First Build, ever. (Need some part help/verification)

Igor99

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I love it, can't seem to find it anywhere though.

Never mind, just saw it on new egg... choices, choices

I looked at that one too, but it's a little large. There are actually full ATX cases that size, and if I was going that big I'd get one of them and use an ATX motherboard. Then you could easily go SLI/crossfire down the road, without using the $600 water cooled GPUs.
 

silent-circuit

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Honestly, that little thing is pretty badass.

If you want sealed water and get a case that'll support it I'd get the Corsair H100 (2x120 radiator) over the double-thick Antec. A 2x120 will always outperform a double-thick 120. Price looks to be similar if you look around a little.


I looked at that one too, but it's a little large. There are actually full ATX cases that size, and if I was going that big I'd get one of them and use an ATX motherboard. Then you could easily go SLI/crossfire down the road, without using the $600 water cooled GPUs.

Trick is, a case that small with a full ATX board in it is going to feel fairly cramped. With a mATX board it's generally more pleasant to work with. That said, I did love my Lian Li A05B and it's not much larger.
 
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Amzee

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This post inspired me to rethink the idea of a Z68 ITX, so I threw together another parts list for Mini-ITX, and revised my mATX list. Picking which system to build doesn't seem to be easy lol.

Mini-ITX:


CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k - 179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
Memory - G. Skill 8GB 1600 MHz - 43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
Mobo - ASrock mITX Z68 - 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157268
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - 124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
Case & PSU - Silverstone SG05 - 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163187
Graphics Card - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448-Core - 279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
Slim Sata Cable - 4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270183
DVD Drive - Samsung Slim DVD drive - 24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151242
Wi-Fi Dongle - TP-Link 802.11 b/g/n - 18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium - 189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716
Cooler - Antec Kuhler 620 - 49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361180

Total: 1337.88

(The price is certainly a sign, right? :p)


mATX:

Case - TJ08-E - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182
Power Supply - Seasonic 620W - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151095
Memory - G. Skill 8GB 1600 MHz - 43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
Graphics Card - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448-Core - 279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
Wi-Fi Dongle - TP-Link 802.11 b/g/n - 18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium - 189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - 124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
CPU - i5 2500k - 179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
Mobo - Asus P8Z68-M - 74.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375390
Fans - 2x Cougar 120mm PWM fans - 33.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553002
Water Cooling - Antec 620 - 49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361180
Blu-ray drive - Samsung Blu-Ray Drive - 57.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222

Total: 1424.86


So, I did leave out the push-pull fans on the Mini-ITX just because I was sure they would fit; I plan on doing more research into that later.

Changed the mATX's case to the TJ08-E, because I really like the look of it, and it seems to have plenty of space for my watercooling unit.


Also, the Antec Kuhler 620 is only 49.99 at Microcenter :D
 

Dangman

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I recommend the mATX setup: It has a better quality mobo with a longer warranty and better support, better cooling case, significantly higher quality power supply, and therefore better chance of a sustained OC. The only real advantage that ITX setup has over the mATX setup is size.
 

xyexz

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Definitely go mATX, you won't be disappointed, much more upgrade-ability options and better reliability from what I've read on these forums.
 

Amzee

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Alright, mATX it is then. Any idea if I should get aftermarket fans? The ones I have on the build list were originally there to match the Vulcan. Any fans you guys can recommend, if the stock fan on the 620 isn't enough? If it is, I guess I won't have to get any lol.
 

Igor99

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Alright, mATX it is then. Any idea if I should get aftermarket fans? The ones I have on the build list were originally there to match the Vulcan. Any fans you guys can recommend, if the stock fan on the 620 isn't enough? If it is, I guess I won't have to get any lol.

With that water cooler you're going to have way more CPU cooling capacity than that mobo will let you use: it is a little limited in it's power controls, so I wouldn't worry about messing about with other fans. (It only allows differential VCORE and doesn't let you tweak one of the other important setting for higher OC (LLC maybe it was?). You can get to around 4.5 easy, which is quite good, but above that will run into power problems before heat issues.

Here's a review of the cooler using its stock fan:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_kuhler_h20_620_review/4.htm

That performance is should be more than you need.
 

Amzee

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So, I'd consider the parts list finalized.


Case - TJ08-E - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182
Power Supply - Seasonic 620W - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
Memory - G. Skill 8GB 1600 MHz - 43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
Graphics Card - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448-Core - 279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
Wi-Fi Dongle - TP-Link 802.11 b/g/n - 18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium - 189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - 124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
CPU - i5 2500k - 179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
Mobo - Asus P8Z68-M - 74.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375390
Water Cooling - Antec 620 - 49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361180
Blu-ray drive - Samsung Blu-Ray Drive - 57.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222

Total: 1390.88



Is there anything else I'd need for building it, such as tools or extra cables?
 

Igor99

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So, I'd consider the parts list finalized.

Is there anything else I'd need for building it, such as tools or extra cables?

I used these cable ties:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899996091

I also used some of these velcro straps:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16848035587

A good little flashlight will come in handy.

There's a good three part video Newegg did about how to build a system. Part 1 is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

Some of the introduction is a little slow, but they are worth watching if you haven't done this before.
 
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I suppose you didn't read the OP, in which I specifically stated that I didn't want an OEM version of Windows.

You won't run into any issues if you need to reinstall Windows, I've reinstalled Windows on OEM many, many times even with upgraded parts and the most I've had to do was do a phone verification.
 
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