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$1400-$1500 Gaming/Media rig

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June 1, 2011 1:43:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 Weeks from now

Budget Range: $1500 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Movies, Photoshop

Parts Not Required: mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Would like it to run somewhat fairly quiet
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Currently Selected:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP $359.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU $39.99

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

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Current total on NewEgg is $1430.89

This will be my first build in YEARS so I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
June 1, 2011 2:07:33 AM

I would also like to cut some costs if possible. If I could get what I'm looking for in the $1200-1300 range I would be really stoked.
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June 1, 2011 2:27:31 AM

i5 2500k
mobo- asrock p67 extreme4
cpu cooler- get it at amazon 11$ cheaper
dvd drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (7$ shipping ridiculous)
keyboard 15$ shipped- http://www.amazon.com/KB-ROSEWILL-RK-800G-PS2-RETAIL/dp...
psu- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-comp...
gpu 220$- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=d... get the other one at newegg since there is only 1 rebate per customer
monitor is cheaper at amazon because there is no shipping so is that hdd
i have the same case and cpu cooler to run it quietly you need to change the fans on the cpu cooler the one it comes with is so loud!! get 2 of these 18$- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0026ZPFDE/ref=d...
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June 1, 2011 12:07:35 PM

So are you saying you think I should get 2 gtx 560s?
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June 1, 2011 12:36:26 PM

Sharing the advice I was just given. Swapping some of your components will save you about $250

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

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As I was informed, you don't need the i7-2600k. The i5-2500k meets your priorities as well as the GTX 560 Ti. Good luck!!



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June 1, 2011 1:49:49 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H... $60.93 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

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.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.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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July 13, 2011 11:10:35 PM

Ok so after much research I finally pulled the trigger on all my parts and they are on the way!! I'm so stoked for my new rig, let me know what you guys think. Also, big ups to Why_Me for killer advice

MoBo - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Price: $159.99

CPU - i5 2500k Price: $219.99

GPU - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 *purchased from the TomsHardware Classified forum* - Price: $400 SHIPPED

Case - Cooler Master Storm Scout Price: $72.99 SHIPPED

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 Price: $109.99

Memory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Price: $74.99

HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Price: $54.99

Optical - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM (the Lite-On was out of stock) Price: $18.99

Monitor Asus VH236H 23" Price: $159.99 SHIPPED

TOTAL PRICE W/ SHIPPING INCLUDED - $1280.17


I spent almost $300 more than I wanted to, but in the end I think I did well. I wanted 8GB of GOOD ram, not 4GB. I also went with the Storm Scout; a slightly more expensive case than the Antec 300 I was originally going to get, but I think the extra room/ease of installation will be worth it in the long run. I also decided to go with a Corsair brand PSU, because I want the thing to last. My original build also didn't include a monitor, but I decided to splurge on one because my monitor is so dated. It would be a shame to run such a fast new gaming machine on a crappy old monitor. I was also planning originally to get a 560ti, but when I saw the EVGA 580 for sale on this form for $400 shipped I had to do it. All in all I am very pleased with my choices and can't wait to build this bad boy!
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