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First Build - Seeking Compatibility and Budget Advice

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June 30, 2011 5:43:07 PM

Hey everyone first timer here. I've been doing a good amount of research over the past few weeks and am getting prepared to do my first build. Since my current system can no longer run current games even at the lowest settings this PC will be designed to give the best gaming and overall performance possible while staying as close to $1500 as possible. I am willing to go over that price for good performance gains. I intend to overclock the processor and hope to achieve 4.6-4.7Ghz.

My main concerns at the moment are compatibility of components, ease of the build, and anywhere were I might be able to save money while essentially maintaining the performance level of my posted build. Some of the parts I view as investments, such as the Blueray burner and larger SSD. So despite their increased cost I'd rather leave them as is.


Approximate Purchase Date: July 8th, 2011
Budget Range: $1500-$1700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Everything else
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: ASUS Mobo (For easy overclocking), Everything else idc
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Nothing

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

Newegg Wishlist Link

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $219.99

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case $119.99

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $49.99

Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $359.99

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $139.99

Memory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $84.99

SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $249.99

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

Optical Drive - SONY Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BWU-500S $129.99

Total Cost - $1654.90 (Some of the prices here contain instant rebates and may change)

Thanks again.

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June 30, 2011 5:58:37 PM

Yea I had my eye on that one as well because of all the good reviews. It was out of stock the other day when I was looking over after market coolers.

Thanks for the tip.