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April 15, 2011 12:02:39 AM

I'm building a new rig (completely new everything, roughly $1500 is max). It will be used primarily for gaming and general computer use. Here's what I'm looking at for the moment.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total is 1401 including taxes(dang you CA) and shipping.


I need a decent keyboard/mouse, and I'm probably going to pick up a headset as well.

I specifically have qualms about the PSU, as it's not modular and I'm not sure if 650 is enough. I'm also quite wary on the case, which was recommended to me. I must say, it seems ridiculously large at 23x9x22, and I'm not quite sure if it's necessary.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



Approximate Purchase Date: the closer the better


Budget Range: max 1500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general computer use


Parts Not Required: OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Sandy Bridge


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: not planned


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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April 15, 2011 12:09:14 AM

Obvious troll is obvious. Anybody on this with actual advice would be appreciated.
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April 15, 2011 12:31:50 AM

Filled in the recommended form thing.

I do plan on overclocking, but I didn't plan on going SLI. If spending a few more dollars now means it would be easier to just throw another 560ti in later, I would be open to that. What do you think of this PSU compared to the Corsair above? It's modular and seems to be fairly similar (actually slightly cheaper).

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

As for the case, I do want enough room but I'm just not sure a $160 case is necessary.


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April 15, 2011 2:37:31 AM

heres what i would do: if you dont plan on SLI, get this cpu+mobo combo instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

this psu+hdd combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and maybe put the extra 100 bucks towards a gtx 570.

i agree that a $160 case is unnecessary. one of the most recommended cases on tomshardware is the antec 300 which goes for $60. i myself have an antec 300 illusion and am very pleased with it. the smaller HAF series cases are also very good.

edit: theres tons of combos to choose from, you just gotta look around. the point is that if you dont think you want to go SLI, save the money on the psu and mobo and just get a better single graphics card.
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April 15, 2011 5:42:27 AM

Shop Amazon and you don't pay those California taxes. :)  I put the 922 in this build for a few reasons. First off that 934 is the size of a small house, the 922 is large as some other manufacturers full tower cases, and these 560's aren't large cards. The Asrock mobo in this build comes with a black front panel that has 2 x 3.0 USB ports, and a 2.5" SSD bracket that will fit nicely on that case. This Samsung in this build is not only quicker and quieter than the WD h/d you chose, but it's cheaper. It wins in all three category's. Also if you plan on o/c and going with another 560 later on for SLI, then a 750w psu is the way to go.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-... $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VH238H-23-Inch-LED-Monitor/d... $175.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor

Total: $1,185.41 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- That same Asus monitor @ newegg with more specs, pics, and customer reviews

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <----- more specs, info, and pics of that CM 922 HAF

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 - this mobo even comes with a black Front USB 3.0 Panel (2 x 3.0 USB ports and an SSD bracket)...it's on this link.
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April 15, 2011 6:16:37 AM

Why_Me said:
Shop Amazon and you don't pay those California taxes. :)  I put the 922 in this build for a few reasons. First off that 934 is the size of a small house, the 922 is large as some other manufacturers full tower cases, and these 560's aren't large cards. The Asrock mobo in this build comes with a black front panel that has 2 x 3.0 USB ports, and a 2.5" SSD bracket that will fit nicely on that case. This Samsung in this build is not only quicker and quieter than the WD h/d you chose, but it's cheaper. It wins in all three category's. Also if you plan on o/c and going with another 560 later on for SLI, then a 750w is the way to go.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-... $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VH238H-23-Inch-LED-Monitor/d... $175.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor

Total: $1,185.41 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- That same Asus monitor @ newegg with more specs, pics, and customer reviews

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <----- more specs, info, and pics of that CM 922 HAF

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 - this mobo even comes with a black Front USB 3.0 Panel (2 x 3.0 USB ports and an SSD bracket)...it's on this link.


For ~100 more he can get a 570 @ http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PCI-Express-Graphics-Lifetim...
And he might want to go for 8gb of ram, You probably won't need it though.
http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-1600MHz-PC3-12800... Which is 110 off amazon
And 100 on newegg with free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is also an awesome card, only running a few frames lower than a 570 for ~100 less
Amazon link is http://www.amazon.com/ENGTX560-DCII-TOP-2DI-Ti/dp/B004R...
@ 281$ w/ free shipping
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April 15, 2011 6:36:45 AM

farsuka said:
For ~100 more he can get a 570 @ http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PCI-Express-Graphics-Lifetim...
And he might want to go for 8gb of ram, You probably won't need it though.
http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-1600MHz-PC3-12800... Which is 110 off amazon
And 100 on newegg with free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is also an awesome card, only running a few frames lower than a 570 for ~100 less
Amazon link is http://www.amazon.com/ENGTX560-DCII-TOP-2DI-Ti/dp/B004R...
@ 281$ w/ free shipping

The 570 might be the way to go. If so, a 800+w psu would be playing it safe imo for future SLI. If this was my build, I would slap in another one of those 560's in this build and SLI right off the bat. Why wait? By the time a person is thinking about adding another vid card something else is out there that's bad to the bone. Then you just ebay those 560's and get whatever is the hot item atm. SLI now and get it over with. That way you can play any game out there on high settings and get decent FPS.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/videocards/asus_engtx5... <--- As far as that o/c Asus 560 goes... I would save $30+ and just use the free MSI Afterburner proggy and bump up that MSI 560 to 900+mhz. Easily done and only takes a few minutes.

560's in SLI > single 580
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April 15, 2011 3:58:26 PM

Personally for that budget I'd get an SSD, 8GB RAM and spend less on the case and the motherboard. The rest of the build looks super.
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