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July 5, 2011 7:10:32 PM

Hello, My budget is about $1500. I'm looking to build a new PC for gaming. I have an extra hard drive for storage (programs, files) and plan on having the OS and primary played games on the SSD. I prefer to stick with the Intel I5-2500k and plan to overclock. Typically, once the PC is built I don't plan to make upgrades as I typically just build myself a new one. I would like this computer to last me about four years. Here are my thoughts based on today's prices.
Please let me know if there are any parts that are inefficient together or where I can save money by downgrading.
Thank you!

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1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
$54.99

1 RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
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1 ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model AX3U2000GC2G9B-2G
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1 OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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1 GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GC4G9-2G
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2 GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...
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1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181013
$304.80

1 XIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease with gold grade thermal matrix filler particles
Item #: N82E16835233069
$0.00

Subtotal: $1,344.72
Tax: $97.49

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July 5, 2011 7:22:37 PM

In retrospect. Would I be better off with a p67 or z68 Motherboard? I mainly chose the H67 because of the whole "SSD optimization" feature but I'm not fully informed on it. I want to stick with 8gb ram but is 2000 mhz too much vs the $40 I'd save toning it down to 1600mhz? Considering the two graphics cards, can I reduce the powersupply or should I stick with 850w?
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July 5, 2011 7:31:59 PM

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Mothe...
SKU: 533281
$114.99
$99.99 after Rebate

Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
SKU: 200121
$179.99

Just found better deal on a motherboard/cpu combo on microcenter for$302 saving serious $
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July 5, 2011 7:39:43 PM

taxes are a pain in the a** dont buy from newegg. amazon has no taxes

change the psu to this one- http://www.amazon.com/Cooling-Silencer-Performance-Cros...

take out that 4gb of 2000mhz ram 8gb 1600 is definitely enough

here is some ram from amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

ssd- http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Vertex-2-5-Inch-Solid-VTX3-25...

or this one it is actually a vertex 3 it is such a great deal even though it is from newegg i'd get it- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with 1500$ you can get 2 560 ti's- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

the h70 is overpriced compared to the h60 since they are so close in performance- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Cooling-Hydro--High-Perfo...

no need for thermal paste the cpu cooler comes with some



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July 5, 2011 7:52:25 PM

The corsair ssd got extremely bad reviews on newegg that's why I chose to take that risk. You're right about the taxes. I'll see if I can save on taxes through amazon.
Can you explain why you chose that PSU over mine? Mine has good reviews on newegg for same pre-tax price, better efficiency, modular, more watts?
About the graphics card: I'm still looking to reduce the price a little not increase them, I heard that AMD cards xfired way better then Nvidia's SLI in some benchmark review comparisons.
I'm also open to non-watercooled affordable heatsinks for overclocking.
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July 5, 2011 7:54:07 PM

amazon may have no taxes, but newegg's shipping is almost always cheaper or free.
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July 5, 2011 8:22:11 PM

kitono said:
The corsair ssd got extremely bad reviews on newegg that's why I chose to take that risk. You're right about the taxes. I'll see if I can save on taxes through amazon.
Can you explain why you chose that PSU over mine? Mine has good reviews on newegg for same pre-tax price, better efficiency, modular, more watts?
About the graphics card: I'm still looking to reduce the price a little not increase them, I heard that AMD cards xfired way better then Nvidia's SLI in some benchmark review comparisons.
I'm also open to non-watercooled affordable heatsinks for overclocking.

newegg's reviewers dont mean anything. it is true ocz is having some problems but new drivers will come out fix the problem. im not sure why 4 rails are not as good but i know they arent. gtx 560 ti's are way better than 6850's. and xfire isnt way better than sli it is a little better. the hyper 212 plus is a good cheap air cooler- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B002G1YPH0/ref=d...
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