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July 27, 2011 7:16:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Aug 5


Budget Range: 1000 +/- 100 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: Intel 2500k anything else can change


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in future unless i can fit in decent ones now)

Other: Would like to see it with a side window in the case




Additional Comments: good frames and fast for gaming.

Build so far:
Processor and case combo: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K & Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Panel Window and Four Fans 269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard and PSU combo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS & PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply 309.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU and Ram combo: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity & G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 254.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... 24.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM 20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus VW226T-TAA 22" WideScreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: 1070.90

Not sure if this is the way to go need to see if there is a better build to do to either save some money or get better performance out of this thing. Would also like to see if I could squeeze in a SSD somewhere but not sure where don't care too much on size just big enough to hold OS or maybe a game or two.Would like to have dual gpu's but if I can't get it right now no big deal just will get it next month. Also was wondering if the 6870 is too outdated now. Also considering the difference between the z68 and p67 boards not really sure what the big difference is and which one is better. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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July 27, 2011 8:17:13 PM

looks good. im going to suggest some alternatives that i think are a great deal right now. particularly, i think you should move a little more money towards graphics:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i cant tell you what you like the looks of, but the CM storm enforcer is a great new case with a side window (and it should look pretty good with the above parts, which coincidentally all happen to be red/black:
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S...
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July 27, 2011 8:22:15 PM

Hey man, that's a pretty solid build. From what I see, there's no need for a Z68 motherboard. Here's a rig with dual 6850s which will have better performance than an HD 6970 and about on par with a GTX 580. Also, you will want a 1920x1080 display to fully enjoy the horsepower of those Crossfired cards.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
MOBO: MSI P67A-G45 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$319.98 ($20 MIR available), free shipping

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24.99, free shipping

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) 1333MHz CL9 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$44.99, free shipping

GPU: 2x Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 (Crossfired)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$329.98 ($15 MIR available), free shipping

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99, free shipping

Optical: Lite-On SATA DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19.99, free shipping

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99 ($25 MIR available), free shipping

Case: NZXT M59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99, free shipping

Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99 ($10 off w/ promo code EMCKCHD22, ends 8/1), free shipping

Total: $1054.89 shipped before rebates, $994.89 after
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July 27, 2011 8:33:11 PM

Agreed, Pretty good build, But Get the CM Storm Enforcer ( Much better )

And also get 2 500GB Hardrives... One for your programs and Backup, and then one for your files and storage (trust me, this is VERY GOOD)
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July 27, 2011 8:34:12 PM

And don't get samsung spinpoint, they aren't SATA 6.0GB/s!!!! Get a Seagate Barracuda or WD... Especially since your motherboard supports sata 6.0

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July 28, 2011 1:34:44 AM

Anonymous said:
And don't get samsung spinpoint, they aren't SATA 6.0GB/s!!!! Get a Seagate Barracuda or WD... Especially since your motherboard supports sata 6.0

What exactly is your point? Technology hasn't caught up to 3.0GB/s let alone 6. That Samsung h/d runs circles around the WD and Seagate. So tell me again what the better deal is.
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July 28, 2011 2:29:40 PM

As far as getting two hard drives there is no need. I will partition the drive with 50gb for OS and let everything else fall on the rest of the drive. I have never had any problems with this before. I also agree with why_me that the technology still hasn't caught up to using the 3.0gb/s with the exception on I believe two server applications and running raid that clocks in at about 4.5gb/s but I'm not spending $10,000 on a computer setup.
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July 28, 2011 3:53:02 PM

Here's how it looks so far looks like I have some more play room now just not sure between the 560 ti and the 6950

CPU/Case: Intel Core i5-2500K/Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-269.98

MOBO/RAM: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68/G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)-189.98

PSU/HDD: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply/Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"-154.98

SSD: Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)-99.99

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... -24.99

CD/DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM -20.99

Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers -119.99

GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... -249.99

or

EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card-259.99

TOTAL: 1130.89(6950) or 1140.89(560ti)

Not sure which is better or where I can squeeze in more. decided to keep with the same brand PSU due to the $70 rebate with hdd that makes it better and the same price as the other PSU listed now am debating between the GPU's they will be sli/xfired in the future just not right now. This build puts me slightly over budget but not too much that I can't handle. Any other thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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July 29, 2011 8:17:23 AM

check my sig :)  dual HD6850 + i5 2500k.
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