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April 27, 2011 3:20:15 AM

This will be a family computer as well. In addition to gaming it will be used for everyday tasks, pictures, some video rendering. I'm trying to make it as powerful as possible while maintaining somewhat of a budget.

Processor: i7-2600k
Socket Type: LGA 1155
Awesome: Yes
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3
Socket Type: 1155
Memory: 4x240 pin DDR3
Form Factor: ATX
Power Pin: 24 Pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed: 1600 MHz
Connector: 240 pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Fits PCI Express 2.0
Requires 2x6 pin power supply connector
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Cooler Master RS750-ACAAE3-US GX Series 750W
Form: ATX
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Optical Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything except the power supply is from newegg. I'll probably have to get another SATA cable because the hard drive is bought as a bare drive. I think everything is compatible...let me know if you see and issues. Let me know of any changes you think I should make.

I'm going to get a memory card reader and a Blu Ray player but those will most likely be external. If you know of a reliable internal memory card reader, suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks
April 27, 2011 3:41:49 AM

Processor - I recommend the i5 2500k because of scaling (more performance for your money)

GPU - get a 6950. More powerful and worth the extra $15 or so (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hard Drive - Get the Samsung spinpoint 1tb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU - The Corsair 750TX will be more reliable than your cooler master (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

If you have about $175 get a 64GB SSD drive to put your OS on (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
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April 27, 2011 4:02:36 AM

..or even better a 128GB SSD boot drive for around $200.
I completely agree with the 6950 video card, go for it. Also like the i5 2500k for same reasons mentioned above.
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April 27, 2011 4:08:33 AM

bullwinkel said:
Processor - I recommend the i5 2500k because of scaling (more performance for your money)

GPU - get a 6950. More powerful and worth the extra $15 or so (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hard Drive - Get the Samsung spinpoint 1tb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU - The Corsair 750TX will be more reliable than your cooler master (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

If you have about $175 get a 64GB SSD drive to put your OS on (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)


Is there not a big difference from upgrading from the i5 to the i7? I heard somewhere it's better for 3D rendering in games.

As for the GPU I will probably take your advice.

The PSU you recommended is an ATX V12...won't I have compatibility issues with the ATX board?

I considered getting an SSD...if I go with the i5 I'll probably put the extra $$$ towards the SSD.
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April 27, 2011 4:12:42 AM

I would drop off the retail version of windows for the system builders version. It is the same just does not include microsoft support. My theory on this is: if you have the technical ability to put the computer togeather yourself you do not need microsoft support. 80 dollar markup for inadequate support not worth it. That ram kit is a little cheaper on walmart.com or the gskillz on newegg might be a better choice as it is just as good but lower voltage, so it produces less heat. For the rest you should listen to bullwinkel, his ideas looked good. By the way your M/B should come with at least 4 sata cables.

The consair psu will be perfectly compatible.
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April 27, 2011 4:16:53 AM

What is your budget? Can you give a range?

I don't know too much about the mobo, but considering it has a Tom's Recommended Buy on it, I don't think you can go wrong with it. When I think of good mobos I think of Gigabyte and Asus, but that is probably just the brand name recognition I have been brainwashed with :p 

Seeing as how you are going to do some encoding, I think the i7 is a better choice than the i5. But if you wanted to save some money and still get 95% of the performance, you could always get the i5 and save $100.

For as much money as you are putting into this build and with memory prices the way they are, I would be trying to put 8GB of RAM into your system. I would look for a deal on Newegg. I believe Newegg even had a promotion code today for 15% off all desktop memory.

The video card really depends on your monitor resolution and how much of a "gaming pc" you want this to be. That GTX560 is a really good card, but I guess it's just not on the same level as your CPU choice. My typical rule of thumb for a gaming pc (which people may not agree with) is that if you are going to spend $200 on a CPU, you should aim for anywhere from $250-$350 on the video card depending on your budget. If you are going to spend $300 on a CPU, well then your video card choice is really only held back by how much you are willing to spend. For me I would stick around $300-$400.

Will the 640GB suffice for you? If you are doing pictures, video encoding, and games with this pc, I would think you are going to need a lot of space. If you needed more space for cheap, Samsung makes some pretty cheap 1 TB HDD's, especially if you can find them on sale.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's the one I have, and it's a pretty good drive.

I don't know too much about CM PSU's and their reliability. Once again I have been somewhat brainwashed into Corsair, Antec, and SeaSonic. But there are premiums for those parts. I will let someone else chime in on the PSU. You might even be able to go for a lower wattage model and save some money depending on what video card you select.
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April 27, 2011 4:24:21 AM

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Will the 640GB suffice for you? If you are doing pictures, video encoding, and games with this pc, I would think you are going to need a lot of space. If you needed more space for cheap, Samsung makes some pretty cheap 1 TB HDD's, especially if you can find them on sale.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's the one I have, and it's a pretty good drive.


I run a laptop right now so I have 2 500 GB external drives, so I'm good for now.

As for my budget...the build you see in the original post...my estimates come to $1,273 before tax/shipping. I wouldn't want to stray too far past $1,400 but I would like to stay close to where I am.
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April 27, 2011 4:36:40 AM

mlcaouette said:
I would drop off the retail version of windows for the system builders version. It is the same just does not include microsoft support. My theory on this is: if you have the technical ability to put the computer togeather yourself you do not need microsoft support. 80 dollar markup for inadequate support not worth it. That ram kit is a little cheaper on walmart.com or the gskillz on newegg might be a better choice as it is just as good but lower voltage, so it produces less heat. For the rest you should listen to bullwinkel, his ideas looked good. By the way your M/B should come with at least 4 sata cables.

The consair psu will be perfectly compatible.


I thought about buying the OEM version...but I was afraid it would hurt my ability to get my money back if the product was faulty. Maybe it has no affect on that and I'm just being paranoid. I just wanted to be safe.

And thanks
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April 27, 2011 4:48:30 AM

The Cooler Master GX 750 is actually a bad unit, it has significant ripple issues at moderate load levels yet costs just as much as a good unit, i would take the Corsair 750TX, Antec EA750, or XFX Black Edition 750W unit over that cooler master POS anyday, they are a bit more but are much better quality and arent going to slowly kill your system with excess noise. As for the compatibility, your board is ATX 12V, anything that has a 4 or 8 pin CPU power connector is ATX 2.x compliant, ATX 2.0 moved to the CPU being powered from the 12V rail hence its often referred to as ATX12V.


I would also swap the 640GB drive for a 1TB Samsung F3, its going to be faster, bigger, and only $5 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 27, 2011 4:49:42 AM

Fill this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

I'm really busy right now (at work with stuff due), so I can't help your build. Wait for Why_Me, JackNaylor, or AznShinobi to show up before you buy. DO NOT BUY THE PARTS YOU INTIALLY LISTED. It's got some subpar choices for bad prices.

Get the G.Skill DDR3 listed in the Hot Deals section of this forum. $59 for 8GB 1600CL9. BUY THAT RIGHT NOW before it goes out of stock. You will need it anyways.
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April 27, 2011 4:53:39 AM

$61 for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB on Amazon.
PSU: get Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX unless a jonnyguru review says otherwise. I'd get the 600W OCZ StealthXStream for $40 right now.

EDIT: It's back! $59 8GB G.Skill 1600CL9 DDR3: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2879713
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