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My $1300 Gaming Build! **Update**

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October 13, 2011 4:31:58 AM

UPDATE***
I wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or continue with this but the latter seems more reasonable.

Cpu- i5 2500k $179 (Microcenter)
Mobo- Asus P8Z68-V Pro $219 (Microcenter)
Cpu+Mobo = $329
Cpu Fan- CoolMaster Hyper 212+ $22 (Newegg)
Gpu- nVidia Gtx Twin Frozr III $370 (Newegg) Or the EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570?
Ram- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model $50 (Newegg) OR G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $75
Psu- Corsair Enthusiast Tx V2 850w +Bronze Modular $132 (Amazon)
SSD- Crucial M4 64gb $114 (Newegg)
HHD- Samsung Spin F3 1TB $70 (Already bought)
Cd/Dvd Drive- Asus 24x $20 (Newegg)
Case- Nzxt Phantom $125 (Newegg)
Subtotal - $1236

11/04/11


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So that's my final build I got from more research.
What do you guys think?
Buying the rest of the parts either when I see a good deal or during thanksgiving latest.
As for the monitors it's just going to be two ASUS VH242H at the moment.


Approximate Purchase Date: Late November to New Years.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800)$1000-1400 after Tax (Not including the monitors)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (HoN, S2, maybe D3), Mult-tasking, Movies, Movie/Photo Editing, School Work
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Sound Card
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, (Open to suggestions too)
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel Processors. Other than that nope.
Overclocking: Nope
SLI or Crossfire: Undecided
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
- A build with a quiet fan would be nice.
- (I'm also looking into a dual monitor set up but not sure how that will work. Looking for 2 LED monitors totaling $400-500)
- If anyone can recommend some that would be greatly appreciated.
- And is it possible to connect my Ps3 to the monitor and play on that?

What I have so far:
Tower
-Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
MotherBoard
-ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
CPU
-Intel Core i5-2500K
GPU
-EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570
Ram
-CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
(Most likely will purchase 8gb instead)
PSU
-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
HDD
-Crucial M4 64GB (SSD) ( SSD for my start-up programs and some games)
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM (For everything else)
CD/DVD
- ASUS 24X DVD Burner

This is my first build so please bear with me.
These are some parts I put together through a little bit of research earlier this week. I don't know computer parts too well, so I'm not sure if they will be compatible with each other but hopefully some of you guys can give me your opinions or suggestions on the parts and build.

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October 13, 2011 4:48:07 AM

You want an 850w psu for two of those cards.
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October 13, 2011 4:54:29 AM

^^
Like I said I'm not too familiar with computer parts so I'm sorry if it some parts doesn't make sense, which is why I posted this in hoping people would offer their opinions on the build and recommendations for parts.

So in regarding to your post, do you recommend a different psu? I don't know anything about psu in general.
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October 13, 2011 5:19:06 AM

Purchase 8 gigs of ram instead, most definitely do that, current games don't typically use more than 8 anyways.

what why_me is saying is that if you are going to SLI the cards (meaning use two) you need a larger psu, you currentyly have 750 watts, you need 850.

several questions about your budget: is it 600-800 or 1000-1400? I mean do you have to pay taxes because you live in a taxed state?

because if you order everything online, you shouldn't have to pay taxes (which is sweet). Also do you have a microcenter near by?

Why_Me builds the hell out of computers (or at least picks the optimal components), so I would take anything he says as gold.

currently us.NICX.com has the i52500k for 189.99, can't find it any cheaper. I cant give you a link becuase the site seems to be down at the moment.
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October 13, 2011 5:35:36 AM

I see Thanks.
I must have read it wrong sorry, I've been studying all day so I'm pretty exhausted right now.
Thanks again Why_me for the suggestion, my apology for sounding defensive. I will definitely look into that.

Oh my bad didn't notice the 600-800 in there. My price range is $1000-1400 after taxes if I need to i'll extend it $1500.
I know the items I posted total will be over $1400 but I'm hoping to buy them when they are on sale or something.
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October 17, 2011 10:16:12 AM


You want RAM with lower profile heat sinks so you don't get screwed when you try and mount your cpu h/s. Down below is the modular version of that psu.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $131.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020004-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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October 21, 2011 6:26:42 AM

What do you mean lower profile heat sinks? Sorry I'm new when it comes to technical hardware terms.
Is it the mounting position where the Ram fits into on the motherboard?
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October 21, 2011 6:50:09 AM

Birdyz said:
What do you mean lower profile heat sinks? Sorry I'm new when it comes to technical hardware terms.
Is it the mounting position where the Ram fits into on the motherboard?

RAM like you posted with those tall heat spreaders won't allow for you to add a decent size cpu heat sink. That RAM is good for a hair comb and that's about it.
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October 21, 2011 7:23:58 AM

Birdyz said:
Ohh Ok that helps a lot. Thanks a bunch.

So I'm guessing these would be a better choice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Since they don't have those "tall heat spreaders" to get in the way of the heat sink.

Right idea, just wrong voltage. You want low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 boards. Something like this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
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November 4, 2011 6:44:22 PM

Update top of page - first post
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November 5, 2011 3:35:30 AM

Bump.
Anyone?
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