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Finalizing my $1,500 gaming PC Build

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June 23, 2011 12:13:43 AM

Im at most a week away from buying this PC, I hope to buy pretty much everything from newegg, budget is $1,500, and it will be used for gaming, modeling and animating, internet, etc. I don't need a monitor, but I will need a mouse and keyboard.

CPU: Intel i7-2600k ($315)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7,500 RPM (65$)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) PC3 14900 ($125)

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 570 HD ($350)

Power Supply: RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ($125)

DVD Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM ($20)

Operating System: Windows 7 ($100)

Case: AZZA Solano 1000R Black Full Tower ($115)

That should leave about $115 for Mouse and Keyboard. Is there anything else that I need such as a heatsink? Please give me some feed back/suggestions for how I can improve this build before I buy in a week or two. All products can be found on newegg.
June 23, 2011 12:51:35 AM

the i5 2500k is a better choice for your needs since you wont use hyperthreading. 220$

the hard drive is 60$ at amazon

all you need is 8gb of ram. anyways p67 boards cant tri channel ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 57$

psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 85$

no motherboard? here's a good one- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 153$ shipped

dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor... 19$

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 110$ shipped

cpu cooler- the hyper 212 plus: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B002G1YPH0/ref=d... 29.51$

win 7: 100$

mouse- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

any generic wired keyboard is fine its just the mouse that matters

ssd corsair force 3 (really a vertex 3)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$ dont mind the bad reviews they fixed the problem

gpu's- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Gra... x2=440$

Total=1489$
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June 23, 2011 1:16:58 AM

Thank you guys so much for the fast and detailed answers, but could you explain a thing or two to me?

First: Why is the i5 2500k better exactly?
Second: Why do I want 8 gigs of ram when 12 is not that much more expensive?
June 23, 2011 1:21:00 AM

it isnt better it is just the right cpu for you since you will be mostly gaming and games cant really take advantage of hyperthreading.

with the 1155 socket you cant tri channel ram that is what 12gb is doing. anyways games only use like 4gb of it
June 23, 2011 3:02:10 AM

Use your extra money on buying a SSD for a boot drive and go downgrade to the i5 2500k and 8gb of RAM like everybody said. The performance you'll get out of a SSD will be much more profound than 12gb RAM compared to 8gb or the 2600k to the 2500k.
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