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September 15, 2011 2:54:21 PM

Followed advice from Homebuild and here is my template. Any advice would be appreciative, Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: 900-1000(With Rebates) Can be a little over 1k but not over 1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Movies, Web development(c#, asp, java), Regular usage.

Parts Not Required: Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or CyberPowerPc??

Country of Origin:U.S.

Parts Preferences: 21.5 LED LCD or equivelant, Intel processor, Nvidia gtx 5 series or better

Overclocking: Not primary concern

SLI or Crossfire: No, but maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1680x1050 which ever is better for gaming.

Additional Comments: Needs to be stable, quick and able to be upgraded easily. Should play games on High or max settings at above resolutions (at least on 1680x1050 if not 1920x1080).
Would like to have an easy build since this will be my first build.
September 15, 2011 4:20:10 PM

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
$220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$133

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$60

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

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$60 dollars + 5 dollar shipping

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

$30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 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 iHAS124-04 - OEM

$18 + $2 delivery charge

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

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$225 after rebate

$848 build.
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September 15, 2011 4:22:20 PM

Just try to find the best monitor for the leftover $150. There's alot of them at newegg.
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September 15, 2011 4:30:04 PM

Awesome thanks for the reply. I will look at the monitors too. Is LED that much better? If not I could just go for regular LCD. I'm excited to build my own pc and I think newegg has 0% financing for 12 months which I plan to use and pay off pretty much before that date anyway. Is the CPU cooler required? I thought the CPU comes with a heatsink and fan too. Oh and the mobo link turned out to be a gigabyte, I guess that will work too.
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September 15, 2011 4:39:11 PM

Not really, if you plan to overclock the cooler helps keep the heat down. It's your choice but i know led is energy efficient.
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September 15, 2011 4:52:53 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $147.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $448.98 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $71.48
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $148.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Total: $999.41 *not including shipping and rebates
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September 15, 2011 4:54:08 PM

I'm gonna exclude it for now but when I do decide to overclock, I will get it. That brings it down to $1007. I was reading about that case and it said something about removal of the 3.5" HD cage in order for a graphics card to fit. Will I not be able to use my HD then?
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September 15, 2011 5:04:26 PM

selayan said:
I'm gonna exclude it for now but when I do decide to overclock, I will get it. That brings it down to $1007. I was reading about that case and it said something about removal of the 3.5" HD cage in order for a graphics card to fit. Will I not be able to use my HD then?


I doubt that you won't be able to use your HD. If that was the case then the HAF 912 won't be recommended by alot of forum users here.
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September 15, 2011 5:09:23 PM

Yeh it stated that for the ATI 5790 or gtx 480, I guess the larger cards. The 560Ti I have here is 9x8" I believe.
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September 15, 2011 5:58:11 PM

I am reading a lot of reviews on newegg about the 560Ti breaking after 4 months. Should I look for a different card?
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September 15, 2011 7:27:35 PM

selayan said:
I'm gonna exclude it for now but when I do decide to overclock, I will get it. That brings it down to $1007. I was reading about that case and it said something about removal of the 3.5" HD cage in order for a graphics card to fit. Will I not be able to use my HD then?

Hello? I posted a build up above for less than $1,000 that includes a first rate LED 2ms HDMI monitor and a solid 750w psu to push two of those cards in SLI. Not sure if you saw that or not.

I wouldn't want to push dual 560ti's with a 650w Eathwatts if I could help it. Not if you don't like to gamble. As far as those 560's having problem after awhile, Nvidia just put out new drivers for that problem.
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September 15, 2011 8:20:01 PM

Thanks Why_Me I did see that. I will have to go home and configure yours again on newegg to see what my total would be. I liked how you found all the combo deals too.
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September 15, 2011 8:23:55 PM

selayan said:
Thanks Why_Me I did see that. I will have to go home and configure yours again on newegg to see what my total would be. I liked how you found all the combo deals too.

The only change I would make to that build I posted, is I would switch out that Gigabyte board for the Asrock extreme3 Gen3 board that ervinelim posted in his build. That board has the PCI-E 3.0 slots for Ivy Bridge.
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September 16, 2011 12:32:48 AM

Yeh I will switch out the PSU and I like that ASUS monitor a lot. I found some coupons online to bring it down to the same price they have it on Amazon. I'll prolly order this build in a couple of days..I like it a lot.
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September 19, 2011 12:19:09 PM

Best answer selected by Selayan.
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September 19, 2011 12:21:11 PM

I am about to order the build Why_Me posted. I was looking at the HAF 912 case and I noticed that the PSU will be on the bottom. I just bought a simple computer desk and it looks like I need to put the computer on the floor since the cubby is not as wide as I thought. With the psu on the bottom, I don't want the pc getting too hot since it will be on carpet (even though the case has legs). Can anyone reccomend a better case that will fit the 560Ti?
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September 19, 2011 3:22:29 PM

selayan said:
I am about to order the build Why_Me posted. I was looking at the HAF 912 case and I noticed that the PSU will be on the bottom. I just bought a simple computer desk and it looks like I need to put the computer on the floor since the cubby is not as wide as I thought. With the psu on the bottom, I don't want the pc getting too hot since it will be on carpet (even though the case has legs). Can anyone reccomend a better case that will fit the 560Ti?

It's a simple fix. You go to Lowes, Home Depot, etc... and purchase a piece of shelving to set that computer on. It's cheap and effective. You lay that piece of shelving(wood) on the floor and put your case on top of it.
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September 19, 2011 3:53:55 PM

I could do that I just didn't know if problems arose from having a case with the psu fan by the bottom. Actually, I have a piece of wood that came with the desk and I removed it from the center rack so when I get my computer I would place the tower there. So now if it doesn't fit I will just use that or my huge calculus book that I haven't used since college.
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