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PC Build, compared to Sept 2011 build <1000 [links updates]

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October 9, 2011 10:58:03 PM

Here is the base plan. A very good build but prices change, new parts come out, and deals can be found. What would you change on it? Seen any other builds that are similar that I should look at, this is a work in process so link away and I will update this page as needed. I will be watching and updating this post, linking alot and hopefully helping someone out!,3...

I am looking at something like this

The CPU:

Core i5-2500, -2500K, -2400, -2320, -2310, -2300
2500k is currently on the list. 2400 might be a solid idea, both earning spots as the best gpu for the money 190 and 219

The Motherboard:

This is giving me the most trouble, the listed mobo
EVGA P67 SLI Micro 120-SB-E672-KR LGA 1155 Intel P67 is 150, glancing biostar has one for 109, and it is longer (liquid cooling in the future?) Any ideas on mobo reviews? I do need to look up what will happen is my board goes from 16x / 16x to 8x / 8x seen here to not be a problem (followed link to article)

just like the cpu, how much speed is needed?

The GPU:

Always looking into benchmarks and their setups. The CrossfireX 6950 HD gpu's seem like the best option (overclocking considered)

Any ideas what would be better? These seem like a solid option

The Ram:

Another needs to be researched, The listed ram is
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB)
DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) can be found for 65$ instead of 100+

Kingston HyperX got a glowing review but seems to be sold out everywhere. Any ideas?

Thanks for reading

Boring Stuff :wahoo: 
The HD will most likely be an OCZ SSD when the price is lower. For any storage I have a 1.5 TB desktop running that. Monitor is not in the budget yet mostly i would game on my TV. I have a keyboard and mouse somewhere around here... Also looking at pre built for comparison doesn't come close

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October 9, 2011 11:43:10 PM

This build allows you to run two of those cards later on in SLI $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 $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $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 $25.99 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 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH $18.99 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 $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card <----- a better look at that board <----- PCI-E 3.0
October 10, 2011 1:31:20 AM

The power supply would need to be bumped up, I mobo too.

I have seen that gpu but the ati 6950 is 209 after rebate and the GTX 560 Ti is 199

shows a drop in performance for the 10$ Though I do like the Geforce cards better as a brand. Anything I don't know about it? would be besides the benchmarks and a few posts :wahoo: 

I was also under the impression pci 3 wasn't used by gpu yet.

Thanks for the feedback
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October 10, 2011 2:43:04 PM

Updated everything, the parts were looking good! Still trying to cut the cost but the changes seem to be good
October 12, 2011 12:23:12 AM

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