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July 6, 2011 6:16:58 AM

So here is what I came out with after a couple hours of looking and figuring out what I wanted the best.

This PC is being built for gaming, and other things but mostly gaming.

I bought a pretty expensive graphics card, but I like the prospect of having a single card now, and SLI in the future when prices go down. Unless it is truly worth it to go with SLI 560s right now, I really like what I have read about the graphics card I picked up.

This is not just being built for now, but also for the future, for games like BF 3 and the like.

Now remember, I understand I could get a lot of this for cheaper online, however I am paying the premium for not having to do that, and I am okay with that. So im fine with the prices I got here.

Prcoessor: Intel Core i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz - $179.99

Motherboard: Z68A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard - $159.99

Cooler: Antec Kuhler H20 620 Liquid Cooling System - On sale for $57.00

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit - $89.99

SSD for booting: Crucial m4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $114.99

HDD for storage: Hitachi 1.5TB 5400RPM 64MB Cache - $64.99
(Dont have link online)

Operating System: MS OEM Windows 7 home Edition 64 bit - $109.99

Monitor: Samsung 24" LED LS24A350HS - $249.99

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Computer Case - $89.99

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850W Power Supply - $129.99

Graphics Card: ASUS MATRIX GTX580 1.5GB - $ 539.99

Total after tax for this complete set (including monitor and OS, came to $1965.48

Still a 200 dollar savings to the 27 inch iMac I had purchased before.

Overall I think everything here is pretty solid. Does everything look good compatibility wise, and does it look like it will all work together pretty well? I am definitely open to changing the graphics card options, but as a whole I hope everything looks nice.

Input is appreciated, I ideally want to get started on this thing tonight!

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July 6, 2011 1:04:31 PM

2 things:
1) You need to OC your MoBo to benefit from that RAM (it is running at 1600MHz while your MoBo supports up to 1333 w/o Overclocking)
2) You want to get a HDD that has 7200 RPM, it reads the data faster, which in the long run, saves you some time
but everything looks good
July 6, 2011 3:15:52 PM

yea a Samsung spinpint f3 1tb will be enough and is fast
July 6, 2011 4:33:07 PM

Yeah, I debated in the store about getting a 7200 rpm or a 5400 rpm hard drive.

I have heard nothing but good things about the Samsung Spinpoints, and I didnt realize they have them at Frys. I am going to pick one of those up today, they are cheaper than what I got.

Also, as far as the RAM goes. Thats odd, because that mobo was suggested to me, along with 1600 mhz ram in this forum..... if I keep the 1600, is it not going to work? or will i simply just not get everything out of it? (thus making it more sensible to pay less for 1333)

Also, is it hard to overlock the mobo? Havent really looked into mobo overclocking, although the box seems to boast its overclocking abilities.

I have no problem OC the mobo to support the 1600 MHz RAM, I just want to know that doing so wont have any bad long term effects. I will have a water cooler in the unit, and I probably will not OC the processor or graphics card for a good while until I feel I need it.