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May 6, 2011 10:32:30 PM

Hello again everyone. While I was searching for a build on here awhile back I also asked a few other friends for them to give me a build. So I was wondering if you guys could have a look at what they suggested.

Budget Range: The price ceiling is $1500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming (Rift, Eve Online, Starcraft 2)


Parts Not Required: I already have a mouse/keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Overclocking:Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes (Just the ability to upgrade it, doesnt have to be a second card yet)

Monitor: Still looking for more suggestions

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Here's the list:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Mobo

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 - PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply - Case (Mid)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - IN WIN Dragon Rider Case (Full)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH - Memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - DVD-R

(Would i need two seperate drives if I wanted a blu-ray player too?)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 1TB HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM - Operating System

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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 - Combo w/Processor (Graphics Card)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Arctic Silver 5.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor 400cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers - Monitor

*Updated Post*
May 6, 2011 11:29:51 PM

just a note: Its usually a good idea to include the name of the product, not just the link to it, so I don't have to open 10 more tabs just to see what you ordered:

The mobo is fine. You might consider the same price AS Rock Extreme 4, which gets excellent reviews.

The PSU is probly overkill for a single 560, or even in SLI, You can step down to a 650W and still do fine.

Of your cases, I'd probly keep the Cooler Master, but cases are really quite a personal choice. I go for *CHEAP* (my own PC uses a plain-jane mini tower)

You're overkill on the Memory, paying double what you need. CL7 is almost a waste with sandy bridge. You're not going to need to overclock the memory, and can get by with a $79.99 CL9 8GB Kit instead. Or $89 for ripjaws.

DVD is fine

I'd suggest the same price Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 SATA 6 GB model over the Hitachi. Seagate drive is faster (uses 2 platters instead of 4) even before the marginal interface gains of SATA 3 vs SATA 2 in a mechanical drive.

Your combo is nice, but a 2600K will see almost no gaming bonus over a 2500K, owing almost entirely to its 100MHz speed advantage. Since both overclock about the same, that will vanish if you Overclock at all.

You can save $90 just getting a 2500K and the same Twin Frozr 560 GPU, If you get the 2500K with one of teh 3 8GB G.Skill combos that are $296.98, the total combined savings is $148!


you don't need the Artic Silver 5.

I'd get the Thermaltake Frio cooler ($57.99) for overclocks, its a top 5 cooler at frostytech.

your monitor is also very nice.


Here is the MSI by itself
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is the 2500K + 8 GB Ripjaws RAM (DDR3-1600 CL9)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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May 6, 2011 11:57:17 PM

Thanks for your input, oh and I edited the post to include the product names
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