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January 31, 2011 3:39:08 AM

Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $1600, give or take. (before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.com or newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an intel processor, radeon graphics card, mid tower case prefered. (full if needed)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet pc. I would like a case with a sleek look/good air flow. I want my pc to be upgradeable.


Parts I'm currently looking at:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 6 Series GA-P67A-UD5 Intel P67 Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Ram: At least 6gb ddr3. Could use help on how many mhz I should be looking for.

Video Card: Sapphire 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Sound Card: Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1 TB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Optical Drives: Asus DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Lite-On IHES208-08 Blu-Ray Combo
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply: Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card Fan: Zalman Z-Machine GV1000 VGA Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case Fan: Zalman CNPS 9700 LED CPU COOLER (are more needed? if so how many?)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: 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...

And that's my build thus far. If there's anything you see that could be upgraded or changed for better performance within my price range let me know! Thanks!

More about : 1600 gaming

January 31, 2011 4:40:54 AM

^ Here is a total reworked build,...

CPU + Mobo
i5 + ASUS P8P67 PRO - IMO this would suffice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
GSKilz 4GB DDR3
- You should choose Dual-Channel kits as these CPUs have Dual-Channel controllers so either 2 or 4 RAM sticks to take advantage of it,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Cheaper and as good
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Same

Video card - The one you have chosen is an old gen,... Get this
HIS HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU Cooling - The stock ones are pretty decent, so go with aftermarket ones only if the temps are high,...

CPU Cooler - This would be better and you would need just 1 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card - Do you have an exotic speaker setup or a very costly headphones? If yes, then only I would mind spending on a discrete sound card,... The onboard these days are pretty good,... So first try it out, then go with a sound card if you are not satisfied with its O/P

SSD - You might want to consider a SSD for boot as it will significantly reduce the app load and boot up times,...
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January 31, 2011 4:41:00 AM

This build includes a gtx 560 and it's ready to add another one for SLI,.. after market h/s (w/thermal paste included), 1tb h/d, Windows 7, blu-ray, etc... BTW you want to check out the on board sound before getting a sound card. Chances are you won't get a sound card after hearing the on board sound. And no need for all those coolers...vga cooler, memory cooler, etc...

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_g... <--- review/benchmarks gtx 560

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <--- more info on the CM HAF 922

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116/ASRoc... <--- Fairly recent review of the ASRock P67 Extreme4 with some o/c tips and great screenies.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg10/asrock-... <--- Recent yet not so in depth review of that same board.

http://www.asrock.com/MB/download.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <---- make sure you update to the latest bios

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... $109.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $238.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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=N82E168... $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $149.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,171.89 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...

*Add another one of those gtx 560's for SLI and then add this monitor down below...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 FREE SHIPPING
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Total for SLI and monitor: $1,591.87 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...
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January 31, 2011 4:50:43 AM

^ Very Nice, but spending money on 2 cards for such resolutions doesn't seem to be a good idea...
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January 31, 2011 4:55:26 AM

This is all from newegg because I don't know my way around tigerdirect and they just seem cheaper.
Also, I believe newegg resets their combos at the beginning of every month so if any of these interest you, act fast (tomorrow).

First of all do you need an OS?
If so Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Second, I would go with the 6950 as it is the new series and it can be had for $30 less off of newegg after rebates and if you so desire you can flash a 6970 bios onto it to unlock an extra 150 shaders.
HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

I would go with this RAM, gskill is a pretty reliable brand and this product has been "verified" for a P67 motherboard.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

For the PSU I would instead go with the Cooler Master 750W in this combo because it's just as good as the corsair one and you save $20
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case + COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

I would go with this hard drive because A) It's cheaper and B) It's just as fast
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.591429] If you needed an OS too.

I honestly don't think you'll need a VGA cooler but if you want to get one you can.

I would also take a look at the Asus P8P67 Pro, it's what I'm using and it overclocks really well and works pretty well and saves you $80
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
And Bundled with the i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884

I would also save some money and shove a SSD into the system when the next generation of them come out in a few months.
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January 31, 2011 5:11:18 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Very Nice, but spending money on 2 cards for such resolutions doesn't seem to be a good idea...

Thanks on the heads up...I didn't see his screen resolution. I took a vid card out of that build, but I should have just added a Asus 1920 x 1080 LED back lit monitor to that build..and still made his budget with the dual 560's. :) 
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January 31, 2011 10:17:47 AM

^ Now it looks better,...
I might suggest dropping down to 4GB of RAM and switching to the ASUS PRO or the Gigabyte UD4P for their better(3 years) warranty,...
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January 31, 2011 2:15:51 PM

Thank you all so much for the feedback and helping me build my first computer! Quick question on the monitor. I have a 22" Samsung LCD that runs at 1680x1050 resolution. You'd recommend losing that completely and going with the ASUS? And as for the sound card the reason I chose one was because I'm planning on getting a $300+ dollar surround sound system for my pc. Is there one you'd recommend there and if I do want to go that route should I pay for a sound card? And final question...Why_Me is your build overclock capable? And as I've never overclocked before is there somewhere you'd recommend where I could learn how to do that?
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January 31, 2011 2:42:05 PM

Al Capwn069 said:
And final question...Why_Me is your build overclock capable? And as I've never overclocked before is there somewhere you'd recommend where I could learn how to do that?


Yes, it is overclock capable. I know that the new P67 Asus Boards (Asus owns ASRock) have an easy one click overclock buttons in the bios but i'm not sure if the ASRock boards have the same thing. If they don't you can just google the model number of your board + overclocking guide and you'll probably find something.
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January 31, 2011 11:26:02 PM

Ok...well this really sucks. What do I do now? I don't have a computer of my own to use. And I can't buy the faulty chip now even if I wanted to.
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January 31, 2011 11:59:28 PM

Al Capwn069 said:
Ok...well this really sucks. What do I do now? I don't have a computer of my own to use. And I can't buy the faulty chip now even if I wanted to.

From what Iv'e read 2-3 weeks is about the best scenario in regards to Intel having the fixed boards on the shelves.
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February 1, 2011 12:02:36 AM

*** lol. Well...I guess that will have to work. Bleh
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February 5, 2011 3:52:01 AM

Best answer selected by Al Capwn069.
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