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February 7, 2011 10:57:56 PM

Its been another 4 years and its time for a new rig. I need advice on how balance my build will be. I really just need someone to tell me if i'm picking the wrong parts or if this build makes sense or not.

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i get the "OK" from the pros.

Budget Range: around 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, homework.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(already purchased windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, microcenter.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I am will be geting an INTEL cpu, EVGA mobo/gpu.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes but not for 6mo to 1yr.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This new build will be my third custom pc. My first try (AMD athlon 64 era) was good but I really had no clue what i was doing. My second build was an Intel core 2 duo. Although I had more experience the problem I think was that all the parts weren't balances and didn't mesh well together. I will be trying a SSD for my OS only this time around.

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 ***$199 at micro center.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: 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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-850TX-850-Watt-Cert...

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EPUQAE/ref=ord_car...

Extras: Cooler Master V8 Nickel Plated Copper Base Aluminum Fins 8 Heatpipes Core i7 1366 CPU Cooler - (RR-UV8-XBU1-GP)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KUV2KQ/ref=ord_car...

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February 7, 2011 11:26:36 PM

You should base your build on LGA 1156, 1366 is only for tri-SLI/CF.

i5 760 ($170) @microcenter
Asus p7p55d-e pro ($180) @newegg
4gb ddr3 1600 cas 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($65)
gtx 560 ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($270)
seagate 500gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($38AP)
ocz vertex 2 120gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($200AR)
already got ODD I guess
xfx 850w be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($90 ARP)
scmg-2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($40)
HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($100)

Total: $1153

Waiting for SB to be re-released and for new SSDs to come out would be your best choice but the build above is really solid
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February 7, 2011 11:35:36 PM

don't get evga mobo for p55 (too expensive) and the gigabyte GPU is the fastest 560ti available it has a great overclock and is binned from bunches of 560 tis so you get the better ones and they overclock farther with less voltage thus less heat
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February 8, 2011 10:36:34 PM

I'd say wait a bit, and get a Sandy Bridge i5-2500K.
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February 8, 2011 11:01:16 PM

As I had already said waiting would be the best option, but thanks for backing me up
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February 9, 2011 3:56:58 AM

Thank you both for input. I did think about it for a while and I'm just going to have to wait for the sandy bridge....whats another 2 months or so.

Thank you both again!!
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