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August 3, 2011 1:06:14 AM

I'm trying to build my first PC and I believe that I have all compatible parts. If anyone could give it a quick one over I'd appreciate the help.
Parts:
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Processor 2.8 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156
Motherboard: Intel DP55KG Extreme Series Desktop Motherboard (P55 ATX Core i7 Core i5 LGA1156)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
GPU: EVGA GeForce® GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Video Card
HD: Western Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Desktop Hard Drive
PSU: 700W Gaming Series GS700 Atx High Performance Power Supply by Corsair
DVD: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Case: NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL

My aim was to build an above average gaming rig. Any Comments are welcome.
-Thanks
August 3, 2011 2:00:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Second week in August to September

Budget Range: $800-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com, newegg.com, etc

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Preferably Intel processor, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably not at first but possible upgrade

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Not too flashy tower but not plain either, I'll probably install Ubuntu on another partition but mainly use Windows 7.
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August 3, 2011 2:29:21 AM

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on, and it also allows to over clock. Everything here is free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.98 - $79.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $128.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $271.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

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

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/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/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,055.39 *not including mail in rebates

Switch that vid card and psu for this down below for an Nvidia set up.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PCI-Express-Graphics-Lifetim... $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card with Lifetime Warranty 012-P3-1570-AR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- More specs, pics, and professional reviews of that case
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August 3, 2011 2:59:43 AM

Wow! looks great! Thanks a lot
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August 3, 2011 3:56:54 AM

rprgrim said:
I was also looking into a monitor.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U4IROY/ref=ox_sc_s...
How does this look?
Also, will I need thermal paste because the LGA1155 is not listed as compatible with the clips. Will it work at all with that CPU?

That monitor looks like a bargain at that price. :) 
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August 3, 2011 3:58:42 AM

Why_Me said:
That monitor looks like a bargain at that price. :) 


Awesome! What about that cooler?
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August 3, 2011 4:13:54 AM

rprgrim said:
Awesome! What about that cooler?

That CM 212+ cooler comes with a small tube of good thermal paste, so your good to go there.
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August 10, 2011 5:54:02 AM

Best answer selected by rprgrim.
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