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June 5, 2011 12:48:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Later this week or maybe the week afterwards


Budget Range: <$900


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Internet browsing, Possible streaming, school work


Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor, OS, Keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Doing full Intel build most likely


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: This is my first time ever building a computer. I've never owned a decent computer so I'm doing it big this time.

Current build:
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM (any suggestions for better HDD at 500GB?)

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (not quite sure on this one)

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO450W (I'm thinking I might need more than 450w)

Aftermarket Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter (any suggestions here?)

Build comes out to $874 right now.

I hope I did everything right here. Let me know if I messed up any of the links. Thanks in advance for your help!

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June 5, 2011 12:59:10 AM

Looks sensible, but, I'd also opt for a larger PSU in the 600-650 watt range....

(Check out the prices of Samsung's F3 1 TB drives.....good drive, low price normally)
June 5, 2011 1:10:09 AM

Would I be okay with a 550w power supply?
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June 5, 2011 1:30:08 AM

Yes a 550w would work. If you go to Nvidia's website they recommend a 500w for the GTX 560Ti. But if you plan on overclocking the 2500k to 4+ i would suggest a 600w psu from a reputable company. A question on why you chose the Antec 300 Illusion?
June 5, 2011 2:36:00 AM

mgf derp said:
Yes a 550w would work. If you go to Nvidia's website they recommend a 500w for the GTX 560Ti. But if you plan on overclocking the 2500k to 4+ i would suggest a 600w psu from a reputable company. A question on why you chose the Antec 300 Illusion?

Alright I'll look into that.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't choose the Antec 300? Everything I've seen on it has been really positive. Pretty good case for 69.99.

edit: I've added this PSU in. Will this do? My build is at 889 now. I'd like it to be a little less but I'm not sure where to cut. Maybe the GPU?
June 5, 2011 2:45:15 AM

Nothing against it I just personally prefer a case with a motherboard tray cutout and cable routing holes but to each his own.
June 5, 2011 2:47:14 AM

mgf derp said:
Nothing against it I just personally prefer a case with a motherboard tray cutout and cable routing holes but to each his own.

Well to be honest I'm a complete noob so I don't really know the difference. It seems like a popular case and I won't be able to really go wrong with it... plus I like how it looks :) 
June 5, 2011 4:17:35 PM

Can anyone recommend me a good power supply? I'm kind of clueless what to look for when it comes to power supplies. I see lots of cheap ones that I'm avoiding and so far I've been looking at the Corsair CX600 but I'm also seeing that it's not a good PSU for a bottom mounting case (like mine).
June 5, 2011 4:30:50 PM

you could save on the wireless adaptor, by going with an internal wireless card (PCI):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its still wirelessb/g/n and 150Mbps so you wouldnt notice any difference in speed and its internal.

and what games do you plan to play on this rig? if you want you could go with a 6950 2gb, depending on what games you play, this card is better (but the 560 Ti is better with other games):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you can also flash the 6950 into a 6970:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...
June 5, 2011 5:03:46 PM

The Corsair CX600 V2 would be a great psu for this build. Look for the V2 one as it is 80+
June 5, 2011 5:19:24 PM

mgf derp said:
The Corsair CX600 V2 would be a great psu for this build. Look for the V2 one as it is 80+

I just worry about one of the reviews saying its a bad PSU for a bottom mounting case like the Antec 300. Should I be worried about this?

Also I'm thinking about getting this card instead:

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

June 5, 2011 5:26:41 PM

Suggestion on mounting the psu. I would recommend you buy one additional 120mm fan for the side panel of the Antec and mount it so it is intaking air into the case and then mount the psu fan up into the case if this is possible with the wire length. I have this setup with a Corsair CX500 in a CoolerMaster CM690 and the psu has not had a single problem yet. Hope it helps
June 5, 2011 5:36:22 PM

mgf derp said:
Suggestion on mounting the psu. I would recommend you buy one additional 120mm fan for the side panel of the Antec and mount it so it is intaking air into the case and then mount the psu fan up into the case if this is possible with the wire length. I have this setup with a Corsair CX500 in a CoolerMaster CM690 and the psu has not had a single problem yet. Hope it helps

I think problem wasn't with the airflow but rather how things plug into the PSU. I'll look into it a little further.
June 5, 2011 5:38:37 PM
June 5, 2011 5:59:27 PM


The first combo is more expensive than my build but it does look like a very nice build.

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