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August 13, 2011 10:19:02 PM

Going from console to PC gaming! Been researching a lot the past few months and will be ready to pull the trigger right after memorial day!

Approximate Purchase Date: Right after memorial day; September 9th-12th


Budget Range: $2000 all together


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Movies - Web browsing - Microsoft office

Parts Not Required: Mouse (g700)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, I live close enough to a Microcenter but would rather avoid them unless they have another sweet deal like the current $80 off cpu/mobo


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: Intel/ Nvidia....I think

Overclocking: Not right away but definitely once I am comfortable enough to figure it out!


SLI or Crossfire: 99.9% NO! but maybe if there is a sweet deal on another 580 in due time.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 @ 23-25"


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My picks:

EDIT: I am off to work and I failed HARD hyper linking so I don't have time to fix...so don't bother clicking them for now. Sorry!

Case-
COOLER MASTER HAF X

PSU-
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V

Optical Drive-
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive

CPU & RAM combo-
Intel i5 2500k combo with Corsair Vengence 8gb RAM

MoBo and OS combo-
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 & Win7 Home 64 bit

Video Card-
MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5

Wireless Adapter-
Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless Adapter

SSD -
Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD-
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Keyboard-
Probably going to just buy a cheap $8 lite-on or this:

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard

CPU Cooler-
Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Total at newegg: $1810 USD including shipping (with cheap keyboard and hyper 212)

I will probably just buy the 23.5" Asus led backlit monitor locally here ($185).
Also, should I purchase a CPU cooler with out planning to overclock right away?
And is there anything else I am missing? Thanks!

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August 13, 2011 11:29:34 PM

For a $2000 build you cant go past crossfire 6950's but if you insist on Nvidia then thats your call. But you will get better value with AMD.

Other than that consider:
mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU as I said - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... * 2

Otherwise looks good.

Also you could save some money on the case, HAF-X is awesome, I have one, and would recommend it to just about anyone, but just saying, you could save some cash there as your build doesn't need such a large and feature rich case.

[Edit] just to clarify why on the SSD's, the ones mentioned are up to 550MB/s read, 520MB's write, the Intel is only slightly cheaper and only up to 270MB/s read, 130MB/s write.
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August 14, 2011 12:06:57 AM

I'm confused, Is that not what I said? Except different SSD, and yes the crucial M4 is also very good, I forgot about that one.

[Edit] to clarify, the only thing I question in your outline above is the 580, when for around the same price you can get crossfire 6950's which perform better. Here a video comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlX4o2ZXIKs
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August 14, 2011 12:46:17 AM

I was simply offering an alternative (and 3x6950's > 2* 580 so theres your upgradability) but I do not need to and cant be bothered to argue with you, I understand your point but I read it as this:

Quote:
Parts Preferences: Intel/ Nvidia....I think

Undecided

Quote:
SLI or Crossfire: 99.9% NO! but maybe if there is a sweet deal on another 580 in due time.

Not 100% decided

So I offer an alternative which He / She is free to ignore (as are you).

My apologies to YeaBuddy if he/she feels I am (or this post, given the above, now is) wasting his/her time and best of luck with the build.
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August 14, 2011 8:09:25 AM

Thanks for the replies! I was going to get the crucial SSD 128gb. There are two models. One ships with an old driver version that you have to flash to use (lame) and the other one has had a few DOA reviews where the Intel had none. I will probably go with the crucial.

As far as the ASrock Mobo: I was interested in a few of them because the price:p erformance is quite good! However, they only offer a one year warranty so I will probably pass and get a reputable 3yr brand.

And the crossfire is a great suggestion! I would definitely get better performance, but I just don't want to deal with any multi-GPU set up right away. Also, I will be using a 1920x1080 monitor so I think that the 580 lightning should be overkill now, and hopefully last me a couple years.
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August 14, 2011 5:38:23 PM

At your res. I would switch down to a 570 and use the extra hundred you save and up grade your cooler( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler :) 
Also unless you plan on getting crazy in the near future i would switch out the haf x to something more manageable. Instead go with a Haf 922 save another hundred. At this point you could use that for upgrading something like maybe your monitor. Or take the two hundred that you saved buy another SSD and and raid 0 them.

Either way you had a nice setup to start with. Just some ideas... Good Luck!
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August 17, 2011 3:51:32 PM

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