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January 29, 2011 8:07:34 PM

I am looking to buy parts for a Sandy Bridge LAN Gaming build next week.

Needs:
  • Micro ATX form factor
  • Portability (A case with a preferably with a handle)
  • Looking for good gaming graphics somewhere long the line of a GTX 560 ti or HD6870
  • A budget in the range of somewhere between $1,000 to $1,200, possibly $1,300

    All parts will be purchased from Newegg

    Here is a premilinary mock build:

    NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Gaming Micro ATX Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146065 $69.99

    ASUS P8H67-M EVO LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131689 $135.99

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core CPU
    Item #: N82E16819115073 $209.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Item #: N82E16820231428 $104.99

    XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5
    Item #: N82E16814150507 $249.99

    CORSAIR TX650W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139005 $89.99

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
    Item #: N82E16827106289 $17.99

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136544 $69.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    Item #: N82E16832116754 $99.99


    Can the forum please lend suggestions on better components, and or pricing?

    Thank you

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    a b 4 Gaming
    January 29, 2011 9:26:16 PM

    Nice build :)  Try this ....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $309.98
    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner - OEM

    Here's a faster HD than that WD you have up there, and it combo's with Windows...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $149.98 FREE SHIPPING
    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

    Don't forget to use the proper rated RAM for that Asus board... DDR3 1333/1066

    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

    Now with the $ saved and seeing how that case isn't all that big...maybe get a modular psu....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $97.99 - $67.99 after mail-in rebate
    XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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    a b 4 Gaming
    January 29, 2011 9:44:35 PM

    Personally I would get the more efficient Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze.

    And there's virtually no benefit to having a mechanical drive with a SATA6Gbps interface, so I think you may as well get more capacity for a cheaper price:
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Altho having a WD drive does have the advantage of being able to use the free programs and utilities that they make available to systems which have a WD drive present.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    January 29, 2011 10:22:19 PM

    A good build... I like the case.

    1) The price premium for the 2500K is very small, and you can get a Asus P8P67-M Pro motherboard for about $25 more. Sandy bridge is easy to OC past 4.0.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    2) How about a CPU cooler? The CM hiper 121 is only $30.

    3) See if you can't budget $100 for a SSD; many things will go faster.
    Put your OS and current game on it, and use a cheaper hard drive for overflow, storage, and backup.
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    February 26, 2011 12:14:58 PM

    Best answer selected by rwayne.
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