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$1500 Midrange Gaming/Work PC

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October 13, 2011 5:22:44 PM

Hi.

I'm building a new PC (using a few spare I have laying around).

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: $1500 (Denmark is expensive, so add ~20% to all newegg prices)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.edbpriser.dk (Danish, I've found newegg sites for the same parts)
Country of Origin: Denmark
Uses: Gaming (MW3, BF3, SC2, Civ5), 3D animation/compositing (3ds max/after effects), digital photography, web/word/stuff
Parts Preferences: Intel Core i5-2500K (I already have one lying around), must be nVidia GFX since i use CUDA.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, OS.
Overclocking: Automatic overclock on the Motherboard (if any)
SLI or Crossfire: Nope, due to the noise of extra fans.
Current two-monitor setup: a 1920x1200 and a 1280x1024, both DVI.

Wishes: Keep the noise down (not stealth, just not jumbo-jet)


What i have found so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (i already have one, so lockdown on this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4 GB (16GB total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: MSI 560GTX-Ti Hawk/Frozr II (must be nVidia, need CUDA)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD SSD: No clue, preferably 80/120 GB

PSU: Chill Innovation CP-700M 700W (doesn't sell on english sites, scandinavia only)
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Chill_Innovation_CP-700M

Chassis: NZXT H2 black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1GB (already have this)
DVD: Random DVD-writer


Questions:
1: Is the ASUS P8P67 a good board or do anybody have better suggestions?

2: What SSD should i put in there. I'm thinking 80-120 GB and not to expensive?

3: Is the graphics card fine enough or should I go larger? I'm afraid that anything bigger is going to be to loud,

and I plan on upgrading the GFX card (and CPU) in ~2 years.

4: Is the Intel stock cooler good enough, or should I get a separate one (I know nothing about coolers).

Any overall suggestions is much appreciated.

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 7:18:00 PM

1. Asus is pretty decent but a lot of the stuff they make is really hit or miss. I'd avoid any of their specialty lines like the EVO or Sabertooth series.

2. Crucial, Intel, Kingston, Samsung, Plextor, and ADATA are all excellent SSD makers. Corsair and OCZ are very hit-or-miss, and I'd do some serious research before going with an SSD from one of the smaller memory manufacturers like G.Skill or Patriot.

3. The 560 is an excellent choice but I really do not like MSI, go with EVGA instead. EVGA is a company whose sole focus is on NVIDIA-based graphics cards (they do make a few other products like motherboards and CPU cooler, but their main focus is NVIDIA) and they have a pretty reputable brand with excellent and very quick RMA turnarounds.

4. Absolutely not - you definitely want an aftermarket cooler. The defacto standard here is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 which you can obtain for around $30. There's a new version of it out called the Hyper 212 Evo which is only $5 more.

Check out this build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Seasonic X650 Gold Certified - $139.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $179.99
CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $51.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $29.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $197.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 TI 1GB - $199.99
Optical: LG Super Multi 12X BD-R Burner - $79.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99
Monitor: Acer S231H 23" Black Full 1080p Monitor - $149.99
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $28.99

Total: $1504.99
October 17, 2011 12:22:19 PM

Hey g-unit1111 and thanks for your comments.

1: I looked at your Gigabyte link, and i think I'll go with that one instead. I didn't know about the Z68 chipset, which allows me to overclock and utilize the HD graphics card. Probably won't use the SSD-HDD-fusion thing, but who knows?

2: Checked out the M4. If i can find it for a good price, I'll take that one. If not, ill go with an Intel.

3: I haven't seen a lot of EVGA cards in my area, but it shouldn't be to hard to get my hands on ;-)

4: CM 212 plus it is then. It's a big fella, but hopefully it cools great (especially if i get another fan for a push-pull setup)

Thanks for your help mate, I'll go buy stuff tomorrow ;-)
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 8:26:35 PM

No problem.

The CM 212+ is a great cooler, my mid-tower that I use it in handles it just fine.

I don't know how hard EVGA cards are to obtain but they are generally considered the best of the best when it comes to NVIDIA (since that's pretty much all they make), and I've used several of their cards in the past and they've all been excellent (except maybe the 470 I got to replace my 280).

And that Gigabyte board is excellent - it's the same one I have and it works rather flawlessly, I've had it running for more than three months now with no problems whatsoever.
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