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Hey Guys,

So, I'm trying to build a very nice gaming rig/digital media performance machine. I'm in the video game industry, and as such need a computer that will be able to handle large storage needs, rendering, high-end gaming, editing, coding, and general 3d art asset creation.

I have a wishlist on newegg.com that I'd like people to take a look at.

Approximate Purchase Date: The next two-three weeks. The earlier, the better.

Budget Range: No more than $2,000, preferably closer to $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet/emails, 3d art, watching movies, coding, editing, rendering

Parts Not Required: OS, going to but Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from a local computing store

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Preferences: I'm an Intel guy, and I prefer nVIDIA and ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe - not right this moment, but perhaps down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - not right this moment, but perhaps down the road

RAID: Right now, I'm going with a 120 gb SSD for boot drive and a 1 TB HDD for storage. Was planning on someday RAID 10ing or RAID 5ing the SSD.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, assuming the monitor I chose is the correct monitor.

Additional Comments: I want this to be a beautiful machine. I want it to be powerful and upgradable first though. Also, should I get an aftermarket heatsink/CPU Fan? (i.e. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-CPU%20Cooling-_-Thermaltake-_-35106150&AID=10440897&PID=4222941&SID=)

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WISHLIST:

CASE
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100

POWER SUPPLY
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

PROCESSOR
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

HARD DRIVE
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551

EXTRA HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

MOTHERBOARD
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665

VIDEO CARD
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231358

CD/DVD BURNER
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

PERIPHERALS - MONITOR, MOUSE, KEYBOARD
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104178

Targus AKB24US Black&Silver 103 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823173020

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This is my first attempt at building a computer. I realize that it is a bit ambitious of a project, but I'm asking for advice because I don't want to make any huge mistakes.

My priorities are - Stability(Cooling and not falling apart), Upgradability, Performance, Aesthetics

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Yay for messing up hyperlink... :P
  2. Best answer
    SSD: Nice.
    Processor: Get an i5-2500K.
    Motherboard: Get an 1155 motherboard for the 2500K such as the P8P67-Pro.
    Power Supply: That is awesome but $140 for a 650w is quite steep, I know it's Seasonic but an XFX 'Core Pro' 650w will do the same and is also manufactured by Seasonic.
    RAM: I highly doubt you're going to use a full 12GB, perhaps 2x 4GB until later?
    Graphics: Nice choice.
    HDD: Get the Samsung HD103SJ, it will give you more for the price.
  3. omnisome said:
    SSD: Nice.
    Processor: Get an i5-2500K.
    Motherboard: Get an 1155 motherboard for the 2500K such as the P8P67-Pro.
    Power Supply: That is awesome but $140 for a 650w is quite steep, I know it's Seasonic but an XFX 'Core Pro' 650w will do the same and is also manufactured by Seasonic.
    RAM: I highly doubt you're going to use a full 12GB, perhaps 2x 4GB until later?
    Graphics: Nice choice.
    HDD: Get the Samsung HD103SJ, it will give you more for the price.



    Thanks for the feedback!

    I looked into i5 2500k on your recommendation and it does seem to be excellent for my needs. The problem is that the only 1155 high-end MOBOs that are in stock on Newegg are all MSI, such as MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130582

    Is it still worth the 2500k if I can't get the Mobo that I want?

    Power Supply you're probably completely correct on. There is a discount code that they were offering that made me see blurry.

    HDD I honestly haven't even looked at yet.
  4. http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-DELUXE-REV-3-0-Motherboard/dp/B004QF0VDG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301513962&sr=8-1

    So I found the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe ATX LGA1155 P67 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard on amazon.com for a reasonable price.

    Should I go ASUS P8P67 Deluxe or Pro?

    Also, I took your advice on the HDD and the Samsung Spinpoint looks much cheaper and better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint-_-22-152-185-_-Product
  5. Also, should I get an aftermarket CPU fan? Like a CoolerMaster 212?

    I've also decided to switch the power supply over to:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  6. If you are really worried about saving money, you should hold off on the after-market CPU cooler until you are ready to over-clock. I know you said you were maybe going to over-clock down the road. And if you are going to SLI or CrossFire later down the road as well, you might want to consider a more powerful PSU.
  7. durand1035 said:
    If you are really worried about saving money, you should hold off on the after-market CPU cooler until you are ready to over-clock. I know you said you were maybe going to over-clock down the road. And if you are going to SLI or CrossFire later down the road as well, you might want to consider a more powerful PSU.


    How powerful of a PSU would I need, do you think?
  8. Best answer selected by thecomedian.
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