A very overextended request.

Hello there,

I'm looking for a gaming build that is roughly in the $1300-$1500 range. I was wondering if you guys could piece me a system together from Microcenter. I'm really not looking to order anything online when I can just drive to get the components. I know it's a tall order, but I've been skimming the forums and it seems you are all kind folk.

When it comes to the parts, I'm very partial to the Intel 2500k. As far as the gpu goes, I'm Nvidia all the way. Maybe something like a 570 or something on par. I'm not really looking to SLI at all, so the motherboard can be more simple. Anyway, thanks so much for your time. I'd really appreciate any help that I can get. :)

P.S. I don't need a Moniter/Keyboard/Mouse or any other peripherals.
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  1. Hiya,

    I think MC has a special running currently, i5-2500K with an Asus P8P67 (plain not Pro).

    You have to check availability and participation at your local MC. As for the rest, you would be saving money shopping at newegg. Now, if you want to pay taxes on everything I have no issue with that, it's a worthy sentiment. But you need to understand that you will probably end up paying a bit more, even with the good bundle deal.

    Your memory needs to be DDR3 2x4GB 1333Mhz or higher, CL9 or higher. "Higher" is not really "better" usually, but given the same price you would choose higher.

    I prefer WD drives for reliability. Caviar Black 1TB is fine.
  2. Hi Proximon,

    Thanks for your response! I'm definitely aware I'll be spending a bit more on tax, but I like the concept of being able to drive up and get it all in one bundle. The fact I don't have to wait is worth it to me. :)

    I think more than anything, I need a layout of quality parts. I'm definitely wanting to buy quality components, I'm just not all the wiser on the subject. =(

    Edit: Skimming over the list of parts in your sig!
  3. How about this?

    LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136178
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119196
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136544
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
    Item #: N82E16814130613
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $40.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139016
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231314
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

    ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131706
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Total: $1296
  4. I think I would pick this board over that one:

    Better voltage regulation.

    Seems just fine otherwise ;)
  5. The WD black that you chose runs on 320gb platters (an older,slower tech) The Samsung spinpoint that prox showed you runs on 500gb platters.
  6. I'm a big fan of MicroCenter here in ATL, CPU prices can't be beat. And, "RMA" is only a short drive away if you get a dud part.....

    NOTE: MicroCenter will MATCH NewEgg prices, just ask your sales guy... (will match promo deals. Won't match rebates, those are vendor specific)

    NOTE: MicroCenter's in-store price on that i5-2500K is Only $180 (not $250...)

    I'd upgrade to this MB, same price at MicroCenter (but NewEgg has better pictures on their website, hence their link..)


    You'll notice the PRO board supports two (2) PCI-E slots at x8 / x8 (other board does not), the pack out for the PRO contains, more SATA cables, a USB break-out bracket, a CrossFire bridge cable, and the handy "Q" connectors for front panel wire hook-ups. And, has better heat sinks to cool the on-board chip set.
  7. Hi all,

    Thanks for the info! I'm studying details of the components that I've selected and would have never caught the HDD that zooted pointed out. I'm still not absolutely sure what I'm doing as far as Microcenter is concerned. I'm getting in touch with a tech acquaintance/old friend. I really appreciate the help from all of you! Keep it coming if you have anymore advice! :love:
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