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July 10, 2011 4:17:05 PM

I'm in the process of building my first computer ever. I have very little knowledge about construction or individual parts aside from what I have researched (I've heard the i5 2500k is about the best especially for its price) and I've conducted a good amount of graphics card research. Aside from that, I know little and am open to any info or suggestions you may have! :sol: 

Approximate Purchase Date: A few weeks.

Budget Range: Around $1000 (more or less)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Word etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, OS, Speakers, Mouse, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect (any good?)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


What I'm thinking so far:

Case: Cooler Mast HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5 2500k

Mobo: Possible deal (I need advice on mobo's) MSI Z68a GD 65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU: Corsair 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD6950 1gb (I like the lifetime warranty that xfx provides)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4gb (or is 8 more appropriate?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner



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July 10, 2011 4:51:24 PM

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 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... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

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: $943.43 *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

Same board @ amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QTHYZK/ref=s9_simh... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3 Intel P67 ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard
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July 10, 2011 11:54:48 PM

It seems like the 6950 is beating the 560ti in most games. Any reason why you recommend that mobo?

Continue the advice please ^_^!
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July 11, 2011 12:04:02 AM

Parsnip said:
It seems like the 6950 is beating the 560ti in most games. Any reason why you recommend that mobo?

Continue the advice please ^_^!

At 1920 x 1080 the 560 runs about on par with the 6950. Take a few minutes and download MSI's free proggy Afterburner, o/c that card and you have a card that runs on par with a gtx 570 yet for $100 less. No card over clocks as well as the gtx 560. It's on Nvidia's newest chipset, it's a shorter card, and it runs cool as ice.

As far as the mobo...the review I posted up above speaks for itself. There is several reviews of that board on the net, and all of them good. Then look at the price point, it's over clocking capabilities, and your budget and it's a no brainer.
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July 11, 2011 12:14:58 AM

Why_Me said:
At 1920 x 1080 the 560 runs about on par with the 6950. Take a few minutes and download MSI's free proggy Afterburner, o/c that card and you have a card that runs on par with a gtx 570 yet for $100 less. No card over clocks as well as the gtx 560. It's on Nvidia's newest chipset, it's a shorter card, and it runs cool as ice.

As far as the mobo...the review I posted up above speaks for itself. There is several reviews of that board on the net, and all of them good. Then look at the price point, it's over clocking capabilities, and your budget and it's a no brainer.


Looking at reviews like http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef... it makes it look as though the 6950 still wins for the most part. I have no experience with amd however, and all my prebuilt computers (as well as an upgraded card I bought) have been nvidia. I've heard that AMD drivers can be a mess at times...
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July 11, 2011 12:28:28 AM

Parsnip said:
Looking at reviews like http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef... it makes it look as though the 6950 still wins for the most part. I have no experience with amd however, and all my prebuilt computers (as well as an upgraded card I bought) have been nvidia. I've heard that AMD drivers can be a mess at times...

I'm no fan of their drivers either. I had a 9700 back in the day that was kick arse, but that was yeas ago. Nvidia...plug it in, dl the latest drivers and your good to go.
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July 11, 2011 1:49:56 AM

Why_Me said:
I'm no fan of their drivers either. I had a 9700 back in the day that was kick arse, but that was yeas ago. Nvidia...plug it in, dl the latest drivers and your good to go.


Is OC hard or potentially dangerous for the cards (as long as you dont go overboard of course)? I've never done an OC before.
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July 11, 2011 2:13:53 AM

Parsnip said:
Is OC hard or potentially dangerous for the cards (as long as you dont go overboard of course)? I've never done an OC before.

It's easier than baking a pie and takes a lot less time. Google " MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC reviews " and the take you through it step by step. Guru3D forums is also big on this.

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July 11, 2011 2:25:09 AM

Why_Me said:
It's easier than baking a pie and takes a lot less time. Google " MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC reviews " and the take you through it step by step. Guru3D forums is also big on this.


So all biased/fanboy judgements aside (not saying you are by any means) you think the 560 ti is the better choice over the 6950?
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July 11, 2011 2:30:26 AM

Parsnip said:
So all biased/fanboy judgements aside (not saying you are by any means) you think the 560 ti is the better choice over the 6950?

The 560 ti would be my preference of choice by reasons stated. Now if I was planning on using dual monitors then the 6950 would be the way to go. I can't see someone going wrong with either card. It's like six one way, and a half dozen the other.
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