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June 1, 2011 4:15:03 PM

So I have been doing doing research for the past month trying to decide exactly what I want for my new PC Build. I have put together the following:


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$20.99

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

$89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$64.99
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ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131668
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$114.99

XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817207012
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

$54.99


Logitech Z130 5W Speakers
Item #: N82E16836121042
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$3.00 Instant


$29.99
$26.99


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy


$11.98
2

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
Item #: N82E16820231180
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$93.98
($46.99 each)


AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103846
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


$89.99


XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814150521
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
AMD Gift - SHOGUN game coupon Free with purchase!
Item #: N82E16800995105
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$39.99 Combo
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate


$242.98
$202.99
Subtotal: $771.88

I've been back and forth on the hardware for the past 4 days, but I have pretty much settled on this CPU and GPU. I like ASUS for Motherboards because I have owned a few Asus G-series laptops in the past and loved them. I just sold my Asus G51vx because I got a new laptop for work thats a bit more portable. I loved the G51vx and I did a great deal of mods and tweaks to it so I am pretty familiar with working on PC's (on G51 upgrade CPU, repasted, cooling mod, swapped out network card, etc.). It has been about 5 years since I have owned a decent desktop. I have always had a gaming laptop so I am really looking forward to the versatility of a desktop again.

I will be using this desktop for gaming (World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, some shooters) , work (I am an oracle DBA), and home usuage (pic editing, music, movies, etc.). I would like to be able to run everything I play on at least High settings and with the shooters I know I will not get the highest framerate but that's okay.


Thank you in advance for any advice you can give. I am not hard set on these components but I do want a Motherboard that will allow me to unlock the cores for the phenom II X2 BE and OC it to around 3.6 GHz. Please let me know what you think change of hardware and so on. I can go up to $900 for price if it would be worth it.

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June 2, 2011 2:10:59 AM

If you work at the Oracle headquarters, it means you have a microcenter near you to pick up the i5-2500k. You mentioned OC phenom II x2 to 3.6ghz, but the i5-2500k you can easily overclock to 4.5ghz (anything higher will require additional cooling). For $90 more this will destroy anything in amd's current lineup.

Asus P67 mobos for the i5-2500k start at ~$20~$30 more.

Other than that, looks good to me for the types of games you're playing. GL :) 

June 2, 2011 2:36:40 AM

cwu said:
If you work at the Oracle headquarters, it means you have a microcenter near you to pick up the i5-2500k. You mentioned OC phenom II x2 to 3.6ghz, but the i5-2500k you can easily overclock to 4.5ghz (anything higher will require additional cooling). For $90 more this will destroy anything in amd's current lineup.

Asus P67 mobos for the i5-2500k start at ~$20~$30 more.

Other than that, looks good to me for the types of games you're playing. GL :) 


Yeah I wish I worked at Oracle Headquarters. I work for a company that creates and maintains databases for state governments. Yeah I don't know what I was thinking with the AMD. It was a momentary lapse and me trying to be cheap lol.

I was looking at newegg again and I really do want to go with the i5 2500k. I have wanted it from the beginning. I am keeping just about everything the same except for the Motherboard and CPU. I am also dropping the speakers and a found a better deal on some gskill ram same size and speed but $20 cheaper. I want to stay around $900.

Any suggestions on a good Motherboard that wouldn't push me over budget? And should I go with a Z68 chipset? I do prefer Asus and Gigabyte for the motherboard mainly because both of those brands are great for what I want to do. I'm looking to do some hacks so I can run an OS with an 'apple' persuasion if you get what I am saying.
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June 2, 2011 2:48:31 AM
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ASRock is an offshoot of Asus & have been impressed with them so far & the OC features it has will def fit your budget. Straight copy/paste from another thread I answered that should help you decide. All of these are very popular strong boards with good OC capabilities. Asus & ASrock have the EUFI vs traditional BIOS & I love it.

ASrock z68 extreme4 is back in stock $189.99 (sale/price drop) (was sold out quickly & I missed out on it) the pro version (non sli) is sold out now so didn't link.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 $169.99 (sale/price drop)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

If you don't care for z68 video editing features ASrock p67 extreme4 or pro are very popular budget mobos (I use the ASrock p67 extreme4 & love the EUFI that replaces the standard BIOS setup)

ASrock p67 extreme4 $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

ASrock p67 pro3 $119.99 (sale/price drop) if you don't care for sli
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
June 9, 2011 12:35:05 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I ended up waiting for the right sale on newegg and got a great deal. I ended up spending $950 with free shipping.
Got an i5-2500k with the gigabyte z68 boards you mentioned as a combo deal.
8Gb (2x 4Gb) Corsair Vengence RAM
DVD +RW drive
XFX HD 6870
Asus LCD 23.6" Monitor full HD
The only thing I'm worried about is with the combo deal I got a roswill mid and 630W PSU, and Seagate 1TB 7200RPM HDD rated @ 6Gb/s. I've just never heard too much about Roswill and the quality of their products and I've had a Seagate drive before and it just stopped spinning so I am on the fence about using it as my primary boot drive. I'd list out all the exact details but it's a little hard to copy/paste from the phone.
I got 2 of the seven boxes in today, so I have my tower DVD drive, CPU and graphics card. Now I just need motherboard HDD PSU and that gorgeous new monitor (My work just bought me the same Asus LCD I ordered the VH242 about 2 weeks ago and I love it so I had to get it for my home build)
June 9, 2011 1:51:19 PM

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