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$1700 Build Critique - Gaming/Programming/Linux

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July 10, 2011 12:57:51 PM

Hi. I'm looking to see if some of you could ensure I didn't go retarded with anything listed below before I push the button.

I'm planning to play upcoming games (BF3, Diablo3, Skyrim) and would like to max them out as much as possible. This includes overclocking.

I will also dual boot the machine with Linux in order to work with GNS3 and programming (hence the 1920x1200 monitor).

I would like to stay within $1700 (hopefully including shipping to FPO, AP) and am currently a bit high. The biggest problem is that I need everything :??: 

Below is what I configured from NewEgg (which is where I would prefer to order. Amazon does not ship a lot of the components to military addresses).


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $49.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $59.99

GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB $269.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W $89.99

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $234.45

Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $54.99

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

Headset: Logitech G35 USB 2.0 Connector Surround Sound Headset $89.99

Mouse: Logitech G500 $57.99

Keyboard: Logitech G110 $59.99

Speakers: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System $28.99

Monitor: HP LA2405wg Black / Silver 24" $279.99

Total: $1641.32
w/shipping: $1835.63

The shipping is quite a bit, but if no one sees any issues with this build, and it will do what I need it to, then I'll happily pay the $1800.

Thanks in advance.
July 10, 2011 3:12:03 PM

I'd get a better mobo if you are investing in a cpu cooler and planning to OC, and maybe drop the ssd or something
July 10, 2011 3:14:05 PM

Consider the Xigmatek Gaia instead for cooler instead of the overpriced hyper 212+ at newegg.
Might need a thermal paste with the gaia though.

Options for the SSD: Corsair Force 3, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3 or possibly Intel 510 for maximum reliability. If they fit your budget.

Other than that looks like a solid build.

^+1 possibly yeah, could maybe go for Crucial M4 64Gb for boot drive and use the 'extra' for a better mobo.

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July 10, 2011 3:44:30 PM

Should the 6950 keep up with most of the upcoming games @ 1920x1200?
July 10, 2011 3:52:06 PM

Yeah, and you can always buy another one in the future and do some crossfire
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