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January 12, 2011 9:11:54 PM

I am looking to build mylesf a new system. Currently I am using a GX280 (Sad, yea I know). I work IT but mostly on servers and backend networking. I'm a little out of the loop when it comes to the desktops. I know how to build them, just not up to date on the components. Hopefully you can offer any advice on the build I have put together.

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 Before / After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, Virtual machines, Office, surfing the internet, watching movies)


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, other?

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution:1680x1050 or there abouts


Additional Comments: Will be using Windows 7 x64 and Linux x64. See list below and offer any sugustions please!

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic 100315TXSR Radeon HD 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*hope to flash and OC*

Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*I want 8GB for the virtual machines and some graphics work*

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: ZALMAN CNPS 8700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*I heard these work well with the CPU and motherboard?*

Optical drive: LG Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current build comes to Subtotal: $1,308.89 after tax and shipping.
(I am so lucky that NewEgg opened a shipping center in TN)

Any opinions? Anything I should do different?
Thanks for any help.
January 12, 2011 10:17:19 PM

Looks solid as is.....; compare your card to 6950 and GTX460-1GB as a baseline of cost/performance in games...
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January 12, 2011 11:18:44 PM

I think it would be better if you dumped the SSD and spend your extra money on getting a 6970/gtx 570
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January 13, 2011 5:38:43 PM

Suggestions:

1. Bundle your CPU and MOBO - Saves $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. Get a better value on your PSU - Costs $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would recommend this, especially if you want SLI/crossfire at some point. It's 10 extra dollars for an extra 100 watts, semi-modular design, and an equal level of reliability. Johnny Guru did a very in depth review of this PSU and it passed with flying colors.

3. Switch HDD's - Save $5
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

Dunno if you have Amazon prime, but this has been the king of the 1TB's for as long as I can remember.

4. In the latest Newegg email blast, there was a 10 dollar coupon code for the HAF922 - $10

If you're not gaming, the 5xxx series is going to be just fine for you. The ram you posted isn't blazing, but it'll do the job, and it's pretty cheap for 4x2, which is what you said you wanted.

I would say SSD will benefit your quality of computing more than a faster GPU.
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January 13, 2011 8:53:44 PM

Get ASUS DirectCU HD6850. It's better for OCing.
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January 13, 2011 9:26:32 PM

Thanks for all the feed back!, I'm looking into the suggestions
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