New build - need a few opinions

By wolfeman42 · 5 replies
Apr 16, 2011
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  1. I'm getting ready to buy/build a new system, and this is what I'm looking at (this is from the ibuypower config)

    Case CoolerMaster HAF 922 Gaming Case
    Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)-
    Processor Cooling 1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155 & 1156]-[ Standard 120mm Fan
    Memory 1 x 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand
    Video Card 1 x AMD Radeon HD 6950 - 2GB-Single Card
    Motherboard 1x [SLI] Asus P8P67 PRO -- 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16, On-Board Bluetooth-
    Motherboard USB / SATA Interface 1 x Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface-
    Power Supply 1 x 750 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-750TX-
    Primary Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive
    Optical Drive 1 x 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
    Flash Media Reader / Writer 1 x 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-Black
    Sound Card 1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard-
    Network Card 1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)-
    Operating System 1 x None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only-

    I like the case because of the cooling options, but I'm wondering if I'm getting the best for the money (this whole deal would be $1200 if I had it built)

    My main concerns are if the cooling will be enough for some light overclocking or if I'm just going overkill in some areas. Main purpose for the rig will be gaming/main home PC (though that hardly matters). Any pointers would be much appreciated.
  2. tommyb10

    tommyb10 TS Rookie

    what OS are you thinking of putting on it? otherwise sounds sweet. wish i could get one!
  3. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I to, like tommyb10, what Operating System do you plan to install? Maybe bust out and dust off a old copy of Windows XP and run with kidding! You'll probably throw something like Windows 7 on it and that should work for you real good!

    Looking forward to an "after" report, as to see how your new beast is doing!

    Good luck...........:)
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Also agree with Windows 7 and in the 64 bit version.

    That HAF-922 is a very nice case. I have one. If you want even more cooling just get yourself the side fan that you can purchase.

    What resolution will you be playing in? What can your monitor handle? A 2 GB card could be overkill depending on the resolution your monitor can handle.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    What watercooling hook up are you using?
  6. wolfeman42

    wolfeman42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Planning on putting Windows 7 Ultimate on the machine (it will never, EVER, see Vista).

    As for the water cooler, I'm unsure, it's the default one from ibuypower if I go with them. And I have that on my current computer and it's done pretty well for me to this point.

    My monitor runs at 1600 x1050, which may mean my card is slightly over, but I don't mind, as replacing the monitor in the future is an easy swap

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