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April 27, 2011 2:54:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: With-in 7 Days
Budget Range : $1300
System Usage : Gaming, Internet, Other Stuff.
Parts Not Required : Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts : Newegg.com or Microcenter.com, (Local Vendor, in English)
Country of Origin : United States
Parts Preferences : Intel CPU
Overclocking : Yes
SLI or Crossfire : In the future Yes.

CPU : Intel Core i5 2500K
CPU Cooler : ---------

Motherboard : ----------- (ASUS Sabertooth X58) ? (ASUS Sabertooth p67) ? (Theres so Many different motherboards... h67 p67) What MOBO???

RAM : 8GB 2x4GB DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws
GPU : --------- Nvidia or Radeon with Intel?
HDD : ----------
CASE : HAF 932 (Unless something nicer)
PSU : ---------- (Corsair preferred atleast 800w)

Please help me finish my build for my Gaming PC!
Im trying to build a really good gaming PC for new games coming out like Battlefield 3, and games like BFBC2, WoW, and Others.

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April 27, 2011 6:44:36 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$251.98

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8P67 Pro
RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 1.5v CL8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$269.98

GPU: MSI R6950 2GB (you would need a board with an NF200 chip to SLi two nVidia cards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$274.99 ($249.99 after MIR)

HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
PSU: Corsair 850HX Modular 80 Plus Silver (750 is enough, but you said at least 800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$209.98 ($189.98 after MIR)

CASE: HAF 932 Advanced (black interior, front USB 3.0 ports)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-Supe...
$154.82, free shipping

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Total before shipping: $1161.75 (shipping is $17.52 to my zip code)

April 27, 2011 7:20:28 PM

I am against spending $150 on a case for a $1,300 build. You can easily get a $50 a case and spend the $100 on other stuff, like upgrading to the 2600K or getting an SSD.
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April 27, 2011 7:31:44 PM

DXRick said:
I am against spending $150 on a case for a $1,300 build. You can easily get a $50 a case and spend the $100 on other stuff, like upgrading to the 2600K or getting an SSD.


Really?!? What kind of case would you get for your PC? Because for mine I'm gonna spend whatever I want on it no matter what the overall cost is. Yeah, he could get a $50 case, but would you want a 50 dollar piece of crap to put your fine components in?

I really like hunters suggestions, very nice well rounded PC if ya ask me.
April 27, 2011 7:32:23 PM

Being that I just made an AMD based gaming build...go GeForce instead of Radeon. I'm having wierd issues with games and need workaround to make them work properly (e.g. - SCII)
April 27, 2011 7:34:35 PM

DXRick said:
I am against spending $150 on a case for a $1,300 build. You can easily get a $50 a case and spend the $100 on other stuff, like upgrading to the 2600K or getting an SSD.


Me too, but it's not my money and the HAF 932 must've made an impression on him. I think an SSD would be more beneficial than the 2600k. 'Other stuff' could be video/photo editing, but most people will list that separately.

I like this case too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... <--same case, free shipping from amazon
$89.99
(shout out to Why_Me)

And that would almost free up enough cash for an Intel 510 SSD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$269.99

Total with above case and Intel 510: $1366.91, just above his budget. Same shipping as earlier post.

EDIT: I forgot about the mail in rebates. Take $45 off of that total.
April 27, 2011 8:08:47 PM

Well why pay for the 2600k if I over clock 2500k
April 27, 2011 8:17:29 PM

The COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer or HAF 922 would be good choices. In retrospect, you can't find a good case for $50 anymore, because of the growing length of GPUs.

I built an i7-950 system in November with the Antec Sonata Proto (around $64), and it fits the HD 6870 snuggly (maybe 1" to spare).
April 27, 2011 8:32:07 PM

Don't get the i7 2600K over the i5 2500K unless you need the 8 threads for productivity software.

Also... You can pick up the i5 2500K at microcenter for $179.99!
April 27, 2011 8:40:17 PM

i got my antec 300 illusion for $55 (snipped the LEDs leads), and it fits 2x6950/6970s. I dont think its a piece of crap, but ill have to check again when i go home.
April 27, 2011 8:55:45 PM

kingxpaul said:
Well why pay for the 2600k if I over clock 2500k


A 2600k would be a waste of $100 for you.
April 27, 2011 8:58:40 PM

buzznut said:
Really?!? What kind of case would you get for your PC? Because for mine I'm gonna spend whatever I want on it no matter what the overall cost is. Yeah, he could get a $50 case, but would you want a 50 dollar piece of crap to put your fine components in?

I really like hunters suggestions, very nice well rounded PC if ya ask me.


Thanks, I should clarify that I myself would not spend $150 on a case with that budget. But I also would have spent a lil' bit more than the $60 I did for my HAF 912 in my $1000 build.
April 27, 2011 9:02:37 PM

k1ck3rtw said:
Being that I just made an AMD based gaming build...go GeForce instead of Radeon. I'm having wierd issues with games and need workaround to make them work properly (e.g. - SCII)


I'm thinking you are having other issues. I haven't heard nearly as many complaints about current generation Radeon cards vs. previous generations (5xxx, 4xxx, etc.). They offer more bang for buck than comparable offerings from nVidia with the exception of the GTX 580. It is king of the single-gpu cards.
April 28, 2011 1:14:06 AM

Whats wrong with the sabortooth mobo
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 1:22:38 AM

I'l post ya a build in a min.
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 1:26:25 AM

Here's a build I posted on another thread a few minutes ago. This build will rip any game out there. The case in this build just came out yesterday so there's no customer reviews on it but if you go to the Cooler Master site they have some professional reviews on it and they were all good. That case has size and cooling.

Purchase the 2500K cpu from Microcenter if your in driving distance of one. It retails for $179.99 there for "walk in only". Otherwise this is the build if you plan on gaming.

Down below is dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same case @ newegg + shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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... $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98 FREE SHIPPING
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 Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
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 Card

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.15 & 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... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Total: $1,348.12 *not including monitor, shipping, and mail in rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 FREE SHIPPING
Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 1000:1

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <--- review/benchmarks of that card

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t... <--- review benchmarks of that card in SLI

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 in it's class

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 Motherboard
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