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January 16, 2011 5:18:17 AM

First time trying to build a computer, pls advice! thks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: 1600 or less. Less would be good. :) 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (COD4, Battlefield 2, CS...), Watching movies, Homework etc.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com would be most preferred.

Country of Origin: Singapore!

Parts Preferences: Already chosen some parts, need advice on the rest!

Overclocking: Yes (First time, learning more.)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe once i know what it is.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080? getting a new monitor. recommendations? :) 

Additional Comments: Hoping to get a good performance computer that can last, and although hoping system to be as cheap as possible does't want to sacrifice performance.

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Parts already chosen:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Part of Combo deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO:ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Part of Combo deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: Advice please.

CPU FAN: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE: Advice needed once again.

CD DRIVE: Most likely any cheap drives that can burn and read disc.

GRAPHIC CARD: EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:Cooler Master HAF 922 or Antec 900??

POWER SUPPLY: Advice please!

Trying to keep cost as low as possible while getting a decent pc mostly used for playing games! Thanks! :D 

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January 16, 2011 7:41:58 AM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKJJG33, ends 1/19
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $364.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $344.98
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
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... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

Total: $1,134.90 *not including rebates, promo codes, shipping, etc...

I didn't add this monitor in the total cost...but it's one worth considering imo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS ML248H 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI Swivel & Tilt Adjustable LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1
January 16, 2011 12:06:38 PM

Is the Asus motherboard better than the MSI motherboard or will it not make much of a difference? Cause i heard some raving comments on the Asus motherboard. O btw will be doing some photoshopping so that may help.

Thanks for your advice on the other stuff also! :D 
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January 17, 2011 2:26:03 AM

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January 17, 2011 2:33:30 AM

miniexpresso said:
Is the Asus motherboard better than the MSI motherboard or will it not make much of a difference? Cause i heard some raving comments on the Asus motherboard. O btw will be doing some photoshopping so that may help.

Thanks for your advice on the other stuff also! :D 

Asus makes some great boards. Try this combo in that build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $389.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Also here' some decent psu's that will run two of those 570's and still allow you juice to o/c.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate
SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
January 17, 2011 5:36:17 AM

Thanks for helping me! The final build shall be:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.575884 Combo Price: $389.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024 $119.99
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

Total cost before anything: $1139.90



and i would most probably be getting the monitor u recommended too. o by the way, do you think it'll be worth the money to upgrade to 8GB RAM instead of staying at 4?
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