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May 24, 2011 4:50:50 PM

So I'll start by saying that I'm building this machine for modeling and gaming. This is not my first build but it has been a while so I thought I'd ask for some advice from the pros. I can be flexible with my budget if need be to get the required power for what I want to do.
Every part I have picked is open to change if there is a better suggestions out there.
My main issue is deciding on a case, I like Full Tower but the size and price just don't seem worth it for my price range, so a good Mid-tower that fits my needs should be just fine.

Build Specs:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks


Budget Range: $800-$1000 (I don't mind going over but would like to avoid it)


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
3D Modeling(Zbrush, Maya, 3DS Max, ect)
Gaming(Crysis 2, BF3, ect)
School stuff
Movies
Music


Parts Not Required:
Headphones
Speakers
Mouse
Monitor
RAM: Ripjaw 8GB, 240Pin, 1600 speed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences:
NVidia 500 GTX series card
intel sandy bridge processor


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I don't plan on it)


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: The big suggestions I'm looking for are motherboards, cases, and CPU coolers, but commenting on my current choice of parts is always appreciated.
I want the system to be somewhat quiet but I usually wear headphones so it isn't a huge requirement.

Parts (Open to change):


CPU:
Intel Sandybridge i5 2500k (I've heard mixed reviews of it being worth it or not)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
MSI P67A-C43(B3) LGA 1155, SATA 6Gbs, USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA Superclocked 560 GTX Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
XFX 650W Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler:
Cooler Master V6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total: 922.91 w/o rebates (852.91 w rebates)
May 24, 2011 5:32:32 PM

Edited the first post, hopefully it gives a better idea of what I need.
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May 24, 2011 5:53:26 PM

Based on Eggxpert.com tiered power supply list http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx. I would change the power supply that you have selected to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Other than the power supply you should be very happy with both the MSI P67A-C43 and the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K. I also am going to advise that you make sure that you pick up a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan) before you start to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 24, 2011 6:12:15 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Based on Eggxpert.com tiered power supply list http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx. I would change the power supply that you have selected to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Other than the power supply you should be very happy with both the MSI P67A-C43 and the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K. I also am going to advise that you make sure that you pick up a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan) before you start to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

After looking into Corsair's options I went with the HX series, 650 Modular so that I could keep a clean case, and since I want a mid I'd perfer to keep it from being cluttered.
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May 24, 2011 6:16:41 PM

You want to be at 1000 dollars just with the PSU, HDD, Mobo, GPU, Chassis, and CPU? Ram doesn't figure into that pricing correct? And you don't need a DVD drive or operating system? I noticed you didn't put it in your parts not needed.
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May 24, 2011 6:18:30 PM

Helltech said:
You want to be at 1000 dollars just with the PSU, HDD, Mobo, GPU, Chassis, and CPU? Ram doesn't figure into that pricing correct?

And the CPU cooler, but yes RAM isn't figured into it.
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May 24, 2011 6:49:17 PM

Well there are some really big and nice nonfull tower cases, such as the 600T, Fractal Design R3, and a lot of the Cooler Master offerings.

Cases are a hard thing to suggest, there is a lot of personal preference. I also find that a lot (including my own) of the Full Tower cases are not very good at all. There are some mid tower cases I'd much rather have.


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This only leaves you roughly 115 dollars after Rebates + Shipping for a case. Quality build, however. The motherboard choice was so you could SLI in the future if you wish. The GPU choice was because it was a bit better, but the GTX 560TI is an amazing card and if you need a little bit more money to be able to buy a case go with it instead. The CPU cooler is a good one. The PSU I picked out is amazing quality just like the Corsair you have, will allow you to overclock and SLI in the future, and is a bit cheaper.

For a case I suggest going to youtube and watch reviews. 3DOverclock does many case reviews and he is extremely blunt and truthful about how he feels about the cases.

On Newegg this is one of the better full tower cases when you figure price in.

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

I very much like the HAF 932, Haf X, 700/800D, and the Silver Stone Fortresses and Ravens. All are great cases, but out of the price range a little bit.
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May 26, 2011 3:31:43 PM

First Post updated with current part selection, I decided against the 570 card in the end and just went with a 560ti. Any more input into what I have selected?

EDIT:
Alright then, purchasing it this weekend, thank you all for the help!
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May 26, 2011 5:52:30 PM

Best answer selected by Nicoma.
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