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I5 2500k - mATX - ~$750 suggestions please

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July 29, 2011 7:08:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: ~$750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CADD, Gaming, Media, Multitasking

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any, i have used newegg amazon and tigerdirect before

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k, z68, Micro ATX, This case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">NZXT Vulcan[url/] Either an SSD or Powerful graphics card would be awesome, both would be tough on this budget
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for now. upgrade later this year

Additional Comments: Quiet would be preferable. I realize it is a pretty tight budget for the specs i am hoping for.

Edit: The Microcenter i5 deal wont work for me. it would take a full tank of gas to get to the nearest microcenter which negates any savings.
July 30, 2011 4:27:11 AM

Ok, so here is what i managed to put together. Please steer me in the right direction if i could get better bang for the buck on any items.

CPU & MOBO: i5 2500k and MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) = $344.98

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 = $189.99 (+$30 mir)

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W = $53.10

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB = $59.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB = $59.99

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan = $69.99

total before tax and mail in rebates = $778.04
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July 30, 2011 4:47:52 AM

i5 2500k sandy bridge 3.3ghz 220$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 130$

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 55$

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1339 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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 21$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: 752$




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July 30, 2011 5:44:06 AM

Thanks for the input!

Unfortunately i require Micro ATX For this build, which severely limits my options and excludes your build.

anyone else have input?
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July 30, 2011 6:18:46 AM

http://www.directron.com/vulc001bk.html $59.99 Free Ground Shipping
NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99 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... $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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $227.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKCHB22, ends 8/3
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

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... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $756.92 * not including mail in rebates and promo codes

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4100/asrock_z68_pro3_m... <----- review of that mobo
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July 30, 2011 7:10:32 AM

i would go with whyme's recomendation in regards to matx
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August 3, 2011 12:35:49 AM

Ok, quick update and verification please!!!

Here is my updated build any suggestions before i order tonight? Better psu? keep in mind MICRO ATX!!

Also, I want to pickup a ssd but i am trying to wait for a deal to pop up. Any direction there?


CPU: i5 2500k $219.99

Mobo: ASRock Z68 PRO3-m $114.99

GPU: Saphire 6870 $179.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99

PSU: Antec HCG 620w $69.99

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99

Case: NZXT Vulcan $69.99

Total: $764.93
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August 3, 2011 12:53:13 AM

Hey I just ordered my build today for $750 after rebates and i got the same RAM for $50, but unfortunately, it was a shellshocker deal so it's not available for $50, probably $65.
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August 3, 2011 12:57:52 AM

I have the shell shocker in my most recent post... the $50 one.
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August 3, 2011 1:34:49 AM

about to order. does it look good?
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August 3, 2011 1:43:42 AM

ianstein said:
I have the shell shocker in my most recent post... the $50 one.


Yeah, so I'm sadly saying that the deal already "expired".
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August 3, 2011 2:00:07 AM

i guess i am magical... i just placed my order and got the shellshocker price of 49.99
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August 3, 2011 2:02:16 AM

ianstein said:
i guess i am magical... i just placed my order and got the shellshocker price of 49.99


Haha that's great congrats! I don't know but shell shockers are well, shellshockers all the deals end at the given time, but good for you! Maybe if you kept the deal in the cart when it was going on you still get the offer?

EDIT: Err, perhaps I just misunderstood Shell shockers from the beginning, perhaps the shell shocker deals get revealed at the given time but last throughout the day. Embarrassing... Haha at any rate I apologize then but good luck with your build it looks great!
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August 3, 2011 3:26:49 AM

Best answer selected by ianstein.
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