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October 19, 2011 2:23:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around christmas

Budget Range: $1200 at the most

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (skyrim, bf3, crysis), movies, net, maybe vid editing

Parts Not Required: possibly monitor?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: gtx 570. i5-2500k. see below

Overclocking: Yes if i learn how. For sure the cpu. But idk about gpu. Tell me if i should.

SLI or Crossfire: I will definitely add on another gtx 570 in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 I think???? One monitor.

Additional Comments: Hi there! I want to build/buy my first gaming computer! At first I was going to get it from cyberpower around christmas but I have been hearing a lot of bad things about them so I guess I will just go ahead and attempt to build! I have my saved configuration that I was going to get from Cyberpower pc down below. I want to play games like skyrim and add on graphics mods when they come out and crysis 2 with texture packs on a 22" monitor I already have or buy a newer bigger probably or even maybe on my TV. If a monitor can be thrown in there and still keep max performance and price that would be sweet! Maxed out would be great. I will also attempt to overclock. Watercooling or fan doesn't matter too much to me. The Gtx 570 and i5-2500k seem the best for the price for me. The case looks good to me aesthetically. I wanted also to get 8gb ram instead of 4 to be safe. The mobo I have no idea about I just left it on what it was. So if anyone could help me out with links of a complete build such as this or better from newegg parts or something that would be great! I also didn't know about getting SSD or whatever so just choose what you think would be best! I am pretty sure I am capable of putting it together so yeah. My budget is strictly $1200. Less would always be better with very small to no performance lost. Thanks! At the very bottom the pic is of what I have selected from newegg so far. The $$ seems to be adding up fast though. Well if you can suggest what to add on to keep the budget or change a few things and complete the rest that would be splendid. Thanks again!

*BASE_PRICE:[+1179]

CAS:NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+16] (White Color)

CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-100]

CS_FAN:D efault case fans

FAN:Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

HDD:500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-60] (Single Hard Drive)

KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)

MOTHERBOARD:* [CrossFireX] GigaByte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response Tech. & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, mSATA Connector onboard, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

NETWORK:o nboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

POWERSUPPLY:800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+27]

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+86] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

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October 19, 2011 5:01:18 AM

With your resolution I would think about going with a gtx 560ti and 750w psu and if and when you ever decide to replace your monitor, then pick up another gtx 560ti for SLI.

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

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $213.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $25.02 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Interna... $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 - $319.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
October 19, 2011 5:10:48 AM

I was going to post one but then I saw the one above and that pretty much looks like the one I was gonna post so go for it. Its a great build he posted
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October 19, 2011 12:28:42 PM

Alright thanks guys! Hopefully I get enough money soon.
October 19, 2011 12:35:52 PM

Why_Me said:
With your resolution I would think about going with a gtx 560ti and 750w psu and if and when you ever decide to replace your monitor, then pick up another gtx 560ti for SLI.

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

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $213.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $25.02 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Interna... $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 - $319.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack


Oh i have a question. The MSI Twin Frozr seems to be the top rated gtx 570. Is it any different? The one by elitegroup on newegg is much much cheaper especially after rebate and has a great rating too but with less. I think I want that one for the price. And should I overclock the cpu and gpu?
October 19, 2011 1:02:48 PM

Go with the MSI card if you can afford it. It is rated #1 for a reason. MSI Afterburner you can google and download, and OC your GPU. An extra 50Mhz-100Mhz is a safe and very effective OC on that card. Don't mess with voltages.

Your cpu is an easy OC, as you only have to up the multiplier in the BIOS. you should be able to hit 4.2GHz on stock cooling without touching anything, and still run stable.

For your first OC (from what it sounds like), this is probably fool proof for you, until you learn more about it if you choose.
October 19, 2011 1:11:15 PM

Awesome! Sounds simple enough with the help of google and youtube haha. I'll definitely go for the MSI if it's safer!
October 19, 2011 1:18:34 PM

MSI Afterburner is all you need to do for your gpu OC. just lift it inside that MHz range i gave you, and you should not have any problems. As far as the cpu, stay around 4.0GHz, as even on stock cooling, you shouldnt have any issues.

If you are excited, and want to really push your cpu, you will need an aftermarket HSF, which i recommend the Thermaltake Frio 0575. Its a beast, and rated in top 2 for air cooling.

**BEFORE YOU OC, read up on the forums. take advice from people with your exact make and model cpu, and preferably your mobo. do not listen to people who have never OC'd or only have done 1 or 2. They probably dont know enough to really help you. Heat is bad, voltage will kill. never up your voltage unless you are positive it is within your cpu's min-max limit.
October 19, 2011 1:34:44 PM

Oh alrighty then. Okay I don't know if I can afford the MSI so I might have to go with the Elitegroup which is 70 dollars less on newegg. One more question I have is if I SLI the 570 and have an aftermarket heatsink will it fix in the case I have above? The NZXT H2 Classic Silent
October 19, 2011 2:47:58 PM

zachcuden said:
Oh alrighty then. Okay I don't know if I can afford the MSI so I might have to go with the Elitegroup which is 70 dollars less on newegg. One more question I have is if I SLI the 570 and have an aftermarket heatsink will it fix in the case I have above? The NZXT H2 Classic Silent


If you would distribute your money a little better, you can get a good 570 instead of this Elitegroup trash. Trust me, you will want to get good brands on certain items so that you have reliability and good support if it come to it.

Here is my build (we can readjust to fit your needs). I have a keyboard in the list, so you can remove it if you wish. Also, I consider MIR to be negative money, because they come back on prepaid debit cards, so you initial cost will be around $1250, but you will get it under 1200 when it all comes to it.

Case/ PSU/ OS: Cooler Master Storm Scout + Cooler Master RS700 power supply + Windows 7 Home Premium x64
$214.98

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$54.99

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
$147.00 - $20 MIR = $127.00

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB
$329.99 - $10 MIR = $319.99

CPU/ Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500K + CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
$248.98 - $20 MIR = $228.98

Motherboard/ Ram: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$184.98

CD Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
$17.99

Keyboard: RAZER Arctosa
$39.99 + $7.74

Subtotal: $1,238.90
Rebates: $50
Shipping: $7.74 (only the keyboard, looked around for free shipping to help)

Total: $1196.64
October 19, 2011 4:05:30 PM

Alright so my case wouldn't work well with sli and what not? And also is evga 570 better than elitegroup even though elite has a better rating and is cheaper? Oh and is there a non bare hard drve rec?
October 19, 2011 4:08:13 PM

GPU Companies to stay with, and never stray are PNY, EVGA, ASUS, and MSI (their Twin Frozr II or III series only though).
October 19, 2011 4:11:46 PM

Oh ok is the msi worth the extra money
October 19, 2011 4:14:45 PM

MSI's Twin Frozr series are the best GTX570's and GTX580's out there, at least imo. I am running an ASUS GTX560, and thats only cuz i didnt have the extra $90 on me to upgrade. Cy4N is right though, shave some money off of some other things, and you can get the card you will want and love.
October 19, 2011 4:20:59 PM

Alrighty will do! I'll just get it piece by piece. I only got 520 atm so I'll grab the msi and ram or something.
October 19, 2011 4:34:50 PM

Cy4N1d3 said:
If you would distribute your money a little better, you can get a good 570 instead of this Elitegroup trash. Trust me, you will want to get good brands on certain items so that you have reliability and good support if it come to it.

Here is my build (we can readjust to fit your needs). I have a keyboard in the list, so you can remove it if you wish. Also, I consider MIR to be negative money, because they come back on prepaid debit cards, so you initial cost will be around $1250, but you will get it under 1200 when it all comes to it.

Case/ PSU/ OS: Cooler Master Storm Scout + Cooler Master RS700 power supply + Windows 7 Home Premium x64
$214.98

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$54.99

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
$147.00 - $20 MIR = $127.00

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB
$329.99 - $10 MIR = $319.99

CPU/ Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500K + CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
$248.98 - $20 MIR = $228.98

Motherboard/ Ram: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$184.98

CD Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
$17.99

Keyboard: RAZER Arctosa
$39.99 + $7.74

Subtotal: $1,238.90
Rebates: $50
Shipping: $7.74 (only the keyboard, looked around for free shipping to help)

Total: $1196.64


I like what I see except I think the hard,drive is bare and is that enough watts for psu if imma oc and use 2 570 later? And is the fan with the cpu good enough? I also need wondows and stuff but I guess I can scrounge the money somehow
October 19, 2011 4:36:01 PM

Oh right it comes with w7
October 19, 2011 4:51:35 PM

That power supply is terrible...lol. Cooler Master, outside of their Silent PRO series, has mediocre PSU's at best. a HAF 912 will cost you $60, W7 $100, and a PSU from seasonic for $80, runs you $240, and you dont have to worry about pesky RMA's or the psu ruining your system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 19, 2011 5:03:38 PM

casualbuilder said:
That power supply is terrible...lol. Cooler Master, outside of their Silent PRO series, has mediocre PSU's at best. a HAF 912 will cost you $60, W7 $100, and a PSU from seasonic for $80, runs you $240, and you dont have to worry about pesky RMA's or the psu ruining your system.

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


I feel like I need 850w just to be safe when I sli
October 19, 2011 5:04:32 PM

For SLI of those cards, an HX850 is appropriate.
October 19, 2011 5:47:02 PM

zachcuden said:
I like what I see except I think the hard,drive is bare and is that enough watts for psu if imma oc and use 2 570 later? And is the fan with the cpu good enough? I also need wondows and stuff but I guess I can scrounge the money somehow


I am pretty sure that bare drive just means your standard run of the mill desktop internal drive. It is the right part.

I kept with the case I found, just because I found a OS combo that lowered the price a little. If we need to shave off $10 then we can spec in the HAF 912 instead.

Also, what is your zip so I can see the actual shipping values? If you are in the US then I could probably just assume the same price as my own shipping cost (I am building about the same rig atm.)

Case/ DVD Drive: Cooler Master Storm Scout + LG DVD Burner
$93.98 + $.99 shipping

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$54.99

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
$147.00 - $20 MIR = $127.00

CPU/ Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500K + CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
$248.98 - $20 MIR = $228.98

Motherboard/ Ram: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$184.98

Keyboard: RAZER Arctosa
$39.99 + $7.74

2 SATA Data Cables
$1.28

Subtotal: $ 775.30
Shipping: $ $8.70

Total: $784

Now, you still need a PSU & a GPU. I have a couple options here. (Note, to keep under budget these items need to be under $416 including shipping.)

1. You can get whatever GPU you want and the PSU that was recommended earlier.
PSU = $80, leaving $336 for a GPU. You can get a good GPU at this price, though not the Twin Frozr II that was highly recommended (btw, if you don't want to overclock the GPU, then you don't really need the extra cooling).

2. CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W power supply + Gigabyte GTX 570
Cost = $417.98, you get back $55 of rebate. That is a lot of money.

So, either one is pretty good.
October 19, 2011 5:49:05 PM

zachcuden said:
Alrighty will do! I'll just get it piece by piece. I only got 520 atm so I'll grab the msi and ram or something.

At your current resolution (1680 x 1050) I would look at something like this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $446.98 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply
October 19, 2011 5:51:09 PM

With his budget, i like your setup Cy4N. I think that psu is appropriate for now, and if need be, he can upgrade that for when he is ready for his SLI setup. Frankly though, without triple monitor setup, the Twin Frozr II is a beast, and will handle any game at 1080p out there for a single monitor setup.
October 19, 2011 6:58:56 PM

casualbuilder said:
With his budget, i like your setup Cy4N. I think that psu is appropriate for now, and if need be, he can upgrade that for when he is ready for his SLI setup. Frankly though, without triple monitor setup, the Twin Frozr II is a beast, and will handle any game at 1080p out there for a single monitor setup.



Ya, I just noticed he said his approximate purchase date would be around Christmas. The biggest problem is that I specc'ed a couple combo items that most likely will not be available in the current bundle form. So, we can respec when you are going to buy and we will get what is available then. Deals change and such, but prices also drop, meaning that you may be able to get a better video card by that time.

So, either find a way to get it now or come back to respec around christmas.
October 19, 2011 7:59:44 PM

Cy4N1d3 said:
Ya, I just noticed he said his approximate purchase date would be around Christmas. The biggest problem is that I specc'ed a couple combo items that most likely will not be available in the current bundle form. So, we can respec when you are going to buy and we will get what is available then. Deals change and such, but prices also drop, meaning that you may be able to get a better video card by that time.

So, either find a way to get it now or come back to respec around christmas.


Ok so I am probably going to spend $520 today on some parts so what do you recommend I get right now? I was thinking 570 twin frozr and maybe a psu 850w at first but now I'm so lost haha. Cause you guys said the wattage doesn't need to be as high and the graphics card doesn't have to be twin frozr. So yeah. Plus also gpu might come down by christmas so yeah. Oh and if I don't need to spend money on a monitor that $120 could go elsewhere such as raising the wattage to 850 or the gpu to twin frozr or something idk! All I know is i'm set on some type of 570, the i5-2500k, and 8gb ram. I just need to figure out what type of 570, which psu, and uhhh case I guess but that doesn't really matter to me so much as long as it vents well and two cards fits well. Hard drive I will just go with some 500gb or 1 TB like the one of you recommended. Mouse and Keyboard I'll just grab whatever like one of the above links. Mobo I don't even know about. So probably the mobo + ram I'll just get in that link cy4n put. Same with the i5 + cooler. I guess I'll get cpu,ram,mobo,cooler,hdd today. Then get the case, gpu, psu, w7, dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, and monitor if needed more around christmas.
October 19, 2011 8:25:52 PM

zachcuden said:
Ok so I am probably going to spend $520 today on some parts so what do you recommend I get right now? I was thinking 570 twin frozr and maybe a psu 850w at first but now I'm so lost haha. Cause you guys said the wattage doesn't need to be as high and the graphics card doesn't have to be twin frozr. So yeah. Plus also gpu might come down by christmas so yeah. Oh and if I don't need to spend money on a monitor that $120 could go elsewhere such as raising the wattage to 850 or the gpu to twin frozr or something idk! All I know is i'm set on some type of 570, the i5-2500k, and 8gb ram. I just need to figure out what type of 570, which psu, and uhhh case I guess but that doesn't really matter to me so much as long as it vents well and two cards fits well. Hard drive I will just go with some 500gb or 1 TB like the one of you recommended. Mouse and Keyboard I'll just grab whatever like one of the above links. Mobo I don't even know about. So probably the mobo + ram I'll just get in that link cy4n put. Same with the i5 + cooler. I guess I'll get cpu,ram,mobo,cooler,hdd today. Then get the case, gpu, psu, w7, dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, and monitor if needed more around christmas.


Okay, I will continue down that road in just a couple posts.

Question, why are you buying some parts now? Do you have some money on hand and such and just want to get some of them shipped to your house? Because if you don't have the full build, then wait til you got the money to complete a build so you don't lock yourself down a path you may not want to go.
October 19, 2011 8:44:32 PM

Cy4N1d3 said:
Okay, I will continue down that road in just a couple posts.

Question, why are you buying some parts now? Do you have some money on hand and such and just want to get some of them shipped to your house? Because if you don't have the full build, then wait til you got the money to complete a build so you don't lock yourself down a path you may not want to go.

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October 19, 2011 8:53:46 PM
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Okay, the build that I have hatched. By you not wanting a monitor, we freed up some money for the GPU/ PSU. If you want a nice mouse, we can throw one in at the end for $40.

Newegg.com items:
CPU/ CPU Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500k + Corsair Cafa70
$252.98 - $20 mail in Rebate = $232.98

Motherboard/ Ram: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
$184.98

GPU/ PSU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III + CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 + Batman Arkham City Game Coupon
$459.98 - $15 mail in rebates

Case/ Optical: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout + LG DVD Burner
$93.98

Keyboard: RAZER Arctosa
$39.99

Amazon.com items:

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
$54.99

Misc: SATA Data Cable (2pk.) (I think your hard drive and optical drive will need Sata cables, don't know if they come with the hardware.)
$1.28

THE MONEY IS HERE!

Newegg:
Subtotal: $1,031.91
Rebates: $35
Shipping: $15.25 (assuming you live in the US)

Total: $1047.16 (initial cost) $1012.16 (after rebate)

Amazon:
Subtotal: $56.27
Rebate: None
Shipping: Free (If in US)

Total: $56.27

TOTAL = $1103.43 (before rebates) $1068.43 (after rebates)

Hmm... Maybe I can find somewhere to spend $130 of money to make your rig even cooler... Do you want a Blu-Ray player? Or maybe a bigger monitor?
October 19, 2011 9:02:04 PM

Cy4N1d3 said:
Okay, the build that I have hatched. By you not wanting a monitor, we freed up some money for the GPU/ PSU. If you want a nice mouse, we can throw one in at the end for $40.

Newegg.com items:
CPU/ CPU Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500k + Corsair Cafa70
$252.98 - $20 mail in Rebate = $232.98

Motherboard/ Ram: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
$184.98

GPU/ PSU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III + CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 + Batman Arkham City Game Coupon
$459.98 - $15 mail in rebates

Case/ Optical: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout + LG DVD Burner
$93.98

Keyboard: RAZER Arctosa
$39.99

Amazon.com items:

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
$54.99

Misc: SATA Data Cable (2pk.) (I think your hard drive and optical drive will need Sata cables, don't know if they come with the hardware.)
$1.28

THE MONEY IS HERE!

Newegg:
Subtotal: $1,031.91
Rebates: $35
Shipping: $15.25 (assuming you live in the US)

Total: $1047.16 (initial cost) $1012.16 (after rebate)

Amazon:
Subtotal: $56.27
Rebate: None
Shipping: Free (If in US)

Total: $56.27

TOTAL = $1103.43 (before rebates) $1068.43 (after rebates)

Hmm... Maybe I can find somewhere to spend $130 of money to make your rig even cooler... Do you want a Blu-Ray player? Or maybe a bigger monitor?

Wow this looks really good. Uhh not blue ray but big monitor is always nice. Umm ive though about watercooling but im scared its dangerous, harder to build with, and more expensive. Uhh maybe a sound card or something idk haha. oh and I just wanted to get the things now because im afraid prices may change or something go out of stock. Plus im impatient and just want something physical to have haha. Oh and I can probably just pick up the keyboard from best buy or whatever. I might even have a spare one somewhere

And I still really like this case for whatever reason. With the extra money could I get this case and a seperate dvd burner? Or is this case to tight or hard to work with or bad air flow?

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

Or maybe this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And i really wanna get that gpu + psu + arkham city combo today haha. just cause.
October 20, 2011 1:53:41 AM

Or should I just wait til after christmas to get everything at once? Is that when prices are cheapest? I'm just afraid the bundles are gonna be no more or things will be gone.
October 20, 2011 4:53:43 AM

zachcuden said:
Wow this looks really good. Uhh not blue ray but big monitor is always nice. Umm ive though about watercooling but im scared its dangerous, harder to build with, and more expensive. Uhh maybe a sound card or something idk haha. oh and I just wanted to get the things now because im afraid prices may change or something go out of stock. Plus im impatient and just want something physical to have haha. Oh and I can probably just pick up the keyboard from best buy or whatever. I might even have a spare one somewhere

And I still really like this case for whatever reason. With the extra money could I get this case and a seperate dvd burner? Or is this case to tight or hard to work with or bad air flow?

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

Or maybe this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And i really wanna get that gpu + psu + arkham city combo today haha. just cause.


Yeah, if you want either one you can get them within budget. However, maybe you want to look at this?
NZXT Phantom White + Black
or my second favorite color (many more available) NZXT Phantom Red + Black

The review... http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/nzxt_phantom_r...

Also, the Batman Arkham City coupon is for the PC version (of course), which doesn't come out until mid of november anyway. However, I don't know if you will still get the coupon as we get closer, the deal may change. But don't feel rushed, there is always incentives to buy amazing hardware.

zachcuden said:
Or should I just wait til after christmas to get everything at once? Is that when prices are cheapest? I'm just afraid the bundles are gonna be no more or things will be gone.


Well, prices aren't going to go up and down radically. I know that ram prices have been at extremely low prices for the last couple years, and hard drives are cheap right now too. However, hard drives will increase in price because of recent flooding in Asia around the factories.

But you shouldn't worry about that. I would wait until you can get a full build, so that if something amazing comes up, then you can get it and not regret buying something else. If you get the money to buy the rig while these combo links still work, then get it. If not, then just come back and we will spec something else amazing.
October 20, 2011 10:23:42 AM

Frankly, i would wait until Black Friday. you will see you best price wars then, and usually at least SOME combo deals on websites or price drops on items they need to get rid of for new products coming in (if not in already). Save for now, and you may be able to get better items for a little less.
October 20, 2011 12:42:30 PM

casualbuilder said:
Frankly, i would wait until Black Friday. you will see you best price wars then, and usually at least SOME combo deals on websites or price drops on items they need to get rid of for new products coming in (if not in already). Save for now, and you may be able to get better items for a little less.


Oh i see. But also, someone else said the new gen stuff come out early december so should i wait til after then too or naw?
October 20, 2011 12:53:05 PM

I wouldnt be surprised if intel waited until december to release, but my mind tells me that they will have their new Ivy Bridge out by Black Friday. late Q4 is suggested release time. It will be a 77W tdp quad core, and should have that 10%-20% performance upgrade. Might be worth it if the price is right.

on avg, a 15% performance gain is expected, so i wouldn't pay any more than $250 for the new i5 35xxk for that increase.
October 20, 2011 5:05:52 PM

Ohh mmkay so I'll keep cy4ns build, but with a dif case, in mind. Then I'll wait til black friday or after christmas to see what happens and come back with a new thread to respec. Hopefully by the time I get have money for my second 570 they aren't all gone or something. Oh and that phantom case looks good. Should I wait to get that too? Also the review says a frontfan is needed..can I get a link for that?
October 20, 2011 5:18:36 PM

Only thing i would suggest is getting a good GTX560, and OC it heavy. A lot of benches i have seen shows the GTX560 is basically the same card as the GTX570 with both OC'd at their max. This would save you a good penny, probably around $100. However, that being said, the combo Cy4N shows is a great deal if you decide to go with the GTX570.
October 20, 2011 5:36:55 PM

zachcuden said:
Oh i see. But also, someone else said the new gen stuff come out early december so should i wait til after then too or naw?


zachcuden said:
Ohh mmkay so I'll keep cy4ns build, but with a dif case, in mind. Then I'll wait til black friday or after christmas to see what happens and come back with a new thread to respec. Hopefully by the time I get have money for my second 570 they aren't all gone or something. Oh and that phantom case looks good. Should I wait to get that too? Also the review says a frontfan is needed..can I get a link for that?


The general rule about upgrading is... It is time to upgrade when your current rig is no longer fast enough to do what you want.

I think you have reached this point. If you are waiting for your money to come together, then that is fine. You will always get a good deal on a PC build if you want to look hard enough. Just come back when you have the money and prepare for an amazing deal.

Also, your link for a front fan would be something like this

Oh, and the new Ivy Bridge processors might have slipped into next year due to the bug in early Sandy Bridge motherboards that hurt sales at first, so now huge pc vendors have a lot of them on stock.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/intels_ivy_bridge...
October 20, 2011 5:41:18 PM

WoW! huge disappointment. well, i guess ill have to wait. As for prices, basically you are right. ifyou look hard enough, you will always find a good deal, no matter what time of year. Typically though, Black Friday brings about some really good buys. Skyrim releases 11/11/2011, so if you really can't wait, there is no reason to. Happy building, as i think you have a full picture!
October 20, 2011 7:49:19 PM

Alright cool! I will have this thread as solved and will open up a new one right before I make my purchase if something comes up. thanks guys!
October 21, 2011 10:28:14 AM

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