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March 15, 2011 1:56:58 AM

Please bear with me this is my first build and my first post at that but i been cruising the boards for a while for information.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: under $900 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (don't have a microcenter or anything close to me)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: 2500k

Overclocking: not at the moment but i'd like to keep the option to be able to

SLI or Crossfire: again not at the moment but i'd like to keep the option to be able too

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: as far as gaming goes i'll be mainly playing rift,wow and other mmos

I made a build but being my first time not sure if its all correct or good parts any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated =).

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March 15, 2011 2:38:12 AM

Just answered a similar question for someone else and realised how insanely cheap parts are in the U.S. compared the the U.K. You can get a really great build for that price.

Intel Core i5-2500k $219.99
Hitachi 500GB HDD $38.99
EVGA GTX 460 1GB $159.99
Corsair Builder Series 600W $64.99
Corsair XMS3 2x2GB 1600Mhz $49.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 $134.99
HAF 912 $59.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit $99.99
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ $29.99

Total: $858.91

You still have over $40 left there and also $50 in rebates, there are many things you could do with that cash. I'd suggest save it OR get a bigger HDD and better case OR get a x8/x8 SLI ready motherboard with a suitable PSU to get another GTX 460 in future OR get something like a HD 5870 instead of the GTX 460.

If you decide to go with the build i suggested you should know that you will definitely want to OC that GPU and CPU, seems like a waste otherwise because they are pretty underclocked imo.

March 15, 2011 3:48:30 AM

ohh nice really dig some of your suggestions man was looking a bit more and how bout instead of those motherboards going with

MSI P67A-GD53 Now: $149.99

supposedly that one supports both crossfire and sli just not sure at what speed
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March 15, 2011 1:37:52 PM

Yeah pretty sure that one supports x8/x8 crossfire, think that means it will do x8/x8 SLI too but i'd double check that one. If it does then with the extra cash you could get that and a 650-750W PSU and then you could go SLI/crossfire in future.
March 15, 2011 2:51:14 PM

Take a look at the Intel® Desktop Board DP67BGB3; this board support both SLI and Crossfire in x8/x8 configuration. The DP67BG is one of our extreme boards meaning that it is designed to give you rock solid stability and high-end performance features. If you are willing to step back from the support for SLI and Crossfire you can take a look at the DP67BAB3 board.

Christian Wood
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March 15, 2011 10:54:08 PM

think i finalized my build and ordering today unless anyone has any concerns with it

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204 $17.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395 $39.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130591 $159.99 $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817207002 $89.99

MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
Item #: N82E16835150080 $4.99

MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130572 $149.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072 $219.99

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

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820145260
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


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

-$10.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo

$94.98 $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Subtotal: $877.90
March 16, 2011 1:14:32 AM

Looks nice to me, good luck with it mate