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November 4, 2011 3:33:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early-Mid December

Budget Range: US$1300 - $1500 (Parts are a little higher priced here)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mainly BF3 for now) > surfing the net

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: Singapore

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: May SLI in the future (check comments)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will be using newegg links for referencing but will be buying the parts from local stores. This is going to be my first build.
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Mobo:
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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 BX80623I52500K

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

HDD:
Will be getting 2 of the cheapest 1TB Drive in the store (any specs to look out for?)

GPU:
ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

DVD:
Getting the cheapest DVD-RW Drive at the store.

Sound Card:
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card


PSU:
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Casing:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

More Comments: I’m unsure about the power supply. Also, in the future, will adding another ENGTX570 to SLI be better than upgrading to a new GPU? I will be sticking to using one monitor.

Well this is the build I’m looking at. Any opinions, advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. And if there are any issues compatibility-wise (I hope not) or parts not being able to fit, do tell! :) 

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November 4, 2011 3:36:44 PM

HDD get the Seagate Barracuda (check amazon and buy immediatly its the cheapest around)

You dont need a sound card regular speakers will do

any CD/DVD for $20 is good enough

November 4, 2011 4:11:15 PM

Emelth said:
HDD get the Seagate Barracuda (check amazon and buy immediatly its the cheapest around)

You dont need a sound card regular speakers will do

any CD/DVD for $20 is good enough


I will be avoiding online stores but will check the HDD you suggested at the store when I can. As for the sound card, I am undecided on whether to get it or not. Is the improvement worth the cost?
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November 4, 2011 4:16:18 PM

its not worth it unless your making music beats IMO and most of the people here will say you dont need it
November 4, 2011 4:19:18 PM

Emelth said:
its not worth it unless your making music beats IMO and most of the people here will say you dont need it

Alrighty. Won't be getting the sound card then :)  Thanks for the advice.
November 4, 2011 4:21:44 PM

No problem, anything else?
November 4, 2011 4:33:46 PM

Just the queries I have left in the first post. Will the power supply be good for the build? And will two SLI-ed ENGTX570s beat a single GPU (higher-end) upgrade in terms of frames per second when I upgrade my graphics in the future?
November 4, 2011 4:40:49 PM

PSU is good but if oyu want to go SLI go for an 800 just incase, also get the Hyper 212+ for CPU cooling. Besides that yes it will last longer with an SLI
November 4, 2011 4:53:14 PM

Alright. Will get the 800W PSU instead of the 700W. Is the CPU cooler necessary? I have read that the stock fan will be fine unless overclocking, which I don't intend to do.
November 4, 2011 4:56:27 PM

yeah you dont need it then
November 4, 2011 4:59:35 PM

Okay! Appreciate the help Emelth! Cleared all my questions about my build. Thanks.
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