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May 10, 2011 4:02:44 AM

I've been lurking the forums for a few days picking up info on my first build. I'll be getting it done this summer between school and work, and would appreciate any input on what I've chosen.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks from today

Budget Range: $1000, though I'd like to keep it low

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, web surfing / flash. I mainly play SC2 and HoN, though I will be getting Diablo 3 when it comes out and playing Crysis 2 in the near future.

Parts Not Required: I have the opportunity to rip out a 1000W power supply from my brother's old XPS Desktop, don't know the model number but I can find out in the coming week

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU & ATI graphics

Overclocking: No (Simply due to lack of knowledge)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (In the future, for upgradeability)

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, may upgrade in the future

Additional Comments: Would prefer to make this as cost-effective as possible.

So far, the parts I have lined up for this build are:

CPU: $189.99

Intel i5 2400 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo Boost)

I decided on the 2400 and not the 2500k because of my lack of knowledge when it comes to overclocking. Is it more price-effective to get the 2500k and overclock, or will I be fine with the 2400?

MOBO: $149.99

MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I wanted to go with a P67 for the upgradeability in the future, so I'm willing to spend the extra $60 or so for two PCIe slots over the H67 MOBOs. I would have preferred a GIGABYTE board, but this MSI was cheaper and had better reviews than a comprable GIGABYTE.

Memory: $59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4Gb (2x2Gb) DDR3 SDRAM 1600

Picked this memory up due to it having the best timings of any 2x2Gb memory I could find - 7-8-7-24

GPU: $199.99 ($20 Mail in rebate)

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit

Looked at the recent article posted about video card value, this looked to be the best in my price range.

Hard Drive: $59.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Case: $59.99

Cooler Master HAF 912

Saw this mid-tower recommended in an article, my only concern is whether or not the graphics card will fit in the case? Dimensions: 19.50" x 9.10" x 18.90" and the card is approx. ~11" long.

Total Cost: $719.94

Note about the power supply: I am trying to remove the 1000W power supply from my brother's old XPS Desktop, as it would give me more than sufficient power for my rig. However, in case this fails (or it's simply beyond working), I've been advised to use at least a 750W power supply. Any good recommendations?

Thanks for the help in advance guys, please give me feedback or suggestions about what I should do with my rig!
May 10, 2011 5:44:24 AM

I would spend the extra for the 2500k. You might never overclock , but you also might give it a go in a year or so when you want to keep your computer as competitive as possible .
On a k cpu its very very easy to do

The Samsung F3 500 gig hard drive is faster .

Its a good solid build either way
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May 10, 2011 5:52:12 AM

This build is set up to add another one of those factory over clocked MSI gtx 560's later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
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... $104.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $359.98 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (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/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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Total: $906.92 *not including mail in rebates

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm <----- MSI Afterburner proggy
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May 10, 2011 6:04:36 AM

Blah, just found out I shouldn't order from newegg 'cause I live in Cali...

Any suggestions between Amazon and Tigerdirect? If I buy all my parts from one site, is there any way I can call and get a discount from them?

EDIT: Thanks for the replies guys, I think I am going to upgrade to the 2500K and the F3 drive from Samsung. One more question: is it worthwhile to buy a small SSD to use for my OS as a boot drive? If so, how hard is it to set up? I'm proficient on a computer, but not a techie.
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May 10, 2011 6:32:17 AM

Halfie said:
Blah, just found out I shouldn't order from newegg 'cause I live in Cali...

Any suggestions between Amazon and Tigerdirect? If I buy all my parts from one site, is there any way I can call and get a discount from them?

EDIT: Thanks for the replies guys, I think I am going to upgrade to the 2500K and the F3 drive from Samsung. One more question: is it worthwhile to buy a small SSD to use for my OS as a boot drive? If so, how hard is it to set up? I'm proficient on a computer, but not a techie.

Forget the SSD for now...you can pick one up later on when the prices drop on em. For now...it's all about FPS in regards to gaming. If you plan on sizing up someday on your monitor...then go for the 560.
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May 10, 2011 4:59:01 PM

Don't worry about sales taxes with NewEgg too much. Quite often their prices still beat others by more than 10%, especially when you look for good combo deals. On the other hand, if there is a Fry's near you, their prices can also be very good, and you don't have to pay for S&H.
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May 17, 2011 3:42:08 AM

Best answer selected by Halfie.
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