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September 15, 2011 6:25:04 AM

Hello fellow PC builders, I am new to this site, but have been building computers several times back in my day. I'm looking for a build that will play current and upcoming games like : Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Diablo III, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft II, Batman AC, Crysis 2, and many others on Very High Settings. And also a PC that is very future proof. PCI-E Gen 3, and an Ivy Bridge Compatible Board is a must. Thank you for taking your time at looking at my build. Any insights or suggestions is welcomed.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2-8 Weeks

Budget Range: $1200-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia, Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS etc.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect etc.


Country of Origin: USA, CA


Parts Preferences: Intel based motherboard that is compatible with Ivy Bridge.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Later On


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Game it now, and upgrade later.


Parts Decided/Deciding On :

CPU - Intel i2500k 3.3 Ghz, will upgrade to Ivy Bridge when it releases around 1H 2012 $220.

MOBO - MSI LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX with UEFI BIOS(G3), Ivy Bridge and PCI-e 3.0 Supported $235

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, will upgrade to new line of GPU as soon as they're available. $200

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55

SSD - Still Deciding, will get one in the near future.

HDD - Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Black SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache $110

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified, $110.

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 922 $90

DVD - LG 24x SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black) $30

HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 120mm $30

DISPLAY - Viewsonic LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor Full HD 1080p and Speakers $180


Total before TAX and Shipping : $1260

I am willing to upgrade my Mobo to z77, when it comes out and a better RAM if it greatly improves performance with Ivy Bridge. I know I might need a little more juice in the PSU department if I'm going to OC, and SLI. I won't plan SLI till years after my build, so I think 750 Watts should be just sufficient for the time being.

Once again thank you all, and any suggestions, or ideas are greatly appreciated =)
September 15, 2011 7:12:51 AM

Your MB has USB 3 connectors for the case, but your case doesn't have USB 3 ports. Look for a case that has USB 3 ports on the front panel.
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September 15, 2011 8:23:50 AM

The MB, CPU, CPU Cooling and RAM is good: 537.96

HDD: WD Black $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Screen : I would go for this one $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD: Asus $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX + PSU Combo deal: $489.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mail in rebates: ~$110

Total: 1438.9

This is what I would get with the respective budget, there are also more discount codes but some of them expire so I didn't mention them

Hope it helps
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September 15, 2011 10:15:36 AM

Bluex610 said:
Hello fellow PC builders, I am new to this site, but have been building computers several times back in my day. I'm looking for a build that will play current and upcoming games like : Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Diablo III, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft II, Batman AC, Crysis 2, and many others on Very High Settings. And also a PC that is very future proof. PCI-E Gen 3, and an Ivy Bridge Compatible Board is a must. Thank you for taking your time at looking at my build. Any insights or suggestions is welcomed.

I am willing to upgrade my Mobo to z77, when it comes out and a better RAM if it greatly improves performance with Ivy Bridge. I know I might need a little more juice in the PSU department if I'm going to OC, and SLI. I won't plan SLI till years after my build, so I think 750 Watts should be just sufficient for the time being.

Once again thank you all, and any suggestions, or ideas are greatly appreciated =)

Good looking out on the PCI-E 3.0 :)  You did your homework. I see too many posters on here buying boards that don't support PCI-E 3.0 and it's going to be their loss.

As the other poster pointed out, that case lacks the front USB 3.0 ports...but no biggy. This board down below comes with a nifty black USB 3.0 front panel w/a 2.5" SSD bracket that fits right on to the front of that case like it was made for it. And it supports PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- A better look at that board. If you scroll half way down you can see that black USB 3.0 panel that I mentioned, and you can also see it in the pics on that newegg link.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 boards

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- All the boards on there that say Gen3 are the new PCI-E 3.0 boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- That Asrock extreme7 Gen3 is the bad boy. It has that NF200 Bridge which allows dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 instead of the usual x8 & x8.

This panel down below will work also if you decide to stick with that MSI board in regards to a front USB 3.0 panel

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $11.99
Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket
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September 15, 2011 1:27:59 PM

abekl said:
Your MB has USB 3 connectors for the case, but your case doesn't have USB 3 ports. Look for a case that has USB 3 ports on the front panel.


Yeah I forgot about that. I'll be looking at other cases, but probably might stick with this one if there's USB 3 add on ports that I can have hanging out of my Floppy Drive Spot. Thnx for your reply
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September 15, 2011 1:29:09 PM

dork_police said:
The MB, CPU, CPU Cooling and RAM is good: 537.96

HDD: WD Black $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Screen : I would go for this one $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD: Asus $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX + PSU Combo deal: $489.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mail in rebates: ~$110

Total: 1438.9

This is what I would get with the respective budget, there are also more discount codes but some of them expire so I didn't mention them

Hope it helps


Good adjustments, and deals. I'll be looking at these changes and others. Thank you for your help!!
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September 15, 2011 1:32:06 PM

Why_Me said:
Good looking out on the PCI-E 3.0 :)  You did your homework. I see too many posters on here buying boards that don't support PCI-E 3.0 and it's going to be their loss.

As the other poster pointed out, that case lacks the front USB 3.0 ports...but no biggy. This board down below comes with a nifty black USB 3.0 front panel w/a 2.5" SSD bracket that fits right on to the front of that case like it was made for it. And it supports PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- A better look at that board. If you scroll half way down you can see that black USB 3.0 panel that I mentioned, and you can also see it in the pics on that newegg link.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 boards

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- All the boards on there that say Gen3 are the new PCI-E 3.0 boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- That Asrock extreme7 Gen3 is the bad boy. It has that NF200 Bridge which allows dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 instead of the usual x8 & x8.

This panel down below will work also if you decide to stick with that MSI board in regards to a front USB 3.0 panel

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $11.99
Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket



Thanks, I was doing lil research on future CPU and GPU, and read that Radeons new GPU will support PCI-E 3.0, so I was like oh I got to get that =). Thanks for showing me that board and other products, looks solid. Thanks for the quick replies guys!!
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