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1,150$ Computer. Opinions/advice needed!

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June 26, 2011 6:16:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably today, or tomorrow.


Budget Range: 1,200$ (Adding headphones/mouse on top of this will add 150$, but doesn't count to overall budget)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Top Priority), Programming, Surfing The Web, HD Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, os, monitor, mouse


Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: I would like Intel, but if AMD is more bang for my buck then please feel free to comment.


Overclocking: I don't know what this is, and I do not want to potentially make this rig die faster by overclocking it.


SLI or Crossfire: I don't think so..? :o 


Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900


Additional Comments: I would like to hear this communities opinion on this build. I will be doing a large amount of intensive gaming, and doing part time work as a programmer. I'd assume if it can handle max game details then it can in turn handle HD video. Thank you for you time. It is much appreciated!


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous

^Bundled with psu^ Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

^Bundled with cpu^ MSI P67A-G45 Mother Board




June 26, 2011 6:50:25 PM

try this combo, very similar parts, has a higher quality psu (and yes, 650w is enough), lower latency ram, bigger hdd, cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

the biggest difference is that the C43 mobo doesnt support sli and the G45 does. the huge advantage of the gtx 580 over cheaper, dual card configs is that you DONT have to deal with SLI.
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June 26, 2011 7:13:59 PM

That combo looks very nice. Do I need a bigger hard drive though? Wouldn't it slow things down?
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June 26, 2011 7:45:19 PM

I like the basic idea, a 2500K and a GTX580.

Time to do some shopping, and we sometimes chase combo's too much.

I like the Antec illusion model for $70. The nice thing is, that it comes with some extra front fans.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 will do just as well as the cm 212, and is a bit cheaper at $30:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GTX580 wants a 600w psu with 42a on the 12v rails.
The Antec 620 fills the bill at $60 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1tb drives are a bit faster because the OS gets loaded on the denser outer cylinders. Spend a bit more for a Samsung 1tb drive at $65:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I love the SSD, and if you can find the budget, for one, you can do with a cheaper storage drive.

Most any P67 or Z68 motherboard will do. Look for your favorite brand. Don't overlook a micro-ATX board. No sli, and only 4 expansion slots, but they will be cheaper.
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