New rig. would like some consultation before hitting buy


Aug 26, 2011
Hi about to build a sandy bridge desktop with overclocking cpu/gpu in mind. perhaps in ram as well:
right now is MOSTLY for gaming but i do video editing here and there. pretty much i will do what i can to put this beast to use :D

Computer Case: Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)
$115.75 --> wanted case with GOOD airflow and if possible usb 3.0.

CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
included in price of case i think

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
wanted sata 6Gb/s|usb 3.0| pci e 3.0

power supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W
wanted a modular power supply from a brand i know

hdd:Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
$79.99 wanted sata 6 Gb/s + 7200 RPM and if possible a high(er) MB for cache.

GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC Graphics Card

Monitor: for now i guess im going to stick with my 22" 1920x1080

RAMemory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R
was looking at cas 8 but wondering if its worth the price jump from cas 9?
also want headroom to overclock

shipping + tax = total comes to about: $1048.55

am looking to buy within the next 24 hours.
also would you suggest investing in a 120GBish ssd?

ALSO!: anything i said if possible means i can forgo it if necessary(do without it)

places where i especially feel weak because i dont know too much about better deals:
power supply, case, and hdd. obviously i am open to the veterans and people who have been keeping better up-to-date than i!

thanks in advance for taking the time to read through this...i hope you give your 2 cents !
Looks pretty good.

MEM - You aren't going to see a big difference in overclocking that Vengeance memory unless you can get the latency down. If you want great memory performance I would recommend DDR3-1600 CL7 1.5v modules. need to overclock at that speed and latency. If you want 2x4GB you are going to have to look at CL8 modules.
GSkill DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) CL7 =>
GSkill DDR3-1600 8GB (2x4GB) CL8 =>

PSU - If you are are planning on adding a second GTX 570 down the road in SLI you will need to bump that size up to 750w. Otherwise that 650w is plenty for a single GPU.

SSD - You will get faster load / boot times, but no additional FPS to speak of. If it fits within your budget I would suggest you pick one up as they really are nice to have.
OCZ Vertex 3 =>

I would get a psu that will push two of those cards seeing how your board will support SLI. <----- I posted a few decent combo's on that thread... cpu + ram is a good one, and that combo also works with the 2600K.


Jul 27, 2010
yes... there is some components that you can get at cheaper price...

here is some recommendation...

intel core i5 2500k - $219.99

asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 - $129.99

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX - $39.99 after MIR

power supply:
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $99.99 after MIR

antec nine hundred two v3 - $89.99 after MIR

graphic card:
ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $59.99

ssd(if possible):
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB - $199.99 after MIR

cpu cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $27.99

push/pull fan:
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan - $9.99

optical drive:
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19.99

total(excluding shipping) - $1167.89


* the components that i pick above are purely based on value bang for buck...
since you didn't state your budget... right under 1k if you not picking an ssd for your build

*using a stock gtx 570 will be better as stock card is cheaper than custom card... while dumping heat straight to the back of the chassis(custom card usually dumps heat inside casing... leading to rising of components inside the casing)

*antec 902's design may not be up-to-date... installation of hdd require to remove entire hdd cage... but if you not upgrade very often... why bother taken few more steps... only takes a few minutes more than usual... about cale management.... 902 v3 is abit tight inside... while haf 922 has much space for hiding unwanted cable... but again i'm sure if you take more time... you can make a quite clean build with 902 v3... the good thing about this case is the cooling ability out-of-the box...
it should at least equal to had 922 if not superior... for $89.99... this is a very solid.. and well cooled case...

* if you want to sli/crossfire... buy a higher wattage psu... at least 1kw... since you plan to oc both cpu and gpu...

* top panel usb 3.0... suit your needs...


Jul 27, 2010
because he stated that he will overclock his cpu and gpu... you don't buy a psu with just or barely enough wattage to run a overclock pc... a good psu should last for several builds... let's say if he wants to upgrade... but the hardware that he wants to upgrade is power hungry... now it makes sense to have a higher wattage psu...

If you know anything about these socket 1155 boards, you know that all the manufactures recommed 1.5v or less RAM for them. Not only is that the wrong RAM you posted, it's a hose job price wise.


Aug 26, 2011
ok so i got the:
cpu: i5-2500k $180
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212+ $27.99
mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 $169.99
video card: MSI NVIDIA GTX 570 Twin Frozr iii $320
ram: kingston hyper x 1600mhz 2x4GB $50(after MIR) ($80 up front)
case: coolermaster storm scout: $60
power supply: Corsair HX650w $119
OS: windows 7 pro upgrade $30 student discount
thermal compound: arctic silver 5 $9.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 1TB ST31000524AS $49.99

i think thats all i have in my computer right now...i can't think of anything else i'd be missing.

btw so far i've been able to get 4.5GHz @1.310Vcore.
once im done overclocking my cpu im going to over clock my video card.