Help With a System Build

I'm looking to build a computer around the 1000 (before taxes) mark. Any help would be great. Thanks guys.

Case: NZXT Hush Quiet ATX Mid Tower Case or NZXT LEXA S Crafted
CPU: Intel i7-2600k 3.4
HD: Western Digital Caviar 1TB Sata 3GB 64MB
Motherboard: Undecided. I hear you can't get a good motherboard that supports the sandy bridge because of some sort of recall.
Power: Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit
Video Card: GTX 560 Ti

I'm thinking about going SLI some time in the future. Maybe when the 560 drops to 100 or 150. I feel it will be cheaper but still as buying a whole new card (hopefully).
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  1. What are your primary uses for this system?
    If it's mostly gaming then the I5-2500k hangs right there neck and neck with the I7-2600k for $100 less.
  2. Oops, yes, forgot about that.

    All I care about is gaming.

    I didn't know the i5s were close. I just thought the i7 sandy was a beast.
  3. Do you need an operating system?

    If so then $1000 is going to be tough to hit w/ 8G of RAM and that $100 case. Are you flexible on either of those?
  4. I've built one up in a few Canadian websites and after taxes I hat 1200.

    I have Windows 7.

    I know the 100 case is a little much, but it's so damn sexy and I like that it actually comes with four fans. I guess I'm somewhat flexible on the 8 gigs of ram.

    I was mostly interested to know if I was making the right choices at my price point. Like if G.Skill is the way to go or maybe I should go Corsair, or if that video card isn't the best bang for my buck.
  5. Ah, well no OS definitely helps.
    You were pretty good on your initial list.
    The big thing I would change would be I5-2500k rather than I7. Games simply aren't written to take advantage of the extra cores on the I7, so you're spending a lot for not very much return. That's ~$100 savings.

    I would also look to step down from 1TB drive to a 500GB drive to save money and noise. But if you do go w/ the 1TB then look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Slightly better performance than the WD Caviar Black in several tests, but at a lower price.

    The RAM is good, you can pay half again as much to go from CAS9 to CAS7... probably not worth it.

    Good call on the video card, that looks to be the value leader atm, especially if you factor heat into the calculation.
    Also like your choice of power supply.

    I put that stuff together w/ some links to before I realized you were a GWN shopper. You'll want to compare against before you trust some of these prices and promo codes.

    CPU + Cooler
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler


    (I chose a combo w/ cooler b/c you selected 'K' series chip. So I assume you want to overclock. If you're not overclocking skip the cooler, get regular 2500 -non 'k' chip for $210)

    MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (this one is sold out atm, but it's the most likely candidate out of the ones listed on newegg)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    *Alternate RAM
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ


    Hard Drive
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    (Making compromise on size here. 500GB is still plenty of space, but it's cheaper, quieter, and slightly faster than 1TB drive. Easy to add another drive later if storage becomes an issue)

    Video Card
    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 Card

    NZXT HUSH White SECC Steel/ Aluminum/ Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $85 (w/ Promo code 'EMCKGKG27')

    *Alternate Case
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Power Supply
    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W 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

    Not required

    Optical Drive
    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Total $996... Alternate build w/ 4GB RAM and diff't case $919
  6. How about the ASUS P8P67-M?
  7. Martin9630 said:
    How about the ASUS P8P67-M?

    Where can you buy that?
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