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$1500 i7 2600k build.

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April 9, 2011 8:34:56 PM

Hello, I'm about to help a friend of mine who is new to PC's altogether build a computer, and just wanted some input.

Approximate Purchase Date: (1-2 Months)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1500 after rebates) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming)

Parts Not Required: (Needs everything, getting Deathadder and G110/Blackwidow to start) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Amazon, I pay tax if I buy from newegg :D  )

Country of Origin: (United States California)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Definitely an intel CPU, though it doesn't have to be the 2600k, but that would be nice. Full tower case, AMD OR Nvidia is fine.)

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe - Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe - In the future, yes.

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) - Don't have a monitor yet, but most likely 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I liek turtles. A 1000+ PSU would be preferred for Xfire or SLi in the future. Air cooled preferably. At least 6 Gigabytes of RAM.

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April 9, 2011 9:16:54 PM

Lets start with:

You definitly don't need (or even want) a 2600k for gaming because the hyperthreading aggravates some games. So first things first:

i5 2500k: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-... 229.99

MOBO that supports SLI/Xfire:

Either ASRock p67 Extreme4 (appears to still be out of stock) or Asus P67 Pro:

ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-PRO-REV-3-0-Motherboard/dp/... 201.09

Since the build is for gaming, lets try to fit a good GPU into the budget:

GTX 560 Ti: http://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-PCI-Express-MiniHDMI-Grap... 229.00

Next RAM, for a gaming PC there's really no reason to get more than 4 gigs, especially operating under what's going to be a tight budget when we fit in a monitor and OS. Also you'll have the ability to easily upgrade by adding 2 more sticks of RAM in the future to go up to 8 gigs.

2x2 Gb Crucial RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT2CP25664BA1339-240-pin-... 39.99

Get a quality PSU, you won't need 1000w to SLI 560s:

XFX 750w Silver Certified: http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Black-Power-Supply-P1750BCAG9... 126.99

You might end up needing to cut back a little bit and the case might be a good place to do so, but this is a quality value case with lots of room:

CM HAF 922 http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... 99.98

Windows 7 64 Bit: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Home-Premium-64bit-Full/d... 119.99

HDD, 1TB Samsung Spinpoint: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H... 59.99

1080p, 21.5" ASUS Monitor: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=22+inch+1080p+... 120.00

Lightscribe DVD Drive: http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... 25.99

Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... 21.49

At that point you're at 1274.50, so consider if thats where you want to be or if you'll want to upgrade parts, such as the monitor to a ~25inch LED for instance or add an SSD or upgrade from 560 to 570. You also might need to add thermal paste (Arctic Silver 5 will run ~$8 on Amazon) and keyboard and mouse to the budget.

Good luck.
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April 9, 2011 10:34:47 PM

I've got an extra minute so I wanted to add a bit of advice on taking my product selections.

A) Its difficult to search for good deals on RAM on Amazon because of the lack of filter features found on NewEgg/TD. More than any other item I suggested don't be married to that RAM.

B) I kept you a good $200 under budget, but if you have the money there are some upgrades out there to that system that you'll undoubtedly really enjoy that I suggested above. That said hopefully I've given you a good starting place when putting together a build.
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April 10, 2011 2:42:19 AM

XXF's build is extremely nice :) 

Can I put 1 vote towards using the remaining budget towards a bigger/better screen. At the end of the day you have a high performance system there, you at least want to be seeing it in all it's glory on 24" minimum yeah? Your budget probably doesn't allow for Dell, but Asus or Samsung 24" 2ms 1080p is the way to go (27" if you can stretch) Many would argue for for the SSD... still a good option but you could always put one in later.
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