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March 11, 2011 3:17:23 PM
March 11, 2011 3:33:11 PM

Hit the link in my signature below.
Post back w/ some of the answers to those questions so we have a good idea what your goals are for this system.
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March 11, 2011 3:53:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: in a few months

Budget Range: 1200-1400

System Usage: video editing, gaming, programing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: us

Parts Preferences: first post

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Additional Comments: not loud
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March 11, 2011 4:28:05 PM

Do you need an operating system, or a DVD drive?
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March 11, 2011 4:36:38 PM

If you're just gaming, get the i5-2500K instead of the i7-2600K. The i5 rocks the i7-900s when it comes to games, and OCs like none other. That will also give you another $100 to spend on other components (ideally invested in the GPU).

To me, the Lanboy is somewhat of a gimmick. You can get as good or better airflow in a standard case, because airflow is about direction, not just the amount of air in the case. Get a solid case like the Cooler Master 912 or 922; they are mid towers but are very large, and cost at least $70 less.

I would get an Asus P67 board or the ASRock Extreme4 P67 (only ~$150). Their quality is a bit better than MSI's, and the ASRock is great for overclocking.

Your RAM is *ok* at best; look for a set with a Cas Latency of ~7 and speeds of 1333 or 1600 MHz. The Latency is more important.

Forget the WD Black; SATA III is now limited by the drives, and no platter-based drive can take advantage of the increased bandwidth yet. Get a Samsung F3 1TB; it's cheaper and is the fastest hard drive out there.
You could also afford to put in a 64GB SSD for your OS, which would drastically quicken your boot times. They only run about $120 now, and since the next generation is coming out, they're going on sale here and there.

I would suggest a GTX 560 at the very minimum. They overclock very well, and are faster than the GTX 470s at stock settings. You may even be able to afford 2 or get a better GPU like the 580.

The power supply is dependent primarily on the GPU, but I would suggest something in the 750W range. Corsair makes some of the best PSUs out there, but Antec makes some good ones along with XFX (specifically the Black Editions).
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March 11, 2011 4:44:33 PM

You can actually get 2 560's and they will blaze past a 580 for a slightly less price.
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March 11, 2011 4:51:24 PM

hunterp said:

SLI or Crossfire: No



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March 11, 2011 5:08:53 PM

Yeah, but I don't see why not if it fits in the budget now; I understand not wanting to invest in the system later. Plus, it's just a small SLI bridge difference :D 
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March 11, 2011 5:30:27 PM

If you could afford anything, I would say a GTX-580.

But money is always an issue, so paying for that could get sticky.
I agree with Boiler that you have several components taking up money that could be recovered to offset the price of the GPU.

First thing you need to decide is whether you're going to build this system to always be a single GPU, or if you want to allow for crossfire/SLI later. You said no to that, but your case and power supply selections imply that you're preparing for SLI.

Speaking in general terms, I would think that between the CPU, Case, PSU, and hard drive you could take back almost $200 from that build without impacting performance at all... in fact it would probably be more quiet as well.
Having that $200 would come in very handy when you're trying to get the best GPU you can afford.
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March 11, 2011 9:52:25 PM

is the Antec DF-35 or the Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 good cases
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March 11, 2011 10:02:55 PM

Yes.
What are the features you're looking for in the case specifically? Like would you need to carry it around to LAN parties and whatnot, or does it just have to sit there, look good, and keep components clean and cool?
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March 11, 2011 10:20:01 PM

I will have it in one spot. Also what motherboard would be good.
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March 11, 2011 10:32:42 PM

There isn't much of a selection on the motherboards atm. The one you have selected is good, but I imagine in the next couple of weeks there will be more (and maybe cheaper) alternatives. Each manufacturer has probably 8 motherboards for these CPU's, but so far we've only seen a couple from each.

Have you definitely ruled out using two video cards, or do you want to keep that as an option? That would have an impact on selection of cases and power supplies.
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March 11, 2011 11:33:08 PM

Ok, here's an either / or recommendation.
With SLI future support, or not.


CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K[/i]
**plus**
Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
$251 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo
SLI option
ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$210 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

non-SLI option
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM + Video combo
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
**plus**
SPARKLE SXX5801536D5NM GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$545 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(I’m only putting 500g drive in there, if you want something larger you can substitute)

Case+ Power Supply
SLI option
Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case
$160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(the twelve hundred is a good choice too)

Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Exclusively for - Twelve Hundred(1200)/P183/P193/DF-85
$150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

non SLI option
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
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
$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/ SLI in future $1485
Total without SLI in future $1300

If you can swing it, I'd go with the SLI option.
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March 12, 2011 12:54:33 AM

Best answer selected by hunterp.
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March 12, 2011 12:54:50 AM

thanks for your help
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