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One Last Chance for Good Advice - Gaming PC - SB-$1100

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January 15, 2011 3:15:55 AM

I hope I'm not crowding the forums by posting again, but I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on my first ever PC build. I've gotten some good advice thus far, from gkay09 in particular (many thanks!), but I just want to do one more gut check before I consign this $1100+ to fate... If you have a spare moment, please review my build and let me know what you think... much obliged :) 


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Internet, Entertainment, Word Processing/Office

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, & Mouse,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or wherever I can find things cheaper

Country of Origin: US


Current, almost, but not quite Final, Build:

Case: NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW, etc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Overclocking: Probably, when I learn more about it

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if I need too




Total Cost: $1095 (American) before shipping, rebates, etc...



Additional Comments: I've never built a PC from scratch, I've gotten great advice on these forums thus far, so here I am asking one last time...
January 15, 2011 4:10:06 AM

Solid build you have there. :)  Well I'm not so hot on your choice of case... Also these 1155 boards seem to favor lower voltage RAM.

Here's one more combo for you to look at...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $499.98 $20.00 Mail-In RebatePrice After Mail-In Rebate(s): $479.98
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
MSI P67A-GD53 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

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January 15, 2011 10:23:57 PM

I can swap out the RAM, I wasn't aware that the new boards had issues there. I think the ram you suggested is the same price or cheaper anyway.

Can I ask why you don't like the case? My original build was using the Antec 300 case, but I got a recommendation on these boards to use this one because it has more fans. Honestly, the computer is going to go under a desk anyway, so my case choice has nothing to do with asthetics, just air flow and cooling.

And, thank you very much for the suggestions :) 
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