300

    RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory CMX8GX3M2A1333C9, 240-Pin, 9-9-9-24, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 1.5V
    Price: $85

    DVD-ROM: Samsung SH-B123L - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM drive - Serial ATA - 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 12x (BD) 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM) - Internal - Black
    Price: $70

    Monitor: ASUS ASUS 24INCH WIDE LCD MONITOR VW246H DVI HDMI HDCP SPEAKER 300CD MS 2MS BLACK - VW246H
    Price: $170
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,462   +229

    A 1200W power supply seems way overkill considering the relatively modest single graphics card. You didn't state the purpose of the PC. If it's gaming, were you planning to upgrade the graphics card as well as doubling up with crossfire later? If not, consider starting out with a better card now.
     
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I agree, 1200w is massive overkill, and certainly more than even CF HD5770's would ever need.

    If you don't plan on CF, a 600-700w PSU will cover everything that you could want to add as a single graphics card, saving you a fortune in the process. That money could be better spent on a much better PSU.

    For example:

    PSU = Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply = Currently $89.99

    GPU = XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Currently $234.99

    You're also saving $25.00 over your original combination, and have a GPU light years ahead in performance that will last for several years, with a PSU to match it.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,376   +127

    IMO dump the rampage and get a 2600k or 2500k.
    Also ditch that sound card.
     
  5. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This computer will be for gaming, sorry I didnt say that and I am a newcomer to building my own computer. I just picked these items and hoped that they were good and compatible.

    I appreciate all of your help and would love to know how to make this a really good pc.
     
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    We'll steer you in the right direction, if you're willing to listen - the end result will be a gaming system to be proud of! :D
     
  7. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The gpu that you suggested looked really good. the main reason I picked the previous one was because of the ifinity.

    As for the psu I was trying to get as much power but didnt realize that i didnt need it all lol.

    would you suggest changing any other hardware.
     
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    HK's comments above are worth considering.

    If it was me I'd get a cheaper motherboard, as the Rampage is overkill for anything other than the biggest of multi GPU setups.

    With the savings made you could get a 2600k i7 CPU, and cool it with a Corsair H70 cooler - both of which would be an improvement over the current setup.
     
  9. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    The ASUS Rampage III Extreme is socket 1366 but the Core i7-2600 processor is socket 1155. You'll need a compatible motherboard for this processor, something like the ASUS P8P67 DELUXE would be more than adequate ... would also consider the GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 which should handle your needs for a lot less money. Agree with the others that a 1200W power supply is overkill, something like a Corsair 750~850 would do the job. The money you save on the power supply could be put towards either a 2600K or 2500K and possibly a stronger graphics card since this system will be used for gaming.

    Comment: See Leeky beat me to it :)
     
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,376   +127

    I definitely think the K versions are worth it.
    I also think that that particular sound card is not worth it at all. Same goes for the Rampage; you should probably follow Mizzou's advice.
     
  11. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah ill probably switch to the deluxe but i have no idea which sound card i should use
     
     
  12. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so okay here is a revised list of the hardware. Tell me what you think.

    Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
    Price: $156

    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
    Price: $90

    Mother Board: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
    Price: $230

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Price: $80

    Graphics Card: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Price: $235

    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
    Price: $150

    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
    Price: $275

    Core Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
    Price: $300

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    Price: $95

    DVD-ROM: Samsung SH-B123L - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM drive - Serial ATA - 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 12x (BD) 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM) - Internal - Black
    Price: $70

    Monitor: ASUS VW226TL-P Black 22" 5ms Widescreen Height & Swivel Adjustable LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers 250 cd/m2 50000 :1 (ASCR) 2 x 1W
    Price: $170

    Mouse: V7 M60G11-7N Black USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
    Price: $20

    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Price: $10
     
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,462   +229

    I would recommend a WD Caviar Black or secondarily a Caviar Blue hard drive over the Green series. I don't feel the Green series is as reliable as the other two.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,376   +127

  15. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for all the help and I hope that this will turn out to be an amazing computer.
    I switch to the motherboard, soundcard, hard drive, and processor that HK suggested.
     
  16. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Booster Posts: 902   +39

    Unless you have to have the retail version of the OS. You can save some money by going w/ the OEM version. At Newegg, the W7 Ultimate 64-bit OEM is $180. The retail version is $275.
     
  17. erdfred

    erdfred TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is the OEM a disk copy of the os. I want to be able to have a hard copy of the files.
     
  18. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Booster Posts: 902   +39

    I THINK the only difference is that w/ the OEM license, you don't get any customer support. Otherwise, it's basically same as the retail version.
     
  19. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 934   +106

    If its not too late I would consider dropping the sound card all together and get a 60GB SSD as a boot drive. IMO the increased speed and responsiveness of the SSD will be 10 times more noticeable than that of a sound card. Unless of course your a recording artist or audiophile. And try and get one of the newer drives, they'll be more expensive but perform better.
     


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