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March 6, 2011 2:57:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a week or so.


Budget Range: 700-1000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, and gaming.


Parts Not Required: I want everything, except maybe not a soundcard. I want to see what you think of them, before I buy one.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm thinking amazon, because they have the HA-RX 700's that I want.


Country of Origin: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: Don't really care in the long run, but I think highly of Intel.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200


Additional Comments: I live near a microcenter, and I'm thinking about picking up an Intel i5 2400 from there, it's only 179.99. Oh, and I would like the HA-RX 700, Logitech G700, and Adesso MKB-135B Keyboard to be included in the price, those are my desired accessories.

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March 6, 2011 3:26:35 PM

MoBo should be back on sale and combo activated next week. The build is $1,000 w/o the KB, Mouse, Headphones you want. They Mouse / KB seem a bit expensive for a $1,000 build. With recommended replacements, I'm still over your budget but I'd really hate to see you go less than a 560.

Case - $55 - Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Black Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $40 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
Game Free Just Cause 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Mafia II As above
HD - $160 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - Included - Win 7-64 Home Pre In combo w/ Hard Drive

JVC Headphones $40
Mouse - $100
KB - $77

Total w/o your KB / Mouse / Headphnes $1012
Total w/ your KB / Mouse / Headphnes $1229

A $100 mouse and $75 in a $1,000 system is a bit out of line. And I would highly recommend against wireless.

I'd get these:
Keyboard - $65 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $53 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With those your total is $1,130 + $40 for the Headphones or $1,170

The "sound card" is on the MoBo.

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March 6, 2011 4:15:54 PM

Why such an expensive mobo? Can't I get one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I don't really want a 2500K, a 2400 would be fine. Also, with the saved money, I could get a 570 instead of 560, right?

The reason I want that keyboard is because most gaming keyboards on the market today are complete trash, with rubber membranes and low key-press life. That one is a mechanical keyboard without all the unnecessary bling like LEDs on it, suited for gaming, with true anti-ghosting.

What do you think of that?
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March 6, 2011 4:33:26 PM

Your statment about keyboards is false. There are plenty of logitech wireless keyboards that are great and under 60 bucks. As for a 100$ mouse thats a waste of time. The mobo is so expensive becuase of the intel snady bridge recall and you want find one with that qualtity and a decent price until early summer. As for the 2500k its not neccesary unles you want the extra boost of perormance. The 2400k will do fine for moderate/ light overclokcing/ and moderate/heavy gaming. Finaly for the gpu a 570 is a waste of money. In numerous benchmarks a gtx 560 ti gigabyte soc clocked at 1000mhz beats it every times, is less expensive, better power consumption and heat, and is an overall better value. Finaly dropping the 2500k and gtx 560 instead of 570 would give you the space for your higly expensive keyboard and mouse!
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March 6, 2011 5:13:15 PM

sofyanator said:
Your statment about keyboards is false. There are plenty of logitech wireless keyboards that are great and under 60 bucks. As for a 100$ mouse thats a waste of time. The mobo is so expensive becuase of the intel snady bridge recall and you want find one with that qualtity and a decent price until early summer. As for the 2500k its not neccesary unles you want the extra boost of perormance. The 2400k will do fine for moderate/ light overclokcing/ and moderate/heavy gaming. Finaly for the gpu a 570 is a waste of money. In numerous benchmarks a gtx 560 ti gigabyte soc clocked at 1000mhz beats it every times, is less expensive, better power consumption and heat, and is an overall better value. Finaly dropping the 2500k and gtx 560 instead of 570 would give you the space for your higly expensive keyboard and mouse!


The keyboard is not expensive, only $65 on amazon, same as G110. I can deal with a wired mouse, I just thought I would have enough left for a G700. I have not seen any benchmarks of the gigabyte 560, can you provide them? Also, you should do research on the lifespans and feedback of mechanical keyboards vs membrane keyboards. The fact is membranes are less reliable and get worse over time. I see no reason to get a G110 when this keyboard is the same price.

So what you're saying is that, unless I get a $400 mobo, I can't use sandy bridge? I'm not educated on the sandy bridge recall.

EDIT: Oh, and there is no 2400K, only 2400 and 2400s.
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March 6, 2011 5:51:25 PM

$395 is the combo price for mobo+cpu. Alone that mobo goes for $180.

I'd go with the 2500k+560.

edit: Since you aren't going sli or cf, you could drop the psu to ~550w and also get a mobo that doesn't have sli to save some money.
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March 6, 2011 6:22:15 PM

I like jack's build :D 

instead of his 560 ti though go with an MSI twin frozr II gtx 560, 250 $ and a lot higher performance :D 

here's a review
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...

you didn't say if you needed a monitor or not, but all of the "best rated" monitors on newegg are reasonable for their money, my favorite personally is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but that is a really high quality monitor for what your doing.
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March 6, 2011 6:52:08 PM

Ajrslg said:
I like jack's build :D 

instead of his 560 ti though go with an MSI twin frozr II gtx 560, 250 $ and a lot higher performance :D 

here's a review
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...

you didn't say if you needed a monitor or not, but all of the "best rated" monitors on newegg are reasonable for their money, my favorite personally is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but that is a really high quality monitor for what your doing.


Do you think the Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC is a better deal than the Twin Frozr? I'm thinking about going with this mointor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 6, 2011 6:58:17 PM

Technically the Gigabyte is better, but it is also 30 bucks more, and the MSI one can OC just as well as the gigabyte can, it's all preference

that monitor is OK, not great. It has a 5ms response time, which is on the low end for a gaming monitor, check out some of the "best monitors for the money february 2011" posts online to find yours :D 
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March 6, 2011 7:27:47 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
MoBo should be back on sale and combo activated next week. The build is $1,000 w/o the KB, Mouse, Headphones you want. They Mouse / KB seem a bit expensive for a $1,000 build. With recommended replacements, I'm still over your budget but I'd really hate to see you go less than a 560.

Case - $55 - Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Black Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $40 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
Game Free Just Cause 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Mafia II As above
HD - $160 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - Included - Win 7-64 Home Pre In combo w/ Hard Drive

JVC Headphones $40
Mouse - $100
KB - $77

Total w/o your KB / Mouse / Headphnes $1012
Total w/ your KB / Mouse / Headphnes $1229

A $100 mouse and $75 in a $1,000 system is a bit out of line. And I would highly recommend against wireless.

I'd get these:
Keyboard - $65 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $53 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With those your total is $1,130 + $40 for the Headphones or $1,170

The "sound card" is on the MoBo.



I really like this build as I was looking for a PC at around the same price range but newegg doesn't list that MoBo+CPU combo right now. Is there an alternative combo that should be looked at or will they be offering it again sometime in the near future?
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March 6, 2011 8:29:57 PM

dhaze, when you said "Why such an expensive mobo? Can't I get one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131665 " You can't get that mobo (well you could but it'd be stupid) they are entirely two chipsets/sockets. X58/1366 vs P67/1155.
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March 6, 2011 10:29:48 PM

aznshinobi said:
dhaze, when you said "Why such an expensive mobo? Can't I get one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131665 " You can't get that mobo (well you could but it'd be stupid) they are entirely two chipsets/sockets. X58/1366 vs P67/1155.


My bad... Could I get this one then?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...; I'm pretty lost when it comes to motherboards.

EDIT: Or should i get this?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 10:48:42 PM

All of those are AMD boards. The EDIT motherboard you can use.

It's possibly the most simple thing to pair a motherboard with the CPU. You look at the chipset. P67/H67 then you can use it. Any other chipset and you won't be able to use it with a Sandy Bridge. Or look at the socket 1155.

I suggest waiting for the Asrock EXtreme4 P67.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e...
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March 6, 2011 11:32:23 PM

aznshinobi said:
All of those are AMD boards. The EDIT motherboard you can use.

It's possibly the most simple thing to pair a motherboard with the CPU. You look at the chipset. P67/H67 then you can use it. Any other chipset and you won't be able to use it with a Sandy Bridge. Or look at the socket 1155.

I suggest waiting for the Asrock EXtreme4 P67.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e...


Ah, okay now I understand why there's a shortage of p67/1155 mobos on the market. I didn't know Intel recalled the mobos... thank you for explaining. I guess I'll see what's available when I purchase in mid-march...

Thanks, all!
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March 6, 2011 11:33:22 PM

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