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July 16, 2011 2:29:07 AM

Hi gang, I am looking for your input about a build i am currently throwing together. Advice on how to lower cost/increase performance/general comments are all welcome.

The build:

Cooler Master Haf X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 6970 Sapphire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston 8GB RAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Sata 3 120GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With a few extra peripherals, the final price is about $1600 USD. I'm open minded and will consider anything reasonable.

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July 16, 2011 2:55:50 AM

You want low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 builds.

Here's a decent combo down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98 save: $35.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N... <---- more combo's here.

btw your lacking a h/d, optical drive, psu, and cpu cooler in that build.
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July 16, 2011 3:04:26 AM

Good call...I totally let that one slip by.
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July 16, 2011 6:35:15 AM

Here's a build that under $1500, that should game well Includes combos,OS :

CPU & Optical Drive: $226-i5 2500K & Samsung

RAM & PSU: $175- Thermaltake Black Widow 850 & Gskill RipjawX (80plus bronze certified, modular and cheap memory , $10 off with promo code)

HDD & Case: $205- Corsair Graphite 600T & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

SSD: $200- OCZ Agility 3 120GB

Cooler: $52-Xigmatek Dark Knight(Will give you the headroom to overclock to around 4.5GHz)

OS: $95- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64 bit)(Has $15- off with promo code)

Motherboard: $170- Gigabyte GA Z68X UD3H ( cheap motherboard and has almost the same features)

GPU: $350- Sapphire Radeon 6970(Same)

Total (Excluding Rebates): 1464 USD

Rebates: 115 USD

As a precautionary measure , you would like to avoid Intel SSDs now beacuse of a potential bug that causes SSD to fail :
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218463/Intel_in...




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July 16, 2011 2:35:39 PM

excellent...thanks for the helpful responses guys
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July 17, 2011 3:26:47 AM

600t looks gorgeous but unfortunately performs like ***
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July 17, 2011 3:36:24 AM

patti88 said:
600t looks gorgeous but unfortunately performs like ***

+1
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