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First time build - plan to buy within 1 week

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March 8, 2011 5:48:42 AM

Hello,
As my title suggests, I'm a first time builder and hoping to buy/build within 1 week. Any thoughts?

Approx purchase date: anytime within the next 7 days

Budget Range: up to $2300 (preferably $2000 or less)

System Usage: Games (DA2, Skyrim, Crysis 2), Movies, possibly some video editing

Parts not required: Speakers - everything else is just too darn old!!!

Preferred Websites for parts: Newegg, but I'm willing to order from pretty much any site if the price is right

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I am partial to the i7 2600k, would like to get either a 23 or 24 in monitor

Overclocking: YES

SLI/Crossfire: YES

Monitor Resolutions: 1920x1080, 1920x1600

Additional comments: I'm hoping for a fairly quiet case/build, but most important is bang for buck and leaving room for upgrading in the future

Here's what I've pieced together so far on newegg:

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$18.99
2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant

$139.98
$129.98
($64.99 each)
1 SAMSUNG 2443BWT-1 Black 24" 5ms Widescreen Height Swivel tilt & pivot Adjustable LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824001371
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy -$30.00 Instant

$399.99
$369.99
2 GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready ...
Item #: N82E16814125369
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$519.98
($259.99 each)
1 CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$25.00 Instant

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-011
$189.99
$164.99
1 Logitech K320 Black Wireless Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823126091
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$3.00 Instant

$29.99
$26.99
1 Logitech M510 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Mouse
Item #: N82E16826104382
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$39.99
1 Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835242001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$64.99
1
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116762
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo

$249.98
$234.98
1
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130574
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231428
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$20.00 Combo

$279.98
$259.98
1
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
Item #: N82E16819115071
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo

$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card11-139-003
$459.98
$424.98
Subtotal: $2,255.84
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While I like the idea of a SSD boot drive, I'm not sure if the price is worth the performance increase. While I realize that I can never truly future-proof a build, I am trying to avoid feeling the urge to upgrade heavily within the next 2-3 yrs. I've tried to get around this by getting the two HDD for a RAID 0 setup. I could also use suggestions for CPU cooler fans and cables.
Thanks in advance!

March 8, 2011 6:11:32 AM

I'd get Home Premium instead of Ultimate, not much difference, except price of course.
Then you might be able to afford some better parts.
March 8, 2011 1:55:06 PM

Thanks for the input...changing to the Home Premium saves me about $60 and from the reviews, you're right in that I'm not missing much...The next question is should I add that $60 to other parts or keep it?
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March 8, 2011 3:15:55 PM

We don't need all the fluff, just name of part, price and a link to it will suffice.
Added stuff makes it hard to read.

If this is for gaming no need for i7-2600k, i5-2500k is fine. Hyperthreading hurts gaming performance rather than help it.

I'd also recommend waiting to build until a better supply of 1155 mobo's come out.

If you want to expand in the future, you're better off getting 1 higher end GPU rather than SLi off the bat.

600t and corsair cases in general aren't the best air cooling options, they're more geared to liquid cooling. 600t specifically is ok for air, but for the cost not good choice. Better off with HAF 922, CM 690II, Antec 902, all of which are much cheaper.

March 8, 2011 4:52:40 PM

@ banthracis
Thanks for the input...I'd love to wait to build, but I normally work 12-14 hr days for up to 14 days straight so I would prefer to build next week on my vacation so I'm somewhat limited in terms of MOBO's. I save another $100 by switching to the i5-2500k, save about $40 by switching to the HAF 922. I was using the Feb video card rec's from TH to choose the 2x560 Ti's - perhaps there is a better option?
March 8, 2011 6:30:24 PM

GPU wise, GTX 570 for $320 AR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU wise
XFX 850 BE $130AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use the savings ~$250 and grab a 120gb SSD.
My rec would be an intel 120gb x25-m $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

May not be fastest of the pack, but for a boot drive sustained read/write isn't important since you're not moving large files with an SSD. Alternative would be a vertex 2, but lots of issue with that SSD and OCZ in general lately.
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