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July 31, 2011 8:06:10 AM

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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July 31, 2011 8:28:08 AM

Don't pay tax if you can avoid it...amazon ftw.


http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S... $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

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.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-PCI-Express-Gr... $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-G... $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=N82E168... $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-K... $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-12800-1600m... $32.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Vengeance Blu 4 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Memory Kit for Intel and AMD Platforms - Not a Kit (Single) CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9B

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.49 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
July 31, 2011 6:09:18 PM

^ 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.
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August 1, 2011 6:12:12 PM

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


August 1, 2011 6:53:33 PM

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=N82E168...

aside from that minor detail, it looks like really great build.

August 1, 2011 8:31:44 PM

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.

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August 1, 2011 8:38:58 PM
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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.
August 1, 2011 9:02:57 PM

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.
August 1, 2011 10:54:03 PM

Modular PSU's are nice but i wouldn't take one over a better case.
August 2, 2011 4:25:04 PM

Good choice, good luck with the build!
August 9, 2011 5:47:13 PM

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