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I5 2500k Gaming PC - 7/14 Enthusiast Build

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July 12, 2011 3:11:16 PM

Trying to keep it under 1k but I'm doubtful I will with my taste in parts and the fact I need OS and monitor. Would appreciate the help in choosing a reliable MB and GPU for possible SLI in the future or just upgrading to a keplar series when they do come out. All thoughts appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: By July 14th

Budget Range: 1000-1200 Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work, School

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Microcenter, Amazon, Best Buy, etc..

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - Next year

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Purchasing:
CPU - i5 2500k - 188.99 Microcenter
Case - HAF 912 - 49.99 Best Buy
Mem - G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB - 59.99 Newegg - at this price I couldn't resist
PSU - SeaSonic X750 Gold - 129.99! Newegg - Again with reviews and price I couldn't help it - I know I could save with a non-modular
SSD - Crucial M4 116.49 Newegg
HDD - WD Cav Blue 500GB - 39.99 Newegg
Cooler - Hyper 212 - 29.51 Amazon
O/S - Win 64 Home or Pro - havin't really decided yet which one matters...
Monitor - ASUS VH232H - 139.99 Newegg
CD/DVD - Sony Optiarc 18.99

Considering:
MB:
ASROCK P67 Extreme4/ASUS P8P67 PRO

GPU - 560TI/570/6950/6970
I like the 560TI hawk but at that price I might as well bump up and get the 570 is my thought process

Thanks again!
July 12, 2011 3:29:06 PM

Id suggest you drop the ssd and that hdd and just get this 1tb sinpoint f3

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

$49.99 with the promo code located on that page.

That will free up a good portion for your MB / GPU and keep you within your 1k unfortunately my expertise as to which MB / GPU to get is lacking so I'll hand that over to someone else.

You can always add in a SSD later and the longer you wait the cheaper it will be!

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July 12, 2011 4:21:55 PM
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Here's a SSD & Motherboard combo that might interest you:
$222- Crucial M4 & Gigabyte Z68X UD3 (sli/crossfire capable motherboard , and also comes cheap)

Graphic Card : $270-Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB

Monitor : $150- Acer 23" LED Backlit (1920X1080) (Cheap and good)
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July 12, 2011 6:27:23 PM

That does sound like a good deal on the combo - I'd like to get the SSD now but am willing to sacrifice it to stay within a reasonable budget
July 12, 2011 6:43:40 PM

I'm liking this combo deal with the ram to get the board at a cheaper price and dropping the SSD all together and switching the WD blue for the spinpoint...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

bundled with:

1x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin
July 13, 2011 4:58:28 PM

Also, decided to switch out the PSU and case for these:

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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Any thoughts on what else I should do? Still need to pick a GPU :/ 

Would appreciate any comments or changes on what I've picked so far
July 13, 2011 5:55:32 PM

sn0w said:
Also, decided to switch out the PSU and case for these:

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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Any thoughts on what else I should do? Still need to pick a GPU :/ 

Would appreciate any comments or changes on what I've picked so far


The PSU chosen is great, but somewhat overpriced, you can get an efficient PSU for cheaper. Also depending upon your budget you may look into Radeon 6970 or GTX 570 . Both offer exceptional performance. If you are short of funds you can always switch down to Radeon 6950 2Gb or GTX 560Ti .
Here are possible PSU & GPU combos that may interest you (psu- corsair enthusiast tx850 & 6970 or gtx 570 ):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
July 15, 2011 3:11:41 PM

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