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July 23, 2011 5:58:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1000-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Watching movies,Surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse,Keyboard,Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys/Newegg.. but preferably Frys because there is one nearby

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel Processor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The problem I had with my previous computer was that it got too hot. So I'd like to keep this thing cool.
Also, is it hard to build a computer? It's my first time so I'm a bit nervous
July 23, 2011 6:59:11 PM

i5 2500k- http://www.frys.com/product/6487382?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 215$

gigabyte z68 motherboard- http://www.frys.com/product/6672554?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 170$

corsair 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.frys.com/product/6552683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 52$

asus 24x dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 20$

antec 900 mid tower case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

samsung spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.frys.com/product/6473452?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 60$

corsair h60- http://www.frys.com/product/6556993?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 60$ another good option is the hyper 212 plus

gtx 560 ti x2- http://www.frys.com/product/6519023?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... 450$ buy 1 here- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... only 1 because there is only 1 mail in rebate per customer

windows 7 home premium 64 bit- http://www.frys.com/product/6028088 80$

750w power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$

Corsair HS1 Analog Gaming Headset- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-H... 64$

Total=1331$

if you want an ssd here is one- crucial m4 64gb- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768798-REG/Crucia... 113$

you can save some money by changing your cpu cooler to a hyper 212 plus or changing your psu to this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2011 9:12:53 PM

Here's a case that has 3.0 USB ports and a 2.5" SSD cage.

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $129.98 save: $35.00 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $674.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $654.98 FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code NEGTX581, ends 7/24
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,159.40 *not including mail in rebates and promo codes


Here's an additional case fan for the top of that case.

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 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews
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July 24, 2011 12:06:57 AM

So I'm not exactly good at building computers so the parts I'm listing might not be compatible/etc
I was originally going to buy a computer from CyberPower but I heard mixed reviews from them and I heard building a computer is more fun so I decided to go down that route. I took the parts that I liked from the CyberPower PC and I'm gonna list them here. I know Im missing a DVD Drive..etc, and a cooling system so if you guys could please give me some advice for that, I'd appreciate it. Thanks again :love: 


Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
CORSAIR Professional Series 750W SLI 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ATX Power Supply CMPSU-750AX
EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
(Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD

Thanks again :) 
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July 24, 2011 12:14:20 AM

I disagree with the power supply.
You're not even going to CF/SLI so you don't need a 750w power supply and certainly not an overpriced one.

As for the motherboard, you're not CF/SLI so you don't even need the Asus Z68-Pro. What Why_Me recommended was fine.
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July 24, 2011 12:31:38 AM

Ok, so I've replaced the motherboard with the one that Why_Me recommended. What power supply should I get?
So far I have..
-EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
-SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F2 ECOGREEN 1TB SERIAL ATA/300 5400RPM 32MB BUFFER HARD DRIVE - HD103SI
-Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
-Windows 7 Professional 64bit
(Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD
-Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower

I think I still need a PSU,Memory,better cooling.. and that should be it
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July 24, 2011 12:32:31 AM

AsianLisp said:
So I'm not exactly good at building computers so the parts I'm listing might not be compatible/etc
I was originally going to buy a computer from CyberPower but I heard mixed reviews from them and I heard building a computer is more fun so I decided to go down that route. I took the parts that I liked from the CyberPower PC and I'm gonna list them here. I know Im missing a DVD Drive..etc, and a cooling system so if you guys could please give me some advice for that, I'd appreciate it. Thanks again :love: 


Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
CORSAIR Professional Series 750W SLI 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ATX Power Supply CMPSU-750AX
EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
(Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD

Thanks again :) 

overall this isnt a good build. look at why_me's or my builds for reference. 2 560 ti's would be more powerful than a 580. the 912 only has 1 fan you should add more
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July 24, 2011 12:34:15 AM

AsianLisp said:
Ok, so I've replaced the motherboard with the one that Why_Me recommended. What power supply should I get?

why_me's board does not allow sli
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July 24, 2011 12:36:07 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
why_me's board does not allow sli

Of course it doesn't. Check out the OP's original post. :) 
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July 24, 2011 12:41:18 AM

Why_Me said:
Of course it doesn't. Check out the OP's original post. :) 

oh damn i usually never do that
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July 24, 2011 1:00:11 AM

Any good recommendations for cooling?
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July 24, 2011 1:10:50 AM

Hyper 212+ would do.
Get it off amazon it's cheaper.
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July 24, 2011 1:20:30 AM

It's not gonna overheat or anything right? Cause I plan to OC this thing
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July 24, 2011 2:56:12 AM

A 212 plus should be able to get you to 4.5 Ghz easy.
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July 24, 2011 5:04:33 AM

Best answer selected by AsianLisp.
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July 24, 2011 5:05:04 AM

I've finalized on Why_Me's build. Thank you so much for the help dude.
Just one question though, is Liquid cooling any good or is it something I should skip?
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July 24, 2011 5:31:11 AM

AsianLisp said:
I've finalized on Why_Me's build. Thank you so much for the help dude.
Just one question though, is Liquid cooling any good or is it something I should skip?

Skip it. It's not need with these Sandy Bridge cpu's unless you have a $300+ board and your out to set a record for over clocking.
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July 24, 2011 5:34:11 AM

Ok,awesome.
So those 2 fans should be enough to keep it cool yes?
Thanks again for the help. I really appreciate it. I'm new to this computer building thing so I'm completely blind to all of this.
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July 24, 2011 5:37:50 AM

AsianLisp said:
Ok,awesome.
So those 2 fans should be enough to keep it cool yes?
Thanks again for the help. I really appreciate it. I'm new to this computer building thing so I'm completely blind to all of this.

Yep. Add that additional 200mm case fan I posted and that gives you 2x200mm fans, and 1x120mm fan. Your good to go. :) 
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July 24, 2011 5:45:29 AM

Why_Me said:
Yep. Add that additional 200mm case fan I posted and that gives you 2x200mm fans, and 1x120mm fan. Your good to go. :) 

I think I love you :love: 
Everything will fit in the case though right? Seems like a lot of crap ;_;
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