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First Build! Is everything here compatible?

  • I've been saving up for months now to buy a computer, and decided building one would be much more fun, and kind of scary because I've never done it before.  I think everything is compatible, but I just wanted to make sure.  I'm building it because I've been wanting to mess with Autodesk 3ds for 3d rendering.  Ok, here it is!

    Fractal Design Define R3 Arctic White w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-2500 Processor

    Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB

    Corsair CSSD-F120GBGT-BK Force GT Series Solid State Drive - 120GB, 2.5", SATA III, 6Gbps

    Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series™ CX600 Power Supply - 600W, 80 Plus, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail, Active PFC

    EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer

     I think I'm going to switch out the dvd writer for one with a white face plate, but besides that this should be it.  Also, do you really need to buy thermal grease? 



    [edited by: DeniseS]
  • everything is compatible you may want more storage like an hdd you can get those cheaper and you get more storage like 1tb or more for the same price

    you could get a smaller ssd like 80gb to hold your os and some programs that you would use often for faster start times and a faster boot

    you also do not have an os selected unless you already have one

  • Typically with a boxed processor you receive a heatsink/fan and the thermal grease. It looks like you have a nice build spec'd out there. The only thing I might caution you on is the SSD drive. They are very fast and if that is what you are looking for then go with it... however you mentioned 3D rendering so I am thinking you may need more space. The speed will help with the rendering however storage size will matter quite quickly as you progress. You could start with this build and later add another larger drive such an HITACHI Deskstar 1TB for storage.

  • DeniseS:

      Also, do you really need to buy thermal grease? 

    If you don't plan to OC your CPU and use the Intel cooler , you don't  need therma lpaste. Actually the i5-2500 you choose can't be OC, you need a 2500k for OC , but honestly they are no need to OC this CPU, it's  powerfull enough. For 3d Rendering you will better serve with a i7-2600, Are you gone play games ? , I ask because the 550ti is not very powerfull to play games and if you don't  play, you have more energy efficient GPu that will do the same job.

    Also your board can use Intel RDT, it's a technology that use a small SSD ( 30 to 60 gb) to cache the mecanical drive. you will not need a 120 gb if you use RST only a 40gb and a regular HD' I notice that you don't  have a regular HD , you will need one

  • Thanks for all the advice!  You guys are right, I definitely need storage space.  I'm going to swap out the SSD I had, and get

    Patriot PT264GS25SSDR Torqx 2 Solid State Drive - 64GB, 2.5", SATA

    and

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

  • MarkedOne:
    DeniseS:

      Also, do you really need to buy thermal grease? 

     For 3d Rendering you will better serve with a i7-2600, Are you gone play games ? , I ask because the 550ti is not very powerfull to play games and if you don't  play, you have more energy efficient GPu that will do the same job.

    I wasn't going to use this for games, I was originally going to get the i7-2600 but it's over $100 more than the i5-2500 I have.  I'm trying to keep this around $1000.  Course I could get a cheaper case, but the one I chose is kind of awesome.

  • You can always remove the 550ti from the list, get the 2600 , use the onboard graphic and then purchase a Graphic Card to upgrade later. You will not have the same performance from the onboard, but you system will have a better fondation.  my 2 cents.

  • I'd get the i5-2500k with the k at the end for 20 dollars or so more. The difference is that the k version has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock the CPU on a Z68 (or P67) motherboard to the 4.0-4.5GHz range depending on the chip you get, mobo  you use and aftermarket CPU cooler you use. That makes your CPU act snappier and can keep you satisfied with it for a bit longer. Just a thought.
  • Product, you too lovely to argue with, YOU RIGHT , actually a 2500k OC will overtake a 2600 at stock, but don't forget to get a better  cooller .   

    ( Paul can you add a Flower Icon in the smiley list )

    Just to say;  I don’t OC my 2600k anymore, it’s enough powerful at my taste , all true I don’t make rendering, I have now Photoshop open, to crop the pics I post here., Word to correct my spelling, few Browser pages AND a big AND here, I have another Windows 7 and word open in VMware . Those cpu are beast.



    [edited by: MarkedOne, MarkedOne]
  • Lol!  It was just another idea. Egyptian

    I agree with you. The CPU is a beast. I woudn't have it OCed either if I didn't render.  Big Smile We love Sandy Bridge. Groovy

  • products:

    Lol!  It was just another idea. Egyptian

    I agree with you. The CPU is a beast. I woudn't have it OCed either if I didn't render.  Big Smile We love Sandy Bridge. Groovy

    not so fast, I working on my  Sandy Bridge-E, but no money for the HD ........  but i think I'm gone have something for this tiny Ivy ( 22nm, it's tiny )



    [edited by: MarkedOne]