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January 26, 2011 12:13:15 AM

This will be my first ever build, but the 4th revision to what I'm buying. :whistle: 

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within 3 weeks
Budget Range: Around $1000-$1400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming while Frapsing, Watching/editing videos, surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse and Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, a wireless adapter will be needed though
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

GPU:MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HDD2:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Monitor:ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CD Drive:ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Wireless:TP-LINK TL-WN781ND IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2

Tossing in an anti static wrist wrap brings the price to ~ $1276

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Some questions:
-How soon will higher clocked MSI GTX 560s hit Newegg? I was planning on getting the EVGA Superclocked 560 but I've heard so many good reviews about the Twin Frozr so I'm going to wait. (I don't plan on overclocking anything myself)
-Will the lack of hyperthreading on the i5 impact gaming while recording with fraps at all? I know the i7 2600 has it but that's out of my budget.
-How is my motherboard? I saw the same Gigabyte mobo, but in a matte black color at $185. Is there a difference?
-How much of a difference would RAM with lower CAS latency be (in gaming)?

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January 26, 2011 12:30:59 AM

ge8ff said:
This will be my first ever build, but the 4th revision to what I'm buying. :whistle: 

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within 3 weeks
Budget Range: Around $1000-$1400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming while Frapsing, Watching/editing videos, surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse and Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, a wireless adapter will be needed though
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

GPU:MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HDD2:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Monitor:ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CD Drive:ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Wireless:TP-LINK TL-WN781ND IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2

Tossing in an anti static wrist wrap brings the price to ~ $1276

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Some questions:
-How soon will higher clocked MSI GTX 560s hit Newegg? I was planning on getting the EVGA Superclocked 560 but I've heard so many good reviews about the Twin Frozr so I'm going to wait. (I don't plan on overclocking anything myself)
-Will the lack of hyperthreading on the i5 impact gaming while recording with fraps at all? I know the i7 2600 has it but that's out of my budget.
-How is my motherboard? I saw the same Gigabyte mobo, but in a matte black color at $185. Is there a difference?
-How much of a difference would RAM with lower CAS latency be (in gaming)?

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Any suggestions? Rate it!


EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB currently shows on Newegg for $259 and free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 26, 2011 1:01:43 AM

Don't get the GTX 560 Ti. I would recommend it usually, but at that resolution the 1gb 6950 beats it out everytime.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

As for Fraps, it's mostly GPU power when recording gameplay so not sure bout hyperthreading.

EDIT: Read your actual mobo, so yes there is a difference from Matte black to your mobo but you wont need it really. Your mobo is fine but the Pro3 from Asus is also good as well. Preference really.

As for ram, CL doesn't really matter unless your doing benching so even the cheapest ram will work. 8GB preferably, like G.Skill Ripjaws X
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January 26, 2011 1:10:30 AM

Wait don't go with the asrock extreme4 go with pro3 if no SLI/CF.

I agree with shinobs the 560ti is crud at current pricing.

For RAM mushkin silverline is the best current deal out there http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... since you aren't overclocking buying the cheapest stuff is the best option, even if overclocking this set is a beast.
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January 26, 2011 6:45:00 AM

1) No need for a P67 board seeing how you don't plan on o/c. A H67 is perfect for your needs.
2) 750w psu is only needed if you plan on going SLI...which your not.
3) 2 H/D's for raid 0 sounds great, but lose one and you lose everything. Stick with one nice big h/d imo like this one down below.
4) Now with the $$$ saved, move on up to a gtx 570

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 FREE SHIPPING
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... $69.99
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $294.98
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
Intel BOXDH67CL LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $154.98
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCKJHE44, ends 1/31
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,074.91 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc..

For a few dollars more than that monitor you have chosen, you can get a LED backlight monitor...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 - $149.99 after mail-in rebate card
Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1
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January 26, 2011 3:35:28 PM

Well AMD rained on Nvidia's GTX560ti launch by immediately shipping 6950 1gb which are on sale already at Newegg. So obviously they anticipated this and already had the boards ready.

The 6950 1gb is the same price as the GTX560 and is faster AND can be unlocked to a 6970.

I would highly consider getting the K series cpu for a few bucks more. Overclocking these isn't like it used to be. You simply up the multiplier and bam 4ghz in seconds. These things can run 4.5+ on air so 4ghz wouldn't even raise the temperature I bet. So your getting a lot more cpu for the money.
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January 26, 2011 6:26:16 PM

Thanks Why_Me! and everyone else who posted!

I switched up my build and saved around $60.

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For the 2HDDs, I was planning to use one as storage and the other one for games/OS. I guess one would act like an SSD in a way.

Do the HDDs have to be the same brand/speed to work together? Or do they act completely separate?

I was planning on switching to a ~250GB for games/OS and maybe around 750GB-1TB for storage. Only if I'd pay the same or less of course.
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January 26, 2011 7:49:56 PM

Well since you are even editing you could check out local microcenters for the 2600 for some more thrreads.
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January 26, 2011 10:52:19 PM

Closest Microcenter is about 4 hours away :( 
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January 26, 2011 11:57:23 PM

Borrow your friends car and get your butt over there, the savings on CPU are worth your friends gas
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January 27, 2011 3:09:48 AM

No they aren't (Even if your being sarcastic)
4hrs would be around 200 miles. That's a lot of gas. Probably 10+ gallons of gas assuming you drive something that isn't as gas saving.
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January 27, 2011 3:19:41 AM

Dude I said borrow the friends car so you don't have to worry about gas, MICROCENTER is awesome
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January 27, 2011 3:24:58 AM

I know you said that, but what would his friends reaction be? "Oh hey can I borrow your car for a 4 hour drive to microcenter?" I would say Hell no, get your own gas.
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January 27, 2011 3:30:08 AM

Okay let's just leave this alone so we don't get into some thread-consuming stupid argument. But you obviously wouldn't state what you intended to do with the car and afterwards when he/she was super pissed you could let them play games on your new computer to make up for it.
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January 27, 2011 12:34:21 PM

joelmartinez said:
Okay let's just leave this alone so we don't get into some thread-consuming stupid argument. But you obviously wouldn't state what you intended to do with the car and afterwards when he/she was super pissed you could let them play games on your new computer to make up for it.


Dude why even bother wasting forum space with your stupid, ignorant comments. Probably why you don't have any friends I would imagine.
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January 27, 2011 1:29:56 PM

i thought the whole discussion was hilarious but thats just my .02.
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January 27, 2011 6:28:54 PM

Best answer selected by ge8ff.
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