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October 21, 2011 10:32:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: the next 14-21 days


Budget Range: 1500 more if its worth it


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home, surfing, gaming. Its Dad's computer so its gotta be versatile but I want to play Skyrim and Diablo 3


Parts Not Required: I will get keyboard, mouse, OS, and new monitor afterwards so do not include in build specs


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and NewEgg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel Asus and otherwise known names.


Overclocking: While I know what overclocking is I have never done it. While not interested in stretching the components to far I would be interested in pushing some.


SLI or Crossfire: At this time NO


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200. I have my eye on a 24" monitor.


Additional Comments: Quiet, good airflow, some type of dust control. I would like this computer to have a long life. I generally get 4-5 years out of a PC. I understand that may not be possible for gaming down the line but I would like it to still be a usable home computer. Saying that some of my components might be overkill.

Parts were taken from research on this site mostly.

Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXSA/ref=ox_sc_a...

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE LGA 1155
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QF0VDG/ref=ox_sc_a...

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KZHRAM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JH7MIO/ref=ox_sc_a...

Antec CP-850 850 Watt CPX Power Supply Unit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RTPLWK/ref=ox_sc_a...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Mode
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-3-5-...

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1300

Those are my parts so far. Some things I want to know include: No soundcard? Is that just a thing of the past or is integrated good enough? Any thoughts on wireless networking card? I am also strongly looking at going to 2tb on the hard drive just because of all the family stuff. Would you put an SSD in this build? Final thought about CPU and motherboard install if I have done just about everything else with a pc from RAM to video cards and HDD's should putting the cpu in be a huge leap?

Thanks in advance.
October 22, 2011 12:27:51 AM

Go drop to the i5-2500k. The i7-2600k is as good as the i5-2500k when it comes to gaming.

Get a z68 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is one of the best for the price. Upgradable to Ivy Bridge.

Go with a 500w PSU
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

I doubt you'd be go SLI since the cards that are coming out next year are supposed to be twice as better.

Get a samsung spinpoint f3 HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Never get a green drive as your boot drive.
October 22, 2011 12:33:08 AM

$1500 is alot... you can get some parts down here...

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K $220

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $60

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $28 after MIR

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X Model GH24NS70 - $19

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB - $140

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-128M2S 2.5" 128GB - $220

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W - $90 after MIR

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SPARKLE SXX5701280D5NM GeForce GTX 570 - $315 after MIR

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White - $125


total: $1342 after MIR excluding shipping
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