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April 20, 2011 4:18:00 PM

Hey guys, never even been inside a computer before so I figured I should hit the internet for help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month


Budget Range: around $1700


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, schoolwork, internet


Parts Not Required: mouse & keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg but whatever has the best deal really


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type intel and nvidia


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Not right away but probably later


Monitor Resolution: Not familiar with what each resolution looks like, its been a while since I've had a gaming pc


Additional Comments: I have never built a pc before so if there's anything here that won't work or is otherwise a problem please let me know

Case: Antec 1200 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 159.99

CPU: intel i7 2600k sandy bridge 3.4 GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 314.95

MOBO: Intel BOXDP67BG LGA 1155 Intel P67 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias... 184.99

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 129.99

GPU: GeForce GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 354.99

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54.99

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 114.99

Monitor: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [/b]179.99[/b]

Windows 7 Premium Full 179.99

Microsoft Office 2010 Home Student 119.99

Any opinions or advice appreciated!

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April 20, 2011 10:15:22 PM

if you are a student microsoft has a special where windows 7 upgrade is $30 (dont worry you can use an upgrade key, just search online) as well as office full for $80
April 20, 2011 10:16:00 PM

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118040
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$22.99


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$109.98
$99.98


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$69.99
$54.99


ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236052
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$40.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$179.99


MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127568
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$354.99
$324.99


XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
Item #: N82E16817207003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$159.99
$129.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
Item #: N82E16820231402
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$104.99


ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131703
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$189.99


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$314.99


OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227551
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$60.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$269.99
$209.99
Subtotal: $1,632.89
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April 20, 2011 10:52:51 PM

$1700 buys you DUAL 570's, an i5-2500k (nearly identical to the 2600k in games, i suggest you read the full article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...), 8gb 1600ram, 1tb hdd, 128gb SATA III HDD. As mentioned, use your student status to buy Office. ENJOY:



Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118040
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$22.99


COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$59.99


MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127568
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$354.99
$324.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99


Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148348
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$25.00 Instant
$269.99
$244.99


MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127568
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130574
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$30.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$534.98
$484.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139022
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$35.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$229.98
$174.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


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)
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$13.00 Combo
$329.98
$316.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Subtotal: $1,729.89


Shipping: $0.00


EMCKFJE34 Discount From Promo Code -$14.00
EMCKFJA38 Discount From Promo Code -$6.00

Grand Total: $1,709.89
April 21, 2011 2:19:19 AM

Case / PSU - Great case to build with ... the V3 version adds front USB port. Inlet air filters are a bit of time investment to remove and clean as thumbscrews for each cage have to be removed, each cage pulled out a bit, filter removed and then reverse to put back in. I do it every 6 months....vacuuming each month between. The DF-85 ya can remove and replace all 3 filters in a few seconds (hinged doors).

Getting this case w/o putting a CP-850 in it would be not to take advantage of its strongest feature. The XFX Core Edition gets a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating, the CP-850 gets a 10.0

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Quote:
It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


The next review gets a bt more into the pairing of the 1200 & CP-850.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

Quote:
The Antec CP-850 is a superlative power supply by almost any standard. Its electrical performance is up at the level of its more expensive brethren, the Signature 650 and 850, and Seasonic's flagship, the M12D-850: Voltage regulation is extremely tight for all the lines at all loads, and the ripple noise is amazingly low ..... The noise performance is excellent, with the <400W performance matching or bettering virtually every PSU tested thus far. ....It has the virtue keeping itself extremely cool, however, cooler than any other PSU we've tested at such high loads.

A serious consideration is that in each of the three compatible Antec cases, the CP-850 mounts on the bottom, and the intake for the PSU is quite separate from the rest of the system. In the P193 and P183, the PSU is in an entirely separate thermal chamber, and in the model 1200, a direct path can be maintained to the directly opposite, wide-open front vent. This means that our extreme hot box test conditions never apply to the CP-850; in other words, SPCR's test environment is unrealistically hot for the CP-850. Our atypical spot check with a room ambient thermal test showed the CP-850 would reach only 24 dBA@1m at 700W load in a 27°C working environment. This is ridiculously quiet for such high power output.

The above is an obviously unfair advantage for the CP-850... but what of it? Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec! It's not uncommon for enthusiasts to frequently replace the motherboard and components that mount onto it — such as CPU, RAM and video card — while the case and PSU are retained. There would be ample reason to take that approach with the CP-850 and one of the compatible Antec cases.

For the quiet-seeking computer gaming enthusiast, the CP-850 (along with any of the three compatible cases) is something of a godsend. Fantastically stable power, super low noise at any power load, long expected reliability due to excellent cooling, modular cabling, and all at a price that's no higher than many high end 6~700W models. That you're limited to one of three well-executed high cases from Antec — one mostly for silence (P183), one mostly for gaming (1200) and one that's really an ultimate everyman case (P193) — is not exactly a hardship either.


The 750 watter BTW, will be a little light for the addition of a 2nd 570 GFX card in SLI at a later date, you'll want an 850 watter for that.

MoBo / CPU - This pairing will serve ya batter and save money ($20 discount on combo.). If money's tight, the i5-2500k gives up just 0.1 Ghz and Hyper Threading tho the 2600 seems to be the better overclocker.

$485 - ASUS P8P67 Pro w/ i7-2600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro w/ i7-2600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Tall heatsinks are a remnant of days gone by when RAM temperature was an issue. It's not an issue anymore, especially on SB systems since BCLK adjustments are at most minimal, and the heatsinks have been kept merely cause they "look cool". Problem is they interfere with 3rd party CPU coolers. While you listed "No" to overclocking, I wouldn't want you to close the door completely in the issue as overclocking the SB CPU's is a 1 minute affair and you may want to pursue it in future. With SLI on the table in the future, low latency memory could help performance with regard to those annoying spots in games where frame rates drop to unacceptable levels.. On $1750 systems and above, I use CAS 7 DDR3-1600.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12fo

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of war
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

$15 more for these Mushkin CAS 7 Redlines.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise I'd use these; add'tl 10% off w/ w/ promo code EMCKFJA22, ends 4/20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - The 570 is a great card.....with a single card it outscores its little brother 524 fps to 495 fps in Guru3D's gaming suite. But in SLI, the lead slims down to 873 fps to 862. So $355 for one 570 GFX card and 523 fps or $480 for two 560 Ti's (900MHz version) and 862 fps ???? I'd take the twin 560's

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

OS - You can usually get Windows OS for like $10 on college campuses, but as you are the builder, you are entitld to the OEM version.

$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In a neat package, here's the build I'd make w/ $1,700 .... well $1,703

Case - $140 - Antec 1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Side Panel Case Fan - $16 - Antec Blue 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Factory Overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $300 - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 21, 2011 4:38:21 PM

Wow that's a lot of information, thanks guys :)  I think I'll go with the i5 2500k. I mean .1 GHz isnt a lot, and while I have no clue what hyperthreading is, I doubt it's worth the price difference.

As for the case thanks for the suggestion, I've never shopped for a case before and all I was really looking for was adequate cooling, since heat killed my gaming laptop a few years ago.

Thanks alot guys :) 
!