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Soldiers 1500 build, yay or nay?

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September 25, 2011 4:13:45 AM

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support 249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD
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ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS 359.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 154.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM with sony vegas studio 47.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

1247.89

I am looking to build something to game, edit videos and work on podcasts. I am also hoping to build something that will last a couple years without an upgrade needed. Also I am curious is it possible to run two monitors while gaming on one and doing something else on another? Anyway any tips are appreciated. If you know of parts that I can go cheaper on but not lose quality that would also be nice but I do not wish to sacrifice quality for a couple bucks.
September 25, 2011 6:10:18 AM

If you plan on running dual monitors you want a card with more VRAM than that 1gb gtx 560ti. Also that Antec case lacks front USB 3.0 ports, and it's narrow. Anyway here's a build that allows you to add another one of those cards later on, and it includes a 128GB SSD and Windows 7, not to mention a quicker and larger h/d.. It's all quality components.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $108.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Corsair92329, ends 9/29
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Suppl

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $219.98 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $304.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAHH23, ends 9/28
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $196.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $1,280.90 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes
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September 25, 2011 7:28:04 AM

Changed up a couple things from your list

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 439.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

added
Hyper 212 27.99

Total comes to 1273.94
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September 26, 2011 12:29:43 AM

alohabrent said:
Changed up a couple things from your list

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
+
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 439.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

added
Hyper 212 27.99

Total comes to 1273.94

I agree with Why_Me, get the 128GB. It's not only twice the space, but also much faster. The rest looks good.
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September 26, 2011 12:49:12 AM

alohabrent said:
Changed up a couple things from your list

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
+
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 439.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

added
Hyper 212 27.99

Total comes to 1273.94

Brent, if you have a friend giving you advice on this build...don't listen to that friend anymore.
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September 26, 2011 3:11:05 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
asrock z68 extreme3 gen3. best motherboard for the money hands down.
other than the motherboard why me's build is awesome.
here is ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wanted to stick a board in that build that had the front USB 3.0 header seeing how that case has those front USB 3.0 ports. I could have used the Z68 extreme4 gen3 I guess at $200.

What gets me is why doesn't Asrock put a board out identical to the extreme3 gen3 and stick a front USB 3.0 header on it and charge like $150 - $160. If they did it would sell off the hook.
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September 26, 2011 3:44:52 AM

Why_Me said:
I wanted to stick a board in that build that had the front USB 3.0 header seeing how that case has those front USB 3.0 ports. I could have used the Z68 extreme4 gen3 I guess at $200.

What gets me is why doesn't Asrock put a board out identical to the extreme3 gen3 and stick a front USB 3.0 header on it and charge like $150 - $160. If they did it would sell off the hook.

for most people the back usb 3.0 is enough. i rarely used mine and it was restricting airflow (I know it was a tiny bit but i have an overclocked 560 ti with a reference cooler) so i took it out and im fine with having to climb back once a month.
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September 26, 2011 7:08:27 AM

Ok, went with why_me's build but changed to this mobo

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

still added the hyper 212


So I would like to get this ordered so i can be up and running asap lol. So am I good to go?
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September 26, 2011 7:32:22 AM

alohabrent said:
Ok, went with why_me's build but changed to this mobo

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

still added the hyper 212


So I would like to get this ordered so i can be up and running asap lol. So am I good to go?

Looks solid.
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September 26, 2011 8:12:51 AM

so whats the end result...
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