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July 12, 2011 9:02:40 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: ~$950 USD before rebates, after shipping (including monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 1080p videos

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, microcenter.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: For my HDD, I wont need much space; a 500GB should serve me well.

Overclocking: No, not really sure though.

SLI or Crossfire: No, but I'd like SLI/Crossfire supporting system for possible future upgrades.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Preferably, a quiet desktop.

*Note: build below will be edited as I find new parts
*() - after rebates

CPU: Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $149.99

MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $167.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM - $59.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $49.99

GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $182.99 ($162.99)

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $99.99 ($89.99)

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $26.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 ($49.99)

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1) - $149.99

Total Cost: $947.99 ($907.99) after shipping

How does it look? Thanks.

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July 13, 2011 6:35:15 PM

Nice picks. I think if you're dropping this much cash though, and getting parts this nice, you should consider a 2500k and aftermarket cooler. Yeah, it'll set you back another $100, but I think you'll be less likely to get buyer's remorse.

If you really don't feel like OC'ing, though, consider a cheaper mobo. That one is intended for overclocking.

Nice ram, I like me some CAS 7.

6850 is alright, as long as you're really sure you don't want a 6950 1gb.

If you do want a 6950, I'd consider upgrading to the 750 Corsair version since it can take 2 of them if you want to xfire. Your current psu can xfire 6850s fine though.
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July 13, 2011 9:30:34 PM

I guess I'll go with the 2500k in case I ever want to OC. Thanks. Anymore suggestions?
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July 14, 2011 7:36:43 AM

GTX560ti? or GTX560? both are nice cards and sit between the 6850 and the 6950 in terms of performance and price
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July 14, 2011 9:33:49 AM

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

or get it here for cheaper...

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-68A3HB3&tit... $124.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Socket 1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ ATI CrossFireX & nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING $9 off w/ promo code EMCKCJH37, ends 7/18
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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKCKC22, ends 7/13
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 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 AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=EV-GTX560&titl... $227.99 + $1.99 Shipping
EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti FPB 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - 01G-P3-1561-KR

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July 14, 2011 10:21:57 AM

HDD wise, the Samsung spinpoint F3 is much faster, and cheaper so why the seagate? DON'T PAY for SATA 3 and 64mb cache (WD BLACK) rest of the build is fine though...
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July 14, 2011 10:36:38 AM

wenqi said:
HDD wise, the Samsung spinpoint F3 is much faster, and cheaper so why the seagate? DON'T PAY for SATA 3 and 64mb cache (WD BLACK) rest of the build is fine though...

The OP has the 500GB version in his build which is not faster (platter density), also that Seagate is the same price with the promo code.
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July 14, 2011 1:48:15 PM

I don't think he needs a total rebuild. It gives him other stuff to consider, but without reasons for those choices I don't see how helpful it is. Maybe you picked them because the parts are cheaper? But aren't you getting what you pay for?

Anyway, I know the OP wants a lot of feedback, but really his picks are pretty good, so no one has much to add.
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July 14, 2011 1:56:27 PM

Here's a build sourced around from Newegg & Microcenter (before rebates, shipping) :

Microcenter :
CPU : $180- i5-2500K

Motherboard : $110- Gigabyte Z68X UD3H

Case: $37- Cooler Master Elite 360 Slim(or whatever you like)

Newegg:

RAM & Power Supply : $175- Corsair Vengeance (2X 4GB) & Thermaltake Black Widow 850 Modular

HDD : $55- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB(same)

Graphic Card: $235- EVGA GTX 560Ti

Monitor : $150- Acer S231H 23" LED Backlit 1920X1080

Total (Excluding Rebates ) : 942 USD

Rebates: 65 USD
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July 14, 2011 7:10:47 PM

grody said:
I don't think he needs a total rebuild. It gives him other stuff to consider, but without reasons for those choices I don't see how helpful it is. Maybe you picked them because the parts are cheaper? But aren't you getting what you pay for?

Anyway, I know the OP wants a lot of feedback, but really his picks are pretty good, so no one has much to add.

Lets see now... The 560ti needs a 750w psu to run two of them...seeing how that Antec has gotten excellent reviews and it's on sale atm...

Great deal on that 560 ti not to mention the 560ti mops the floor with a 6850 at stock settings and it does even better when those two cards are o/c

That mobo has a three year warranty and runs dual vid cards in SLI @ x8

The dvd/cd writer is quicker 24x vs 22x and it's cheaper and it's a sony...

A 1GB h/d for the same price as that samsung 500gb h/d

That G.SKill RAM is a steal at that price and has a promo code


Any more questions ?
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July 14, 2011 9:37:59 PM

Thanks. I think I'll use the parts you suggested, anymore final suggestions? I'm not too sure about OC'ing either. Think it's worth the extra cash in this case?
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July 14, 2011 9:50:55 PM

Ballista said:
Thanks. I think I'll use the parts you suggested, anymore final suggestions? I'm not too sure about OC'ing either. Think it's worth the extra cash in this case?

Other than an aftermarket cpu h/s and thermal compound...over clocking is free. This cpu cooler down below is a good one and it includes decent thermal compound.

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

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July 16, 2011 4:27:49 AM

Best answer selected by Ballista.
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