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March 19, 2011 4:19:33 AM

Hey guys. I'm building a new PC and would appreciate some feedback. My goal is to max price \ performance while creating a system that will last 5 years. I don't play a lot of games but want to run starcraft II.



Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~$800 +/- $100 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, some gaming

Parts Not Required: Will be using a NEC EA231WMI-BK (I dislike TN LCDs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Overclocking: Sure, sounds fun

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI P67A-G45 - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K & COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $247
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 - $75 with promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GeForce GTX 550 Ti - $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: ??? Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB - $75 with combo discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $873 with tax and shipping


Questions:
(1) Do i really need to spring for the Corsair PSU or could I go with an offbrand? I noticed that better made power supplies are more efficient. Does this mean that the premium to purchase an 80 PLUS PSU will pay for itself by consuming less electricity? (I leave my computer on 24/7)

(2) What hard disk should I get? An SSD would be nice but I can hold off a year for prices to drop.

(3) Also, newegg has a combo deal that is similar to the above build but is $150 cheaper (after adding 4 GB ram, heatsink, and optical drive). Why shouldn't I save the money and go with this less expensive configuration?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Thanks

March 19, 2011 4:49:33 AM

Hey,

Overall looks pretty good. PSU is probably a little overpowered for this build, but that cant hurt anything.

Your build has a better quality power supply, better quality case, and better (and more) ram than the kit. That said, its not a bad kit-- decision is yours.

BTW -- the Antec case is on sale:
http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/246774
I own this case and it is good quality-- no frills, but solid construction, good airflow, very adaptable.

Oh and if you live near a Microcenter they have the 2500k for $179 -- I just bought one. (I am building a system similar to this)
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March 19, 2011 5:53:55 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $165.99 - $145.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
MSI N460GTX -M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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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

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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March 19, 2011 12:03:50 PM

Stay with a quality PSU. Corsair/Antec/Silverstone/Seasonic
you selected some good components. Why_Me has some good recommendation also.
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March 26, 2011 5:02:17 PM

Best answer selected by das512.
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