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First Timer - $2000 Gaming Build - Switching to 1155?

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April 28, 2011 6:28:48 PM

Hello all,

I am a first-time builder looking to assemble a fairly high-end gaming rig. I've been wanting to put together my own system for quite a while, and I have been reading different forums to obtain as much info as I can. I thought I would post where I am at currently, and ask for your advice.


Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: ~$2000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Music/Entertainment

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, mid tower case

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Would prefer to avoid liquid cooling, as I am new to this and think that might be more complex than I can handle for my first build. Ideally a mid-tower case would be best for my needs. I am not certain whether I would want to get into overclocking, cross-fire/SLI GPU's, or other such things, but being able to leave the door open is always nice. My budget is fairly robust, so I would like to go for quality and power.


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


As you can see, my current build above revolves around the six-core i7-970 Gulftown 1366 processor, however I have received a lot of advice to switch up to the Sandy Bridge 1155 socket instead. My first question is if you feel this would make more sense given my needs? From what I understand, I would be looking at the below processor instead. Do you feel like I would see a major difference in performance with one or the other?

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I do go with the 1155 CPU, that would mean a change in Mobo - any suggestion you have here would be appreciated, as this is probably the area I am least well-versed in (I guess I would need a P67 or H67). As noted above I would prefer to avoid a full tower case, but at the same time if I decide down the road that I want to put in a second GPU, then that would be something to consider. I wouldn't be against a more powerful single GPU solution, maybe leaving room for a sound card at some point.

I believe I would need to switch out my RAM to a 2x configuration for the 1155 correct? I would most likely be looking to go for 2x4GB.

I've seen many builds utilize both a traditional HDD and a Solid State Drive in conjunction - is this something you'd recommend? I'm not totally sure how this works, or to what end (besides knowing that a SSD is much faster).


Any other general advice, suggestions, info you might want to share would be very helpful. I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks very much!
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 6:39:20 PM

Nobody on this board can recommend a vid card and psu for a build without knowing your monitors resolution.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/157?vs=287 <----- Intel Core i7 970 vs Intel Core i7 2600K benchmarks

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/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.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
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 6:45:08 PM

CPU wise, the 1155 SB's will give you better performance. You don't need the 2600k for gaming though. Hyperthreading doesn't improve gaming performance and may actually hurt it. So 2500k is enough.

Mobo wise go with Asus P8p67 Pro or Gigabyte p67A-UD4 both ~$190.
Those will do everything you need. If you want to use 3 gpu's down the road, then get a mobo with a NF200 chip such as the Asus Revolution
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 922 isn't really a mid tower, it's the size of many full tower cases, so if you wanted mid tower for the smaller size, then I'd recommend going with something like the CM 690 II, antec 900 or antec 300 illusion at that price range.

HD wise, samsung spinpoint f3's or seagate 7200.12's are better 500gb and 1tb drives. The spinpoint f4 is the better choice for 2tb drive.

Unless you have a specific need for blue ray it's not needed. Btwn digital distribution and external drives, optical media is really becoming pointless.

Yes you need to use dual channel for 1155. Look for a 1.5v ddr3 1333 or 1600 CAS 7 or 8 kit. G skill for ex has this great kit for $90, though promo code ends today.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A SSD + HD combo is used definitely the best way to get system that feels fast. The idea is to put OS, applications and games onto the SSD to load fast. You then use the HD for stuff where speed doesn't matter such as storing documents or media.

This way you should theoretically see no difference in system responsiveness than if you went entirely SSD's.

Related resources
April 28, 2011 6:51:59 PM

Why_Me said:
Nobody on this board can recommend a vid card and psu for a build without knowing your monitors resolution.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/157?vs=287 <----- Intel Core i7 970 vs Intel Core i7 2600K benchmarks

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/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.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



Apologies, I must have accidentally cut that line out. My moniter's resolution is 1680 x 1050.

Thanks for the links - the processor comparison is very helpful. I will take a look at everything you've recommended.
April 28, 2011 7:06:09 PM

banthracis said:
CPU wise, the 1155 SB's will give you better performance. You don't need the 2600k for gaming though. Hyperthreading doesn't improve gaming performance and may actually hurt it. So 2500k is enough.

Mobo wise go with Asus P8p67 Pro or Gigabyte p67A-UD4 both ~$190.
Those will do everything you need. If you want to use 3 gpu's down the road, then get a mobo with a NF200 chip such as the Asus Revolution
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 922 isn't really a mid tower, it's the size of many full tower cases, so if you wanted mid tower for the smaller size, then I'd recommend going with something like the CM 690 II, antec 900 or antec 300 illusion at that price range.

HD wise, samsung spinpoint f3's or seagate 7200.12's are better 500gb and 1tb drives. The spinpoint f4 is the better choice for 2tb drive.

Unless you have a specific need for blue ray it's not needed. Btwn digital distribution and external drives, optical media is really becoming pointless.

Yes you need to use dual channel for 1155. Look for a 1.5v ddr3 1333 or 1600 CAS 7 or 8 kit. G skill for ex has this great kit for $90, though promo code ends today.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A SSD + HD combo is used definitely the best way to get system that feels fast. The idea is to put OS, applications and games onto the SSD to load fast. You then use the HD for stuff where speed doesn't matter such as storing documents or media.

This way you should theoretically see no difference in system responsiveness than if you went entirely SSD's.



Thanks very much, great advice. I will take a look at your suggestions. I included the BD drive simply because I do own some BD's and it seemed cheap enough to purchase rather than going with a pure DVD drive.
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 7:06:12 PM

Down below is dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, 128GB SATA III SSD, CM V6, 8GB of low voltage RAM, Windows 7, 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/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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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/LG-Electronics-Blu-ray-Software-W... $90.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
LG Electronics 10X Blu-ray SATA Writer Drive with Software WH10LS30K - Bulk (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: $1,453.11 *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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $549.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $529.98
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 Card
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 8:40:00 PM

Let me add a couple caveats to the ASROCK mobo.

1. The tested and default BCLK for the ASROCK is a slightly OC'ed 100.4 mhz. At stock settings with a 33 multiplier, this translated into a 13.2mhz increase. While not huge, it is impacting the benchmarks when compared to the other mobo's with the standard 100 mhz BCLK.

2. Between the best and the worse performing mobo's you're looking at most a 2% difference outside a few isolated non gaming benchmarks. So the performance spectrum is not exactly varied, especially once you take in the margin of error.

3. Warranty, support and build quality are IMO, more important for a mobo than performance. ASROCK is improving now with 2 yr warranty if you sign up for it, but the top makers offer 3 years standard.

What Why_Me forgot to mention though, is that the ASROCK is also $20 cheaper than the ASUS and Gigabyte equivalents. It's a tradeoff so you'll have to decide if it's worth it for you.
April 28, 2011 9:59:27 PM

Any particular reason you went with the dual GTX 560's over the 6970? Or even dual 6970's? I do have a fair bit of budget leftover with the build you suggested (which is great by the way, thank you), so I wouldn't be against a bigger upgrade there.
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 10:15:36 PM

dmmontal said:
Any particular reason you went with the dual GTX 560's over the 6970? Or even dual 6970's? I do have a fair bit of budget leftover with the build you suggested (which is great by the way, thank you), so I wouldn't be against a bigger upgrade there.

Because you get more out of that card for the $$$ than any other card out there atm other than a few 6950's that flash into 6970's...but I'm not a big fan of AMD/ATI drivers.

Those 560's are over clocking monsters. That MSI 560 can be over clocked to run on par a 570. Now seeing how you need a decent monitor and chances are your going to get a 1920 x 1080 (standard issue these days), those cards in SLI will eat up and spit out a single 580, and if over clocked they will run on par with a pair of 570's at that resolution. And the beauty of those cards is the fact they aren't power hungry hogs like the 570 and 580's seeing how they are on Nvidia's newest chip set and die, and they don't run hot like most AMD cards...that and they are small cards in length. They are what a card should be imo, other than it would be nice to see them with a half gig more memory.
April 28, 2011 10:22:30 PM

Why_Me said:
Because you get more out of that card for the $$$ than any other card out there atm other than a few 6950's that flash into 6970's...but I'm not a big fan of AMD/ATI drivers.

Those 560's are over clocking monsters. That MSI 560 can be over clocked to run on par a 570. Now seeing how you need a decent monitor and chances are your going to get a 1920 x 1080 (standard issue these days), those cards in SLI will eat up and spit out a single 580, and if over clocked they will run on par with a pair of 570's at that resolution. And the beauty of those cards is the fact they aren't power hungry hogs like the 570 and 580's seeing how they are on Nvidia's newest chip set and die, and they don't run hot like most AMD cards...that and they are small cards in length. They are what a card should be imo, other than it would be nice to see them with a half gig more memory.



Thanks that sounds good - I had read quite a lot of folks saying very nice things about the 560 so your argument is cementing that case to me.
April 28, 2011 11:57:19 PM

One other question in looking at the PSU. Besides the price difference, would you see a reason not to go with the 900W version of the PSU you posted? Do you just think that's overkill and unnecessary, or maybe useful down the road if I start switching out new parts?
a b 4 Gaming
April 29, 2011 12:38:01 AM

dmmontal said:
One other question in looking at the PSU. Besides the price difference, would you see a reason not to go with the 900W version of the PSU you posted? Do you just think that's overkill and unnecessary, or maybe useful down the road if I start switching out new parts?

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t... <----- Here's what two of those cards pulled in total wattage. The thing to know is that they used a 1336 set up with a i7 920 o/c to 3.6ghz. Now that total wattage includes the entire rig...not just the vid cards. The 2500K doesn't pull near as much wattage as the 1336 set up. On top of that they had those cards over clocked to 965mhz. In other words those cards were pushed to the limit before they did the power/wattage test.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/47?vs=288 <----- That's the i7 920 @ stock settings vs the 2500K during load testing. No comparison. Any decent 750w psu (Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Enermax, Antec, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling) will provide more than enough juice for two of those cards over clocked even more than they already are, and leave you plenty of juice to boost that 2500K and add extra fans, drives, etc...
April 29, 2011 1:51:18 AM

Why_Me and Banthracis, thank you both for very much for all the help. Based on all your recommendations here's my final pending build:



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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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



I decided to stick with the ASRock board, as that seemed to fit my needs best. For the optical drive I kept the one from my original post, as I only felt I needed to read BD's. I went with a full 2TB on the HDD and added the SSD as well. I also decided I would prefer the flexibility of getting the retail version of Windows 7 over the OEM. I felt that for $210, the suggested moniter was a steal, so I've added that in as well - I'm overdue for an upgrade there anyway. For the tower, I settled on the Antec 900 II V3 which seemed to be the best case for my needs.

All together I've come out right on budget. I will look for any specific combos that add a discount (the above was just to link the specific parts). Thanks again!
April 30, 2011 1:20:02 AM

dmmontal said:
Why_Me and Banthracis, thank you both for very much for all the help. Based on all your recommendations here's my final pending build:



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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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



I decided to stick with the ASRock board, as that seemed to fit my needs best. For the optical drive I kept the one from my original post, as I only felt I needed to read BD's. I went with a full 2TB on the HDD and added the SSD as well. I also decided I would prefer the flexibility of getting the retail version of Windows 7 over the OEM. I felt that for $210, the suggested moniter was a steal, so I've added that in as well - I'm overdue for an upgrade there anyway. For the tower, I settled on the Antec 900 II V3 which seemed to be the best case for my needs.

All together I've come out right on budget. I will look for any specific combos that add a discount (the above was just to link the specific parts). Thanks again!


Just a couple recommendations:

Power supply:
At this price range, however, the High Current Gamer 750 W will face a fierce competition, especially from the XFX 750 W Black Edition and PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750 W – both presented a far higher efficiency during our tests.

Therefore, even though the Antec High Current Gamer 750 W is a good power supply, there are better options in the same price range.

Try getting the black edition 750W if its not out of stock when you buy, but the core edition is $5 more than your PSU and superior http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with the 850W version on $10 more than the 750W core.

The hdd you picked is $160! Try getting 2 of the HDD that why_me recommended, (Here http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...) they are faster and $30 cheaper EACH, you can use them in RAID. Or if you just want a single HDD, theres a samsung spinpoint 2TB HDD for $80 - Half the price of the WD black with similiar speeds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Lastly, and most importantly, the SSD; Smaller SSD's (in terms of storage space) are slower, and more expensive per GB. As well as they store less! Your SSD is $245 for 120GB, a faster and better option would be this $285 AR SSD with 180GB. Getting the cheaper Samsung HDD (or 2 of the cheaper ones) allows you to buy this.


If you want to maximize your budget, for $380, ($95 more than the 180GB SSD) , theres the same version of SSD, but 240GB its even FASTER (Bigger SSD = FASTER SSD) SSD with 60more GB for $95. Thats a steal - SSds mainly come for $2/gb (and thats lower end) - As you can see from your choice (120GB for $245). I'd really recommend at least the 180GB OCZ 2, and this one if you can stretch for it.

Good luck with your build :) .
April 30, 2011 5:49:37 AM

vibhas said:
Just a couple recommendations:

Power supply:
At this price range, however, the High Current Gamer 750 W will face a fierce competition, especially from the XFX 750 W Black Edition and PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750 W – both presented a far higher efficiency during our tests.

Therefore, even though the Antec High Current Gamer 750 W is a good power supply, there are better options in the same price range.

Try getting the black edition 750W if its not out of stock when you buy, but the core edition is $5 more than your PSU and superior http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with the 850W version on $10 more than the 750W core.

The hdd you picked is $160! Try getting 2 of the HDD that why_me recommended, (Here http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...) they are faster and $30 cheaper EACH, you can use them in RAID. Or if you just want a single HDD, theres a samsung spinpoint 2TB HDD for $80 - Half the price of the WD black with similiar speeds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Lastly, and most importantly, the SSD; Smaller SSD's (in terms of storage space) are slower, and more expensive per GB. As well as they store less! Your SSD is $245 for 120GB, a faster and better option would be this $285 AR SSD with 180GB. Getting the cheaper Samsung HDD (or 2 of the cheaper ones) allows you to buy this.


If you want to maximize your budget, for $380, ($95 more than the 180GB SSD) , theres the same version of SSD, but 240GB its even FASTER (Bigger SSD = FASTER SSD) SSD with 60more GB for $95. Thats a steal - SSds mainly come for $2/gb (and thats lower end) - As you can see from your choice (120GB for $245). I'd really recommend at least the 180GB OCZ 2, and this one if you can stretch for it.

Good luck with your build :) .



Thanks Vibhas, I appreciate the input. My parts are actually already in shipment, so I'll have to keep it in mind for the future!
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