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January 17, 2011 7:05:13 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 8:53:11 PM

You want a decent 850w psu to handle two of those 570's. This one down below is a OEM model which means it lacks a power cord...you can pick one up at most any electronics store for sub $10...or newegg but then you have shipping charges.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

This combo down below saves you some money, and still gives you all the goodies you wanted in a mobo.

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

RAM timings don't affect o/c these new 1155 SB's...that and these 1155's like low voltage RAM, so save yourself some more money...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ84, ends 1/17
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBR

It takes all of maybe 2min. to o/c a vid card, so you can save yourself some more money with this one down below, and still have that EVGA lifetime warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Now with the money saved, get yourself a case that has those USB 3.0 ports.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ26, ends 1/17
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case







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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 10:05:52 PM

You could check out the link in my siggy. There is a budget build at the bottom of the page for 1200-1500$ check it out, I think you'll find it to be a good guide. Then again Why Me has helped out quite nicely.
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January 17, 2011 11:41:43 PM

Thanks for the replies! I read the 1200-1500 buyers guide.
That combo deal with cpu and mobo + civ5free was awesome. It is annoying that newegg didn't notice I had the parts of that combo for the deal to kick in.
A couple things I am unsure of still.

Memory- really go with the 1333 over the 1600? Its only a little bit more money. My first overclocking experience resulted in a screwy usb bus due to trying out lower rated ram and messing up the bus speed.

video card - at first I thought it was foolish to pay $10 to have EVGA bump up the clock speed, something I could do easily. But then I read somewhere that EVGA chose specific chips in the batches that were better to make these boards.

Case - Dang, I 'm glad you noticed the lack of usb 3. I am just a bit unsure on if its worth $70. I don't have any usb 3 devices now anyways. And when I do I will just plug em into the back. I do like a good case, I purchased a really nice one 8 years ago and still use it. I actually have my current one facing away from me anyways since I rarely use the cd drives and have so many usb gadgets.

Again, thanks for the replies at the very least I saved $60 strait up from using the combo!
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January 18, 2011 5:20:28 AM

1333 - 1600 is meh, no difference really except benchmark speeds. The thing with the G.Skill the CL maybe slow (as explained in the guide) but the thing is I actually find CL9 to be a bit more stable than the other Cas Latencys. I think that, that would be beneficial to you if you ever overclock!
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January 23, 2011 1:24:41 AM

I have a question about the monitor you chose. I heard that they are going to phase out the LCD by 2014 to go with LED's. Asus just put out their line of LED's and are about the same price. Is it worth making the change now to LED, or better to wait for more competition in the marketplace?
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January 23, 2011 1:58:37 AM

Bill Morton said:
I have a question about the monitor you chose. I heard that they are going to phase out the LCD by 2014 to go with LED's. Asus just put out their line of LED's and are about the same price. Is it worth making the change now to LED, or better to wait for more competition in the marketplace?

Four years is a long time. That and electronics get cheaper, not more expensive. Seeing how you can get a decent LCD w/LED back lit (1920 x 1080) for $150 ...that comes out to $37.50 per year...that's cheap. Then in four years if things have changed, pick up a new monitor.
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