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August 5, 2011 2:45:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: September 6th


Budget Range: $1500 (can go a little over


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, word processing


Parts Not Required: none


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter (near my house), tigerdirect


Country of Origin: USA



Overclocking: nope


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: here's what I have thus far



CPU: core i5 2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...



MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...




Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


PSU: CORSAIR Professional 750w modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


RAM: 2x4gb cheapo (g.skill newegg or whatever is on sale at microcenter)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


GPU: on the fence here. I could go GTX 580, 570, or a comparable radeon.
My games I will be playing: Star Wars: TOR, MW3, BF3, TF2 -- On a 1920x1080-- I hope that is helpful.

Asus GTX 580- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Probably too big to easily SLI but all positive reviews and might give me enough power to rip through the above mentioned games

Could possibly go single 570 and SLI later, or go 560 ti SLI (but with the TI i get what I get with no upgrade-ability down the road)

:bounce:  I would really appreciate your input on the GPU :bounce: 

HDD: WD 500gb 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...



OS: Win7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...



Wireless adapter: ASUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
(need one of these bad boys so the woman doesn't complain about ugly cords)



Monitor: ASUS VE247H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


Mouse: Logitech G700
(just bought a new one on ebay for $60 :D  )


Keyboard: Logitech G110
(will try to score one of these on ebay as well)


Total (including 580) $1500ish before MIR. Please tell me your thoughts! And if you suggest a 2500k i5, know that I will most likely buy a bulldozer cpu when they come out or shortly after.

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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 2:50:15 PM

everything looks very nice.... Btw since you say you'll buy a bulldozer soon i dont think it would be worth it because you have to pay $150 for the cpu now AND another maybe $200 for the new bulldozer? Just go for a intel i5-2500k from microcenter for $180 it will be similar performance to bulldozer....

Go for 8GB RAM, It's worth the extra.... 4GB doesn't look nice with a build over $750....

Very nice mouse and keyboard, i'm buying the same keyboard too :p 

very nice psu :) 
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August 5, 2011 2:59:44 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! And you know what, I might as well go with the freakin' 2500k since that is what everyone says. :o  and yes the ram is 8gb I just described it poorly. If you haven't bought the mouse or keyboard yet I can get you links just let me know.
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 3:09:53 PM

^^ Hehe that's the spirit :p 

I haven't bought the mouse or keyboard but i'm buying the g9x+ g110 from amazon because my dad doesn't buy from ebay or any other website :p  I prefer wired mouses for gaming =/

Your Wireless network card is a good one :p  i can tell you that.

Mobo + Case = Very good choices... I think your set to go, wait for other opinions to drop in though :)  and yeah i reread and your ram is 8gb :p 
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 3:20:10 PM

Very nice deal... If only i lived near a Microcenter :p  I could get some niceee deals! And btw for the case you could go for a Corsair 600T, corsair makes some VERY VERY VERY AWESOME cases :p  But i also love the CM storm series :) 
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August 5, 2011 3:22:32 PM

genghiskron said:
microcenter bundle savings:
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/save40_p...
id grab an i5-2500k + p8z68-v = $310 (a steal)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

i think there are nicer cases for the price, but alot of that is personal preference.



That MoBo: Out of stock at my microcenter :( 

And I like that case and how it looks :kaola:  But I would definitely consider a different one. Please post your ideas!
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August 5, 2011 3:25:43 PM

Anonymous said:
^^ Hehe that's the spirit :p 

I haven't bought the mouse or keyboard but i'm buying the g9x+ g110 from amazon because my dad doesn't buy from ebay or any other website :p  I prefer wired mouses for gaming =/

Your Wireless network card is a good one :p  i can tell you that.

Mobo + Case = Very good choices... I think your set to go, wait for other opinions to drop in though :)  and yeah i reread and your ram is 8gb :p 



My first choice was the g9x (very cool mouse with customizable lights, lots of buttons, etc) But the g700 for $60 was just too good to pass up!
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August 5, 2011 3:36:41 PM

the asrock p67 extreme4 and gigabyte z68x-ud3h would be my second and third choices.
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August 5, 2011 3:46:33 PM

genghiskron said:
the asrock p67 extreme4 and gigabyte z68x-ud3h would be my second and third choices.



Good call on the p67! added that instead of the one posted above
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August 5, 2011 4:20:39 PM

wait a second you are not overclocking and you got the i5 2500k?!?! get an i5 2400......

well there is always this card. but you cant sli it down the road like the 580 but it is more powerful....... http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

you can probably afford 2 gtx 560 ti's right now- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

case- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... this case is 180$ i think on newegg so it is a steal.

psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-...

ram- http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S... get this today! great deal for sure

hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

cpu- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 150$

motherboard- the one you picked is good just make sure to buy it with the processor so you get it for 40$ off.

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August 5, 2011 4:57:03 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
wait a second you are not overclocking and you got the i5 2500k?!?! get an i5 2400......

well there is always this card. but you cant sli it down the road like the 580 but it is more powerful....... http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

you can probably afford 2 gtx 560 ti's right now- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

case- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... this case is 180$ i think on newegg so it is a steal.

psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-...

ram- http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S... get this today! great deal for sure

hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

cpu- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 150$

motherboard- the one you picked is good just make sure to buy it with the processor so you get it for 40$ off.



Why do you suggest downgrading the video cards if I can afford a more future-proof 570, 580?

Also, if I get the 2400 instead of the 2500k would I potentially have bottlenecking issues down the road?

I could always overclock if I would need too, but I would prefer not to just to keep things at a lower temp.

Thanks for your input! And sorry if these are dumb questions but I am still new to this.
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August 5, 2011 5:07:38 PM

2 560 ti's is 40% better than a single 580. you will be fine for 2+ years at 1080p.

ok well get a good cpu cooler and the i5 2500k and you wont have to worry at all about temps! great hhu?
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 5:25:50 PM

mrthanksgiving said:
Why do you suggest downgrading the video cards if I can afford a more future-proof 570, 580?

Also, if I get the 2400 instead of the 2500k would I potentially have bottlenecking issues down the road?

I could always overclock if I would need too, but I would prefer not to just to keep things at a lower temp.

Thanks for your input! And sorry if these are dumb questions but I am still new to this.


He says get the 2400 since that one is not overclockable, and no you wont be bottlenecked with it down the road i suppose unless you replace your whole computer and keep your cpu.... But i would suggest keeping the i5-2500k and you can overclock to ~4ghz with the cm hyper + cpu cooler and still be pretty dang stable... You wont notice a temperature change with overclocking slightly

Well i think for graphics card you should buy a $225 card now (Radeon 6950) and replace it in 1-2 years and then buy another just as powerful card and make that last for 2 years! So total life span = 4 year for $450!

If you bought that 580 now for $425 its gona last you like 4 years max... And idk about you but i have A LOT of fun changing parts hehe :p  or get a GTX480 (I don't know anything about nvidia cards so i made the comparison to the radeon series :p )

It's your choice, i run a 1 monitor 1080p setup and play recent games on medium-high settings since i don't really need that 3 monitor setup.

edit: Apparantly it's $500 lol wow!
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 5:33:21 PM

^^ The point is that 2-3 years down the road your gpu might slightly struggle so your gona be playing games on medium, while i'll be playing games on high :D  But you will be playing the current games on max for the next 1-2 years lol :p  it's confusing but ohwell!
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August 5, 2011 5:39:16 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
2 560 ti's is 40% better than a single 580. you will be fine for 2+ years at 1080p.

ok well get a good cpu cooler and the i5 2500k and you wont have to worry at all about temps! great hhu?



The Ti's in SLI would have a clear performance boost but I do have a couple issues.

1. I could find an instance where SLI isn't supported. And then the 580 would be better.

2. Possible microstuttering

3. SLI profile issues

And with kepler possibly coming out at the end of the year I could always score another 580 when prices drop or maybe black friday?


Again, this is based off of my one month of interest and research. There is a very good chance that I don't know what I am talking about! :pt1cable: 
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August 5, 2011 5:46:01 PM

Anonymous said:
He says get the 2400 since that one is not overclockable, and no you wont be bottlenecked with it down the road i suppose unless you replace your whole computer and keep your cpu.... But i would suggest keeping the i5-2500k and you can overclock to ~4ghz with the cm hyper + cpu cooler and still be pretty dang stable... You wont notice a temperature change with overclocking slightly

Well i think for graphics card you should buy a $225 card now (Radeon 6950) and replace it in 1-2 years and then buy another just as powerful card and make that last for 2 years! So total life span = 4 year for $450!

If you bought that 580 now for $425 its gona last you like 4 years max... And idk about you but i have A LOT of fun changing parts hehe :p  or get a GTX480 (I don't know anything about nvidia cards so i made the comparison to the radeon series :p )

It's your choice, i run a 1 monitor 1080p setup and play recent games on medium-high settings since i don't really need that 3 monitor setup.

edit: Apparantly it's $500 lol wow!



I think that I will keep the 2500k even if I do not plan to overclock just so I have the option down the road. Also, the asus 580 I listed is $500 but you can get EVGA for $420ish (sales and MIR's). I probably wouldn't be comfortable going less than 570 as of now, but I could easily have a different attitude when I purchase in a month.

edit: The reason I made this thread now was so that I could have the option of slowly buying everything as it goes on sale. I will save the video card for last most likely so I don't get burned (and by burned I mean getting burned more so than I already am by spending $400+ on a GPU!)
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 6:23:14 PM

^^ Good idea, Lucky for you though,i have like 6 days stay in a hotel to receive all my parts from newegg, and newegg doesn't ship to hotels, your doing the best.
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August 5, 2011 6:36:23 PM

Anonymous said:
^^ Good idea, Lucky for you though,i have like 6 days stay in a hotel to receive all my parts from newegg, and newegg doesn't ship to hotels, your doing the best.



HAHA! I actually just read your predicament in another thread 5min or less ago! That's rough man! Can't you get a p.o. box or something? But anyway I think that I have all my components selected and will start to buy them as I see deals pop up. Thank you very much for your help!
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August 5, 2011 6:47:55 PM

Everything in your first post on this thread looks very nice. Great choices. Definitely go with the 2500k. You won't regret it. And the gtx 580 is also a great idea! Let me know if you have any problems or questions with assembly and such. God luck!
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Anonymous
August 5, 2011 7:02:40 PM

mrthanksgiving said:
HAHA! I actually just read your predicament in another thread 5min or less ago! That's rough man! Can't you get a p.o. box or something? But anyway I think that I have all my components selected and will start to buy them as I see deals pop up. Thank you very much for your help!


Yeaaah I'm gona eventually setup an aramex account to ship me whatever i want without waiting untill summer to go to the USA... Ohwell good luck with da build! I'm out!
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August 6, 2011 9:08:30 PM

Best answer selected by mrthanksgiving.
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