hi everybody, im new in here. im planning to build a new machine, a Core i5 2500K based PC.
so here's the config i want to put in the mix:
- MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)
- 2*4GB DDR3 kingston KVR RAM
- Seagate barracuda 1TB Sata6 32MB
- any reliable DVDRW drive
- CoolerMaster Elite 430 black Chassis
- CoolerMaster v6 GT cooler
- Samsung 24in. LED Full HD Monitor (HDMI, DVI, VGA)
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
@Motherboard: I would never recommend MSI as a brand although the heatsinks of the mobo you mentioned for the VRM seem OK, i'd still suggest getting a Gigabyte or Asus.
@RAM-never again NEVER AGAIN choose RAM just by specs. The correct way is to look in the Qualified Vendoers List of the motherboard which lists all the RAM modules which have been tested with that particular motherboard (use the codes of the RAM listed there to buy your RAM). Although i admit other modules could work, you would just risk incompatibility...it happened to me....Some manufacturers came up with solutions like Asus's MemOK but i still stand by my advice, look in the mobo manual which you can download from the manufacturer's website before buying the product.
@Case-it's a bad case because it doesn't offer Wire Management, it doesn't have anti-vibration for the 3,5" HDDs (a big deal if you get a noisy one), i don't see dust filters, only 190mm width which might prevent you from using extra tall heatsinks (on the website it says it should have 163 mm clearance but somehow i doubt it, more like 155mm). A great case makes a huge difference so choose wisely, or you'll find yourself changing the case after a few months of use (like me
). I'd suggest something like HAF 912, CM 690 II Basic (cheaper than the Advanced).
@Cooler - for Intel, coolers from Thermalright (Archon, Silver Arrow), Prolimatech (Armagedon, Megahelms, Super Mega), Noctua (NH-U12P SE2, NH-D14) would be much better, but remember the cooler must fit in the case with side panel closed so always double check the CPU clearance before buying any case.
@Video card- never buy a high end video card with stock cooling unless reviews say they are incredibly quiet, which afaik, is not the case for the 6950. So look for models that have better coolers, from Asus and others (but avoid MSI-their Twin Frozr is extra good for the GPU but they forget other parts of the video card and i heard alot of horror stories)
All this things i told you were from personal experience, i had lots of issues with my first build (i am now fixing them and learning from my mistakes). BUY SOMETHING NICE OR PAY IT TWICE.