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March 27, 2011 8:32:16 AM

Alright so this would be my first build. I'm a little nervous that i'm going to screw something up but hey i'm still going to give it a shot. :D 

Alright so I wanted to put together a good rig for gaming, but I am on a budget. Not interested in overclocking or Xfire/SLI. Trying to keep this thing somewhere around $1300 or less. I'm really in no rush to get this PC but I plan on purchasing it sometime in the next couple of weeks. Here are the parts i've chosen so far:

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

MOBO: MSI Mobo H67 B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G SKILL Rip Jaws (4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CoolerMaster 800w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung 1 TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus 24 inch Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Samsung CD/DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

All together it comes to about $1,264 (might be less using rebates). Your advice and part suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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March 27, 2011 9:45:35 AM

That board takes 1333 RAM. Also that psu is way over kill for that build. Here's a few idea's to take a look at.

This psu down below is semi modular and it's more than enough to power a single 570.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $159.98
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $429.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $419.98
MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

And here's an LED Back Light monitor with 2ms response time...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)
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March 27, 2011 9:49:19 AM

Thanks for that. Yeah I was going to use that PSU incase I decided to add another card in the future, but I think by the time i'm ready to upgrade, i'll just buy another good single card instead of dual.

I switched out a couple of things I originally had for the changes you suggested, Why_me. This is also a nice monitor. With rebate, it will only be 179.
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March 27, 2011 9:53:02 AM

PacFan7 said:
Thanks for that. Yeah I was going to use that PSU incase I decided to add another card in the future, but I think by the time i'm ready to upgrade, i'll just buy another good single card instead of dual.

There's no way to add a second card with that mobo. It's a single card board (single PCI-E slot).
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March 27, 2011 10:13:10 AM

Gotcha.

Any other suggestions you may have? The current price is $1,296 and it should be about 20-30 cheaper with a couple of rebates(not including shipping).
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March 27, 2011 10:19:35 AM

PacFan7 said:
Gotcha.

Any other suggestions you may have? The current price is $1,296 and it should be about 20-30 cheaper with a couple of rebates(not including shipping).

It all looks good. That rig should rock when you get it put together. :) 
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March 27, 2011 2:00:55 PM

PacFan7 said:
Any other suggestions you may have?
If you find a way to fit a P67 board and the "K" CPU (i5-2500K), it would allow you to OC. I know you said you are not interested in that, but seeing how easy it is to OC a Sandy Bridge CPU, I find it's a shame not to do it, even mildly; some people reported they just had to switch multiplier from 33 to 40 to get this thing to 4GHz, didn't even need to change voltage. If you don't want to OC right now, you can also see it as an "upgrade path", a way to prolong the usable life the that CPU for minimal investment in 1-2 years.
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March 27, 2011 6:06:01 PM

Zenthar said:
If you find a way to fit a P67 board and the "K" CPU (i5-2500K), it would allow you to OC. I know you said you are not interested in that, but seeing how easy it is to OC a Sandy Bridge CPU, I find it's a shame not to do it, even mildly; some people reported they just had to switch multiplier from 33 to 40 to get this thing to 4GHz, didn't even need to change voltage. If you don't want to OC right now, you can also see it as an "upgrade path", a way to prolong the usable life the that CPU for minimal investment in 1-2 years.


Would the 2500k run cool enough while OC'd with the stock cooler?
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March 28, 2011 12:51:04 AM

PacFan7 said:
Would the 2500k run cool enough while OC'd with the stock cooler?
I think you will be able to OC a little bit with the stock cooler if you got a well ventilated case (Antec 900 is good), probably between 3.5-4Ghz, but a 30$ cooler could allow you to reach close to 5Ghz (this requires more effort like voltage tweaking), but I'm sure you could find those settings on the web.
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March 29, 2011 3:55:37 AM

Alright so here's a little something I put together with some of the advice I got from you guys.

I decided to go ahead and go with the 2500k over the non-K version. The price is a little bit more but the money will be well spent. I will overclock a bit, but not to crazy. Atleast for now :) 

I also went with the 560 over the 570 to squeeze in the 2500k in my budget. I also made sure to get a Mobo where I could SLI later on and add another 560 when I choose to do so.

This build comes out to $1,366.65 with shipping(rebates not included in the price). So how does this one look?

CPU: i5 2500k

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case and PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE and Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Monitor: ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor

OS: Windows 7 Home
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March 29, 2011 11:07:30 PM

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March 30, 2011 1:46:50 AM

Overall looks good, you can always get the OEM version of Windows 7 for 100$ instead, you cannot reinstall it on another system if you uninstall it (tied to motherboard), but with Windows 8 that should be out by the end of next year and the fact that it is close to 50% of the price of the retail version, I don't think it's that much of a deal.

I also found a huge combo with parts similar to what you were looking for and a great case (but huge), unfortunately the color is a bit odd unless you personally like it:
  • ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 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
  • 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 ...
  • COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
  • ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
    TOTAL: ~$1,295+shipping+tx-30$ MIR
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    March 30, 2011 1:59:50 AM

    Yeah I saw those combos and they were sold out at the time. The next time I get paid(next week), i'll be able to purchase it. Just hope I don't screw anything up putting it together!

    Thanks for the help guys.
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