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New Sandy Bridge Build Request ~$1800 - Your Opinions Wanted!

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May 24, 2011 9:51:35 PM

I was thinking of this for my first "from scratch" build (I have done barebones in the past). What do you guys think?

Intel Core i5-2500K CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (or whatever you guys like. If EVGA actually releases their P67 FTW in the next week then I'd get that if it would fit in a reasonably sized case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-730-_-Product
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...%20Family&sw=5

2 x4GB RAM (below RAM is on sale)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t29553...


EVGA GTX 560 Ti with lifetime warranty (or whatever you guys think is good for 1080p gaming. I want a nice card, even if I have to go to a 580GTX. Also, I want to be able to SLI or crossfire either now or down the road. I prefer EVGA as the manufacturer.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-604-_-Product

Crucial M4 128 GB or similar (I want something reliable from Crucial, Intel, or Corsair [no OCZ])
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-442-_-Product

Samsung 2TB internal hard drive (is this fast enough?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D

Cheap Asus or Samsung DVD writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-204-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Asus-VH236H Monitor (unless someone has a better suggestion)
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Asus-VH236H/11084623

Saitek Cyborg Keyboard (it's similar to my old Eclipse which I really liked)
http://www.amazon.com/Cyborg-CCB4402...6268643&sr=8-1


I already have:
New Corsair H60, New Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200, New Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM, Used Razer Death Adder Mouse

Other notes:
I'm a big fan of EVGA and Corsair (since I've had them before and had good luck).
May 24, 2011 9:52:23 PM

Also should mention I do not have a hard max, but would like to keep it under $2000
May 24, 2011 10:32:38 PM

2 560ti's in sli would be really good for 1080p. with that big of an ssd go with a p67 board like the asrock p67 extreme4. im guessing you mean this drive and yes it is fast enough- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . that case does not have very good airflow go with the nzxt phantom case for 140$ at newegg free shipping. also you will only need a 750w for sli. things are becoming much more efficient so 850w will be future proof i think.
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May 24, 2011 11:07:58 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
2 560ti's in sli would be really good for 1080p. with that big of an ssd go with a p67 board like the asrock p67 extreme4. im guessing you mean this drive and yes it is fast enough- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . that case does not have very good airflow go with the nzxt phantom case for 140$ at newegg free shipping. also you will only need a 750w for sli. things are becoming much more efficient so 850w will be future proof i think.


Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. Any other cases that you like, I'm not a fan of the phantom as I don't like all that plastic.
May 25, 2011 12:11:35 AM

Update: just bought the Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 for 250 shipped
May 25, 2011 12:22:59 AM

I'd go for a 2nd gen seasonic x850 or corsair ax 850 psu
May 25, 2011 12:33:23 AM

I already ordered a Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200. It's a done deal now.
May 25, 2011 12:47:05 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i dont think you will ever need 1200w since everything is getting so efficient these days. what about this case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M78KZG/ref=pd_lpo_...


You are probably right about the power supply but that PS for 250 shipped is a good deal and I'll never have to worry about it no matter what video cards I use.

That is a nice case. Do you think the install would be complicated with the 90 degree motherboard? Also, do you think the RV02B-EW is a better choice (i believe the E adds better fans) or is the original RV02 better?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Silverstone-_-11163173
May 25, 2011 1:07:08 AM

Definitely get the E case, its got better intake fans and a better HDD cage. For some reason when you said you bought the Antec 1200 I was thinking case. lol
May 25, 2011 1:19:11 AM

cmadrid said:
Definitely get the E case, its got better intake fans and a better HDD cage. For some reason when you said you bought the Antec 1200 I was thinking case. lol


Thank you, I'll be looking at the E case! Oh, and that's funny about the Antec but I know what you mean as they have that Twelve Hundred case.
May 25, 2011 3:29:18 PM

Anyone else have any feedback for me?
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