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$1300 gaming pc please review for compatability

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September 30, 2011 6:26:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks


Budget Range: Would like to stay under $1300 but I just want the most out of my dollar without skimping on features ans want it all to blend together well.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.... anything not listed below


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin:United states


Parts Preferences: I love my WD raptors Ive had in the past I knew they use to be the cats meow but I kind of fell out of loop so im not sure if they still are and Nvidia graphics for sure as well as a modular PSU. I am not putting in a SSD right now but it will happen in the future.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 This is my monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

Additional Comments: I will just be gaming with this PC, FPS games and a little WoW. I wont be doing hard core overclocking just the stuff dummies can do. One of my biggest worries is the size of the heatsink on the VRM of the motherboard and the fins on the ripjaw memory making it difficult or impossible to mount my CPU cooler.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

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
]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072]

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $51.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136557

ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

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 $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
September 30, 2011 6:36:39 AM

dont waste on raptor.
get one ssd or put caviar blacks in raid 0
September 30, 2011 6:53:13 AM

^ Disagree. RAID 0 does virtually nothing for real world.

i5 2500K + MSI 560 Ti TFII OC $449 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600 $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZS 750w $90 ($25 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 1TB + Lite-On DVD drive $68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
HAF 922 $90
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-...
Hyper 212 Evo $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 64gb $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $1000 before rebates

MSI 560 Ti TFII OC (Equals 570) review:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...
OC it a little more to 900mhz and it'll surpass the 570.
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September 30, 2011 6:55:20 AM

id forget about the velociraptor drive and get a crucial m4 64 gb and a wdc black 500 gig or something, my m4 is blazing fast well worth it for the os and smaller apps
September 30, 2011 3:52:38 PM

+ 1

i also have a m4 128 gb SSD and it is a good performer
September 30, 2011 10:50:34 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

or...

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

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

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51.99 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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $67.48
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

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Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-----Corsair Carbide Series 400R @ newegg. Save $20 in shipping charges and get that case @ amazon

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http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0
October 8, 2011 4:33:44 AM

Ok thanks for the responses guys, raptor is out of the question. Im kind of stuck between a 560 ti OC and a 570 OC but it appears everyone is saying go for the 560. What makes the TWIN FROZR II so good when I can get other cards that are OC a little bit higher for the same price like the gigabyte, PNY, and EVGA http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600030348%20600094002%20600107147&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20560%20Ti%20%28Fermi%29
Ive also read a few coplaints about how the TWIN FROZR II OC doesnt expel the hot air out of the back, has that caused any issues for any of you? And Why_Me I was already looking at the XFX power supplies, anyone know of any reasons I should not get an XFX. Thanks again guys, much appriciated.

October 8, 2011 4:47:16 AM

The 560 Ti OC is better mainly because it is cooler than a 570, runs likes a stock 570 but it's way cheaper. Also the Twin Frozr is good because it runs at the level of a 570, but still keeping cool. Although the air doesn't exhaust out the back, good airflow solves that problem.

A reason not to go XFX is because it's rather expensive. The $1000 build I suggested, you'd still have room to spare to upgrade the SSD to a 128gb or just get another 560 Ti.
October 8, 2011 1:57:42 PM

Quote:
Samsung spinpoint f3 1TB = gg HDD @ $59.99, I believe newegg has a sale on it atm.

Crucial M4 128GB
Crosair Force 3 120GB

both require firmware updates, corsair is a little faster but a little more unreliable.
Crucial's firmware improves performance by 20%, no issues with either firmware.
Corsairs firmware keeps it from failing because of old firmware, no performance boost.



Im assuming the firmware thing applies to a 64 gb m4? If so I might have to upgrade it and reformat if that what it takes, never done that before being that this is my first ssd so some direction would be appreciated
October 8, 2011 2:37:22 PM

^ That is correct, 20% is the manufacturer's statement, I haven't seen a review on it so it can't be said it wont, but I do doubt 20%, maybe 10%-15%
October 9, 2011 9:31:26 PM

yeah not worth it at this point for me bc im in the middle of to many games, etc to reformat everything which im assuming that you have to do when you upgrade a ssd's firmware or am i wrong:?
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