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Help with a $750-1000 build

This is the second build I've done, the first was in 2004 so it has been sometime since I last built a system and I was looking to get some help finishing this build.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: 750-1000 absolute max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo-editing, Surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect, amazon, frys, microcenter
Country of Origin: United States, California
Parts Preferences: Core i5 2500K for processor, other than that pretty open to parts in my price range
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe/ Eventually
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Looking to build an all-around system with an emphasis more on gaming. I am loooking to possibly put in a ssd. Would like a motherboard that has USB 3.0 and 5.1 sound as well. And possibly a PSU that is modular would be great if it was affordable. I just need some helping finishing out my build.

CPU: Core i5 2500k $180
Mobo: Still need to pick one
CPU Cooler: Coolmaster Hyper 212+ $30
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw 8gb $45
Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
Graphics: Still need to pick one
Optical drive: Still need to pick one/doesn't really matter only want to spend about $20 here
Case:Rosewill Challenger $50
PSU: Still need to pick

Total so far: $365

Thanks for the help in advance!
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  1. Don't pay tax if you can avoid it...amazon ftw.


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    Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312081809&sr=1-1 $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.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004K1EUWO $234.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Limited Lifetime Warranty 01G-P3-1561-AR

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-GA-Z68A-D3H-B3/dp/B00518M77U/ref=sr_1_13?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312100363&sr=1-13 $128.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $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.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

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  2. ^ That build looks good except for the RAM, not sure if those tall heat spreaders would fit under that cooler. 8GB would be better too. Certainly the GTX 560Ti and a x8/x8 SLI capable Z68 motherboard seem to be the way to go.
  3. So I'm pretty set on this set up for my final build. It leaves me room to add a SSD drive and SLI later. I have room to grow some with this build I think. Just hoping to get some final input before I order anything. Make sure I didn't miss any incompatibility issues or some components with cheaper deals.

    Thanks!

    CPU: Core i5 2500k $180
    Mobo: Combo for Mobo + RAM $190
    CPU Cooler: Coolmaster Hyper 212+ $30
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw 8gb
    Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS $220 after rebate
    Optical drive:Samsung 22X DVD+R SATA DVD Burner $25
    Case:Rosewill Challenger $50
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750HX $145

    Total: $900
  4. pairing an hx 750 with a rosewill challenger is a little silly, imo, seeing as you are paying $50 extra for modularity in a $50 case (but maybe you really like the case?) personally, id grab a Storm Enforcer and the Antec HCG-750, in part because youre coincidentally all black+Red build is going to look really sweet through the side window.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240&Tpk=storm%20enforcer

    aside from that minor detail, it looks like really great build.
  5. Looks like an awesome build, i too would get a regular PSU in favour of a better case. Or if you don't want to do that you could forget the CPU cooler for now because youre not going to need to overclock for a couple of years imo.
  6. Best answer
    krevee said:
    So I'm pretty set on this set up for my final build. It leaves me room to add a SSD drive and SLI later. I have room to grow some with this build I think. Just hoping to get some final input before I order anything. Make sure I didn't miss any incompatibility issues or some components with cheaper deals.

    Thanks!

    CPU: Core i5 2500k $180
    Mobo: Combo for Mobo + RAM $190
    CPU Cooler: Coolmaster Hyper 212+ $30
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw 8gb
    Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS $220 after rebate
    Optical drive:Samsung 22X DVD+R SATA DVD Burner $25
    Case:Rosewill Challenger $50
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750HX $145

    Total: $900

    Like the two posters above have stated...you have a ton of money in that psu yet you have a ghetto case. That makes that build off balance, not to mention that Rosewill case is a tight fit for two cards. Go for the Antec and get a better case...Storm Enforcer, CM Scout, 922, or even the CM HAF 912 with a few fans added to it.
  7. Ok I'm thinking of going with this COOLER MASTER Storm Scout case instead. I like having the modular power supply. But if people here really don't think its necessary especially with this case I can choose another power supply.
  8. Modular PSU's are nice but i wouldn't take one over a better case.
  9. I am going to go with the Antec HGC-750[/url and Case I mentioned in my last post.

    I'm about to order everything now, Thanks for all the input everyone!
  10. Good choice, good luck with the build!
  11. Best answer selected by Krevee.
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