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June 28, 2011 9:13:43 PM

This will be my 2nd-ever build, and is long overdue. Please take a look. I'm not real sure about the mobo or GPU.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 days
Budget Range: Approx. $850 after rebates, including OS.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, home office, web, photo editing
Parts Not Required: Case, HD, DVD, PSU, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Prefer not
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I’m re-using these parts from old PC:
Antec P180B Case
DVD writer
1TB Sata II HD
320GB Sata II HD
Thermaltake 775w PSU


MS Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $110 (includes. -$20 combo with processor)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $63 (already bought)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB - $320 after rebate (+free Dirt 3, which I do want but probably would not buy otherwise)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Total: $843

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June 28, 2011 9:19:59 PM

Nice build :)  I notice you have a microcenter item on your list. If you live near a microcenter then I would get the 2500K there and save yourself $30 -$40 (walk in special only) on that cpu.
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June 28, 2011 10:17:20 PM

Not locally, but maybe worth a drive if I can get some more parts from there. No shipping helps.

That's a nice price difference on the 2500k, but then I lose the motherboard combo too. I'll look into it further, though.

Thanks for the tip.


Edit - just realized I actually have free 3-day shipping for everything from newegg.
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June 28, 2011 10:54:20 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Personally, that's a better combo.
Also, I think you should get the 560 Ti OC'd (which equals the 570)
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ...
OR
6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mainly because with your current PSU, you could possible SLI/CF them in the future.
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June 28, 2011 11:34:53 PM

That motherboard was on my short list and I would have chose it, but newegg reviews (I know, I know) said it was cramped and seemed relatively fragile and not properly supported by stand-offs. If all of that is hogwash, then yeah, if definitely has better specs.

Ill also look into the 560 ti OC for sure, if its as good as 570 for less money, then that's awesome. Was also leaning towards switching out the 6970 for a 570 (thought that free Dirt3 would be pretty sweet).

But my fear for any future 2nd GPU purchase is unknown future availability.

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June 28, 2011 11:41:58 PM

Newegg reviews = retards reviewing. Trust review from big names like THG/Guru3D/TechPowerup, never listen to Newegg reviews (some of them are just retards).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjDaSC6p2E
Granted not a formal review, it gives you a good idea. The board is plenty big.
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June 29, 2011 2:19:29 AM

I definitely see the point of the MSI 560 TI OC now, especially when overclocked further. And yes, having at least the possibility of dropping in another down the road may prove out. As far as future availability goes, surely they would still be on newegg come Xmas, so that would not be bad at all.

Tough decision, though. SLI/CF has been a dicey proposition, tho I have read that its less so now. And if the MSI 560 OC OC'd truly is just as good or better than stock 570, then its no trade-off at all. In fact, its better due to power consumption. Assuming the further OC goes well. Is that a good assumption?

Thanks
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June 29, 2011 2:21:00 AM

Yes that is a good assumption. You've read some solid reviews.
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June 29, 2011 4:28:20 AM

You might want to have a look at the motherboard if you plan on adding a second card later on . As you will see the second card will run at 4X speed,which will not allow you use the seconds card to its full potential. Here's a motherboard Gigabyte GA Z68A for $130. It supports SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X
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June 30, 2011 3:56:24 AM

Best answer selected by ramble235.
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