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October 16, 2011 12:58:03 AM

Hello, trying to build a gaming computer that will last some good years. One that will have an upgrade path and such. One thing though, if possible I would love for it to be cheaper but be able to play top end games, such as new ones coming out, Batman: Arkham City, BC3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Skyrim, etc. I only have so many parts picked out, so here it goes.

Approximate Purchase Date: A.S.A.P / For the new games coming out.

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/MMORPG's, Browsing, Possibly making videos, such as Music Videos.

Parts Not Required: Everything is need I am afraid.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg.com or Amazon.com)

Country of Origin: (United States)

Parts Preferences: None, would like ones with warranty though.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Any help is appreciated, such as listing an overclock guide. Although, probably will not really need it. Also, my computer is prone to dust so dust filters is a must.
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Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Thermal Paste : Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

CD / DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

PSU: XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: Looking for one that has upgrade possibilities, including SLI/Cross Fire if need be. Plus new CPU's, if needed.

Montior: Which ever is good at gaming and general use. 1920 x 1080?

Mouse: Gaming Mouse?

Keyboard: Gaming Keyboard?

Speakers: Good for Gaming and Movies.

Head Set: Possibly use for online gaming, talking, etc.

Other: Anything that is really needed for an all around awesome gaming/fun time. I would love to be able to have a Blu Ray drive, so that I can play Blu Ray movies / HD Movies. Would like to be able to put this together soon. Warranties would help and if the company behind the products are friendly and helpful, for technical support, would help as well. Any comments, anything at all is really, really, greatly appreciated. Remember, the lower the cost, the more I love you. =P

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October 16, 2011 1:08:50 AM

I'm impressed, that actually looks quite nice. For the motherboard I have two recommendations:

Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - It only has a 2 year warranty (compared to 3) and does not have front panel USB 3.0 support.

MSI Z68 GD55 - Not very popular actually. I use this board, and for the price it has everything that you should ever need. Does not have PCIe 3.0 or Ivy Bridge support.
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October 16, 2011 1:37:19 AM

Search the forum on "$1500" ..... there's at least 4 or 5 posted each day.

Here ya can see the 570 overclocked to the max and 560 Ti overclocked to the max; you'll notice the scores are just about identical.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_rev...

In Guru3D's tests, in SLI the 900 MHz 560's get 862 fps to the 570's 873. Even factory OC'd the factory OC'd versions have more OC headroom than the 570's which have had VRM issues. It also saves ya $145 per card.

Or think of it this way ..... $410 for twin 56os at 862 fps or one 570 at $350 at 524 fps

Faster memory for $1 more and low profile to boot eliminating cooler interference concerns.

MoBo - Id wait fir the Deluxe rather then the Pro, but Pro should be available Monday
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Muhen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here's an alternate build which "steps up" most components:

Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - Later - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeanve http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - 120 GB Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card
Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 50 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $ 160 - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 1,534




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October 16, 2011 4:02:59 AM

Completely forgot about the OS, of course. I already have it and used it on one computer before, wonder if I can reuse the same one or need to buy another.

The only thing about the 560 is, will it max most of the games coming out at 1920 x 1080?
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October 16, 2011 4:51:27 AM

No need to order thermal compound, Cooler Master cpu h/s come with excellent thermal compound.

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... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <---- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge and the new generation vid cards
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October 16, 2011 4:14:55 PM

Did not know that Cooler Master Heat Sinks come with Thermal Paste. As for the Asrock Motherboard, how is their company? Have not read much about it, seeing a good amount of Asus and Gigabyte though. If it's a solid motherboard and has nice support from their company, plus upgrade capabilities, I may try it out. The Corsair PSU, the TX850, is it half modular? Not sure entirely was trying to look up reviews about it.
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October 16, 2011 6:47:52 PM

PaperDesperado said:
Did not know that Cooler Master Heat Sinks come with Thermal Paste. As for the Asrock Motherboard, how is their company? Have not read much about it, seeing a good amount of Asus and Gigabyte though. If it's a solid motherboard and has nice support from their company, plus upgrade capabilities, I may try it out. The Corsair PSU, the TX850, is it half modular? Not sure entirely was trying to look up reviews about it.

Asrock boards are solid. They were teamed up with Asus for years and were known for their budget boards until they split ways over a year ago and started making a play for higher end boards. They are #3 atm behind Asus and Gigabyte in sales on boards and gaining fast.

That psu is fairly new on the market, it's manufactured by Seasonic as are most Corsair psu's and it's solid. The only cables that are hard wired into that psu are ones that you will need.
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October 17, 2011 2:27:58 AM

Only thing I see is get the Hyper 212 Evo, instead of the plus.
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October 17, 2011 5:23:42 PM

Most likely will get the Hyper 212 Evo, is everything else upgradeable? Anyone k now about the Asrock board mentioned earlier? About the sockets for the 775 and 1155 cooler retention plates. They are really really close together. Seems one tight squeeze and it will snap.
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October 18, 2011 5:29:34 PM

I would check with the mfg for the cooler as the clips and adaptors for 1155 mobo is NOT the same as 1156, so if you want to be certain you get a proper fir for the cpu cooler, make sure you get the right connectors for your mobo
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October 18, 2011 11:05:47 PM

PaperDesperado said:
What exactly does MFG mean?

mfg = manufacturer
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