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May 14, 2011 6:06:52 AM

To start off, this is my first attempt at a build ever. I've been doing as much research as possible, but my knowledge base isn't that great. I'm looking to create a gaming computer at a reasonable price, but which will also last a few years. I've decided that I want to go with the 2nd-gen intel cpus, but I'm not sure which one to pick, the i7-2600k or the i5-2500k. I'm doing all of my shopping on newegg, as I've got a few gift cards to the website. Anyway, on to the meat. If anyone could tell me what I'm missing or what I'm doing wrong, it would be greatly appreciated.

I'm trying my best to be cost conscious, while also being forward looking... very tough I've found...

Case -- Antec Nine Hundred Two $119
CPU -- i5-2500K $369 combo with MOBO
MOBO -- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $369 combo with CPU
RAM -- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $205 with Win7 Pro combo
Hard Drive -- Crucial RealSSD, 128GB SATA III $238
GPU -- GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB, OC to 950MHz $260
PSU -- Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W $90

Another idea is extra fans or cooling or whatever, but I have no idea how many or what...

Any suggestions/tweaks/etc.? Also, my budget is currently topped at $1200, but could get bigger if necessary (like for a 2600k or something), but like most people, smaller is better in the end. Thanks in advance!

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May 14, 2011 6:29:07 AM

It all looks really solid. You've got a really balanced build here. The only suggestion that comes to mind is this: Swap the Crucial RealSSD for an OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB. The Vertex 3 is $60 more expensive, but it will take your write speed from 355 to 550 and your read from 140 to 500 MB/s. Definitely worth the extra $60.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 14, 2011 3:43:47 PM

mortonww said:
It all looks really solid. You've got a really balanced build here. The only suggestion that comes to mind is this: Swap the Crucial RealSSD for an OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB. The Vertex 3 is $60 more expensive, but it will take your write speed from 355 to 550 and your read from 140 to 500 MB/s. Definitely worth the extra $60.

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


Great idea, thanks for the input.
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May 14, 2011 4:17:29 PM

As for extra cooling, you might want to invest in a Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Should allow you to overclock that k-series CPU pretty decently. The Antec 902 comes with three 120s and a 200 mm fan, so you shouldn't be too worried about that.
May 14, 2011 4:50:23 PM

I'd look in to a CM Hyper 212+ or Thermaltake Frio cpu cooler
May 14, 2011 7:56:20 PM

Thanks guys, I'll look into it. I just purchased the Antec case, because I'm set on it.
May 14, 2011 8:40:24 PM

The hyper 212+ is cheapest from amazon and walmart.com, just so you know.
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May 14, 2011 8:58:12 PM

$15 more gets you the Asus which THG said OC's better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-rou...

Agree on the Vertex 3 w/ Windows 7 pro 64 (-$25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I'd get the 900 MHz version and OC to 1000 Mhz saving $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Better PSU for $5 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 9.5 rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Antec 8.5 rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

The Scythe Mugen 2 has topped several venerable coolers such costing twice as much as the Megahalems and DH-14
Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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