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October 2, 2011 7:10:58 PM

Acquired some money and looking to poor it into a new setup so i can play the latest and greatest games. I want to be able to run them fast and with a good frame rate, but it doesn't have to be anything too killer :p  I'm asking here because I'm more of a software guy and haven't kept up with any of the new hardware so i figured you guys could help me out :) 

Have a ATI Radeon HD 4600 GPU and amd phenom 9850 quad core processor sitting around, but i think both are pretty outdated with the stuff thats available now days.


Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week


Budget Range: ~1200$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming (java :p ), web surfing


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any established/trusted site


Parts Preferences: Seems the sandy bridges setup is the way to go, but i'm not sure?


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900. might buy a new monitor if you guys think it would improve the experience :) 


Additional Comments: don't care about case looks or fan sound really. just the actual performance XD

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October 2, 2011 8:07:02 PM

Is this US, Canadian, or Australian dollars...as in what country?
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October 2, 2011 8:10:12 PM

Here is the build i just ordered...
Also, i bought an expensive case, you could go cheaper to save some cash.



Power Supply: CORSAIR 750W $139.99

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB $59.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $46.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) $219.99

CPU cooling: Thermalright Venomous X

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $124.99

GPU: GTX 580 Twin Frzer II $499.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X $189.99

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October 2, 2011 9:14:01 PM

Why_Me said:
Is this US, Canadian, or Australian dollars...as in what country?


United states. and thanks hauptmann19 for the build, anyone got any comments about it?
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October 2, 2011 9:35:50 PM

Antec Three Hundred Illusion: $69.99

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750: $94.99 ($79.99 after rebate)

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3: $124.99

Intel Core i5-2500K: $219.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: $34.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz C8-8-8-24: $55.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti: $219.99

Samsung SpinPoint F3: $59.99

Samsung CD/DVD Burner: $16.99

Subtotal: $902.91 ($882.91 after rebate)


Then add a 1920 x 1080 monitor of your choice, like this $109.99 one.

I would also recommend this $196.99 SSD for your OS and games.

Total: $1,189.89 after rebate
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October 2, 2011 9:40:59 PM

^ O>O Your PSU link isn't right.
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October 2, 2011 10:13:32 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ O>O Your PSU link isn't right.

Thank you, fixed.
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October 2, 2011 11:39:02 PM

This build allows you to add another one of those gtx 570's later on in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $89.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $129.99 Free Shipping $10 off your order over $100 w/ code: DRAPER10, ends 10/3
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping $10 off your order over $100 w/ code: DRAPER10, ends 10/3
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

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... $18.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 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 AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SAO0Z4/ref=ox_sc_a... $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX570 Twin Frozr II OC 1280MB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N570GTX TWIN FROZR II/OC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Total: $1,199.91 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

***Cheaper alternative down below...single 560ti with option to add another later on in SLI

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.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
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October 2, 2011 11:58:06 PM

$1269

Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - CP-850 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 180 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 53 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - aSUS GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 180 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 21 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other choices:

$1209

Case - $ 120 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX 850 Core Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Build allows for adding 2nd GFX card at a later date and MoBo offers a full industry standard 3 year warranty. Cooler tops the Hyper 212 by 7C. CP-850 PSU gets 10.0 jonnyguru performance rating....XFX Core edition gets 9.5 .... SSD is 550 MBps

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