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Thread Starter
Nov 30, 2011
Here is what I am thinking about getting so far for my new system.

AeroCool Vs-9 Performance Gaming Case


Case Type: Middle Tower
Material: SECC 0.6mm
Motherboard Support: ATX / Micro-ATX
Dimensions: 430(H) x 190(W) x 493(D)
Drive Bays: 9 x 5.25" (External) /1 x 3.5" (External-w/ adaptor) /5 x 3.5" HDD (Hidden) /1 x 2.5" HDD(Hidden)
Expansion Slots: 7 Slots
I/O Ports: 2 x USB2.0 / Mic & headphone (AC97 & HD audio)

Corsair TX650W Power Supply

Corsair TX Series Features:

Supports ATX12V v2.2 standard and older ATX12V 2.01 spec
Ultra-quiet 120mm (140mm on TX750W and TX850W) double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow
80%+ energy efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% load condition for less heat generation and lower energy bill
99% Active Power Factor Correction provides clean and reliable power to your system
Universal AC input 90~264V automatically scans and detects the correct voltage
Dedicated single +12V rail offers maximum compatibility with latest components
Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection provide maximum safety to your critical system components.
High quality Japanese capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability.
Extra long cables support full tower size chassis.
TX650W Dimension: 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 5.9"(L)
MTBF: 100,000 Hours
NVIDIA SLI™-ready certified.

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) Desktop motherboard


• Supports Intel® Sandy Bridge processors in LGA1155 package.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


• Intel® P67 (B3) Chipset

Main Memory

• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/1866*/2133*(OC) DRAM, 32GB Max
- Supports Dual channel mode


• 2 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots (1x16, 1x8)
• 3 PCI Express gen2 x1 slots
• 2 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots.
- Support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface.

On-Board SATA

• SATAII controller integrated in Intel® P67 (B3) chipset
- Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports four SATAII ports (SATA3~6) by P67 (B3) PCH
- SATA3~6 ports support RAID 0/1/5/10 mode by Intel P67 (B3) PCH

• SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® P67 (B3) chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by P67 (B3) PCH
- SATA1~2 ports support RAID 0/1 mode by Intel P67 (B3) PCH

USB 3.0

• 4 USB 3.0 ports(2 by back panel, 2 by interanl ports) by NEC® D720200


• Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
- Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec


• Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111E.

IEEE1394 / FireWire

• VIA® VT6315N chipset
- Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps.

Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
- CD-in connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- 1 x chasis intrusion connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
- 1 x USB 3.0 connector
- 4 x Serial ATAII connectors
- 2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
- 1 x IEEE1394 connector
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x SPDIF-out connector
- 1 x DLED3 connector
- 1 x TPM module connector
- 1 x Serial port connector

Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard port
- 8 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF port
- 1 x IEEE1394 port
- 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack


• The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.


• 30.5cm(L) x 22.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor


• 6 mounting holes.

Intel i5-2500k quad-core processor


Launch Date
Processor Number
# of Cores
# of Threads
Clock Speed
3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
3.7 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
6 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available
32 nm
95 W
Recommended Customer Price
$216 - $224


Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB
Memory Types
# of Memory Channels
Max Memory Bandwidth
21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.1 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Wireless Display
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology
Dual Display Capable

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision
# of PCI Express Ports

Package Specifications

Max CPU Configuration
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets Supported
Low Halogen Options Available

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® vPro Technology
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
AES New Instructions
Intel® 64
Idle States
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel® Fast Memory Access
Intel® Flex Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Now, I have never heard of MSI; HOWEVER, I have read multiple reveiws on the company and this specific board, and it seems good.

I am also unsure of the power supply, does it have enough wattage for the processor?

The case should be good, my friend has the same one.

Intel is of course good. The i5 seems the best for my needs and budget.

Also, should I use a SATA or IED HDD?

Please feel free to respond any way you wish. I could use all the feed back I can get. Thanks a ton.


Retired Moderator
Dec 26, 2002
MSI is one of the oldest PC component PC manufacturer's and is a quality manufacturer, to me they are just below Gigabyte, Intel, and Asus. But thats as long as you buy one of their higher mid range or their high end products; their low end stuff is a little bit on the cheap end, but that can be said for Asus and Intel too.

The case on the other hand is a bit on the cheap side, it didn't do well here:,2707-16.html

PATA(IDE) is dead. SATA is the way you need to go, Many new boards do not support PATA drives at all.

The PSU is a great choice, there's no way any CPU would ever draw anywhere near what a 650 watt PSU can provide.


Thread Starter
Nov 30, 2011
I just was looking at some other cases, and I saw a fairly reasonable Antec six hundred mid-tower gaming case. Here are the specs.

Model: Six Hundred 10 drive bays: 6 x internal 3.5" HDDs
3 x external 5.25" HDDs
1 x external front-loaded hot swap 3.5" SATA HDD caddy Expansion Slots: 7 Cooling system: 1 x top 200mm TriCool™ blue LED fan
1 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ blue LED fan
2 x front 120mm fans for HDDs (optional)
1 x side 120mm fan for graphics cards (optional) Front ports: 3 x USB 2.0
Audio (AC'97 and HDA compatible) In and Out Maximum video card size: 11.5"/292mm
(Note Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX Power supply: not included Unit dimensions: 491mm (H) x 212mm (W) x 492mm (D)
19.3" (H) x 8.3" (W) x 19.4" (D) Net weight: 15.3 lbs / 6.9 kg Gross weight: 18.7 lbs / 8.5 kg

I do not know if the power supply will fit in this case; I imagine it should...


Retired Moderator
Dec 26, 2002
Yes, it'll fit. The PSU is standard ATX and so is the case.


Thread Starter
Nov 30, 2011
Here is the other components I have selected for the system;

Strontium 1.5V DDR3 8GB 1600MHz Memory

• VDD = VDDQ = 1.5V ±0.075V
• 1.5V center-terminated push/pull I/O
• Differential bidirectional data strobe
• 8n-bit prefetch architecture
• Differential clock inputs (CK, CK#)
• 8 internal banks
• Nominal and dynamic on-die termination (ODT) for data, strobe, and mask signals
• Programmable CAS READ latency (CL)
• Posted CAS additive latency (AL)
• Programmable CAS WRITE latency (CWL) based on tCK
• Fixed burst length (BL) of 8 and burst chop (BC) of 4 (via the mode register set [MRS])
• Programmable CAS latency 9, 10 ,11 supported
• Programmable additive latency 0, CL-1, and CL-2 supported
• Programmable CAS Write latency (CWL) = 9, 10, 11
• Selectable BC4 or BL8 on-the-fly (OTF)
• Self refresh mode
• Average Refresh Cycle (Tcase of 0 °C to 95 °C)
- 64ms, 8192 cycle refresh at 0°C to 85°C
- 32ms, 8192 cycle refresh at 85°C to 95°C
• Self refresh temperature (SRT)
• Write leveling
• Multipurpose register
• Output driver calibration
• JEDEC standard 78ball FBGA(x4/x8)
• ROHS compliant

Seagate Barracuda® 3.5-inch SATA 500-GB Hard Drive


Model Number ST3500641AS-RK
Interface SATA 3Gb/s
Cache 16MB
Capacity 500GB
Guaranteed Sectors 976,773,168


Height 26.1mm (1.028 in)
Width 101.85mm (4.010 in)
Length 146.99mm (5.787 in)
Shipping Weight 0.92kg (2.028 lb)


Spin Speed (RPM) 7200 RPM
Average latency 4.16ms
Random read seek time <8.5ms


Annual Failure Rate 0.34%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560


Note: The below specifications represent this GPU as incorporated into NVIDIA's reference graphics card design. Graphics card specifications may vary by Add-in-card manufacturer. Please refer to the Add-in-card manufacturers' website for actual shipping specifications.
GPU Engine Specs:
336 CUDA Cores
810-950 Graphics Clock (MHz)
1620-1900 Processor Clock (MHz)
45.4-49.8 Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)

Memory Specs:

2002-2200 MHz Memory Clock
1024 MB Standard Memory Config
GDDR5 Memory Interface
256-bit Memory Interface Width
128 Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

Feature Support:

4.1 OpenGL
PCI-E 2.0 x16 Bus Support
Yes Certified for Windows 7
3D Vision, CUDA, DirectX 11, PhysX, SLI Supported Technologies
2-way SLI Options

Display Support:

Yes Multi Monitor
2560x1600 Maximum Digital Resolution
2048x1536 Maximum VGA Resolution
Two Dual Link DVI-I, Mini HDMI Standard Display Connectors
Internal Audio Input for HDMI
1.4a HDMI Version

Standard Graphics Card Dimensions:
8.25inches Length
4.376inches Height
Dual slot Width

Thermal and Power Specs:

99 C Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)
150 W Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)
450 W Minimum System Power Requirement (W)
Two 6-pin Supplementary Power Connectors

3D Vision Ready

Yes 3D Blu-Ray
Yes 3D Gaming
Yes 3D Photos
I have read multiple reveiws on Seagate, and most are good, but it seems that Seagate is slipping. I have an older Seagate (IDE) and it is excellent, but it seem sthat the new SATA Seagates are going downhill. Are there any other good, reliable brands that offer a similar product?

I was thinking of maximg the memory, and filling all 32GB; Is that a good idea (i dont need that much, but I might as well, right?

The graphics card is awesome, and the psu should supply just fine.

Thanks again.


Retired Moderator
Dec 26, 2002
Never heard of them before.

Are they listed as a supported module on the motherboard manufacturer's website? They generally put out a list of tested memory that is known to be compatible. Also companies like Crucial and Kingston have a memory selector on their website that also lists compatible RAM.
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