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Review My Build. (aprox. 1300-1500)

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can.

Budget Range:

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, occasionally some movies, yeah..

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com!

Country of Origin: US of A

Parts Preferences: Intel/NVIDIA ..EVGA has great warranties, basically no off brand Sparkle crap with terrible warranties.

Overclocking: Maybe.. most likely GPU (if needed) and CUP

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if I have the cash/it's needed/the GOOD Kepler cards take too long.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The main concerns I have is the-
mobo: (though the ASRock seems solid and a great deal there are so many options)
GPU: 560ti or 570? Also what brand/type card!?


My Build -

Case: $149.99 - COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194

Mobo: $154.99 - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

PSU: $163.99 - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

CPU: $219.99 - Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Cooler: $34.99 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

RAM: $51.99 - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (9-9-9-24)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

GPU*: $370-230: Some reputable GTX560ti or GTX 570.

Hard Drive: $54.99 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Disk Drive: $18.99 - ASUS whoreallycaresit'safreakingdiskdrive.. SATA 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Monitor: $199.99 - ASUS VS248H-P Black 24"
HDMI LED Backlight 1080p LCD 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153

Keyboard $60.99 - Microsoft SideWinder X6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109063

Overall Price = $1340.90-1480.90


Questions: 1.) That's a good monitor right?
2.) What card should I get? I really am liking the MSI Twin Frozr III, EVGA makes good stuff but there are soooo many options, the ASUS DirectCU II cards are also BEAST AS ALL HELL! But the 570 is also fat as hell. Would my mobo be able to hold two triple spaced cards in SLI?
3.) Any mobos that are better for around the same price? this one looks wonderful for my needs.
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  1. I would use a Z68 chipset motherboard if at all possible . They are a lot more versatile , so even if you are only gaming right now there is still a chance they will extend the life of your pc as you develop other interests .

    RAM should be 1.5 volt or less

    and I dont know your monitor but 1080p resolution and LED backlight make sense to me
  2. I dig the Z68 and I do want to add a SSD sometime but right now I have to skimp on some things because I was originally aiming for a $1,000 build.

    The RAM is 1.5V

    Monitors are even harder to pick out than mobos and GPUs...ughhh
  3. 1) Asus has decent monitors, so it is fine.

    2) Well You can fit 2 triple slot graphics card to your mobo, but won't have room afterwards for anything else really.
    I agree with you, the MSI Twin Frozr III is an excellent cooler, so to be less of an issue sizewise i would probably go with that instead of the Asus.
    If you go with 560Ti though, the Asus is fine as it's a two slot card.

    3) Quite a few mobo's around that price. Gigabyte has a few in the $140-160 range for example.
    And you can have similar ranged Z68 boards as well. But the one you have chosen is quite nice.

    I would probably go with Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB instead of the Seagate.
    Otherwise excellent choices on components.

    Also if you can manage to find a nice deal on a 60-64GB SataIII SSD and can fit it into the budget, I would recommend getting one.
    Just makes the machine so much more responsive.
  4. Thanks, it's my first build so I've been researching quite a bit. I don't think I'm going to switch mobos unless someone specifically shows me one that is better.

    As for the GPUs the MSI Frozr III is expendy compared to the other cards and what else would I want to put in my PCIe slots? I guess a sound card but that's about it. I watched a 30min. review on the DCUII cards and they just seem sooo well built. The MSI seems like it might just come in at the top though.

    the Seagate is SATA 6.0Gb/s and the Samsung is only 3.0Gb/s...but aren't both too slow to even use all 3.0Gb? Kind of like how my mobo has PCIe 3.0 and cards don't even saturate all of the lanes in the current 2.0 slots right now.
  5. Here-Lies-The-Fire said:
    Thanks, it's my first build so I've been researching quite a bit. I don't think I'm going to switch mobos unless someone specifically shows me one that is better.

    As for the GPUs the MSI Frozr III is expendy compared to the other cards and what else would I want to put in my PCIe slots? I guess a sound card but that's about it. I watched a 30min. review on the DCUII cards and they just seem sooo well built. The MSI seems like it might just come in at the top though.

    the Seagate is SATA 6.0Gb/s and the Samsung is only 3.0Gb/s...but aren't both too slow to even use all 3.0Gb? Kind of like how my mobo has PCIe 3.0 and cards don't even saturate all of the lanes in the current 2.0 slots right now.


    Correct, HDD's can't saturate the 3.0Gb.
  6. Here-Lies-The-Fire said:
    I dig the Z68 and I do want to add a SSD sometime but right now I have to skimp on some things because I was originally aiming for a $1,000 build.


    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498

    3 dollars cheaper than your P67 mb choice when you account for shipping
  7. Best answer
    Here-Lies-The-Fire said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can.

    Budget Range:

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, occasionally some movies, yeah..

    Parts Not Required: Speakers

    Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com!

    Country of Origin: US of A

    Parts Preferences: Intel/NVIDIA ..EVGA has great warranties, basically no off brand Sparkle crap with terrible warranties.

    Overclocking: Maybe.. most likely GPU (if needed) and CUP

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if I have the cash/it's needed/the GOOD Kepler cards take too long.

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: The main concerns I have is the-
    mobo: (though the ASRock seems solid and a great deal there are so many options)
    GPU: 560ti or 570? Also what brand/type card!?


    My Build -

    Case: $149.99 - COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194

    Mobo: $154.99 - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    PSU: $163.99 - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    CPU: $219.99 - Intel Core i5-2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Cooler: $34.99 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    RAM: $51.99 - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (9-9-9-24)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    GPU*: $370-230: Some reputable GTX560ti or GTX 570.

    Hard Drive: $54.99 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Disk Drive: $18.99 - ASUS whoreallycaresit'safreakingdiskdrive.. SATA 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Monitor: $199.99 - ASUS VS248H-P Black 24"
    HDMI LED Backlight 1080p LCD 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153

    Keyboard $60.99 - Microsoft SideWinder X6
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109063

    Overall Price = $1340.90-1480.90


    Questions: 1.) That's a good monitor right?
    2.) What card should I get? I really am liking the MSI Twin Frozr III, EVGA makes good stuff but there are soooo many options, the ASUS DirectCU II cards are also BEAST AS ALL HELL! But the 570 is also fat as hell. Would my mobo be able to hold two triple spaced cards in SLI?
    3.) Any mobos that are better for around the same price? this one looks wonderful for my needs.

    Beautiful build! You did your homework on that one.

    Here's somethings to think about. 850w psu for dual 570's, and 750w for dual 560ti's.

    These down below are just some money savers, but I can't honestly see where that build you posted can be improved on for that price range.

    That Asrock P67 gen 3 board comes with a nifty black front 3.0 USB bezel that snaps right into the front of that case giving it those USB 3.0 ports along with a 2.5" SSD bracket and it matches that case perfectly.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 <--- you can see it on that page, or even on the newegg pics.

    This psu down below is new on the market, it' modular, and it's a lot cheaper @ amazon vs newegg. There's a fine line between Gold, Silver, and Bronze rated. And I mean fine line.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020004-NA/dp/B005E98EI2/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318639916&sr=1-14 $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

    For dual 560ti's in SLI... 750w psu. This one down below is modular also.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020003-NA/dp/B005E98FVS/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318640068&sr=1-13 $114.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA
  8. why not get an asrock extreme3 gen3? a lot cheaper than any of the previously recommend boards, and is z68 with pci-e 3.0.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  9. morgoth780 said:
    why not get an asrock extreme3 gen3? a lot cheaper than any of the previously recommend boards, and is z68 with pci-e 3.0.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Most of that stuff that comes with the Z68 is never going to be used. SSD caching isn't all that by any means. IGP, Lucid Virtu, etc...none of that gets used by the casual gamer and web surfer. That P67 board comes with a front USB header and SSD bracket that the Z68 board doesn't come with, and that P67 board o/c's higher.
  10. Best answer selected by Here-Lies-The-Fire.
  11. Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'm going to buy that other HDD and PSU, that's about it.
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