$1000-1100 very first build.

Hi guys,

First, I just wanted to say this is a really great forum. I have enjoyed reading the different threads and I think I am ready to start my first build.


Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1100 after Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Gaming (crysis 2, dragon age, Deux ex human rev...etc), HTPC.

Parts Not Required: Monitor (1080p samsung plasma), Speaker, OS, mouse, keyboard, 1tb external HD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon preferably (I get free shipping), or if you know of someplace cheaper. Newegg tends to be more expensive because they charge tax and shipping (I live in California).

Country of Origin:US

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the line

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Well, its my first build, so part compatibility/reliability is a priority (anything that will make my first build easier). I do want to use a SSD as my primary hd, with my external for my larger files, but I am open to anything. Basically, I am not tied to any of these parts, if something looks wrong, or incorrect, please feel free to add any input. I really can use all the help I can get. I really appreciate the help, thanks in advanced!


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VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 PCI Graphics
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUTBW8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

ASUS P8P67 PRO
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QF0VD6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Kingston Technology Hyper X 4GB 1600MHz
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-1600MHz-KHX1600C9D3-4G/dp/B004JO3L0Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1306954376&sr=1-3

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_10?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Cooler Master Hyper 212
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Lexar Media Inc Crucial 128 GB m4 SATA
http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Media-Crucial-2-5-Inch-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306954131&sr=8-1
or
(OCZ OCZSSD2-2AGTE240G Agility 2 Solid State Drive - 240GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6371301&sku=O261-6296

Which seems like a good deal, but completely, blows my price rage out of the water. )

Total: $1169

Again, this a little high for my range. I would like this to be closer to $1000, but like others, looking for the best value/performance ratio. Thanks for the help!
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  1. Do you need all the features on that motherboard (usb 3.0 etc)? There are cheaper, good mobos for less.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130576 - MSI mobo, no usb 3.0 (which maybe you want for your external hd) but it's about half the price. Also only one video card slot.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706 - Same type as your selected mobo but not the pro version. I can't see a huge difference, couple pci slots are different.

    Also I am not sure the 2gb version of that gpu is worth the extra $40 over the 1gb version. You should check out some benchmarks.

    Edit: I reread your post, some of the stuff I suggested doesn't apply since you want to oc and you are using an external hd.
  2. I'd recommend a 750W PSU to be safe incase you do go CrossFire. Might be a little over budget but I would do it since you plan to overclock as well, better safe than sorry.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1306957222&sr=1-1
  3. commandercup said:
    I'd recommend a 750W PSU to be safe incase you do go CrossFire. Might be a little over budget but I would do it since you plan to overclock as well, better safe than sorry.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1306957222&sr=1-1


    Yeah, i was kind of thinking the same thing. Thanks
  4. ms5555 said:
    Do you need all the features on that motherboard (usb 3.0 etc)? There are cheaper, good mobos for less.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130576 - MSI mobo, no usb 3.0 (which maybe you want for your external hd) but it's about half the price. Also only one video card slot.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706 - Same type as your selected mobo but not the pro version. I can't see a huge difference, couple pci slots are different.

    Also I am not sure the 2gb version of that gpu is worth the extra $40 over the 1gb version. You should check out some benchmarks.

    Edit: I reread your post, some of the stuff I suggested doesn't apply since you want to oc and you are using an external hd.


    Thanks for the reply. I would like to have the USB 3.0 for my external, like you mentioned, so I don't mind dropping a little more (otherwise is this a pretty good Mobo?). I was reading that the 2gb Radeon can be overclocked to become a 6970, which I'm hoping will provide a little more value. In your opinion, how does my compatibility look with my parts?
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