New pc

Approximate Purchase Date: around feb 20th

Budget Range: around 1500 - 2000 want the best bang for the buck

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, computer engineering homework

Parts Not Required: need everything im replacing my old old old old stuff

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: what ever is cheapest and reliable

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: I like intel and would like a samsung 23 24 inch monitor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: what ever is best for this price range

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is fine

Additional Comments: I would like my psu and cpu to last while but don't think that's possible lol

So far i have this but can't decide on some parts.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: not sure here could go 2 XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Or i could go with just one EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: again im not sure 2500k or 2600k

RAM: is G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM good enough for a simple over clock to 4 - 4.5

HDD: 2 in raid 0 I will be backing up to a usb drive everyday so not worried about the reliability just want speed. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical: LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

LCD: Samsung - 23" Widescreen LED Monitor - Black/Gray
Model: PX2370

also buying windows 7 home for 99 need help picking out a mouse and keyboard maybe wireless if its not to expensive.

just added cpu cooler

CPU cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

PSU: SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  1. Any recommendations?
  2. Pretty decent definitely not the worst first draft I've seen couple recos

    Mobo: Asrock p67 extreme4 (cheaper with same goodies and performance)
    GPU: at 1920x1080 go with a single gtx 570 it will last a solid two years at ultra-high settings and will go on for maybe 3-4 if you add a second in 6 months or so. overclocking will also help extend this cards life the 580 is a waste of money for this res.
    CPU: i5 2500K don't need HT for gaming, it should be able to tear through basic computer engineering hw what programs does this hw need? i7 2600K if the programs really benefit from HT I think an overclocked i5 2500K will be fine
    RAM: go with this set sb isn't too reliant on RAM for the overclock and the clock you chose should be easily achievable
    LCD: go with asus for 23-24'' gaming monitor they are good and cheap this is a beast of a deal you could probably afford 2 the gtx 570 will be able to handle both of them but maybe not at ultra and overclocking might become necessary on the GPU
    TIM: be sure to pick up some
    PSU: ea750, will be able to run dual 570s if necessary and is much cheaper than the silverstone
  3. just autocad for hw and office don't think ill be using ht
  4. go with the i5 2500K then, If you really are going to purchase that late though you'll have to come back to find all the deals and if any parts you need should change, there's a lot that goes on in a month
  5. I would have to agree with Joel on the 2500K. I couldn't justify spending the extra $100 for HyperThreading. This is the setup I went with. I already have a 24" BenQ that runs at 1920x1200 already. I plan on doing some moderate OC'ing which is why I went with the Megahalems. Best air cooling out there that I found. It doesn't come with a fan so I grabbed the Noctua to go with it since they are known to be almost silent. G Skill ram is Cas 9 but the timings can be lowered to Cas 6-7. Mobo supports SLI so can dump another 460 SSC+ if needed. Total for setup was $1,740 from Newegg. Should do the trick

    NZXT Phantom Black
    Megahalems Rev B with Noctua NF-S12B 120mm
    EVGA GTX 460 SSC+ (100 mhz slower on memory than FTW card for $199)
    NZXT Hale90 750W 80+ Gold
    G Skill Ripjaws X 8GB
    Lite-On IHBS112 BD-R
    OCZ Vertex 2 120GB
    2- Seagate 1.5TB raid 0
    1 WD Green 2TB
  6. Please stop posting this build it isn't balanced. If you want help finding a build to recommend go PM madadmiral, why_me, gkay09, or joelmartinez (myself).
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