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New Sandy bridge based system, Thoughts?

Building a new system, haven't built one since 07

Current Rig at home:
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard
Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz
4 GB DDR2 RAM
ATI Radeon HD 4770 (My 8800 GTS bricked last year)
Rosewill 450W PSU
x2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
im trashing my DVD burner as it is an IDE model

Approximate Purchase Date:
02-07-11 at the latest

Budget Range:
$650.00-$775.00 USD
(Build listed below is listed as 675 and change not including shipping)

System Usage:
Moderate to heavy gaming, surfing, some basic video editing

Parts Not Required:
Monitor, HDD's, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg, Tigerdirect

Country of Origin:
United States / Florida

Parts Preferences:
Intel, GSkill, EVGA

Overclocking:
Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:
No not right now

Monitor Resolution:
22" Widescreen @ 1680 x 1050 Native

Additional Comments:
just want something with some staying power and is upgradeable in the future


The Build looks like this so far.

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 912

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Mobo:
ASUS P8P67 LE

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB

Video Card:
EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB

DVD-Drive:
LITE-ON Black 24X

PSU:
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W

I am also looking for advice on a good aftermarket CPU cooler and either 2 200mm fans or 4 120mm fans to fill out my case's cooling options.

My main questions are, am I going to meet my power needs and is my memory adequate?
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  1. I forgot to add that I am shopping around for an aftermarket CPU cooler any suggestions?
    and some extra 120mm fans
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <--- Help us help you. :) Budget, monitor resolution, parts you already have...example o/s, monitor, etc.

    Dual vid cards in the future, o/c maybe ? ......
  3. Agh that was pretty terrible of me. updated first post with more detailed information.
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    One good card for now...and when it gets old and out dated ebay it and get whatever fills your needs. RAM timings / speed doesn't affect o/c with these 1155's either. Also this build comes with a after market h/s (thermal paste comes with it) so you can give it a decent o/c.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.585954 Combo Price: $109.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $99.98
    COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157222 $123.99
    ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.584426 Combo Price: $223.98
    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    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=N82E16820146740 $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140041 $20.99 FREE SHIPPING
    HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Burner LightScribe Support

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130596 $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Car

    Total: $ 718.92 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...
  5. that's pretty damn nice, there. I really need to spend more time in that combos section.

    as a side note whats the story with Mushkin Ive never heard of them. do they have a good track record, Ive always gone with Gskill due to the customer service and lifetime warranty.
  6. A7K said:
    that's pretty damn nice, there. I really need to spend more time in that combos section.

    as a side note whats the story with Mushkin Ive never heard of them. do they have a good track record, Ive always gone with Gskill due to the customer service and lifetime warranty.


    Mushkin has been around forever...and then some. That and G.Skill are my two favorites...low voltage quality RAM. Seeing how that G.SKill has a life time warranty put that in place of the Mushkin...and it only brings the price of that build up by $10. :)
  7. Hah yeah, couldn't agree more, Ive been through three long term builds with G.Skill and Ive never had to RMA one stick, either I'm lucky or they are damn good with quality.

    How long do those combos stay up? are they time restricted or will they be there for like a month?
  8. A7K said:
    Hah yeah, couldn't agree more, Ive been through three long term builds with G.Skill and Ive never had to RMA one stick, either I'm lucky or they are damn good with quality.

    How long do those combos stay up? are they time restricted or will they be there for like a month?

    Those combo's are a roll of the dice. Sometimes you see the same ones for a month or more, some only for a few weeks...or even days. Those combo's that I posted have been on there since these cpu's came out a few weeks ago. The CM case and psu combo even longer.
  9. I'd try to up the video card to at least a GTX460 (1 gb)...
  10. id like to but im at my budget, especially since ive heard real good things about the 500 series cards

    i have 14 left in my budget and thats going to fans

    Edit: NVM lol im already considering a 460 i thought you meant 560)
  11. Best answer selected by A7K.
  12. Good choice on the K series processor.
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