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July 22, 2011 1:14:52 AM

This build is primarily for video editing, watching HD movies, encoding DVD's and the occasional game. Is this overkill? Going with Sandy Bridge to utilize Intel Quick Synch. Not looking for the cheapest build. Want this to last 4-5 years.

Using my local microcenter to avoid shipping costs.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3 RAID 0...(x2) = $120
Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor = $279
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Case = $109
OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 500 Watt ATX EPS12V =$65 ($49 with rebate)
EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1024 = $159 ($119 w/rebate)
Scythe Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 Universal CPU Cooler = $34.99
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard = $179.99
Patriot Viper Xtreme Series 8GB DDR3-1600 =$89.99 ($59.99 w/rebate)

Total= $1035 or $954

Tax=$34
Shipping=$0

I'm not so sure on the PSU, CPU Cooler, Memory (Fast enought) and graphics card.

Please critique my build.

Thank you!

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July 22, 2011 3:07:29 AM

I would change the following:
1) video card - EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460
I have this one and the SE version you referenced and there is a notiable difference and I have had issues with the
SE version requiring RMA
2) PSU - go with a Corsair, Seasonic, or EVGA. Your PSU is one of the most important parts of your system and you
get what you pay.
3) CPU cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is the best bang for the buck hands down
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July 22, 2011 3:17:27 AM

for the price range and performance level your components are at go with the i5 2500k . you wont notice a difference and you get a good chunk of cash to put else where in you system where you will notice a difference.
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July 22, 2011 3:23:07 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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.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 Red LED 200mm

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <------- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master case

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4100/asrock_z68_pro3_m... <----- Review of that Asrock board

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3-... <----- ASRock Z68 PRO3-M

http://pro-clockers.com/motherboards/1969/ <----- one more look at that board
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July 29, 2011 3:54:58 AM

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