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[$1200-$1500] Gaming PC Build

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October 10, 2011 9:41:11 PM

Replacing my old Q6600 build primarely for playing BF3, Diablo3 & Skyrim. But i'm doing a lot of developer work on my computer too and I would like to use my old computer as my new Server 2008 lab.

Any tips / enhancements would be great, I havent built a PC in 4 years so i'm kinda lost with all the new components.

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Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 1200-1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming & Design (VS, Blend, Eclipse, Adobe CS5)

Parts Not Required: Case (will recycle my old trusty Antec P160), Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: Canada (important!)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz | 219.99$

MB: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) | 179.99$

MEM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL | 52.49$

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB | 204.99$

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM | 69.99$

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 | 329.99$

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V | 99.99$

COO: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO | 36.99$

Question: Do i need a better termal paste then the one included with the cooler?

Total (+shipping+taxes) : 1294.02$

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October 10, 2011 9:46:34 PM

That is a very good looking build. I would get a cheaper motherboard, such as the Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 unless you want tri SLI. The thermal paste that comes with your heatsink should be good. I did the same as you and bought a hyper 212+, but I didn't think the paste that comes with it would be good enough so I bought some arctic silver 5. Turns out its all just as good really. Otherwise, a very good build, very similar to my own.
October 17, 2011 1:25:22 AM

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