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October 1, 2011 1:51:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $800-850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: LOTS OF GAMING!,Watching movies, music

Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nVidia graphics card

Overclocking: Definetly!

SLI or Crossfire: In a couple of months, Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1080p and above

More about : build gaming

October 1, 2011 3:04:55 PM

tough to say with the new AMD Bulldozer coming out in a few weeks.

...and yes i saw that you prefer Intel...but you may change your mind when benchmarks get out. who knows.
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October 1, 2011 3:15:00 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $220

CPU HSF: CM Hyper 212+ $27

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme $125

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti $235 (+ free Batman game)

Case: CM HAF 912 $60

PSU: Corsair TX750W $105

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60

ODD: Asus 24X DVD-RW $21

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 2x4GB $52 (+ 4GB free SDHC card)

Total: $905. Now use these mighty Newegg rebates and get the price down to within your budget :D  (I know there're rebates for the PSU and the GPU that will do that for you)

EDIT: Changed the mobo to SLI-capable.
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October 1, 2011 3:18:56 PM

This Build will give you the for future OC on both the CPU and GPU and future SLI upgrade.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 [Case] - Price: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 [Motherboard] - Price: $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core I5-2500k [CPU] - Price:$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus + Cooler Master R4 120mm Blue LED Fan - Price: $34.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [CPU Heatsink]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [Fan]

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC [Video Card] - Price: $224.99 After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) [Memory] - Price: $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB [Hard Drive] - Price: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W [Power Supply] - Price: $64.99 After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Before MIR: $877.91
Total After MIR: $837.91
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October 1, 2011 3:45:56 PM
October 1, 2011 4:09:03 PM

(CPU) AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(GPU) XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $349.99.....$329.99 after rebate
come with Dirt 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


(Motherboard) GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ 139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(RAM) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Power Supply) COUGAR RS-Series RS650 (CGR R-650) 650W $52.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Case) NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX $35.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Hard Drive) HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Optical Drive) SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 833.92...813.92 after rebates.

This system offers grate overclockability with its 1090T processor and uses AMD's best GPU chip the 6970. The 6970 is only second to Nvidia Geforce 580 GTX 150 dollars more for only a marginal gain in performance. It also upgradable to AMD's next generation processor 32nm FX processors with its 990fx motherboard which has 4x pci express for crossfire support.
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October 1, 2011 4:12:32 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
(CPU) AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(GPU) XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $329.99 after rebate
come with Dirt 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


(Motherboard) GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(RAM) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Power Supply) CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W $59.99 after mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Case) NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX $35.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Hard Drive) HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Optical Drive) SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X 16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 840.92 after rebates.

This system offers grate overclockability with its 1090T processor and uses AMD's best GPU chip the 6970. The 6970 is only second to Nvidia Geforce 580 GTX 150 dollars more for only a marginal gain in performance. It also upgradable to AMD's next generation processor 32nm FX processors with its 990fx motherboard which has 4x pci express for crossfire support.


1) OP clearly stated he wants nVidia + Intel
2) CF 6970's on 600W? I don't think so.
3) 4GB RAM? Gimme a break...
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October 1, 2011 4:19:52 PM

Games don't even use 4 gigabyte since 32 bit OS's are the standard still, anyways buying more gigabytes of ram right now is false value since their going to drop in price by a large amount in a few months. A quality 600w power supply can handle a any graphics card on the market. Forget to mention it also support Nvidia SLI. Just because he has a brand preference doesn't mean I cannot show he products with merit since he is not familiar with them.
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October 1, 2011 4:23:22 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
Games don't even use 4 gigabyte since 32 bit OS's are the standard still. A quality 600w power supply can handle a any graphics card on the market. Forget to mention it also support Nvidia SLI. Just because he has a brand preference doesn't mean I cannot show he products with merit since he is not familiar with them.


Sure, quality 600W can handle any SINGLE GPU on the market. And OP wants dual cards in a couple of months. And please, forget 4GB, we're in 2011...
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October 1, 2011 4:33:02 PM

I wouldn't mind that much about the 4GB vs 8GB if the ~25$ price difference makes a difference to the OP; you will be able to run games with it no problems. The only difference is that you might not be able to keep that browser with 15 tabs opened and Word and Excel opened as well in the background :p . However, the price drop argument isn't really a significant one IMO since prices are already so low, even a 50% price drop would only be ~25$.
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October 1, 2011 4:35:41 PM

Okay well for 5 dollars more he can get this, Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Like I said 8 gigabytes is not the standard yet, are barely reaching the 32 bit threshold of 4 gigabytes of ram. He would would same money if he upgrade when necessary which would also be better since he'd save money.
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October 1, 2011 5:09:33 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
Okay well for 5 dollars more he can get this, Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Like I said 8 gigabytes is not the standard yet, are barely reaching the 32 bit threshold of 4 gigabytes of ram. He would would same money if he upgrade when necessary which would also be better since he'd save money.


If you'd follow the new builds on Tom's, you'd notice that 8GB IS the standard for any gaming machine. For $25 more, the OP gets 4GB more RAM and better upgrade capability - if he wants to, throw in 2 more 4GB sticks and you have 16. With your 2x2GB, he'd have to junk both of them...
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October 1, 2011 5:44:19 PM

16 gb when will that be the real world standard, not just some placebo that companies market to the average joe. 4x2gb is faster than 2x4gb, when its appropriate to upgrade ram he will save money and get more performance.
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October 1, 2011 5:56:06 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
16 gb when will that be the real world standard, not just some placebo that companies market to the average joe. 4x2gb is faster than 2x4gb, when its appropriate to upgrade ram he will save money and get more performance.


We are NOT "average Joes", we're gamers/power users.

"4x2gb is faster than 2x4gb"? Keep dreaming. And 4 2GB sticks will occupy all RAM slots, while 2 4GB will still leave room for upgrade.
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October 1, 2011 5:59:04 PM

I mean average joe in the context of gaming. What you don't seem to understand is by the time 16 GB of memory becomes the norm for gaming all our systems will be obsolete. Unless you have a reason to use 16 GB, gaming isn't one of them, your just falling for a marketing gimmick.
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October 1, 2011 6:20:34 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
I mean average joe in the context of gaming. What you don't seem to understand is by the time 16 GB of memory becomes the norm for gaming all our systems will be obsolete. Unless you have a reason to use 16 GB, gaming isn't one of them, your just falling for a marketing gimmick.


I doubt that. I know some folks who're still rocking a Core 2 Quad with nVidia 8xxx/9xxx series cards and are happy with it - all because they didn't think their setups will be obsolete. For now, 2x4GB DDR3 1600 is enough, and that's final; everyone uses it nowadays and it's the sweetest spot for gaming.
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October 1, 2011 7:07:53 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
4x2gb is faster than 2x4gb
There is "some" truth to that in the sense that smaller memory modules tend to have a bit less latency (not CAS), but it would be balanced-out by the extra latency introduced by having more modules (both probably not perceivable on their own except in some static benchmark contexts). Getting 4x2GB would, perhaps, make sense if you plan to get an Ivy Bridge platform which is supposed to support quad-channel memory.
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October 1, 2011 7:19:01 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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JLNZXU/ref=ox_sc_a... $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

Total: $837.92 *not including shipping and rebates

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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0
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October 1, 2011 7:42:30 PM

Zenthar said:
There is "some" truth to that in the sense that smaller memory modules tend to have a bit less latency (not CAS), but it would be balanced-out by the extra latency introduced by having more modules (both probably not perceivable on their own except in some static benchmark contexts). Getting 4x2GB would, perhaps, make sense if you plan to get an Ivy Bridge platform which is supposed to support quad-channel memory.


If you look at amd llano benchmarks were memory has noticeable effects having 4 slots filled brings speed improvments. I assuming this happens for all systems but in a non perceivable way.
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October 1, 2011 8:03:58 PM

Phyrexiancure said:
If you look at amd llano benchmarks were memory has noticeable effects having 4 slots filled brings speed improvments. I assuming this happens for all systems but in a non perceivable way.
Good to know, but it might differ from one CPU architecture to another; the memory controller would probably the big difference.
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