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February 8, 2011 2:48:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week. Originally I was going to wait for SB but I honestly can't. I'm on a crappy IBM thinkpad that I'm borrowing from a friend and I'd like to get a pc of my own.


Budget Range: I'd rather spend a little less but 1200 is the end of the road for my budget.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (HoN, Minecraft, SC2, L4d2), Schoolwork, surfing the internet & watching movies


Parts Not Required: I need everything other than a mouse and headphones.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, wherever I can do this the cheapest!

Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: Performance to price ratio!


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferred




Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1-750S-CAB9) 750W ATX12V v2.2 & ESP12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


x2 Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BN1337
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo of:
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
&
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also, would it be worth my while to spend the extra 30 or so to add two more 120 mm fans on the case? Thank you!

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February 8, 2011 4:02:19 AM

Any directions you think I should take instead with my budget?
February 8, 2011 4:09:06 AM

I would go with either a Coarsair or Coolermaster PSU to minimize probability of a malfunction and the possibility of it damaging your other components if a failure were to occour.
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February 8, 2011 4:31:28 AM

This build includes Windows 7 (if you already have it, then subtract it from this build), an after market h/s, and a LED backlit monitor. Also if you plan on eventually putting two of those vid cards and that h/s in that Antec 300 you had better have a cro-bar and hammer because that's what it's going to take.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2... <--- The 760 mops the floor with that AMD up above

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $14.99
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $257.98
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
ASRock P55 EXTREME4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996946

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $159.98 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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 FREE SHIPPING
Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

Total: $1,194.88 *not including shipping
February 8, 2011 5:16:13 AM

Why_Me I really appreciate your input and am definitely leaning towards your build. I forgot to mention that I don't need an OS so would it be beneficial for me to purchase more memory or potentially get a ssd?
February 8, 2011 5:26:21 AM

bored207 said:
Why_Me I really appreciate your input and am definitely leaning towards your build. I forgot to mention that I don't need an OS so would it be beneficial for me to purchase more memory or potentially get a ssd?

Man that's a tough call. I mean 2x4gb would be nice...that way you wouldn't have to every worry about throwing more memory into that build. On the other hand a nice little 50gb SSD to stick your O/S on would be nice also. Tough call on that one. I guess the sensible thing would be go for the RAM.
February 8, 2011 2:01:20 PM

Why_Me, after doing a little more research and fully realizing a SB build would not only be far superior but potentially cheaper even.. Should I purchase a SB build on ebay and simply go through the return process come April or May?
February 8, 2011 7:18:18 PM

bored207 said:
Why_Me, after doing a little more research and fully realizing a SB build would not only be far superior but potentially cheaper even.. Should I purchase a SB build on ebay and simply go through the return process come April or May?

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX&tit... $239.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BOX80623I52500K

http://www.atacom.com/program/print_html_new.cgi?Pageco... $193.95
Asus P8P67 PRO P67 DDR3 LGA1155 ATX
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