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August 17, 2011 2:52:48 AM

Hello all, wanted to get your opinions on a build I'm looking at. I will primarily be using this for gaming. I already have several minor pieces so those won't be included in the parts I'm looking at. My main concern is the mobo. I'm really not looking to OC so if anyone more experienced than me (which wouldn't take much) can make any other (cheaper) suggestions, please feel free!


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard + Windows 7 combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i5-2400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560


Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.

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August 17, 2011 3:24:21 AM

You guys are awesome. I've edited some of the links in my OP. It's looking better!
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August 17, 2011 3:29:09 AM

Please label links so we can see how you are coming along...just put name of part before link Example: GTX460 (then link) hate have to click on each when i can just read it..lol
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August 17, 2011 3:34:04 AM

Done, thanks!
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August 17, 2011 3:39:16 AM

what is your budget? will you be doing an sli upgrade in the future?
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August 17, 2011 3:41:38 AM

I'd like to stay around $750. I'm expecting to go over a bit because I'm still case-shopping a little bit. Haven't found one I like. I'm not planning on SLI. Not anytime soon at least.
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August 17, 2011 3:45:21 AM

Thanks for that. I have a 520 watt PSU that I plan on using but I know I'll need more if I ever SLI.
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August 17, 2011 3:50:17 AM

Ok...didnt see that you already had one....
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August 17, 2011 3:55:10 AM

Yeah, I'm good with the PSU, internal hard drive, and DVD Rw. I thin k I'm ok with everything now. I am going back and forth a little bit between the I-5 2400 and the 2500K though...
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August 17, 2011 4:06:32 AM

2500k is the best you can do for gaming at the time and if you ever decide to overclock it can be done very well
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August 17, 2011 4:35:05 AM

One last question. Should I avoid using 1.65v instead of 1.5v on the RAM I have selected? I've kind of heard differing opinions on that...
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August 17, 2011 4:37:49 AM

ST2012 said:
One last question. Should I avoid using 1.65v instead of 1.5v on the RAM I have selected? I've kind of heard differing opinions on that...

You want 1.5v RAM for these 1155 boards and not 1.65v.
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August 17, 2011 4:41:29 AM

Glad to know it before ordering. Any suggestions on good RAM for the 1155 in the same price range?
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August 17, 2011 4:49:47 AM

Your second link is 1.65v...you told him he didnt want that kind....and your first one is 1600 Cas 9...he might as well get some 1333 cas 7...pretty much equal
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August 17, 2011 4:51:24 AM

So, is the original 1.65v ok to use then?
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August 17, 2011 4:55:58 AM

ST2012 said:
So, is the original 1.65v ok to use then?

Forget that link to the Mushkin RAM. I didn't see it was 1.65v.

Also you might want to consider a 2x2 GB set of RAM to cut back on cost.
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August 17, 2011 4:57:02 AM

get 1.5v. The higher the speed the lower you want your cas latency....but the tradeoff is higher voltages and ram temperatures....there are some 1.5 ddr3 1600 with cas latency 7 or 8.....if you get cas 9 speed 1600 you might as well get 1333 speed ram
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August 17, 2011 5:07:01 AM

jeremy1183 said:
there are some 1.5 ddr3 1600 with cas latency 7 or 8.....if you get cas 9 speed 1600 you might as well get 1333 speed ram



Are there any with 7 or 8 latency that are in the same price range? Most of the ones I'm finding now in that range all seem to be cas 9.
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August 17, 2011 5:07:48 AM

one sec ill look
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August 17, 2011 5:20:17 AM

If that would be better then I'll go with that. I guess I could get another 4 GB down the road.
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August 17, 2011 5:25:44 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $194.98 FREE SHIPPING save: $15.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX&tit... $214.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H... $59.38 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

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... $174.99 - $154.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Total: $772.31 *not including mail in rebates
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August 17, 2011 5:27:38 AM

should be just fine
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