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March 25, 2011 7:42:20 PM

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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March 25, 2011 10:31:23 PM

Do you need an OS for that budget too?

Do you plan to OC your videocard?

Is quietness a major concern?
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March 25, 2011 10:34:12 PM

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
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March 25, 2011 11:10:06 PM

CASE: Lian Li Lancool K-62. Just sexy good. ~~~ $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR: ASUS 24" LCD 1080P. ASUS Monitors are top notch. ~~~$180 + $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: GSkill Ripjaws 4GB CL7 1333, if you need 8 GB get two kits imo. Its great RAM ~~~$54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ~~~$225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Comes with a free game: Shogun 2: Total War
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II, best 560 IMO, best bang for your buck card ~~~$250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155, military class components ~~~$165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: GSkill 60 GB Phoenix ~~~ $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black, 2TB, SATA 6.0 Gb/s ~~~$149
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total:
~~~$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.
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March 27, 2011 11:26:57 PM

Any thoughts?
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March 28, 2011 8:37:33 PM

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?
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March 28, 2011 8:57:54 PM

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.
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March 28, 2011 9:31:40 PM

Quote:
'm not planning on overclocking, so is there something around the same performance point as the 2500k that is cheaper?


i5-2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

90gb SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


Just my take on it anyway...




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March 30, 2011 10:04:47 PM

1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$19.99
1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$69.99
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
$89.99
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
$219.99
$179.99
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
$249.99
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

$89.99
$64.99
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
$84.99
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
$139.99
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
$209.99
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99
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

$269.99
$209.99
Subtotal: $1,419.89

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March 30, 2011 10:06:11 PM

PS I apologize for the lack of links. The copy/paste thing is too obnoxious to do while I'm at work.
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March 31, 2011 6:29:03 AM

Just bumping this. Mostly, I'd like to get an opinion on the mobo in my list.
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April 9, 2011 3:41:40 AM

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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