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July 12, 2011 6:25:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: By this friday (6/15)
Budget Range: $1500 before rebates. Would like to keep the build under $1200 though.
System Usage: Primarily gaming. MMOs and next-gen FPS
Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or anywhere that ships to US.
Country of Origin: USA
Overclocking: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Whatever is the standard widescreen resolution for gamers is now.
Other parts: I'd like it to contain at least 1 wireless network card and 1 SSD. I hate loading screens.
Additional Comments:

I'm pretty confident with this build. I do need a wireless network card though. I'm also very flexible on the monitor. I'm not sure about what SSD I should go for. I'm trying to cut the price back so I went with a cheap one - hopefully it still dishes out performance. Does anyone have suggestions about monitors or things I can swap? I'd like to bring the price down a little without sacrificing a lot of performance.

Current list: Comprehensive wishlist here


ADESSO HC-3003PS Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN FAN MATE 2 Fan Controller
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More about : 1200 1500 build

July 12, 2011 7:20:38 AM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire order.

This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI.

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.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.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.amazon.com/gp/product/B00518M77U/ref=ox_sc_a... $128.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI

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... $67.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKCKB22, ends 7/14
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON 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 iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
Zonet ZEW1690 Wireless Adapter with Dual 7dbi Hi-Gain Antenna & Bonus Low-Profile Bracket IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026L7FQ8/ref=ox_sc_a... $27.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Microsoft SideWinder X3 Black 5 Buttons USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse

Total: $1,213.77 *not including mail in rebates, promo codes, etc..


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T9RR0E $69.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-H... $75.63 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CA-HS1ANA Gaming Audio Series HS1 Analog Gaming Headset

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

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.extremetech.com/computing/83018-microsoft-si... <----- Review on that SideWinder X3 Gaming Mouse

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/accessories/asus-ml228h... <----- Review of that Asus gaming monitor

http://www.pro-clockers.com/powersupplies/1838-antec-hi... <----- Review of that Antec psu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- That same Gigabyte board as up above but on newegg with pics, specs, and reviews

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... <----- GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
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July 12, 2011 7:49:27 AM

For your current build(roman161) is good and If your looking for SSD, Get the Vertex 3 SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For PSU, Get Corsair TX750 V2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the Video Card, you can use that 6950 but get the GTs 450 for PhysX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the monitor get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also for your Memory get the Blue version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AND for your PCU HeatSink get a better one for same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For your Case, get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 12, 2011 4:30:18 PM

I dropped the monitor down in size a little, changed the memory to something cheaper, and dropped off the SSD until I can find something more affordable.

Wishlist here.

I'm looking for some speakers now. I'm not looking for anything mindblowing, just a 2.0 setup not too cheap sounding.
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July 12, 2011 5:45:59 PM

genghiskron said:
mobo+cpu combo (this is probably the best deal ive seen to date. it even comes with a 4gb flash drive):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That's a great deal. Even though I won't have much use for the Z68 features, its still cheaper than what I had. Thanks for the find.
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July 12, 2011 6:07:43 PM

you should definitely decide whether you want the option to add a second graphics card in the future.
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July 12, 2011 6:11:40 PM

genghiskron said:
you should definitely decide whether you want the option to add a second graphics card in the future.

The chances of this are slim, if I do decide to add another card I'd probably have to upgrade to a 850W PSU right?

Along those same lines:

I found a combo with
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

its way cheaper than my current
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should I sacrifice a ODM PSU for this cheaper one? I haven't had a bad experience with a PSU yet.
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