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April 15, 2011 9:38:17 PM

Hi, I'm new to pc building and distrustful of services such like ibuypower/cyberpower.

So my budget is somewhere between 1300 to 1500, but preferably towards the 1300 end.

as per the guidelines:

Approximate Purchase Date: towards the end of the coming May


Budget Range: 1300-1500 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, surfing, etc.


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, also I'm not sure if optical drives from 7+ years back are still compatible with the current motherboards.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com(if shipping+rebates saves more money than on newegg)


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I have no clue. Does amd's apus have superior performance over intel's sandy bridge?


Overclocking: Most likely not.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: no monitor


Additional Comments: I guess my only concern would lie in having an adequate psu when add in another gfx card

Thankyouthankyou!

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April 15, 2011 10:49:31 PM

This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), etc...

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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $174.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $164.98
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $464.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

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.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.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/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)

Total: $1,254.41 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..

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 11:00:08 PM

The P67 based MB and i5-2500/2500k (the "k" series of cpus being overclockable) are the defacto standard these days.

Regarding the current AM3 cpus, ....short of some miracle overclock to 4.5 GHz with liquid nitrogen, most even then are hard pressed to equal the gaming performance of Intel's socket 1155 cpu at stock clocks 1-1.2 Ghz lower.

Regarding your older optical drives, most MBs are dispensing with the older parallel ATA 66/100/133 port altogether, so you'd likely require at least a newer SATA DVD drive of some type.
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April 15, 2011 11:35:16 PM

thanks for the reply. but under the fan's details, it doesnt have i5 listed as compatible. would it matter?
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April 15, 2011 11:38:03 PM

relznir said:
thanks for the reply. but under the fan's details, it doesnt have i5 listed as compatible. would it matter?

Amazon is slow with changing the info on their site. All Intel 1156 cpu fan/heat sinks are compatible with the new Intel socket 1155 mobo's.

Also you can cross reference any component on Amazon with newegg to get more pics, specs, and customer reviews.
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April 16, 2011 3:05:43 AM

one more thing, is that psu enough for those 2 gtx 560s since they come overclocked from msi? or is it not?
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April 16, 2011 3:11:44 AM

relznir said:
one more thing, is that psu enough for those 2 gtx 560s since they come overclocked from msi? or is it not?

That psu is more than plenty. You will have plenty of juice to run those cards, over clock, add extra drives, fans, etc.. with power to spare. The gtx 560's are on Nvidia's latest chip set and die. They run cool, and aren't power hungry hogs like the older gtx 570's and 580's.
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April 16, 2011 3:18:42 AM

relznir said:
one more thing, is that psu enough for those 2 gtx 560s since they come overclocked from msi? or is it not?


650W from a quality PSU maker would be enough easily.
corsair is quality.
I'd rather get the spinpoint f3 for $65, and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $95 after rebate, 160 in total ($5 cheaper). The xfx is about the same level as the TX2, maybe slightly better, and $5 cheaper.
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April 16, 2011 3:25:16 AM

Best answer selected by Relznir.
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April 16, 2011 3:32:53 AM

thanks alot guys, really appreciate it. the price was so good, i caved and ordered everything.
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April 16, 2011 3:42:09 AM

relznir said:
thanks alot guys, really appreciate it. the price was so good, i caved and ordered everything.

On a side note...you can punch up that 2500K with that Asrock board to somewhere around 4.2 - 4.4ghz without even touching your voltage. Dual 560's in SLI...oh man that's gonna rock. After you put that together I would go out and buy the latest hottest dx11 FPS game out there, and watch your FPS go through the roof. :sol: 
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