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I5 2500k $1,700 Build, including monitor+extras ORDERING TODAY HELP!

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October 15, 2011 7:57:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today by 9:00 pm eastern

Budget Range: 1700 Before MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (GW2, MW3, BF3) Movie watching.

Parts Not Required: Need all parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : INTEL, 24in monitor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future (1-2 yrs)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, may end up getting two monitors

Additional Comments: I would like the case to have a window, and the ability to crossfire/sli in the future.


My Build so far

I5 2500k

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ...

GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ...
$121.99 (with promo code)

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...



ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

RAZER Naga Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Mouse

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard




Notes: I would like to run this computer 24/7 @ 70% load for extended periods of time. I would also like to stay around the 1,600$ price range before MIR. a 128gb ssd would be perferable if it fits into the build. Trying to find combo deals on newegg atm.
October 15, 2011 9:10:25 PM

bump, help still needed!
October 15, 2011 9:24:45 PM

You are pretty much done. I guess that's why nobody has commented. What exactly are you waiting for?

Edit: You might want to check this out on newegg:

MOBO:MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $219 <<< This board does 3 pcie 2.0 @ 16 and supports pcie 3.0

GPU: EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $589

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case $125

Monitor: ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD LED Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design w/Speakers $150
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October 15, 2011 9:30:56 PM

You dont need thermal paste the 212 comes with it :p 
October 15, 2011 9:42:10 PM

yours isn't that great for $1700; the gtx 570 would fit in a quality $1000 PC, which makes it kinda low end for $1700...also you deserve an ssd and a better mobo for that price... pimp it up:

Part list permalink:
Part price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($160.74 @ Mwave)
Monitor: AOC E2243FW 21.5" Monitor ($129.15 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($42.96 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse ($17.99 @ Office Depot)
Total: $1610.82

you can buy all of those on newegg for ~$60 more total

why the rush btw?
October 15, 2011 9:51:34 PM

Ok, ill take out the thermal paste, Thank you.

Other things are I need suggestions on: graphics cards (6970 or 570 superoverclocked or regular) or maybe other options, good cases (Not sure i need to spend 170$ on the corsair 600T).

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

edit: I have an ssd included in original build. And the rush is because I need to order it before i leave back to college tomorrow.
October 15, 2011 9:56:33 PM

Hmm I guess i could find a cheaper case, the problem is I need everyting (monitor, speakers, keyboard ect...) So in reality its about a $1,300 pc. I agree that it's close to deserving a 580 or 2x 6870's, but so far i can't fit it into my budget..
October 15, 2011 11:01:22 PM

Guess ill pull the trigger on the original build -thermal paste unless someone has part suggestions?