After bulldozer fail, thinking about this for my gaming rig ($1250).

My budget is semi flexible. ($1k - $1250)
Was hoping to stay around $1k but recent articles on benefits of SSds really prompted me to go for an SSD in my next build, and there's no way i'm having a drive smaller than 120gig, so i guess my budget is now about $1200.

I'm looking for a gaming rig. So Gaming and I'm a programmer by trade so do some programming (mainly in VS), and then it's pretty much web-surfing, netflix watching, etc...

Current monitor maxes at 1080p.
Don't need keyboard, mouse, monitor.
Do need a wireless card.

My current build which I think is pretty solid. Definitely open to your opinions.
Let me know what you think...
1) Do you think i should wait for IVY-BRIDGE? I can afford to wait another 6 months if i need to.
2) Don't care about blu-ray at this point, that's what i have TVs for, and if i really need one down the road, i can throw one in
3) Graphics card (was debating getting a 6870, and then buying another for crossfire in 1 year), but i could do the same with the 6950 1gb i have below...

Okay my build:
1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99
1 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99
1 XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP with Eyefinity $249.99
1 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified $104.99 [updated from coolermaster due to feed back]
1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $219.99
1 Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $179.99 [updated from Samsung due to feed back]
1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $49.99 [updated from blue to red due to feed back on blue being $20 more expensive]

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99 [stuck with WD because have had 0 issues with there drives ever]
1 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OE $16.99
1 ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express 150/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless Adapter $27.99
1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $34.99 [updated from Hyper 212 due to feed back]

Subtotal: $1,161.89
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  1. ScrewySqrl said:


    Thanks for the reply,

    Two questions:
    1) Why the Corsair over the Samsung?
    2) Is the EVO significantly better?
  2. the corsair is SATA III, the Samsung is SATA II, so the corsair is faster for the same price.

    the evo is an update of thre hyper 212+ with better contact with the CPU
  3. ScrewySqrl said:
    the corsair is SATA III, the Samsung is SATA II, so the corsair is faster for the same price.

    the evo is an update of thre hyper 212+ with better contact with the CPU


    and slightly higher CFM fan :D
  4. I don't like Cooler Master PSUs...they aren't considered top-tier. Here's a Corsair TX750v2 for $105 before a $15 mail-in-rebate. There's also a 10% off code that expires on 10/19.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    $79.50 after all is said and done....can't beat that for a quality 750 watt unit.
  5. nd_hunter said:
    I don't like Cooler Master PSUs...they aren't considered top-tier. Here's a Corsair TX750v2 for $105 before a $15 mail-in-rebate. There's also a 10% off code that expires on 10/19.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    $79.50 after all is said and done....can't beat that for a quality 750 watt unit.


    The silent pro's are very solid Psu's but at that price it's ridiculous to consider. the 1200watter silent pro DID get a 9/10 at jonnyguru but corsair frequently gets better than that. Either i stick with your recommendation of the tx750v2 or corsairs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024
    gs 700 for slightly more. Antec just doesn't have anything cheap at 750watts and seasonic offers a little more quality but at a very high price premium.
    Also to OP why's the X series ram $70? The blue one is 70, the exact same X series red one is $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    if you don't like red.. g skill sniper for $50 too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    if you decided you gotta have blue..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231477
    x series 1600mhz 1.35v $60 blue..
    g skill 1.25V 1600mhz also for $60 (If you dont care about looks get 1 of the $50 ones)

    good luck :)
  6. ScrewySqrl said:
    the corsair is SATA III, the Samsung is SATA II, so the corsair is faster for the same price.

    the evo is an update of thre hyper 212+ with better contact with the CPU


    Thanks, went with both of your suggestions and updated my build.
    I stuck with the WD drive because I've only ever had WD drives and have never had one fail or give me issues, ever.
  7. nd_hunter said:
    I don't like Cooler Master PSUs...they aren't considered top-tier. Here's a Corsair TX750v2 for $105 before a $15 mail-in-rebate. There's also a 10% off code that expires on 10/19.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    $79.50 after all is said and done....can't beat that for a quality 750 watt unit.


    Thanks, with the CoolerMaster i was paying for the Gold cert, but i'm good with the Bronze 750watt Corsair for $45 less.
    (i'm too lazy to apply for mail in rebates, so never fill them out).
    Updated my build
  8. vibhas said:
    The silent pro's are very solid Psu's but at that price it's ridiculous to consider. the 1200watter silent pro DID get a 9/10 at jonnyguru but corsair frequently gets better than that. Either i stick with your recommendation of the tx750v2 or corsairs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024
    gs 700 for slightly more. Antec just doesn't have anything cheap at 750watts and seasonic offers a little more quality but at a very high price premium.
    Also to OP why's the X series ram $70? The blue one is 70, the exact same X series red one is $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    if you don't like red.. g skill sniper for $50 too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    if you decided you gotta have blue..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231477
    x series 1600mhz 1.35v $60 blue..
    g skill 1.25V 1600mhz also for $60 (If you dont care about looks get 1 of the $50 ones)

    good luck :)


    I went with the corsair 750.
    And thanks for the info about the RAM!!! I didn't know they were selling the same RAM in a diff color for cheaper.
    Don't really care about color, especially since this case has no window.
  9. crucial is the best brand for ssd at the moment, u will not get a doa or problems with them, They are Safe.
  10. Yeah the Crucial M4 has received great reviews and all model sizes (64/128/256GB) were all featured in TOM's "Best Value for Money SSD's - October" article. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-nand-reliability,review-32297.html

    Here's a great link showing PSU's sorted by quality: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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