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April 6, 2011 4:05:55 AM

Hello Friends,

I shopped around at different gaming system dealer websites and was shocked at the prices I would pay without having much of a selection for parts, brands, or other customization. I asked my friend if he would help me, since he built his own gaming computer. He agreed to help and is excited about it.

The reason I asked for $825 is because I figure shipping is gonna be around $25. I don't want to go over $850 because I still want to put about $100 of my income tax refund ($940) in the bank. I am going to be a first time system builder and want to know if the build I chose is overkill in any area, if I picked a bad brand for a component, or if a bit of extra money give a big performance gain. I picked out parts through research, using a combination NewEgg ratings and what I read on forums.

I look forward to any responses,
Nick :) 

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Approximate Purchase Date: April 16 - 18

Budget Range: Less Than $860 (before mail-in rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording with Fraps, Internet Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS (OS only $20 with student discount)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandybridge K (CPU), Radeon (GPU), CM 690 II Advanced (Case)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I am an MMO gamer and don't play FPS games (EDIT: Games I play are much more processor intensive than GPU). Current system is Dell Dimension 9100 (almost 5 years old). I'm ready for a change and excited to see how much of a difference a new system will make. :D 

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Parts Already Selected (open to changes/suggestions of course)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 6, 2011 6:39:16 AM
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Look great! Will work and no, its not overkill, very good gpu choice. I personally like the 5770. :) 
April 6, 2011 7:21:35 AM

Awesome!

Thanks for your reply Martin. I did just make one adjustment to my build, I switch the Corsair PSU for a Seasonic because it was modular. I'm a newb to PSUs but this unit seems to have good reviews and the ability to only attach neccesary cables for less clutter seems like a good idea:

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks again for replying.

EDIT: Nevermind, changed my build back to the non-modular Corsair. I was just doing some reading about the downsides and the modular cable can come loose and mess up your system.
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April 6, 2011 3:11:22 PM

I've never had a modular cable come loose. I wouldn't worry about that anymore than you worry about the tires falling off your car while your driving.

April 6, 2011 8:02:52 PM

Oh okay thanks very much Geek! Well I think I am going back to the modular power supply but I am pretty confident in my build now. Thanks both of you for the help!
April 6, 2011 8:03:29 PM

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