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June 11, 2011 10:54:53 PM

(Sorry, forgot to include this part)

Approximate Purchase Date: Late June/Early July

Budget Range: $800-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, monitor, and OS

Preferred website for parts: I used Tigerdirect, but Newegg would work fine too

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences, as long as they work well together

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not in the forseeable future

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, probably 1600 x 1200

Additional Comments: I just want a gaming rig that works great with any game I choose. I don't really need max graphics on every imaginable game ever, but I do want to run them well.



Parts:

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Intel P67 - $189.99
Comments: To be perfectly honest, I know very little about the fan connectors. All I saw was that my case had 4 fans, and this motherboard was compatible with everything I had along with 4 fan connectors, so I picked this one.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 Solano 1000 Full Tower - $119.99 ($20 rebate)
Comments: Not much to say here. I have no idea what to look for in a case, so I picked something with a good amount of fans.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


HDD: Western Digital WD1502FAEX Caviar Black - $99.99
Comments: 1.5 TB seems like enough for me. Also, I have a 7200 RPM in this laptop, and it's fast enough for me.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


RAM: Kingston HyperX 6GB DDR3 1600MHz - $98.99
Comments: I'm still not sure whether I want 6 or 8 GB. I have 4 in this laptop, and there haven't really been too many problems, but I feel like I should be getting as much as I can get.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Video Card: Zotac ZT-40102-10P AMP GeForce GTX 480 - $299.99 ($20 rebate)
Comments: Benchmarks seem to point to this card as a good balance between value and performance.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Intel Core i7-2600 BX80623I72600 - $299.99
Comments: If there's anything I'll have to go cheaper on due to funds, it'll be this.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


PSU: Diablotek PHD750 750w ATX - $59.99
Comments: Power consumption was about 670w, so I went over a bit to compensate for any error. I read somewhere that chassis fans should connect into the PSU, but I have no idea about fan connectors, so I'm hoping for some advice on those...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Final Price - $1170 ($40 rebate)
June 11, 2011 11:15:31 PM

Sorry about that, I noticed that thread almost immediately after I posted. Did I fill everything out alright?
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June 11, 2011 11:19:18 PM

For gaming, ditch the 2600 for a 2500k. Use the extra money to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock it. (I know you said no overclocking, but just do it, it's mind numbingly simple and safe, you'll thank me)

Ditch the GTX 480 for an HD 6950, and save $50 while doing it.

I don't trust that PSU, grab a Corsair something or other.
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June 11, 2011 11:25:46 PM

cuecuemore said:
For gaming, ditch the 2600 for a 2500k. Use the extra money to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock it. (I know you said no overclocking, but just do it, it's mind numbingly simple and safe, you'll thank me)

Ditch the GTX 480 for an HD 6950, and save $50 while doing it.

I don't trust that PSU, grab a Corsair something or other.

Sounds like some pretty sound advice. Since I'm overclocking, will 750w be enough? Or should I go a little higher?
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June 11, 2011 11:33:59 PM

since you wont oc or sli/cf in the forseable future i think this board is right for you- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the i5 2400 is the best processor for you

get duel channeled ram the 1155 boards only have duel channel 8gb for 85$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also check your resolution online there is a few websites that show your resolution

Get this card 285$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -cooler more efficient quieter and a better performing card all around

that psu is crap 65$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - this one will last more than 5 days

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June 11, 2011 11:37:42 PM

The 750w should be enough even if you overclock your CPU and SLI/CFX your video cards ( 6950's that is ).

Like suggested before, going with a quality PSU from a reputable brand such as:
Corsair TX750 V2 at 109(99 with rebate) will give you good efficiency and clean power.

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June 11, 2011 11:45:13 PM

hey guys he wont oc
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June 11, 2011 11:54:46 PM

Thanks for all the good advice, guys.

I didn't look into overclocking, because I had heard that it was bad for the longevity of your parts. Since this system has to last at least 3-4 years, I didn't want that. After looking around, it seems like it's not a problem if I keep the temperature regulated.
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June 12, 2011 12:06:40 AM

yup thats right
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June 12, 2011 12:49:32 AM

One more question: It's about fan connectors. I'm sure it's an easy question, but I've never read anything about it before. There are 4 fans on the case. Where do those connect to?
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