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Decent $1,300 Gaming Rig

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July 11, 2011 7:33:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: October (possibly sooner)

Budget Range: $1,300 Before Rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Vindictus, BF3), School Work (Networking, Debugging, Simulators)

Parts Not Required:
All Parts Required

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, MicroCenter.com

Country of Origin: Ohio, United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Full Tower, 23" Monitor, 1920 x 1080 Resolution

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future when I can afford another video card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Good Cooling, Quiet As Possible, Last a few years.

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Parts:

Extreme Division Arvina GS-6400 Full Tower Gaming Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Viper Xtreme Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL 8 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

m4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Marvell Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

KUHLER H2O 620 Water Cooling System
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

E230H bd 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Total: $1,243.76 + $12.17 Shipping (Newegg) + Tax

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I would really like some suggestions on any parts that I should change out especially with the RAM and cooling system. I would like a really good CPU cooler and cooling throughout the whole case. I think that case comes with 6 fans so that should be good. Also is that SSD any good and can that DVD Burner play cds/dvds as well as burn them or do I need to buy a regular cd/dvd drive? Any suggestions are welcome.

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July 11, 2011 4:15:25 PM

Really would like some suggestions on the RAM and cooling system please.
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July 11, 2011 5:23:44 PM

If you want a low latency ram kit: GSkill ripjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS8 1600Mhz $79.99

For CPU cooling CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ from amazon at ~$30 is a pretty good buy if you want to go with air.
But that 620 is quite nice and should fit fine. They had a review somewhere with a corsair cooler like that and they are about the same size.

That DVD drive does it all, so you are good on that.
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July 11, 2011 5:56:54 PM

Just so you know the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K is a fair cool processor and does well with a good air cooler. Heck I am running the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ with two silent fans and pulling temps in the low 30s. I hear a lot of people really like the Noctua NH-D14. The big thing with any case is to make sure you have good air flow in and out of the chassis. If the fans are not well placed the air flow through the can be slowed down and lead to heating issues.
As far as RAM the memory that I am seeing used a lot today is the Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 or here is some G.Skill Ripsaw X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL are both good memory that should fit your needs.
When it comes to SSD, I think it is understandable that I like the Intel SSDs. The Intel SSD 320s are the most reliable and have the only 5 year warranty in the industry. You can pick up a nice Intel SSD 320 40GB and use with the Z68 board and the Intel SRT.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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July 11, 2011 6:03:02 PM

One more thing on the memory make sure that which ever you select is 1.5v or lower.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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