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January 25, 2011 11:38:34 AM

hiya guys :) 
the following is what i had in mind. would really appreciate it if you guys can look it over
and tell me if theres a problem. also i need it to be a silent build, any recos would be great!

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500 - Sandy Bridge
MB: ASUS P8P67 Pro
RAM: Corsair XMS3 - Xtreme Performance DDR3 Memory 4GB Kit PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600MHz)
SSD: Corsair Force Series F60
PSU: Corsair VX550W
Case: Lancool K58

i haven't decided on the GPU yet and my budget is pretty much used up with a 200 bucks card lol
keep in mind, i haven't actually built a pc since the slot 1 days :D 

thanks in advance!
blaer

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January 25, 2011 12:26:50 PM

Be careful with the RAM...Sandy Bridge likes 1.5V. Here is an alternative. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Decent SSD for boot drive. Make sure you are running Windows7 and you have a HDD for games, pics, music, etc.

Also, you can get a Radeon 6850 for about $175 or a GeForce GTX 465 for less than $200. Either way you really can't go wrong.

Everything else looks good. Happy building!
January 25, 2011 12:42:01 PM

thank you frenetic !

i can't order from newegg (im from switzerland) and my local shop doesn't carry that ram. actually the only 1.5v ram from corsair i can get is this one:
Corsair DDR3 1333MHz 4GB Kit, PC10666, 240Pin, CL9, (2x2GB), 1.5V, XMS3 Serie
TW3X4G1333C9A
at the same price of the other 1600 mhz 1.65v. hmmm

heres a link to my shop with all the RAM its got:
http://shop.stegcomputer.ch/shop.asp?cat=106

i did figure on using the SSD as OS drive only and adding some ~500gb wd green as storage drive. :) 
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January 25, 2011 12:46:10 PM

for some reason it wont let me edit, so excuse my double post :/ 

i could also go with this kingston ram, if thats better:
Kingston Technology DDR3 1600MHz 4GB Kit, PC12800, 240Pin, CL9, (2x2GB), 1.5V HyperX Blu Series
January 25, 2011 1:10:49 PM

blaer said:
for some reason it wont let me edit, so excuse my double post :/ 

i could also go with this kingston ram, if thats better:
Kingston Technology DDR3 1600MHz 4GB Kit, PC12800, 240Pin, CL9, (2x2GB), 1.5V HyperX Blu Series



You can't go wrong with Kingston or Corsair.

Keep in mind that with the core series processors (i3, i5, i7), timing (CL) trumps frequency (MHz).

In other words, look for RAM at 1.5V running at minimum 1333MHz (the standard for the P67 board) from a good manufacturer with the lowest CL for your budget.

Also, the Mobo's website will have a list of compatible RAM brands if you aren't sure...although pretty much everybody is compatible with Kingston or Corsair.
January 25, 2011 1:17:33 PM

thanks mate, will do :) 
!