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October 19, 2011 4:23:09 PM

Purchase Date: Before 2012

Budget: 1400 max, hoping to keep around 1000

Gaming system

Not Required: Monitor, OS

Websites: anything but I mostly use newegg

United States

Preferences: SLI and full tower case

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI/Crossfire: Yes

Monitor: 1920x1080

Additional: I would love to have a quiet PC

So far I was thinking:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


but besides that I'm not sure what direction I want to go video card wise....

More about : 1000 1400 build

October 19, 2011 4:47:26 PM

HAF 932 is still a full tower case, and $40 less. $140

MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580 $475

i5 2500k $205

Asrock ATX h67 $130

Corsair HX750 $135

GSkill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4) $50

Crucial M4 128GB SSD $195

Hitachi 2TB 7200rpm 32Mb cache HDD $100

LiteON CD/DVD Burner $21

TOTAL: $1,360 appr. with shipping.
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October 19, 2011 5:24:43 PM

casualbuilder said:
HAF 932 is still a full tower case, and $40 less. $140

MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580 $475

i5 2500k $205

Asrock ATX h67 $130

Corsair HX750 $135

GSkill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4) $50

Crucial M4 128GB SSD $195

Hitachi 2TB 7200rpm 32Mb cache HDD $100

LiteON CD/DVD Burner $21

TOTAL: $1,360 appr. with shipping.


I was thinking of going that way with the CPU... Is there a real need for an SSD? Will it make my gaming experience that much different? Also I was in between some other Vid cards let me know what you think about these:

2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or 1x, eventually add another vid card (this is more of a budget option):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 19, 2011 5:37:03 PM

Always get the best card you can afford with your budget at first, you can add on later. The SSD is a great addition, and is very energy efficient, and future proof for now. I highly recommend it for your OS, most used games, and most used apps. Any media, documents, or personal items you dont bring up much and are just storing i would put on a normal HDD. they are cheaper and much larger. The GTX580 will be better for performance than any 6xxx card. People will argue, but benches dont lie. nVidia is recommended over AMD/ATI for a reason. That particular card is #1 for GTX580's too. A second one in a year or 2 will only add to your pleasure, but i would highly recommend getting a monitor that can take full advantage of that in the near future before adding a 2nd gpu. That 2TB HDD is solely for storage...save everything on your SSD, then transfer over what you dont want taking up space.

Only other thing i would recommend is that if you already have a disc drive, use the money saved and left over in your budget for a Thermaltake Frio 0575, or put a Hyper 212+ EVO on your cpu. Better cooling and massive OC potential (possibly 5.0GHz with the Thermaltake).
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October 19, 2011 5:41:50 PM

alright sounds good...

I have a bluray drive but I don't remember what it is as it isn't with me currently...

now if I wanted to take this build down towards $1000, what should I do? I just want to see the options I have available
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October 19, 2011 5:46:59 PM

how much storage do you NEED?

Cooler Master HAF 922: $90

Crucial M4 64GB SSD: $110

WD 500GB HDD: $40

MSI Twin Frozr III GTX570: $370

New Total is $1,050 appr. with tax/s&h
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October 19, 2011 5:52:13 PM

I think that's better but I'll keep the original vid card and case, I want a full tower because I like the extra room for my giant hands
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October 19, 2011 5:54:36 PM

Don't get the 2500K CPU if you are going with an H67 mobo: you can't OC the 2500K with a H67. You need a P67 or a Z68 mobo if you want to OC.

Alternatives: if you want to OC the CPU and don't do video encoding get the P67; if you don't want to OC the CPU and just want basic SLI get the H67; if you want to OC the CPU and SLI get the Z68.

I would not get a small SSD (anything under 120 GB). While it is true that the Z68 can use a SSD for caching you are better off buying a larger SSD and running your boot OS from the SSD.
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October 19, 2011 6:08:40 PM

I'd say go for the newer Z68. There aren't any major differences between P67 and Z68 besides SSD cacheing and integrated graphics. For gaming, you get get the P67 and it's cheaper. Plus, you can still SLI with P67. That's why I went with the P67. If you go ASUS, get the PRO version to SLI. I wasn't planning to so I went with the standard. However if your budget allows it, go Z68.

I'd say stick with the 128GB SSD for OS and games, and depending on your other storage need, 1TB drive should be fine. Samsung, WD, or Seagate. Depends on your preference.
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October 19, 2011 7:02:58 PM

ok what monitors should I be looking at? I have one but I'd say it doesn't have much time left on it...
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