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September 23, 2011 11:56:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: in 1 month


Budget Range: $1500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Operating System


Country of Origin: India


Overclocking: Yes but not immediately


SLI : Yes most probably after 6 months


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


The parts I have shortlisted are

CPU - Core i5 2500K ($220)
Mother board - ASUS P8Z68 V ($180)
Graphics Card - MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC ($370)
RAM - 2x 4GB Corsair DDR3 1333 MHz ($60)
PSU - Corsair TX850 V2 ($138)
Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced (costs around $120 in india)
Hard Disk - Seagate 1 TB 7200 rpm ($60)
Keyboard - Microsoft Sidewinder x6 ($70 in india)
Monitor - Any monitor supporting 1920x1080 resolution ($200 in India)
Optical Drive - Anything which can burn DVDs ($20)
UPS - APC 1000 VA ($120)

I'll be buying from India, but for approx price you can use values at www.amazon.com to suggest any changes. I need suggestions regarding the following :

1. Case - If HAF 912 advanced is good or anything better available

2. Graphics Card - Amazon has a very good deal for 560 Ti twin frozr II, which currently at $225 is $145 cheaper than GTX 570. So which one to get - 560 ti or 570. This is the one creating the most confusion. I prefer NVidia, so please don't suggest Radeon alternatives.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ...

3. CPU - i7 2600K is tempting, but will strain my budget :( 

4. Mother Board - Need to know whether P8Z68 V is good for overclocking. I need a mother board with support for 2 front USB 3.0 ports

5. Any other suggestions are also welcome :) 

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September 23, 2011 1:07:55 PM

1. Case : I have first hand with the HAF 912. It is a great case. Only con is that it is heavy.

2. Graphics Card : Definitely go for the GTX560ti, especially if you are looking to overclock. What brand is it though?

3. CPU : You will not be able to use the I7 - 2600K's cababilities in gaming so it would be a waste of money. It is also glitchy to overclock unless you disable the threads(which is pretty much the only emprovement to the I5 - 2400K) .

4. Motherboard : For USB3 Ports in front I would rather suggest ASUS P8Z68 Duluxe since you will be saving money on the Graphics Card.

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z68-Deluxe-6Gbps-Motherboa...

5. Other suggestions and comments :

5.1 A 850W PSU is overkill unless you seriously planning to OC and SLI. But if you are planning to do both seriously then it is a very nice selection.

5.2 You will need a larger UPS to run a 850w PSU'd PC. No smaller than a 1200VA unit.
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September 23, 2011 1:13:14 PM

Case: The HAF912/922/932/942 are all great cases. But $120 for the HAF912 sounds like a LOT.
So maybe check into Antec 300 with 2 extra 120mm fans or the Antec 300 Illusion if that is available.
Or antec 900 if it's cheaper than the HAF912.

CPU: Agreed i5 2500k is the way to go

Mobo: also look into Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 and 4

PSU: For 560Ti sli and OC 750W PSU is enough, for GTX570 SLI you need the 850W
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September 23, 2011 4:38:15 PM

i5 2500k
z68-v pro
8 gigs ripjaws
1 tb samsung spinpoint f3
good 650w corsair or a normal 750w
HAF 922m
24x asus burner
gtx 580
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September 24, 2011 1:02:22 AM

@Novuake : Graphics card is of MSI. I had plans of a 570 sli so i chose a 850W PSU. With 560 Ti, I will take a 750W one instead.
@rvilkman : Good cases are all very costly here. So will stick to the 912.
@onefearlesssn : 580 is very expensive


So I need to make 3 changes

1. Graphics Card - 560 Ti
2. PSU - Corsair TX750V2
3. mobo - P8Z68-v Pro

Thanks everyone for the suggestions :) 
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September 24, 2011 8:20:13 AM

pb_virus said:
@Novuake : Graphics card is of MSI. I had plans of a 570 sli so i chose a 850W PSU. With 560 Ti, I will take a 750W one instead.
@rvilkman : Good cases are all very costly here. So will stick to the 912.
@onefearlesssn : 580 is very expensive


So I need to make 3 changes

1. Graphics Card - 560 Ti
2. PSU - Corsair TX750V2
3. mobo - P8Z68-v Pro

Thanks everyone for the suggestions :) 


Very good decision! Enjoy the new build!
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October 16, 2011 10:07:00 AM

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