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April 29, 2011 6:06:39 AM

:hello:  Hello, this is the first time i build my own desktop, i heard it was way cheaper so i decided to try i need help choosing the parts since I am a noob, i know nothing about compatibility or whatever it's called :(  . Here is the requested info:

Approximate Purchase Date: I will be being everything before the end of may hopefully

Budget Range: Less then $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (world of warcraft, starcraft 2, crysis when i get a system that can handle it, and other games), watching videos and movies (will be using PS3 for movies), listening to music and lastly surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: Monitor and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and amazon because I don't know any others but won't say no to a part if it's from another store.

Country of Origin: I currently live in California

Parts Preferences: I am planning on putting in a 40GB SSD to put windows on it in addition to the hard drive you guys recommend other then that i have not preferred parts

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: If i can afford it and if it's worth it

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080p

Additional Comments: I want to go for Windows as my OS since it is the best =P. A silent system would be nice but a bit of noise won't bother me. Oh and here is a link for the monitor I am choosing http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (price is separate from the $1500) if you guys know of anything that is better and costs $160 or less please tell me.

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April 29, 2011 6:27:59 AM

cpu: i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99

motherboard: p67 your choice which brand and depends if you want to SLI/CF $120-200

ram: 8GB 1600Mhz CAS 7-9 your choice on brand $80-150

PSU: Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $164.99

Graphics Card: gtx 560 ti (SLI now/later) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (x 2)
or gtx 570 and SLI later http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $354.99
or gtx 580 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99

OS: windows 7 $99

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99

SSD: vertex 2 40gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99
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April 29, 2011 6:47:05 AM

You can get a case at newegg.com as well. I forgot to include that and a cpu cooler as those tend to go hand in hand and are more what you prefer. Just make sure that the cpu cooler you buy fits into the case you buy :p 
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April 29, 2011 6:51:03 AM

That ram is perfect and a steal atm. The motherboard is fine if you want a micro atx board. It will provide more room at the bottom of your case otherwise I'd go with the atx board like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and get a few more sata connections, usb ports, pcie slots unless you don't need more.
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April 29, 2011 6:53:42 AM

Thanks so much =). Can't wait to order.
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April 29, 2011 6:55:29 AM

Enjoy! Also forgot about CD drive unless you already have a sata CD drive :p  Hate for you to have an old IDE drive and find out there isn't a 40pin on the motherboard for it >.>
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April 29, 2011 6:58:54 AM

Live in California...then shop amazon as much as possible so you don't pay sales tax.

Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), 64GB SSD, Windows 7, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM, 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.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-comp... $104.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms 750TX v2

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.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-... $223.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $27.87 & 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/Corsair-Supported-Solid-State-CSS... $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair 64 GB Nova Series TRIM Supported 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT

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.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/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/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,491.71 *not including shipping, tax, and mail in rebates

http://www.amazon.com/Gateway-FHX2152L-21-5-Inch-Widesc... $139.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gateway FHX2152L bd 21.5-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Back-Lit Display (Black)

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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April 29, 2011 7:01:58 AM

Oh lame didn't know California had to pay sales tax on newegg
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April 29, 2011 7:02:18 AM

Thank both of you forgot about sales tax its a b****.
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May 6, 2011 2:47:24 AM

Best answer selected by Cuddles_1.
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