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Hi Everyone!

I currently am putting together a new system that I plan on purchasing this week coming. It's been a while since I've done this so I was hoping for some good direction. I have spent a good bit of time reading reviews and picking out parts so I don't think im too far off. Any advice is appreciated. In addition to below I have found an 800watt power supply for about $75.00. I have not picked out a cd/dvd rom yet so some direction there would be nice.

My main goal of this system is to play starcraft 2 on ultra settings and do normal web browsing. Is this system total overkill for that?

I dont mind spending the money but I wouldn't mind saving some too!

Look forward to hearing from you!!

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$84.99
$79.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152244
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$42.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$134.99
$104.99


ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131352
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-$60.00 Instant
$359.99
$299.99


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Item #: N82E16819115074
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$194.99

I went back and forth between this processor.. the i5 750 and the i7 920.... thoughts?

CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181011
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$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$46.24


EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130591
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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758
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-$30.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$339.98
$299.98
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  1. Your build is "imbalanced". You have a $300+ mobo and a sucky vid card and the 2400 is a "locked chip" that will not O/C. You need a "K series chip" for that.

    If you want to go with Asus then try this....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884 Combo Price: $394.98
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.591429 Combo Price: $149.98
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Take a look at the new gtx 560 cards like this own down below for example...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $249.99
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Car
  2. I too just completed my first system build in a long long time.

    800 watts for a power supply is a bit overkill unless you plan on going SLI with 2 GTX 460s. That card is great if you're overclocking it, but for some reason StarCraft 2 can be a bit of a system hog for an RTS. Especially the menus for some odd reason. On another note, I noticed the higher the wattage for the power supply the more connectors it comes with. My Corsair 750 watt psu has many unused power connectors right now. Wish I went modular.

    I was looking into getting the GTX 460 or 470 as well, but then the Radeon HD 5870 1GB came on sale and I have not regretted buying it. Currently playing Dead Space 2 in full 1080p with almost all settings at max. The CPU doesn't even go past 20% usage for this game and most others so CPU isn't as important as GPU.

    And fill your case with as many fans as it holds. I7s/I5s run hot. Just make sure you have the fans pointed in the correct direction (intake/exhaust).

    You should be fine on memory as I only have 6GB and have yet to hit 100% even under abnormal conditions.

    Windows 7 professional is kinda pointless in my opinion. I suggest looking on the many different websites that compare the different versions of windows and asking yourself if its really worth the extra $200 over Home Premium as its only $100 on newegg.

    My only question is if you have another hard drive laying around that you will be using with the one you have listed. Because 320GB for $43 is steep. I bought a 7200rpm 1TB Seagate drive for $60 and that is a common price. Triple the storage for only $17 more...

    And really consider getting an SSD. Even a small one (30GB) just to put windows on as your primary boot device. You will not regret it as your computer will boot to windows crazy fast.
  3. Best answer
    Your mixing and matching incompatible and old and outdated components. For example, you picked the top MoBo from 2 years ago and put in an incompatible CPU that came out a just this month

    Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Case Fan - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072
    PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $80 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Total $1038

    The system is designed to allow the addition of a 2nd GFX card in the future....w/ PSU and case to handle CPU OC'ing plus twin GFX cards
  4. Why_Me said:
    Your build is "imbalanced". You have a $300+ mobo and a sucky vid card and the 2400 is a "locked chip" that will not O/C. You need a "K series chip" for that.

    If you want to go with Asus then try this....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884 Combo Price: $394.98
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.591429 Combo Price: $149.98
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Take a look at the new gtx 560 cards like this own down below for example...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $249.99
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Car



    @ Why_Me- Thanks for the insite. I took your advice on both of the combo's you presented and it saves me some cash that I will put into the video card. Is the manufacturer of the memory going to make a big difference for me? Such as going with Rip Jaw? Thanks again!
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    Your mixing and matching incompatible and old and outdated components. For example, you picked the top MoBo from 2 years ago and put in an incompatible CPU that came out a just this month


    True. I would recommend buying one of Neweggs combo deals. http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDeals.aspx?ComboStoreID=1&name=CPUs-Motherboards
  6. Memory manufacturer doesn't matter in my opinion. The only difference is in the warranty. If it has a good warranty its fine. OCZ got out the dimm business because so many small companies got in it and all do it fairly well. At least that is their reason.
  7. Memory does matter! When it comes to overclocking some memory overclocks better than others. Think about it. Read the reviews, Crosair and G. Skill although make very good memory so I think you should Stick to either or company.
  8. JackNaylorPE said:
    Your mixing and matching incompatible and old and outdated components. For example, you picked the top MoBo from 2 years ago and put in an incompatible CPU that came out a just this month

    Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Case Fan - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072
    PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $80 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Total $1038

    The system is designed to allow the addition of a 2nd GFX card in the future....w/ PSU and case to handle CPU OC'ing plus twin GFX cards



    JackNaylorPE- This system looks good. May I ask why you opt for this case vs the one I had chosen? I dont know if you play starcraft 2, but is there a good monitor you would recommend to compliment this system?
  9. lancerzero9 said:
    I too just completed my first system build in a long long time.

    800 watts for a power supply is a bit overkill unless you plan on going SLI with 2 GTX 460s. That card is great if you're overclocking it, but for some reason StarCraft 2 can be a bit of a system hog for an RTS. Especially the menus for some odd reason. On another note, I noticed the higher the wattage for the power supply the more connectors it comes with. My Corsair 750 watt psu has many unused power connectors right now. Wish I went modular.

    I was looking into getting the GTX 460 or 470 as well, but then the Radeon HD 5870 1GB came on sale and I have not regretted buying it. Currently playing Dead Space 2 in full 1080p with almost all settings at max. The CPU doesn't even go past 20% usage for this game and most others so CPU isn't as important as GPU.

    And fill your case with as many fans as it holds. I7s/I5s run hot. Just make sure you have the fans pointed in the correct direction (intake/exhaust).

    You should be fine on memory as I only have 6GB and have yet to hit 100% even under abnormal conditions.

    Windows 7 professional is kinda pointless in my opinion. I suggest looking on the many different websites that compare the different versions of windows and asking yourself if its really worth the extra $200 over Home Premium as its only $100 on newegg.

    My only question is if you have another hard drive laying around that you will be using with the one you have listed. Because 320GB for $43 is steep. I bought a 7200rpm 1TB Seagate drive for $60 and that is a common price. Triple the storage for only $17 more...

    And really consider getting an SSD. Even a small one (30GB) just to put windows on as your primary boot device. You will not regret it as your computer will boot to windows crazy fast.



    Lancerzero9- I am going to get a SSD... From other posts I have read the new technology should be coming out some time soon this year and it's advised that I wait ? What are you thoughts on that? Also, JackNaylorPE suggested a 750w power supply... That sounds right according to what you were saying as well.. Yes? Thanks Man
  10. Not sure about the new SSD tech. I know the current OCZ and Intel stuff is pretty solid. If your just going to get a small SSD just for the Windows7 boot drive than I see little point in waiting as the small SSDs are cheap. If your talking about getting a bigger one for full big boy use than maybe waiting would be a good idea.

    As for the psu, 750 watts is plenty unless your overclocking the CPU and installing 2 video cards and overclocking them both as well. Then I would look into 850 watts or more. Otherwise 750 will do fine if your not overclocking and want even a second vid card too.
  11. Best answer selected by jasoneduke.
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