Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 3 weeks

Budget Range: $1300-1500 before or after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, photo processing, music, surfing.

Parts Not Required:Keyboad, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, no other brand preferences but I would like quality components.

Overclocking: No, not unless the pricing on a K series CPU and an adaquate heatsink/fan makes more performance per $ sense.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: SSD for OS and possibly 1 game, conventional 1-2TB HD for all other storage.

My primary goal here is to have a PC that will be able to play World of Warcraft at medium to high detail at 1920X1080. My knowledge on current PC hardware is lacking, so I'm not entirely sure what items will specifically get me what I want.

Aside from my MMO gaming needs, I'd like a display that games well, but has decent color rendition for photo processing. I now the two activities require different types of display panels, so finding a compromise is fine.
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  1. Do you need an OS for that budget too?

    Do you plan to OC your videocard?

    Is quietness a major concern?
  2. Yes, I am planning on getting Windows 7. I'm not really looking to OC anything and yes I would like a quiet system. I currently have a laptop on a buzzy cooling pad and I'd love to have a quiet system
  3. CASE: Lian Li Lancool K-62. Just sexy good. ~~~ $90

    MONITOR: ASUS 24" LCD 1080P. ASUS Monitors are top notch. ~~~$180 + $10 MIR

    RAM: GSkill Ripjaws 4GB CL7 1333, if you need 8 GB get two kits imo. Its great RAM ~~~$54

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ~~~$225
    Comes with a free game: Shogun 2: Total War

    GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II, best 560 IMO, best bang for your buck card ~~~$250

    MOBO: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155, military class components ~~~$165

    SSD: GSkill 60 GB Phoenix ~~~ $150

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black, 2TB, SATA 6.0 Gb/s ~~~$149

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM ~~~$100

    Optical Drive: Whatever you want they are all about $20 for dvd burners.

    ~~~$1384 with 4GB RAM
    ~~~$1438 with 8GB RAM

    The monitor I chose also has an LED version for +$10, but far as I know the LCD have better colors for photo work.

    I went through this fast, but it might give you a start. All the parts are at least 4 EGG ratings items, many are award winners.
  4. Any thoughts?
  5. Other than forgetting a power supply, that list looks very solid. The price is a little on the high range of my budget, but I think going over is inevitable. I dont know much about that video card though. How does it compare to a 450 GTX or something?
  6. Okay, I've got a couple of questions after a closer look. 1, I'm not planning on overclocking, so is there something around the same performance point as the 2500k that is cheaper? 2, do most processors come with heatsink/fan units, or is that going to be another item I need to round up. I also may upsize on the SSD since I'd like to put more than just the OS on it.

    I do appreciate the help by the way. That's a pretty fantastic list.
  7. Quote:
    'm not planning on overclocking, so is there something around the same performance point as the 2500k that is cheaper?


    90gb SSD

    The i5 2500 just seems a common sense for me, cheaper (granted not by a lot same performance without OC) the i5 2500 has a fan with it, its rated quite highly as well

    The 90gb SSD seems enough to have room for OS and the games you constantly play (Games you play for a week would be a waste on an SSD IMO)

    If your not a big Nvidia fan check out the 6950

    If (like me) you oppose black boxes for cases, the NZXT Phantom is a good case

    Just my take on it anyway...
  8. 1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136533
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    1 ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824236052
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy -$40.00 Instant

    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card24-236-052
    1 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 ...
    Item #: N82E16814127565
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    1 Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371044
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$25.00 Instant

    1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231311
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    1 MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130582
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    1 Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    Item #: N82E16819115073
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    1 OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820227551
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$60.00 Instant

    Subtotal: $1,419.89
  9. PS I apologize for the lack of links. The copy/paste thing is too obnoxious to do while I'm at work.
  10. Just bumping this. Mostly, I'd like to get an opinion on the mobo in my list.
  11. hmm no one has commented since your last post.

    The motherboard seems fine... but one of the reviewers had a problem with the 560 Ti. Don't know why... that doesnt really make sense to me...

    There are about 12 1155 mobo's on newegg from asrock, gigabyte, asus and msi that all look great. I suggest picking one with the best reviews in your price range that pairs with the CPU you want for a combo discount deal.
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