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$800-$1000 Gaming PC, Need Help Please

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October 20, 2011 1:19:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next month. Although I was toying with the idea of waiting until after Black Friday, as I hear Newegg has some fantastic deals afterwards.

Budget Range: $800 - $1000 after rebates, although I would prefer closer to the 800 mark than the thousand. =)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. More specifically SWTOR and Diablo 3. I don't really use my PC for anything else except for school work.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, although I am not opposed to other reliable sites if the deal is significantly better.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I don't really have a major preference, as long as they are well made, reliable, and reasonably priced.

Overclocking: Probably not initially, but most likely in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Not right away, but once again, most likely in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I really just want a PC that can run games (such as the 2 listed above) at max, or at least higher end settings with relative ease. It would also be nice if it ran relatively quiet, since the PC is in the bedroom. My fiance is a relatively deep sleeper, but better safe than sorry, right? =P

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This is what I am currently thinking. This will, however, be my first time building my own rig, so if you folks see anything that could be changed (i.e. cut some costs in one area so as to distribute them in another, or just cut some costs altogether, that would result in an overall performance boost, or at least no loss in performance) by all means, please let me know. Why I'm posting here after all. =D

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($219.99)

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($129.99)

Memory: 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($49.99)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($59.95 - $15 = $44.95)

Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($139.99)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($149.99 - $15 = $134.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($49.99)

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($19.99)

CPU Cooling: I have yet to settle on one, and was wondering if beyond stock was necessary for this build, although I'm assuming it is, as I do plan to Overclock at some point in the future.

Total at the moment comes to $819.88 before mail in rebates, and $789.88 afterwards.

That's all I've got for the time being. Thanks a ton in advance for your help!

- Patrick

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October 20, 2011 1:25:02 AM

You may want to get a z68 motherboard
I'd go for a better card than crossfiring 2 6850s though.
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October 20, 2011 1:33:19 AM

How about something like this so far as the Motherboard is concerned?

ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do you think I should just go with a 6950 and hold off on crossfiring for a bit longer than I had intended?
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October 20, 2011 1:49:36 AM

Awesome, I've replaced both the Motherboard and Power Supply with those that you've suggested. Now I just have to decide on which Video Card I prefer. Thanks a ton for your help! :) 
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October 20, 2011 2:14:17 AM

Good luck! Never get down below a 6950/560ti
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October 20, 2011 2:25:44 AM

Got it! :) 

I've settled on the 560ti, any recommendations so far as brand is concerned? I've been browsing Newegg reading reviews but I really don't even know what I'm looking for when it comes to determining quality. -_- lol. Thanks again!
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October 20, 2011 7:08:52 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072 ($219.99)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($124.99)

Memory: 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.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428 ($49.99)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042 ($59.95 - $15 = $44.95)

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($129.99)

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G 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... ($219.99 - $20 = $199.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148701 ($49.99)

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151243 ($19.99)

CPU Cooling: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($25.99)

Here is what I've settled on, barring any more advice or recommendations of course. :)  Comes to $900.87 before rebates and $865.87 afterwards. What do you guys think? Any other recommendations? Also, any thoughts on as to whether or not I should wait until after Black Friday? Does Newegg really have some fantastic deals afterwards as I've heard they do? Thanks!
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October 24, 2011 12:39:16 AM

Best answer selected by p_lock82.
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