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Please opine on my $1000 intel build

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June 23, 2011 5:14:04 PM

Almost ready to pull the trigger on this build. Had to learn what all hardware is best nowadays for my price range.

Budgets $1000. Has to include Win7 and monitor. Gaming, web browsing, some photo editing and HD movie creation.


i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

combo'ed with

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Windows 7 home premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 2333T High Glossy Black 23" 8ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 50,000:1 (CR 4,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

comes out to $1,056.89

Seeking any advice, suggestions, recommendations etc for better deals and components. Thanks!

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June 23, 2011 5:59:26 PM

Hmmm... It's ok, but VERY light on the GPU. If you plan to game a bunch, you will be disappointed. Here's what I would do

-drop to 4GB of ram, save -$40
-Drop to i5-2400 bundled with Gigabyte Z68 board. Save -$35
-Lose the CPU cooler. Save -$25
-Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. $0
-Get a GTX 560 Ti with the savings. +$100

And there's the build I would make! Good luck!
June 23, 2011 11:36:19 PM

striker410 said:
Hmmm... It's ok, but VERY light on the GPU. If you plan to game a bunch, you will be disappointed. Here's what I would do

-drop to 4GB of ram, save -$40
-Drop to i5-2400 bundled with Gigabyte Z68 board. Save -$35
-Lose the CPU cooler. Save -$25
-Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. $0
-Get a GTX 560 Ti with the savings. +$100

And there's the build I would make! Good luck!


Thx for the input.

I can see halfing the RAM, i can always add more later.

I do really like my current proc+mobo however.

What other options are there as far as graphics cards go that would beat that 460? cutting the RAM would free up like 40 so i can spend around $150 on the video card
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June 24, 2011 1:03:58 AM

Umm, I would go with a 6870 if you don't like to deal with rebates. If you do, go with a 560 Ti for sure. Don't feel remorse from getting a 6870 though, they perform almost as well as a 560 Ti. But then again, a 560 can overclock WAY high! Like, 570 levels!
June 24, 2011 9:11:18 AM

Here a built (Excluding MAIL-IN-REBATES) :
To accommodate cost of a monitor and OS, the memory has been reduced to 4GB, and HDD capacity to 500 GB.

CPU : $220- i5-2500k (Same as yours)

Motherboard : $125-Gigabyte GA Z68MA.
The only con of this board is its mATX. Otherwise it supports SLI & Crossfire at 8x/8x. And other features. You can select any other board in this price range if you don't like this one.
If you can stretch your budget by a little more, here's another Gigabyte GA-Z68x or you can drop down to the mother board you selected.

OS: $100- Windows 7 SP1

HDD: $40-Seagate Barracuda 500GB

RAM: $40-Kingston HyperX (2X2GB)

Case: $50- Cooler Master Elite 430.

Power Supply : $65-Antec EarthWatts 650D

Monitor : $160-Acer 23" LED backlit(1920X1080)

Graphic Card : $250-HIS 6950 2GB

Optical Drive: $19-Lite-On

Total : 1069 USD.

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