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Soldiers first build, need advice please!

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next two weeks, going to buy the items that are on sale for labor day that I can.


Budget Range: No more then 1k before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, editing


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but I'll buy anywhere for the right price


Country of Origin: USA but im in Hawaii


Parts Preferences: none


Overclocking: UNK


SLI or Crossfire: UNK


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I would like to save money if possible. I will mainly be playing CS and LoL, so i wont be needing a super pc.


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card-199.99, with 15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom- 74.99 with 25 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM -0.00, free with PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.00

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K- 219.99, Gonna see if i can get it from micro center for 180 still.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Well my cart literally just emptied somehow as i switched over but my total was around 746. with shipping minus the i5 since i may get elsewhere.

So basically are all these items compatible and a good choice for purchase?
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  1. Looks good, and you will be able to play most modern games at ultra setting without a problem.
  2. Yeah thats a really nice build there.

    The only change i would consider would be to upgrade from 1333MHz RAM to 1600 MHz RAM, purely because the difference in price is so minor its worth paying the little bit extra for the extra performance.
  3. Ok, thanks for the tip.

    Also, Should I shell out an extra 100 dollars to buy windows to have the disc and what not? I also hear about cooling being an issue with some people is there a decently priced liquid cooling system I could get with this layout?
  4. The only other minor suggestion (as the build does look good) is to get a SSD...it's a really nice boost for booting and launching applications.

    You'd still need a drive for storage, and would really only need 60GB or so for OS and programs (others claim more, but it all depends).
  5. Best answer
    alohabrent said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next two weeks, going to buy the items that are on sale for labor day that I can.


    Budget Range: No more then 1k before rebates


    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, editing


    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but I'll buy anywhere for the right price


    Country of Origin: USA but im in Hawaii


    Parts Preferences: none


    Overclocking: UNK


    SLI or Crossfire: UNK


    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


    Additional Comments: I would like to save money if possible. I will mainly be playing CS and LoL, so i wont be needing a super pc.


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card-199.99, with 15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom- 74.99 with 25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM -0.00, free with PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - 59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.00

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K- 219.99, Gonna see if i can get it from micro center for 180 still.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Well my cart literally just emptied somehow as i switched over but my total was around 746. with shipping minus the i5 since i may get elsewhere.

    So basically are all these items compatible and a good choice for purchase?

    All the peeps posting on this thread and said something like; It looks good" apparently missed the fact you have a $170 mother board meant for dual vid cards, and a psu meant for a single card...not to mention that psu isn't anything to be recommended.

    Here's some changes for that build...minor ones.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371047 $58.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252 $114.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.694806 $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9


    ***For a dual card set up...one card for now, and the option to add another one later on for SLI then this route...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.707906 $311.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code CORSAIR10AUG, ends 8/31
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
  6. Best answer selected by AlohaBrent.
  7. Thanks for the input, I pm'd you why_me with a few final questions.


    Thanks to everyone who replied.
  8. alohabrent said:
    Thanks for the input, I pm'd you why_me with a few final questions.


    Thanks to everyone who replied.

    I PM'd you back.
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