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~$1,600 Gaming Machine. Mind giving your opinions?

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May 21, 2011 8:38:15 PM

I'll be upgrading my current computer over time, slowly evolving it into this build.

Approximate Purchase Date: First upgrade will be in early June.

Budget Range: $1,729.65 / $1,619.37 (At current prices)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, autoCAD, amateur video editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, and Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg preferably, but if NCIX has a better deal, I'll order from there.

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU & ASUS mobo with Corsair parts

Overclocking: Yes, since I'm getting the 2500k and the Twin Frozr II 560

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, probably after the fourth upgrade.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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First Upgrade
Case: Corsair Obsidium 650D* **
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series AX850 ATX12V v2.31* **
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: Corsair Hydro H70*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fans: 4x Coolermaster 120mm Blue LED and 1x Coolermaster MEGAFLOW 200mm Blue LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Second Upgrade
SSD: Plextor PX-M2 Series 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD(s): Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green (Storage) and Western Digital 320GB Caviar Blue (Games and larger Apps)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS 24x CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Third Upgrade
Video Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fourth Upgrade
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0)**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*Rebate
**Combo Deals
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I will be rebuilding the current build once all upgrades are made and selling for reimbursement on my new parts.

I've never heard of Plextor SSD's. Anyone know if they're credible? If not, please recommend a better SSD.
May 21, 2011 9:00:55 PM

I also use a 90GB SSD. To be somewhat dirty, it's not the size that counts it's how you use it. If you are only putting OS/programs on it you can get by with a smaller SSD. If you want to put a few games on it, then depending on how many games you want on there at any given time will decide that. I have/had around 20GB for OS/programs and then 3 or 4 (15ishGB per game) games depending on size on the SSD with 90GB.
May 21, 2011 9:45:36 PM

crewton said:
I also use a 90GB SSD. To be somewhat dirty, it's not the size that counts it's how you use it. If you are only putting OS/programs on it you can get by with a smaller SSD. If you want to put a few games on it, then depending on how many games you want on there at any given time will decide that. I have/had around 20GB for OS/programs and then 3 or 4 (15ishGB per game) games depending on size on the SSD with 90GB.


Well, I play World of Warcraft... And the file's huge (Runs between 25GB and 40GB) so 90GB seems reasonable, right?
May 21, 2011 9:51:11 PM

Ya, I had WoW on there but I didn't feel I benefited much from it. Half life, portal, ES: Oblivion..those games seemed to benefit since I never had to deal with load times like with a HDD. WoW just makes hearthing/instances/bg loading quicker which is fairly insignificant. I should say loading WoW is a lot quicker forgot about that :p 
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