New to computer building, is my hardware compatible?

By thenewguy343 · 8 replies
Nov 28, 2011
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  1. Hey everyone, im brand new to this building your own gaming computer thing but i think i got most of it down with the help of youtube instructional videos lol. Anyway this is my hardware so far please tell me its all compatible. thanks

    C13-2180 ::Corsair CWCH80 Hydro H80 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA 2011, AM2, AM3(1 lbs)

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    A455-3209 ::ASUS P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, Gigabit LAN, 8-CH Audio, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth(3.5 lbs)

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    Details $179.99

    S350-1038 ::Samsung HN-M101MBB Spinpoint M8 2.5" Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 3G, 8MB, 5400 RPM(1 lbs)

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    Details $179.99

    M501-2504 ::Sabrent EC-UEIS7 Hard Drive Enclosure - 3.5" IDE/SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA(2 lbs)

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    S203-2713 ::Samsung T27A300 27" Class Widescreen LED Backlit HDTV Monitor - 1920 x 1080, 16:9, Mega Dynamic, 5ms, HDMI, VGA, USB, HDTV Tuner, Energy Star(16 lbs)

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    Details $279.99

    S457-2646 ::Masscool STARS-700 Silver Color Thermal Grease(0.05 lbs)

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    C44-3392 ::Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Champ PCIe Sound Card (70SB088600007)(2.95 lbs)

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    E145-0582 ::EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked Video Card - 1536MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11(2.6 lbs)

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    Details $509.99
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    C283-1187 ::Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0(35 lbs)

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    U12-40841 ::Ultra U12-40841 X4 Gold Edition Modular Power Supply - 1000W, ATX, 80 Plus Gold, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Technology, Active PFC, Vibration Dampener Included, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration(11.25 lbs)

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    A406-1103 ::NZXT Sentry LX LCD Fan Controller(1.45 lbs)

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    Details $59.99

    A455-5023 ::Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive - DVD±R 24x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD±R DL 12x, DVD-RAM 12x, CD-R 48x, CD-RW 24x, SATA, 1.5MB, Black(1.85 lbs)

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    M17-7302 ::Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English(0.5 lbs)

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    C13-5706 ::Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 4x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered(0.9 lbs)

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    I69-2600K ::Intel Core i7-2600K BX80623I72600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail(0.8 lbs)

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,642   +404

    You shouldn't need to buy thermal grease as the Corsair CPU cooler comes with some high quality brand already applied. Personally I've not bought a sound card for the last 3 or so PCs that I've built for myself. When using headphones I've found that the onboard sound solutions (usually from Realtek) have been good enough for my gaming needs. I'd personally sink the money for that into an IPS or MVA monitor rather than a "HDTV". Perhaps a Dell Ultrasharp ( ).
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,225   +4,146

    Unless you have a specific need for 16GB memory, you could probably crop that down to 8GB. 8GB memory is plenty of RAM for a huge majority of users.

    The $50 savings could be used upgrading the DVD to Blu-Ray Burner. Who knows you might find a use for a Blu-Ray drive. :)
  4. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Hard drive

    Don't get that hard drive, it's crap.

    Get the Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB hard drive. It's damn good performance and it's pretty cheap.

    Well, saying that... The floods in Taiwan have trashed the hard drive economy. The Samsung was £40 when I bought it 8 months ago. It's now £200.....

    You've picked a bad time to build a computer.

    And yeah, 16GB is totally unnecessary. You'll never, ever use that much RAM.
  5. thenewguy343

    thenewguy343 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks alot guys, yeah like i said im new so naturally i thought having 16gb of ram would be insanely fast speeds and would boost the systems performance but if it will run just fine on 8gb than ill be happy with that.

    yeah i like to play MMO's espicially that new one star wars the old republic thats coming out and mainly strategy games like the total war games. I would love to be able to play total war shogun 2 on the highest settings with large armies on the battlefeild and be able to zoom in to see the fight without lag or problems.
  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 732   +243

    Couple of ideas:

    Instead of that mobo get this lil guy, I was in the same boat and I'm really happy with this one:

    It's a smaller board but has 2 fullspeed PCI-E slots and a pretty decent onboard soundcard, so you could save on that very uneeded overpriced soundcard.

    As for the hard drive, I've never used a Samsung drive myself and I always see them lagging behind seagate/WD in benches. Right now regular hard drives are crazy expensive, do you really need 1Tb of storage right away?
    If it was me I'd buy a 120-240Gb ssd now and buy a 1tb drive later when prices come back to normal after the floods.
    Also a SSD makes a HUGE performance difference, even just getting a little 60Gb one is enough to load windows and games on.

    The geforce 580 is a beast and honestly I dont think its worth the money, if you mainly play mmorpgs you'll never need that amount of power. Why not get something like this:
    I have two older 560 ti's thats not even SOC models and they give me the same or better fps than a single 580 at the same price.
    This means you can start "cheap" and add on later.
    Go EVGA if you go nvidia, lifetime warranty and step up program etc.. you cant go wrong.

    The 1kw PSU is a marketing bullshit thing, total overkill designed to destroy your wallet. The only time you need a 1000w is when you run 4x GTX 580 with 99 hard drives and you're crazy.
    Get a 850W PSU if you want to go big without going stupid expensive.
    something like:
    or even as low as 800W is fine. I got a GS800 on special for 119$ the other day for my setup and its doing great.

    Finally the 2600K is nice but once again I don't think its worth the cash, the 2500k kicks enough *** for gaming.

    Oh and you can't go wrong with more ram but remember ram is only an issue if you have too little. The only time you will need lots of ram is for things like 3D rendering or video editing, lots of photoshopping etc. For gaming 8Gb is all kinds.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    I personally think even 850w is overkill for that system. A good quality 650w unit with a minimum of 40A on the 12v rails should be more than sufficient. My Antec HCG-620 could handle that perfectly fine. Check out Guru3D's review and power charts here.

    I'd agree with the SSD though, and it definitely provides a massive increase in performance day to day. I certainly wouldn't be without one now. I use a 64GB SSD for my OS, which offers plenty of space for the OS install, plus essential software, with the use of another mechanical disk for larger software installations also possible. I have a considerable amount of software installed and still have 24GB capacity remaining so its definitely worth considering.

    Mechanical disk prices are unlikely to reduce in the next 6 months in any case, so they're going to be expensive for a while yet.

    The cost of RAM makes it worthwhile grabbing a bit more. 16GB is overkill, but its nice to have the headroom it gives you for the price. Memory goes up and down in price, so while its low its worth having more if your budget stretches to it.

    If it was me, I would drop the following:

    PSU - Get something quality and less wattage. Antec HCG models, Corsair HX.VX.AX models, Seasonic etc.
    Sound card - on-board will be plenty. If your a proper audiophile go for something from the Asus Xonar range, or an HT Omega Striker 7.1.
    Thermal grease - Not needed.
    Hard disk - Its a 2.5" 5,400RPM disk.. Go for a 3.5" 7,200RPM Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, or SSD.
    Hard disk enclosure - Not sure why you added this, unless its for something else?
    CPU - The i5 2500K is more than suitable unless you need the extra hyper-threaded cores for 3D rendering, editing, photoshop and/or VM usage.
  8. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 732   +243

    Oh also this:
    A406-1103 ::NZXT Sentry LX LCD Fan Controller(1.45 lbs)
    In Stock
    Details $59.99

    The motherboard I linked has 3 4pin fan headers other than the CPU one and you can control those fans via builtin utilities. I set mine up to slow all the fans down when the system is cold and once I start gaming they all start going nuts by themselves to keep up, would never want to manually turn some knobs every time I start playing a game or encode a video.
  9. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,929   +15

    I recently bought a 24" IPS Asus moniter and learnt you cant go past a good moniter! Especially IPS, all the colors are so nice.

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