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  • Started 1 year ago by phantanite
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phantanite
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I’m completely new at pc building put I thought I would have a go at it to save money and get better performance then a store bought pc. I basically need a computer that can handle video editing software, video recording and gaming, also a build that can perhaps deal with 3d modeling programs. Here are the parts I have come up with:

CPU/Processor
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2 1097MHZ 2MB 6.2GHZ DDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E DX11 Video Card

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Memory

Power Supply
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120mm Fan 5 Year Warranty

SSD (just to put operating system on)
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

Case
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS*

Let me know what you guys think, I am open to any suggestions

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LadyFitzgerald
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I'm in no way an expert on builds but, based on research I've done, I would suggest replacing the Samsung 840 with the 840 Pro. The 840 uses new TLC technology that is unproven but has the potential to have a shorter life than the proven MLC technology of the 840 Pro. Also, the 840 has only a three year warranty but the Pro has a five year warranty. The 840 Pro is also a bit faster than the 840. I personally feel it is worth the extra $20 (at NewEgg).

The Western Digital Black WD2002FAEX 2TB is a newer model, somewhat faster, and is only $10 more than the WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN at NewEgg.

The MOBO you chose is an excellent one and is highly recommended by one of our builders here at HTG (raphoenix). He will be able to help you with any problems you might encounter with it.

The PSU you listed is a good one but the CORSAIR HX750 is more efficient than the TX750M and gets better reviews on NewEgg. It's only $25 more. Getting a semi-modular PSU was a wise choice. It will save you a lot of wiring headaches.

The case you chose is popular with good reviews.

Someone else with more knowledge than me will have to chime in for the rest.

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Travis299
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I am also new to PC building and just completed my 1st. One suggestion I have is to be sure that the case allows you to route most of the cables behind the motherboard which results in better air flow over the components. Also after the OS is loaded be sure and load all of the drivers that come on a CD shipped with the MB. In my build the 750W power supply would not turn on until the 24 pin cable was attached to the MB which caused a delay as I wanted to test out the fans before installing the MB. I put the OS on the SSD and used the 1T bit drive for games & data. You may have to go into disk manager to enable/tweak the settings for the HDs. The folks on this forum were & are a great help if you have any problems/concerns with your build. Hope this helps.

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LadyFitzgerald
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The case the OP chose has excellent cable management provisions.

To turn on an ATX power supply that isn't connected to a motherboard use a wire or paper clip to short the green wire (PS_ON) to any one of the black wires (COM).

Edit: Diagram removed as requested by poster.
See new diagram in LF post below.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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afuhnk
afuhnk
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This is obviously a gamer build.
I suggest a bigger SSD, because you may want to install some/few/many games on it.
All my single player games are installed on a 'regular' hdd but most multiplayer games I have are installed on a SSD. I'm running short on this 120Gb now.
If you play lots of multiplayer games, you probably enjoy being the first one in and first one to spawn when the map changes.
I know I do.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@afuhnk,

In my SSD Link above, I suggested 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. $250 USD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6820147193

@LF,

The method is Correct but the diagram is of old 20 Pin PSU MB Connector.

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LadyFitzgerald
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@ Rick. You're right about the diagram and I do know better. I must be getting blind(er) in my old age.

The diagram on the left is the correct one (mayhap a mod will remove the wrong one in my earlier post before it messes someone up).

For only $10 more than the PSU you listed, the OP could get this one which has been getting better reviews. Full modular doesn't really have much of an advantage over semi-modular since one has to use the two hardwired cables anyway. The only time I can think of where having those two cables being modular is if one has to replace the PSU with another one that is an exact replacement.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Ya, is good PSU but has non-standard dimensions.
5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) x 7.09"(L)

If OP goes with my suggestion of Full Tower Case, your suggestion would be a good one.

With no feedback from OP, is hard to tell what kind of budget they have.

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LadyFitzgerald
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Curious. The Storm is larger than the case I'm using and my HX750, which is only a little less than 3/4" longer than the Seasonic, and it has plenty of room. Even if the SSD cage got in the way (which I doubt), it can be easily removed (that cage is a space waster, anyway) and the SSD(s) mounted elsewhere (such as in a 3.5" HDD bay using an adapter). I agree a full tower would be better but the OP may have space and/or budget constraints (lack of space is my problem).

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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They both Good PSUs.

Corsair power supplies come from two different ODMs, Seasonic and Channel Well (CWT). :) :)

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phantanite
Posts: 4

okay after taking into consideration what you guys have said here are the changes that i have made

Case
Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 Full Tower Gamer Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA

Ram
Corsair Vengeance Heatspreader CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Ssd
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Fan
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm

Power supply
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular

Hard drive
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

for and overall budget i would like to keep it under 2000

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LadyFitzgerald
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2000 what? U.S. Dollars? Euros? English Pounds? Pesos? Shekels? Where are you?

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vistamike
vistamike
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Canadian Dollars; 2,000.00 CAD = 1,984.13 USD ish

Mike

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phantanite
Posts: 4

sorry im from canada

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Case
Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 Full Tower Gamer Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA
$210 (all prices NewEgg, Canada, rounded up and including shipping)

Ram
Corsair Vengeance Heatspreader CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
$115

Ssd
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$147

Fan
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm
$43

Power supply
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular
$160

Hard drive
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$110

CPU/Processor
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
$225

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard
$289

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2 1097MHZ 2MB 6.2GHZ DDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E DX11 Video Card
$482 (ouch!)

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
$27

Total $1,808

You will also need three SATA cables for the HDD, the SSD and the optical drive. With that monster of a case (personally, I would suggest a smaller one, like the Antec P-280, unless you plan on warehousing HDDs), you will probably need an 8-pin CPU power cable extension, especially if you don't want to snake it across the top of the MOBO.

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phantanite
Posts: 4

thanks alot for the advice ill take into consideration a smaller case

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Ya, Need the Full Tower Cases.

Some external video cards are 10-11 inches long.

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Travis299
Posts: 133

In my 1st build the SATA data cables came with the MB and the drive power cables came with the 750W power supply. The 8 pin power cable to the MB went behind the MB, (at the bottom of the MB), and back out at the top left of the MB using a Thor full tower case. The 24 pin power cable to the MB was left inside the case although it looked as if we could have routed it behind also but I did not try.

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