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July 8, 2011 12:08:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: tomorrow

Budget Range: $1,000 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music, storage

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


BigHead's "I'm Ditching My Apple" Build

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Price $129.99

GPU + CPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) + Intel i5 2500k

Case: Antec 300 Illusion Price: $54.99

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W Price: $99.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Price: $59.99

HD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM Price: $64.99

Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04) Price: $18.99

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Price: $29.51

TOTAL: $913.43

NOTE: I will definitely be adding another 560 ti in the future for SLI, but I don't have the funds at the moment and need a new machine ASAP

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July 8, 2011 1:07:14 AM

yeh u have to get your own sli bridge though
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July 8, 2011 1:45:31 AM

bigheadagency said:
Approximate Purchase Date: tomorrow

Budget Range: $1,000 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music, storage

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


BigHead's "I'm Ditching My Apple" Build

CPU + MoBO combo: Intel 2500k + MSI P67A-G43 Price: $324.98

Case: Antec 300 Illusion Price: $54.99

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W Price: $99.99

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Price: $74.99

HD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM Price: $64.99

Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04) Price: $18.99

GPU: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) Price: $259.99

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Price: $29.51

TOTAL: $928.43

NOTE: I will definitely be adding another 560 ti in the future for SLI, but I don't have the funds at the moment and need a new machine ASAP

I'm not so hot on MSI boards myself, and this card down below can be o/c even further in a matter of seconds.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-G... $128.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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July 8, 2011 1:53:53 AM

I personally got the two Asus GTX 560 ti Direct CU TOP cards which have been shown some reviews of getting up in to the 1gz range of overclocking. Will I ever go that far...probably not if anymore at all. The reason I got those cards which are clocked at 900mhz is because a good source around here told me two of them at that speed equal 570's in sli. The MSI Twin frozr were my next choice due to the good cooling it seems to have. So I would have to agree with Why_Me on his selection.
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July 8, 2011 2:06:19 AM

Why_Me said:
I'm not so hot on MSI boards myself, and this card down below can be o/c even further in a matter of seconds.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-G... $128.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I think it was Why_Me that suggested this board earlier to another person because of the 12 phase power and being somewhat of an "OC Beast"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

just wondering why it was not recommended again...maybe didnt fit in your budget.
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July 8, 2011 6:04:32 AM

jeremy1183 said:
I think it was Why_Me that suggested this board earlier to another person because of the 12 phase power and being somewhat of an "OC Beast"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

just wondering why it was not recommended again...maybe didnt fit in your budget.



At $190 it's definitely a bit out of my budget. I think I'm going to heed Why_Me's advice though; will the GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 OC well?
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July 8, 2011 6:16:36 AM

Ok I edited my build (above) and I think it looks pretty slick. I found out the Corsair Vengeance DDR3 CL9 ram was cheaper than the g.skill sniper ram so I swapped that as well.
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July 8, 2011 6:22:37 AM

Here's a copy & paste from a build I posted on another thread that's similar to yours and in your price range.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $154.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Total: $959.43 *not including mail in rebates

Here's an additional case fan for the top of that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
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July 8, 2011 1:32:40 PM

Why_Me said:
Here's a copy & paste from a build I posted on another thread that's similar to yours and in your price range.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $154.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Total: $959.43 *not including mail in rebates

Here's an additional case fan for the top of that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard



So you prefer the ASRock MoBo to the Gigabbyte one you recommended a few posts up?
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July 8, 2011 2:15:14 PM

bigheadagency said:
So you prefer the ASRock MoBo to the Gigabbyte one you recommended a few posts up?

For o/c the Asrock over that Gigabyte board any day of the week. If not o/c, or mild o/c then the Gigabyte board.
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July 8, 2011 2:36:24 PM

Best answer selected by bigheadagency.
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July 8, 2011 2:39:41 PM

Why_Me said:
For o/c the Asrock over that Gigabyte board any day of the week. If not o/c, or mild o/c then the Gigabyte board.


I definitely want to OC, thanks for all your help.
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July 8, 2011 3:05:27 PM

also, do you really think the Scout case is that much better than the Antec 300? Will it be a lot easier to build?
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July 8, 2011 3:58:07 PM

bigheadagency said:
also, do you really think the Scout case is that much better than the Antec 300? Will it be a lot easier to build?

That CM Storm Enforcer is a modified CM HAF 912. CM added USB 3.0 ports, a window, more and larger case fans, a door, etc... to that case otherwise the specs are the same size wise. The Antec 300 is a great single card case for someone using a smaller cpu h/s, but for a large h/s and dual vid cards...no...

I posted a link on that CM case up above...compare it to the Antec 300 for size and cooling.
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July 10, 2011 3:14:12 AM

Hey why_me I ordered the z68a gigabyte board the other day because you recommended it, I want to overclock so im just making sure that board will overclock well, because you never recommended me the p67 asrock board to myself
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July 10, 2011 3:59:32 AM

troynewell47 said:
Hey why_me I ordered the z68a gigabyte board the other day because you recommended it, I want to overclock so im just making sure that board will overclock well, because you never recommended me the p67 asrock board to myself

There's a couple of reviews on that board and they hit steady 4.5ghz and 4.6ghz. So ya, it will o/c. :) 
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July 10, 2011 4:04:43 AM

ok good thanks man :D  at least I can overclock with ease and no voltage increases so I dont mind :D 
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