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Gaming PC around $900-1000, buying parts next day or two

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July 20, 2011 3:16:24 AM

Hello,

After a long-time of lurking, reading, and researching, I think I've finally built a PC to my specifications. Any and all help would be appreciated. I want this machine to be the most bang for my buck currently, while still being really upgradeable in the future. Is this a good motherboard to keep for a few years?

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Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this week


Budget Range: Up to $1000 upfront if needed, but lower is better.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games(Minecraft, Valve-everything, SC2, and later Diable 3 and Battlefield 3), schoolwork, Folding@home


Parts Not Required: I'll be picking up a keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers separately. I've also already got a 1920x1200 monitor for use.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, due to lack of tax


Country of Origin: The US


Parts Preferences: No preference, but I've heard many good things about intel processors currently


Overclocking: Yes. down the line


SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully, but not currently


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: I picked the case due to cheapness and numerous fans, but I am willing to switch to one. From the pictures, the fan lights come a cross a slightly kiddish; if anyone actually has the case, I'd love their opinion. I also know an SSD would be much faster, so it is one of my near-future upgrades. In the current build, the hard drive/DVD drive are bundled, and so are the MOBO/processor.

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CPU-I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive- Sony DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 20, 2011 4:36:05 AM

Only a bit more expensive than your original option, too
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July 20, 2011 4:39:39 AM

Bcminor said:
Hello,

After a long-time of lurking, reading, and researching, I think I've finally built a PC to my specifications. Any and all help would be appreciated. I want this machine to be the most bang for my buck currently, while still being really upgradeable in the future. Is this a good motherboard to keep for a few years?

________________________________________________________________________________________

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this week


Budget Range: Up to $1000 upfront if needed, but lower is better.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games(Minecraft, Valve-everything, SC2, and later Diable 3 and Battlefield 3), schoolwork, Folding@home


Parts Not Required: I'll be picking up a keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers separately. I've also already got a 1920x1200 monitor for use.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, due to lack of tax


Country of Origin: The US


Parts Preferences: No preference, but I've heard many good things about intel processors currently


Overclocking: Yes. down the line


SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully, but not currently


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: I picked the case due to cheapness and numerous fans, but I am willing to switch to one. From the pictures, the fan lights come a cross a slightly kiddish; if anyone actually has the case, I'd love their opinion. I also know an SSD would be much faster, so it is one of my near-future upgrades. In the current build, the hard drive/DVD drive are bundled, and so are the MOBO/processor.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CPU-I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive- Sony DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That Asus board you chose is meant for a single card. It runs dual cards @ x4. This board down below runs dual cards @ x8. Also that OCZ psu is junk.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $324.98 save: $25.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $62.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48 save: $6.50
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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July 20, 2011 5:06:15 AM

@why_me - is it worth going with the mobo and a i5-2500 and just not bother with over clocking at all? I was planning on over clocking later, but your recommendation stops it...
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July 20, 2011 5:18:16 AM

Bcminor said:
@why_me - is it worth going with the mobo and a i5-2500 and just not bother with over clocking at all? I was planning on over clocking later, but your recommendation stops it...

Sorry about that, I clicked on the wrong combo link. It's fixed now. :) 
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July 20, 2011 5:31:27 AM

From the reviews I read, the motherboard doesn't seem to over clock well due to a locked v-core. Is that able to be worked around?
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July 20, 2011 5:39:10 AM

Bcminor said:
From the reviews I read, the motherboard doesn't seem to over clock well due to a locked v-core. Is that able to be worked around?

No that boards not a great over clocking board...I was thinking of price point. For a board that's going to get you to 4.6 or better but might fit your budget, look at the Asrock P67 Extreme4 on newegg and cheaper I think @ amazon.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that's it on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- this board should get you near or at 4.5ghz
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