Help on new build ( HD questions)


Aug 21, 2008
Hello all,

Building a new system
Mobo : Asus z68 Deluxe
CPU: 2600k
CPU cooling : Corsair H80 ( anyone have any luck adding the H100 into HAFX case?) Would i need to mod the case for it to fit?
Case : CM HAF X 942
PSU: Corsair 850AX
Memory: Corsair 16gb Vengence
OS: Win 7 64bit Home

Down to Hard drive selections . Not sure if I should go with a 120gb SSD for OS and such with 2 750gb Cav black in raid 0 or just to go with a 40-60gb for (Intel’s Smart Response Technology for SSD caching) and 2- 750 in raid 0. The 120gb SSD would push me over my planned cost for this build . But if it is a deal breaker I can manage it .

I was also wondering if any of the aerocool ,NZXT,ect do they really help and worht getting ?

Thanks for any input ... Looking at build ing this weekend ...


Sep 15, 2011
I would really get cheaper parts for everything you have selected.

Mobo: MSI Z68 GD55 $150
CPU: 2500k $220
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO $35 (You do not need liquid)
Case: HAF 932 Advanced $150
GPU: GTX 570 Twin Frozr III $369
PSU: 850HX (Gold is not worth it) $169
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb $60
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb $200
HDD: 1TB for storage $50

Don't bother with the whole SSD caching thing. Just get the SSD, put your OS/programs/main games on it and enjoy. Don't raid0 HDDs for mass storage either, not worth it.
From best to worst performance.
-SSD as a boot/storage drive (most cases this will be 120GB+ in size)
-Intel SRT (small SSD as a caching drive with a good HDD)
-RAID 0 with a couple good performance HDDs
-Normal HDD 7200RPM and then 5600RPM

So the next thing is down to cost. While Intel SRT does a good job of bridging the costs it is still going to be more expensive than a normal HDD set up.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team