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August 10, 2011 11:03:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Extensive Multi-Tasking (Though no editing)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers (all just for now...if you have a good (cheap) monitor I could use for a HTCP (what I will turn the PC I am on now into) you can link that)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: nvidia, intel only

Overclocking: in the future

SLI or Crossfire: for sure, in the future (will pick up a second 570 when i can afford)

Monitor Resolution: currently 1680x1050, will buy a better monitor soon

Additional Comments: nothing

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Is just giving the newegg link ok? thanks guys.

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August 10, 2011 11:43:07 PM

captainpickles said:
Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Extensive Multi-Tasking (Though no editing)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers (all just for now...if you have a good (cheap) monitor I could use for a HTCP (what I will turn the PC I am on now into) you can link that)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: nvidia, intel only

Overclocking: in the future

SLI or Crossfire: for sure, in the future (will pick up a second 570 when i can afford)

Monitor Resolution: currently 1680x1050, will buy a better monitor soon

Additional Comments: nothing

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Is just giving the newegg link ok? thanks guys.


Hi, this is a great start. A few comments:

a 2600k will only be beneficial for video editing. those extra "cores" of the 2600k will not be beneficial in gaming. I suggest you get the 2500k and save $100

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

Here is a better mobo that will help you future proof your system as it is PCIe3 compatible with Ivy Bridge:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I noticed you are buying AS compound which is about 10 dollars but you are using it on a 30 dollar cooler. Personally, I don't think it's worth it. These TIM compounds do not make much of a difference. The best TIM and the worst TIM will give you a difference of no more than 2 degrees difference.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

In any case, the best advice is to use less TIM as TIm only is suppose to fill in microscopic holes. Too much TIM will actually hinder performance

August 11, 2011 12:10:28 AM

My suggestion:
1) i5-2500k $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Kingston HyperX Limited Edition DDR3 8GB 1600MHZ $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) ASUS 24" LCD $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 21.5" LCD $165 ($145 after MIR)

ACER 23" $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingstons RAM are not crappy. They actually make quality ram, so far all of them has worked straight out of the box for me and so has corsair rams. I have yet to use G.SKILL but heard many great things. Consider those suggestions and happy gaming!

Edit: Hm I seem to read something about an aftermarket heatsink. I think you put int he Hyper 212+ and that comes with its own supply of thermal compound good enough for a few use so remove your Arctic Cooling (assuming that's the one you chose).
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August 11, 2011 1:10:17 AM

wintermint said:
My suggestion:
1) i5-2500k $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Kingston HyperX Limited Edition DDR3 8GB 1600MHZ $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) ASUS 24" LCD $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 21.5" LCD $165 ($145 after MIR)

ACER 23" $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingstons RAM are not crappy. They actually make quality ram, so far all of them has worked straight out of the box for me and so has corsair rams. I have yet to use G.SKILL but heard many great things. Consider those suggestions and happy gaming!

Edit: Hm I seem to read something about an aftermarket heatsink. I think you put int he Hyper 212+ and that comes with its own supply of thermal compound good enough for a few use so remove your Arctic Cooling (assuming that's the one you chose).

+1 on all those suggestions other than that Kingston RAM. Every motherboard manufacture recommends low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 boards. When you have a budget of $1,500 and not $500 there's no reason to get crap RAM that's not recommended.

Any RAM you have to put 1.65 volts into to get it's rated speed and timings...well you get the point.
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