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August 16, 2011 4:24:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week


Budget Range: $1200-$1300 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing The Internet


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:

This will be my first time building a PC and I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you guys could provide.

Thanks,
Sam

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August 16, 2011 5:13:56 AM

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August 16, 2011 5:28:14 AM

This build is set up so that you have the option of adding another one of those cards later on for SLI. That's a 16+2 phase board and will give you a high and stable o/c.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $89.99 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... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $225.98 FREE SHIPPING Save $6 w/ promo code ASUS729, ends 8/31
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $256.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.99 - $459.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,272.91 *not including mail in rebates & promo codes
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August 16, 2011 9:30:25 PM

I really like both of these builds. I think I favor "Why_Me's" build because I prefer a stronger GPU over the SSD.

The only thing I'm unsure about is the memory. Cas 9 seems kinda high. Or does that make the memory much more stable?

With the Scythe CPU cooler how high of an overclock would you say is reasonable on the 2500k? around 4.2ghz?

Thanks for your reply's.
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August 16, 2011 9:36:43 PM

Gibbsey said:
I really like both of these builds. I think I favor "Why_Me's" build because I prefer a stronger GPU over the SSD.

The only thing I'm unsure about is the memory. Cas 9 seems kinda high. Or does that make the memory much more stable?

With the Scythe CPU cooler how high of an overclock would you say is reasonable on the 2500k? around 4.2ghz?

Thanks for your reply's.

4.2ghz? Shame on you!!! :pfff:  Try more like 4.6 - 4.8ghz.

As far as the RAM goes... CAS9 is fine with these 1155 boards seeing how o/c the RAM is pretty much non existent these days. The cpu multi is isolated and non dependent on the RAM for over clocking. That RAM will do just fine. If you want some RAM with a little bit more pick up, then this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- Either one of those sets. Look to see if they combo with anything to save some $. At $70 a set, they are a bargain.

Also you can add another fan to that Scythe h/s for a push pull effect which in turn brings the temps down even more. Add some decent thermal paste to it like MX-2 or TX-2...or any decent thermal paste and your good to go.
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August 16, 2011 9:48:38 PM

ya the mugen 3 is a great cpu cooler.
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August 16, 2011 9:51:34 PM

oh btw, the motherboard i posted has 20+2 phases for even higher oc's. you will find that you want to try to reach 5.0ghz sooner or later....
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August 16, 2011 10:25:30 PM

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August 17, 2011 1:06:02 AM

Gibbsey said:
Would this work well as an extra fan for the Scythe SCMG-3000?

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

scythe Model: sy1225sl12mp <----that's what's on that fan now. I would try and get the same fan or something similar for that push - pull. If you see that fan on newegg, and then magnify the picture of it you will see the model # on the front of the fan.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that one


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---scythe 120mm fans
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August 17, 2011 1:48:15 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
this is the exact same fan spec wise- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ahh, perfect thanks.

Ok, I think I've got it all sorted out now. Here is the final build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Paste: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Extra Heat Sink Fan: Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm Case Fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you so much for the help guys. Your advice was incredibly helpful and I appreciate your time.

Thanks,
Sam
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