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March 8, 2011 2:10:54 AM

so i put my last one in the wrong section and besides for that i have a few updates. im going to have a full 1 grand to just spend on the pc itself. i want to make it as beasty of a gaming computer as i can for the budget. i mostly play wow and from what i've heard its very cpu heavy and was thinking of going with the i5-2500k since the new motherboards are out, but if anyone has any better suggestions that would be awsome. i've never built a computer before so i might need some pointers on what to do aswell. although i'll mostly use it for wow, being able to play some newer games on high settings would be awsome aswell. thanks for any help you can give me, the sooner i get some answers the faster i can finally return to the land of computers again :p 

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March 8, 2011 3:08:44 AM

Hi,

The Asus P8P67 Pro, would be a good upgradeable motherboard for around $200. And for the GPU I wouldn't look at anything under the Radeon HD 5770 ($150).
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March 8, 2011 7:16:23 AM

Crzywhiteskata said:
so i put my last one in the wrong section and besides for that i have a few updates. im going to have a full 1 grand to just spend on the pc itself. i want to make it as beasty of a gaming computer as i can for the budget. i mostly play wow and from what i've heard its very cpu heavy and was thinking of going with the i5-2500k since the new motherboards are out, but if anyone has any better suggestions that would be awsome. i've never built a computer before so i might need some pointers on what to do aswell. although i'll mostly use it for wow, being able to play some newer games on high settings would be awsome aswell. thanks for any help you can give me, the sooner i get some answers the faster i can finally return to the land of computers again :p 


The i5 2500K is a really great CPU for gaming ( i have on and it rocks)

Buch of questions to help us help you
is this build totally from scratch or do you have some parts to re-use?
are we talking PC only or do you need a monitor also.
if you have an monitor what size/resolution is it?
will this be ATX for home gaming or mATX for LAN parties?
what is your technical experience? are planing on doing some OCing?
are you going to do any case modding or do you need some Bling, bling (LED's, case Windows etc..)
nVidia or ATI?
I like the new Intel i5 2500K Sandybridge (SB) a lot but MB are just starting to re-appear after the chipset revision and may be hard to come by, would you consider AMD options or do you have the time to wait a few weeks for supply to catch up to demand?
(My advice is go with the i5 SB).

With a budget of $1000 we should be able to get you a respectable gaming rig built.
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March 8, 2011 9:17:46 AM

Apologies for the lack of links, but without knowing if it is £ or $ or which site you use I am just going with a general list of what I would put in a system (it should come under 1k)

CPU: i5 2500k

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro or MSI P67A-GD55 (also SLI and cheaper)

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+ (assuming you are not a hardcore OCer this cooler will see to your needs)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb

RAM: 4gb 1600mhz G Skill/Mushkin/Corsair (8Gb if affordable)

Case: HAF 922/HAF 912+/CM 690 Advanced/Antec 300 (all depending on budget and preference)

Any cheap SATA DVD Drive

GPU: GTX 460/GTX 560/AMD 6950 1gb (again, depending on budget and monitor resolution)

Windows 7

I believe WoW is not overly GPU intensive so a GTX 460 would do the job, on the other hand if you are planning on playing other newer gams you want to be prepared so a decent GPU is good.

For gaming you only need 4gb RAM, however, I would get 2x4gb modules if it fits in the budget just for the future (now that RAM is pretty cheap)

If in the US then www.newegg.com would be a good site and you can likely get combo deals to save money. If in the UK then www.scan.co.uk and their today only deals are a good place to go
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March 8, 2011 11:55:22 AM

im US so ill prolly be using newegg for most of the stuff im looking for. and yes its completely from scratch, i moved so i don't have anything from my old computer. and most of those pieces you are suggesting are the same as i've been looking at. i guess ill just have to put together a build and see what u guys suggest about it.
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March 8, 2011 1:58:51 PM


All From Newegg:


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
$18.99

I picked a good generic gaming case not know your preference:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119196
-$10.00 Instant
$99.99
$89.99

Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136697
$79.99

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 ...
Item #: N82E16814127565
$249.99

NVIDIA Free Just Cause 2 + Mafia II Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999242
-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139012
-$20.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$119.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231443
$54.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
$228.99

total $842.93 - Mail-in Rebates ($15) + $827.93

ASUS P8P67 Pro LG 1155 when available should be $170

Total $997.93 +shipping
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March 8, 2011 2:21:27 PM

what are your guys feelings on cyberpower for putting together your computers? im a little scared about ruining it if i do it myself.
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March 8, 2011 2:43:49 PM

Configuration

* CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
* HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-43] (Single Hard Drive)
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+28])
* MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, DIGI+VRM, 7.1 HD Audio, BT GO!, GbLAN, USB 3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping] [+75]
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+50] (Palit Sonic Platinum 800MHz Core Powered by NVIDIA [+20])

* *BASE_PRICE: [+789]
* BLUETOOTH: None
* CAS: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage [+11] (Black Color)
* CASUPGRADE: None
* CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
* CD2: None
* CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
* CS_FAN: Default case fans
* FA_HDD: None
* FAN: Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+18] (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
* FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
* GLASSES: None
* HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-43] (Single Hard Drive)
* HDD2: None
* IEEE_CARD: None
* KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
* MB_ADDON: None
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+28])
* MONITOR: None
* MONITOR2: None
* MONITOR3: None
* MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, DIGI+VRM, 7.1 HD Audio, BT GO!, GbLAN, USB 3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping] [+75]
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
* NCSW: None
* NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
* OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
* OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
* POWERSUPPLY: * 650 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-650TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+73]
* RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
* SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* SPEAKERS: None
* TEMP: None
* TVRC: None
* USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
* USBFLASH: None
* USBHD: None
* USBX: None
* VC_PHYSX: None
* VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+50] (Palit Sonic Platinum 800MHz Core Powered by NVIDIA [+20])
* VIDEO2: None
* VIDEO3: None
* WNC: None
* _PRICE: (+1125)

i came up with this from there but i need to drop it to 1k, if any of you could tell me what would be worth switching or if its even good at all.

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March 8, 2011 6:08:03 PM

dropping the upgraded liquid cooler and the ADATA heat spreaders will drop you to $1040. These are over kill on your budget.

From there it gets difficult:

save $20 and get a generic GTX 460 and drop the PSU to a Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: TRX-650M save $16 will put you at $1004

or

save $63 and get their xtremegear brand of 700W PSU if you do this go ahead and add a second fan to the liquid cooler push pull is better.


I think you are not going to like the slow hard drive you selected and with only 4GB you are going to be swap filing a lot and you will see long load times.
I would wait for another pay check or a couple of weeks for the P67 MB not to be a premium price then configure your system and get a better HD and 8GB of ram.
you are also paying a premium price for this rig. I would say about $150-200 more than you could build it for. there plenty of how too articles on build a PC... You can do it!


just my opinion though
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March 8, 2011 6:17:31 PM

so what hard drive would u suggest, and if its really that much more expensive to get it built, i'm definetly all for learning how to do it myself.
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March 8, 2011 8:19:19 PM


This roughly the same system you built online w/o the liquid cooling (overkill) with better HD and Ram (alread has heatspreader on the sticks)

Also even on Air you can easily OC the i5 2500K using the built in software to 4.5GHZ

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$18.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
$59.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136795
$59.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814130571
-$10.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$209.99

NVIDIA Free Just Cause 2 + Mafia II Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999242
-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$89.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231443
$54.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
$228.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
$29.99

LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823107128
$6.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
$99.99

Logitech B100 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
Item #: N82E16826104370
$11.99

$871.89

ASUS P8P67 Pro LG 1155 when available should be $170

$1041.89 with $50 worth of mail-in rebates
$991.89 after Rebates
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