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[homebuilt] buidling gaming computer for friend

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June 5, 2011 7:56:33 PM

Hey guys im building my friend a new computer, im most likely going to salvage his thermaltake 750w modular psu, and dvd drive, while everything else will be new components. So let see what you guys think of this build so far...

Case: Antec Lanboy air Red Black / Red ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 179.99

Motherboard: I have 3 atm im looking at 3 different mb cant decide

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Price: 169.99

P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 194.99 but comes in a combo with i5 2500k for 400.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P8P67 PRO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 174.99

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 224.99

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... possibly getting two sets adding up to 16gb...
Price: 86.99-174.00

CPU cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 39.99

GPU:
EVGA GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 244.99

PSU:
thermaltake 750w modular 3 years old

OS:
windows 7 home x64
Price: 119.99

well thats all of it so far feel free to comment
June 5, 2011 9:23:48 PM

Looks decent. You can definitely get Windows cheaper than that.
Stop at 8gb RAM for sure.
Either the mobo combo or the cheaper Gigabyte, I think.
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June 5, 2011 10:56:18 PM

I would shift some cost away from the cooler, RAM and mobo and push it towards a better GPU. Even with no overclock your CPU will not be a bottleneck...and what HDD are you using?
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June 5, 2011 11:59:58 PM

That doesn't mean you shouldn't overclock the hell out of it :D 
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June 6, 2011 4:53:21 AM

With windows being cheaper i know,but money isn't really an issue, and 8gb is more then enough for what he needs to do so i agree. I believe im going to be putting his 250gb hdd in no ssd :(  In terms of a better gpu what what would u recommend?
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