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October 29, 2011 2:32:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time in the next couple of months.

Budget Range: about 720

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, using the internet

Parts Not Required: HDD, SSD, Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter, and there is a microcenter store near me

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: my ideas are basically a 2500k, 180 from microcenter, and a 560ti. I realyl don't know too much about brands for most parts

Overclocking: I'd like to push my 2500k a little, but nothing insane

SLI or Crossfire: In the future I may SLI, but its a most likely not

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I plan on playing arkham city (one reason to get a nvidia card, they come with it), and battlefield three.
One other large concern, and the thing that makes more flexible with price, is that I would like to to be easily upgradable. By this I mean I won't have to buy a new motherboard or PSU or case anytime soon. Mobo compatible with the ivy bridge chips etc etc.

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October 29, 2011 6:15:50 PM

anybody got any ideas?
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October 30, 2011 11:13:56 PM

Did I do something wrong? I'm looking to see if these are good parts and if they'll work together, just to clarify. Does anyone have some input on it or what.
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October 31, 2011 2:37:39 PM

I'm thinking a higher watt psu, but thanks for that case and drive combo, I'll use it. Thanks for your help, I think I will go ahead and start buying some parts.

Edit: sorry, can't use it, my case and PSU deal is too nice to sacrifice.
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October 31, 2011 3:00:59 PM

ok, with 2500K for $180 and mobo for $40 off at Microcenter, you're already on your way to a good start.

I'd suggest a 1 TB HDD (though they are getting frighteningly expnsive due to the flooding in Thailand), and a 90 GB SSD for boot drive

560ti should be fine.

look into the Xigmatek Asgard II B/B case at Newegg, $30 with free shipping

Get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, which comes with its own thermal paste
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October 31, 2011 9:15:53 PM

Heres my case and psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

not getting an hdd until prices go down, and I already have a samsung 64 gig boot ssd. Also SvrewySqril, which motherboard are you referring to, as I have not mentioned one. I was thinking the asrock Extreme 4 gen 3. I do think I will get that coolermaster though, so I can overclock. How much do you think I could overclock and still be stable with that.
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October 31, 2011 11:15:32 PM

That Power supply will put me way out of budget, and my RAM is already picked out. I was thinking about the ripjaws, and then i realized two things. First, ram doesn't get hot do I don't need big heatsinks, and second, many people say that ripjaws get in the way of CPU coolers, one of which I plan to get, so i decided to go with the g.skill sniper ram, which is more low profile. Do I really need a 750 Watt psu for two GTX 560 ti's in SLI? Because I am getting a good deal on a 650 watt PSU and my case. So good that I will jsut ditch the SLI and instead just upgrade my video card to one of the GTX 6XX's coming out in a year or so. well I guess i will do that anyway. Thanks for your input but i guess SLI is a no now that I have thought about it.
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November 1, 2011 5:20:58 AM

Yep. SLI is a no no for low budget builds. Good luck.
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November 1, 2011 12:30:26 PM

the $40 off at microcenter is on almost ever motherboard.
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November 1, 2011 6:43:40 PM

That motherboard looks good, do you know if it will support ivy bridge? also, I know that ripjaws is very good, and is very highly rated, but I have also heard that its large heatsisnks can get in the way of cpu coolers, so I have decided to with g.skill sniper ram, which is more low profile. If I can get 40 off for that motherboard at microcenter it would be great. Thanks a lot for your help guys, I think I might order some stuff from newegg. This stuff:
Rosewill Destroyer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It seems to have good cooling and good reviews

GTX 560 ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheap and well reviewed

Rosewill 650 watt: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cheap, great reviews, and more power than i need, so upgrades are possible

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cheap good reviews

I think I will order those parts,and then the other things I will probably get at microcenter within the month. I may however wait until Christmas and then change my build around, because Illl have more money then, and parts will be better. Hmmm I can't decide.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2011 8:01:57 PM

all current 1155 motherboards will support Ivy Bridge with a bios upgrade.
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November 2, 2011 4:48:55 AM

And extreme3 gen3 supports PCIe 3.0 :) 
If you're somehow short on money,you can also get pro3 gen3 which is cheaper and light...
And i can recommend you get and gtx560(not ti) with 2 coolers and more stable brand/configuration and OC it for your use
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November 2, 2011 7:38:48 PM

I think I will go with the extreme 3 gen3, it looks very good, and is significantly cheaper than the extreme 4. I addition, Instead of dealing with a 560 and overclocking, ive decided to buy an already overclocked gtx560ti at a great price from a good brand. This one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It looks pretty good to me, and very high frequencies. The only problem is I am leaning more and more towards building my rig after Christmas, so all this may be irrelevant. Some reasons for the postpone are: Thailand flooding means higher prices on hdds, ill have more money after Christmas, and prices will go down/ performance up by Christmas. Any reason not to wait, or should I just make a new topic when i am ready to build that one?

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a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2011 10:24:57 PM

generally (barring the Thai flooding and similar short term shortages), prices ALWAYS drop.
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November 2, 2011 11:13:57 PM

I know that, the other reasons are bigger ones (money, thailand)
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November 3, 2011 5:32:33 AM

Waiting is always a good idea...unless you sleep under rock and don't do any research :) 
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