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June 1, 2011 8:13:44 PM

This is my build, after doing some research on all aspects of performance, quality, and cost. I will primarily be using my pc for gaming, mostly World Of Warcraft, but possibly for other online games that are more gpu/cpu dependent. I wanted expandability, reliability, and quality for a minimal cost. Here are my components:

• Cooler Master Computer Case RC-692-KKN2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EM0W $89.99
• Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X2677A $109.99
• Western Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0 $85.66
• Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD /-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM $25.99
• Lexar Media Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2JKWG $119.99
• Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 Dual Channel Memory CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C $89.99
• Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ $224.88
• ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QF0VD6 $184.99
• Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit http://amzn.com/B004ZXNTAQ $178.00 (I got it for less than $50 through my college)
Total cost: approximately $981.48

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June 1, 2011 8:18:23 PM

What you have listed is great except that you don't have a graphic card.
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June 1, 2011 8:35:28 PM

The Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) but if you are going to overclock the processor you are going to want to add a 3rd party HSF for best results. Otherwise everything else in your build looks good. Without a dedicated graphics card you might want to change to a Z68 board to allow on processors graphics or a dedicated video card once you get one. (edited to include info on board)

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June 1, 2011 8:37:49 PM

ya you will need a cpu cooler get the hyper 212 plus at amazon for 28$ best price anywhere.
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June 1, 2011 8:38:42 PM

I knew I would have left out something...For now, I'm going to use the card out of my old system- EVGA GeForce GTX460 SE 1GB GDDR5
My old system was a Dell Dimension E510 Pentium D 3.0 GHZ Windows XP. Although my Dell has been very good to me for the last 6 years, I'm hoping to see a very noticeable improvement from this new build. I have about half the parts already at home, and I will have everything probably within a week, cant wait! I believe the i5 comes with integrated video support, but not sure what that means as I was researching. The video card I'm using will probably be very good compared to my old system, but the card will get upgraded in the coming months, just tight on budget at the moment.
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June 1, 2011 8:40:49 PM

why dont you snag anothe gtx 460 se they are dirt cheap.
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June 1, 2011 8:42:33 PM

I was trying to keep everything below $1000, which I have seemed to achieve. I did see cheaper hdd's, but wanted to stick with Western Digital because of all the positive things I've read about them.
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June 1, 2011 8:45:06 PM

I will be using my EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1GB GDDR5 until I get funds to upgrade.
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June 1, 2011 8:48:49 PM

the samsung is a more reliable drive and is faster what else do you want to hear?
did you see the psu and case?
and for your mobo check out the asrock p67 extreme4
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June 1, 2011 9:02:30 PM

Best answer selected by eaglepoint.
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June 1, 2011 9:09:49 PM

The psu you linked is the same one I purchased and linked in my thread, the case you linked is nice...but very similar to the one I chose. Cases are really about functionality, asthetics come down to personal preference.
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June 1, 2011 9:20:51 PM

Actually, WD has a much better reputation for reliability. As for speed, the HDD I purchased has a 64 MB cache, the one you posted is only 32 MB. Larger buffer = speed
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