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Gaming Rig for Tom's ppl to decide (1100-1400)

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June 21, 2011 3:30:57 PM

Alright, here we go Tom Hardware faithful. Getting ready for Battlefield 3 and decided it’s time to build a new baby, it's been a couple years. Hopefully I gave enough info. Let me know what ya’ll think and any suggestions are welcomed! Debating on SSD and the M.B. the most, but that’s what I’m leaning towards for now. Thank you all in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: (End of Sept, 2011)
Budget Range: (1000-1400)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Internet, Audio and Video I'll be running 7-Pro)
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, thermal paste and speakers)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg mainly, but can get tigerdirect and amazon)
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: (Intel and Nvidia most likely)
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: (Yes – But, down the road)
Monitor Resolution: (it’s 1440x900 now) don’t need a new one, will get one in later on)
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Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
CPU
Intel Core i5-2500k
V.C.
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
RAM
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
PSU
Corsair 850w PSU
HD main
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB
HD backups
2x W.D. 500GB sata HD
Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout
Heatsink
Cooler Master V6 GT heatsink

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June 21, 2011 4:24:31 PM

looks good
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June 21, 2011 4:38:20 PM

Buy it. I think it's awesome, although you may wanna upgrade to a GTX 570 or if that's too much, possibly a HD 6870?
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June 21, 2011 5:03:05 PM

haha a 6870 isn't an upgrade :lol: 

OP:
you only need a 750w psu to sli and that is last yrs. model- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - this is a very good psu

here is a vertex 3 for the same price- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... -this is a faster hdd for half the price

ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get it when it comes back in stock

case- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S...

here is a cheaper superclocked 560 ti- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=d...
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June 21, 2011 5:34:57 PM

thank everyone, I'll look at your links here shortly.

Any other suggestions are still welcomed.

I've been reading on i7 2600k and maybe thinking about that BUT, the 2500k is still my #1 choice now unless I can be persuaded else!
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June 21, 2011 6:25:00 PM

2600K is useless, HT is unneeded.

+1 to mjmjpfaff.
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June 21, 2011 8:20:58 PM

Here is an updated list. *kept it all via newegg for ease. But, it's around $1300. Anyone recommend a different V.C. or will that be fine for now and in a year or so SLI with it? Thanks!

Motherboard($160)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
CPU($220)
Intel Core i5-2500k
V.C. ($250)
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
RAM($65)
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
PSU($115)
Corsair 750W
HD main ($235)
Crucial C300 SSD 128GB
HD backup(2x$65)
2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
Case($89)
Cooler Master Storm Scout
Heatsink($40)
Scythe SCMG-2100
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June 21, 2011 9:02:38 PM

zerobeast said:
Here is an updated list. *kept it all via newegg for ease. But, it's around $1300. Anyone recommend a different V.C. or will that be fine for now and in a year or so SLI with it? Thanks!

Motherboard($160)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
CPU($220)
Intel Core i5-2500k
V.C. ($250)
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
RAM($65)
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
PSU($115)
Corsair 750W
HD main ($235)
Crucial C300 SSD 128GB
HD backup(2x$65)
2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
Case($89)
Cooler Master Storm Scout
Heatsink($40)
Scythe SCMG-2100


Everything looks great! If you can dish out an extra 15 bucks.. I would go for the Asus P8P67 for the reliability and UEFI in BIOS.
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June 21, 2011 11:53:15 PM

newbie1992 said:
Everything looks great! If you can dish out an extra 15 bucks.. I would go for the Asus P8P67 for the reliability and UEFI in BIOS.

asrock is reliable i switched to the extreme4 because i had a faulty p8p67 pro board and the asrocck has the uefi bios too
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June 22, 2011 12:02:01 AM

^ Yeah I caught that.
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June 22, 2011 12:16:36 AM

My apologies, Asrock Extreme4 does have UEFI, maybe I just prefer ASUS motherboards cause of my loyalty issues.

EDIT: 750watt is good enough. =]
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June 22, 2011 12:49:32 AM

Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.76 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $84.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $154.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX&tit... $214.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $33.28 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-560TWN&tit... $241.99
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-560TWN&tit... $241.99
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Total: $1,305.94 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...
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June 22, 2011 12:58:48 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i think the OP didnt look at my post too closely :D 


Thanks guys on the SSD drive update. I'll have to make the changes to my "wish list". I agree with both of you about that.
I'm not 100% sold on the Antec though. I still have some time, but Antec has been good to me in the past.

why_me, thanks for finding some good deals.


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June 22, 2011 11:58:24 AM

aznshinobi said:
According to JGuru (one of the best online PSU reviewers) The EA750 is solid and great.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...



According to JGuru's summary he said unless this unit is on a big sale, don't bother with it. But, I'll have to check some more PSUs and do a little more research.
thank you
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June 22, 2011 7:15:13 PM

Hmm.... Zero, do you notice that it is ON sale? Also, mjm I dunno bout MIRs, they don't mean money that you have instantly. There fishy ones and not all companies (even reputable ones) honor them.

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June 22, 2011 7:34:05 PM

ya i know. ive gotten all my m.i.r. one took over 4 months though but it got here
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June 23, 2011 3:01:29 AM

yeah, I know some of the items are on sale now and who knows what will happen in the near future when I get this. I need to contact the guy who bought my old one to see if he's interested in my current one like he said he would be

I so wanna build it right now, def enjoying building them. we'll see maybe I won't wait a till September :D 
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June 23, 2011 5:40:55 PM

I have been seeing this PSU thrown around lately in these forums:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1uut24z9ak5xt

has anyone had any experiences with this OR know of someone?

I had a modular PSU YEARS back and it was crap. I'm not 100% worried about a few extra cables (I will be doing cable management), but would anyone go with modular for a good price or stay with this or a similar model?

TY
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June 23, 2011 6:17:49 PM

zerobeast said:
I have been seeing this PSU thrown around lately in these forums:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1uut24z9ak5xt

has anyone had any experiences with this OR know of someone?

I had a modular PSU YEARS back and it was crap. I'm not 100% worried about a few extra cables (I will be doing cable management), but would anyone go with modular for a good price or stay with this or a similar model?

TY

That psu is fairly new on the market, yet when I googled it for professional reviews they call came up good. I don't think you can go wrong with that psu for that price.
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June 23, 2011 7:05:40 PM

I have the same series PSU but the 900W version. It runs great right out of the box, no problems with it so far.
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June 24, 2011 2:27:06 AM

why me and mrjellybean - Thanks guys.
I noticed from some quick searching it was fairly new as well.
good to hear you have the same model but more wattage and it works great! :) 
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June 26, 2011 8:19:05 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
haha a 6870 isn't an upgrade :lol: 

OP:
you only need a 750w psu to sli and that is last yrs. model- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - this is a very good psu

here is a vertex 3 for the same price- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... -this is a faster hdd for half the price

ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get it when it comes back in stock

case- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S...

here is a cheaper superclocked 560 ti- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=d...

LOL just throwin some ideas out there you know..... :D 
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July 21, 2011 2:22:05 PM

Well everybody...I just ordered all the parts. I was able to find someone to buy my current PC and I couldn't pass up the deal. I reaaaaally appreciate all the advice/suggestions and wish ya'll the best. here is my soon to be new PC (~$1140) :bounce: 

Motherboard($160) ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
CPU($220) Intel Core i5-2500k
V.C. ($245) (+$20MIR) MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II
RAM($65)G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
PSU($95) (+$25MIR) Antec Gamer 750W
HD main ($230) Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
HD backup($65) (1 per order)2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
Case($79)Cooler Master Storm Scout
Heatsink($30) Cooler Master Hyper 212
DVD Burner($20) ASUS 24x Burner
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