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May 18, 2011 5:13:08 AM

Hi all. First time on site. First time building. Basically followed the user reviews in choosing parts. Any comments are welcome.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Next week)
Budget Range: (~$1200)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Running Physics Simulations, Watching movies/shows, Shamelessly Leaving Everything Open)
Parts Not Required: (Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ( Don't have much experience buying computer parts from anywhere else)
Country of Origin: (U.S.)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Used to working with Intel and Geforce but I'm open to suggestions)
Overclocking: Yes. Nothing hardcore though
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)
Additional Comments: (Will be running VMs and will use as server when I'm not home. Wish to futureproof as much as possible.)

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Socket 1155 looks like the way to go, and the UD4 seems solid for OC.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Seems pretty standard to go for the 2500 or 2600.

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Don't want to shell out big bucks for the 500 series. 460 seems fine performance-wise. Any advantage to going ATI?

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Will eventually want more RAM; 4GB on my laptop is not nearly enough when I'm running a program. I figure I'll upgrade when RAM gets cheaper.

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Had a hard time picking a case... So many out there and the differences are so slim.

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
No SLI or anything, so I figure 650W is more than enough overhead.

HD (Apps): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Will use for programs. I have a 1TB external for shows/movies.

HD (OS): Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Will use for booting into Win7. Maybe also partition a part for a VM for Ubuntu.

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
Seemed like a nice replacement fan. From what I read in reviews, I have 1/4 inch of space in the case... ~6.5 inches for heat sink from case and fan is ~6 3/8 inches. Cutting it too close? Stock fan good enough?

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Fan Control: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller
Maybe too flashy but I like the idea of controlling the fans >_>

Thanks in advance for your help.

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May 18, 2011 5:45:58 AM

Well it looks, OK. Though I don't know that you couldn't fit parts in for a budget like that.

Check out my build guide for 1200, it'll defiantly give you way more bang for the buck.
May 18, 2011 6:15:50 AM

Thanks for your reply. I looked at your specs and realized that the 560 Ti is pretty cheap. Also made me realize my 460 was overpriced. I think I will go with a cheaper 460 and overclocking it when required.
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May 18, 2011 6:31:30 AM

At your res, the 460 isn't exactly recommended. It can be used, but isn't the best card for 1080P, if you have the money, I suggest just going with the build I suggested, it'll give you way more power (PSU) easier cable management and a better card. Though if you think you don't need I suppose it's whatever. I do recommend getting a better card though.
May 18, 2011 7:20:49 AM

One you jump to the pricerange of most 560Ti models ($220-$250), most would be advised to also look at the 6950 as well....
May 18, 2011 4:54:17 PM

mdd1963 said:
One you jump to the pricerange of most 560Ti models ($220-$250), most would be advised to also look at the 6950 as well....