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May 27, 2011 7:56:53 AM

Hello everyone,
My 6 year old desktop gave out on me. My budget is between $2000/$2500.
Computer usage music, watching movies, internet, online classes, downloading, and now adding blu-ray, and gaming

My options (which one will be the best bang for my buck)
1 try to build one
2 store or online (example dell, hp, and other brands)
3 laptop ( asus, alienware, toshiba, msi, and other brands)

I am not up to date with the computer world. Any kind of help would be very appreciated.

I did give it a try to build one this is what i got.

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 --- $99.98
Processor
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core --- $594.99
Motherboard
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --- $379.99
Video Card
XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity --- $349.99
Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply --- $134.99
Memory
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 --- $129.99
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $149.99
CD/DVD Drive
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM -- $99.99
Monitor
1920x1200 or 2560x1440 need help for this one
I have keyboard/mouse and W7 ultimate 64bit
total so far is $1939.91

So if i am missing anything let me know or better alternatives. Thank you

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May 27, 2011 9:35:27 AM

Go for SB cpu instead.
i7-2600K - 315$ (can even go for i5-2500K - 225$)
Asrock P57 Fatal1ty - 220$ (or Asrock P67 extreme4 - 150)

You get latest CPU with same performance and save 420/600$ on mobo+CPU alone.

Only reason for X58 would be if you plan on using a lot of PCI-e cards as it supports more PCI-e Lines

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May 27, 2011 1:26:07 PM

Definitely go with the Sandybridge platform, either the i5 2500K or i7 2600K. With their unlocked cores they beg for overclocking, and if you don't care to do it now, you can do it in the future. 2500K @ $225 or 2600K @ $330.

I'd add a good aftermarket CPU cooler. I suggest the Prolimatech Super Megahamlems for air cooling or the Antec H20 620 for a closed water loop. The Megahalems is the gold standard for air cooling but has size issues for your case. The Antec is both quiet and cool and takes up less space. There is no problem with fooling with high end liquid radiators either with the Antec. Either will caost about $70-$100.

Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme6 or Z68 Extreme4. The reason is that ASRock makes overclocking easy and has the best features for the price. Go with the P67 series if you are not doing a lot of video encoding or the Z68 if you do encoding. The Extreme6 has 6 SATA 3 (6.0 GBps) ports to the Extreme4's 4 SATA 3 & a dual LAN. Both mobos go for about $200.

The 6970 is a good choice.

The Corsair 850 W is a good PSU, and allows you to Xfire later on with the above mobos.

The Dominator RAM is a good choice.

The WD Caviar Black is a good HDD.

I recommend that you get a SSD for a boot drive & games. I'd recommend Crucial or Corsair 128 GB SSDs for about $240.00. Intel and OCZ are also good choices.

The Blue ray is a good choice.

There are many good 23-24 in. monitors that suit your system for under $200. If you are looking for an extreme gaming enthusiast monitor with a high refresh rate of 120 Hx (as opposed to 60 Hz) you will need to pay $400 minimum.

I'd add a sound card if you are a real audiophile. The chips on the mobo arte good, but for a good media/HTPC a sound card with its own processor and RAM makes a real difference. Watch for sales and you can get the SoundBlaster X-fi Titaniumn for under $100.

If you need high end speakers you must budget them too. One thing about an HTPC is that you can link it to your current audio system and bypass the need for a new speaker system.

I believe that the system I recommend saves you a couple of hundred for other parts & software. I'd also budget Windows 7, some games, & perhaps some gaming pads/controllers/joysticks.
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May 27, 2011 10:21:41 PM

How about this changes
Mobo
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --- $229.99
will these heatsink fit in my case
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler --- $27.98
cpu
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) --- $314.99
monitor
Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam 300 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) --- $349.99
total is 1,887.88 with these changes
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May 28, 2011 1:08:30 AM

I don't know about the ARCTIC COOLING, it is not one of the top coolers. Prolimatech Zalman and Noctua are top of the line air coolers. Good air cooling goes for about $70 on up.

I think that any of the coolers will fit, but I can't tell you because I have no experience with that case.

But your other changes are good IMO.

I'd still go with the 2500K unless you are doing lots of processor intensive stuff. The 2500K is a dream to OC and the optimal processor for gaming.The 2600K is ovekill for your uses and you can add some other things (a second HDD, an SSD, gaming controllers, games, other software, etc.)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,295...

Anyway your have made excellent choices, now go out and build.
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May 28, 2011 4:43:22 AM

Heatsinks
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible --- $59.99
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 --- $57.99
ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller --- $79.99
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler --- $89.99
Which would be better for my build.
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May 28, 2011 6:09:24 AM

Noctua NH-D14 is best of them, just need to make sure that your memory modules fit under it. Normal size are fine, but modules with extended heatsink wont fit.
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May 28, 2011 7:07:50 AM

xrodney said:
Noctua NH-D14 is best of them, just need to make sure that your memory modules fit under it. Normal size are fine, but modules with extended heatsink wont fit.

What do you think ? Thats from Noctua website.
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May 28, 2011 10:43:25 AM

Get the RAM and Noctua from Newegg and you can return either within 30 days if they don't fit.
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May 30, 2011 8:43:08 PM

First let me say thank you for all your help.

This is what i have now.

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 $99.98
Mobo:ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 $229.99
Heatsink:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $89.99
CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) $314.99
GPU:XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit $349.99
Ram:CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $129.99
PSU:Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W $134.99
HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache $149.99
ODD:SONY Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BD-5300S-0B - OEM $119.99
Monitor:Asus VK278Q Black 27 $349.99
Total is $1969.89 without tax/shipping
Items I have
keyboard/Mouse
W7 ultimate 64bit

So what do you think guys ?
If i am missing anything let me know.Once again any help is very appreciated.
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May 30, 2011 10:00:22 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Case-R4-L2R-2... $9.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master 120mm Red LED Case Fan - (R4-L2R-20CR-GP)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-P67-Extreme4-B3-Motherboar... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3 Intel P67 ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $369.98 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards in it's class

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <---- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard

*reviews/benchmarks of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze...

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)
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