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Gaming/Home PC (~$1300)

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June 12, 2011 8:23:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June/Early July

Budget Range: 1000-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Gaming, Day to Day Stuff

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Haven't Really thought about much.

Additional Comments: Would like something that would be sufficient for the next 5 years or so. Also becoming an engineering major and may need to use some graphic intense programs in the coming years.


Case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Spire TherMax Eclipse II
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11423/cpu-spi-28/Spir...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Ultra X3 ULT40311 1000-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Plextor PX-L890SA-26 24X DVDRW Optical Drive - Internal, SATA, Lightscribe
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Just curious if this would be the best option for the money. Also wondering if an SSD is really worth it or whether waiting around for a year or two until they drop in price would be fine. Thanks for the help!

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June 13, 2011 8:58:00 AM

^ Some suggestions -

Here is a rebuild,...

CPU + Mobo
i7 + Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same, also check this one - It has much lower voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - IMO even this would do -
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 - Has USB3.0 & 5 stock fans,... Also these mid towers are pretty roomy...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU + HDD
Corsair 750TX + Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Video card - You have said that you prefer Nvidia cards, but take a look at this one -
HD 6870 with 2 Free games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Review vs GTX 560-
http://www.guru3d.com/article/ecs-geforce-gtx-560-revie...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SSD - If you have money to spare, then surely a SSD for boot would be very good,...
Right now the prices have come down quiet a bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 13, 2011 12:12:53 PM

wow..the hd 6870 does seem to be quite better. I can see how I missed that when searching newegg. Do you think the 750w psu would be enough to possibly crossfire two of these cards in the future though?

With the mobo combo you sent I could have the extra money to do the ssd drive as well. Thanks for the suggestions so far!
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June 13, 2011 12:42:49 PM

^ Yes that 750W has enough power to handle 2x HD 6870s in Crossfire, actually it can even handle 2x HD 6970s,...
June 13, 2011 3:23:21 PM

for your computer usage the i5 2500k is best for you and cheaper :D  . games and surfing the internet wont use hyper threading. heavy video editing and such does.

that motherboard is a waste of money just go with the asrock p67 extreme4 or this gigabyte board- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nzxt phantom 120$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler- hyper 212 plus at amazon for 30$ (10$ cheaper than newegg)

hdd and psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gtx 560 ti (beats out 6870) 220$- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Gra... -the psu can sli these cards
June 13, 2011 3:42:54 PM

Nice suggestions. And you can definitely find some cheap second gen SSDs with third gen coming out.
June 13, 2011 11:19:47 PM

I think im definitely going to take a step down to one of the suggested mobos above. I do like the look of the phantom case but I am, however, turned off due to the lack of usb 3.0 ports on the top of the case.
June 14, 2011 3:23:29 PM

So atm..i went to this set up..lol
The CPU, cooler, optical drive all remained the same.

Case: NZXT Phantom Black/Green
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I liked the dual fan setup better, with rebate its cheaper than single fan)

PSU: Corsair 750hx (Couldn't stand non modular psu.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial 64gb M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts on this build?
June 14, 2011 6:59:07 PM

di you even read my post games/ surfing the internet will no use hyperthreading which only the 2600k has. you will be practically throwing away money because you wont use the extras the 2600k has to offer
June 14, 2011 11:20:01 PM

yeah I meant to change that too. I switched to the 2500k. And I believe I'm going to spend the little extra and get a stock gtx 560 ti and overclock it to the superclocked version or possibly higher. Thanks for the suggestions. Hopefully I can get all the money together soon! =D
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