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November 9, 2011 4:22:20 PM

This is my first time building a enthusist computer. I $1000 max to spend including rebates and would appreciate help from anyone with helpful input. Please no bad comments, only helpful advise. I also am
preparing to build this computer for future use and i can stay ahead of the products by trying to purchase a motherboard with 2 16x pciE slot so later all I have to do is upgrade my PSU. Yes, PSU is the best i could find for the price but I hope maybe Some one can link me to a better deal to support sli later on.

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*Will these parts work well together.
*Are these parts the best prices for the most performance.(you may link me if you find useful)
*Do you know of more parts that are better for future.
*Do you know of a better deal of a power supply so i dont have to buy another one later when i upgrade.
*Will my PSU support All my Power consumptions for this build.
*Most importantly can you link my to better parts (weould prefer to stick with newegg, amazon, tigerdirect etc but not nessasary if you have a legitimate seller.
and lastly will these part work well togather and are they the best for the price?
*Since black friday and xmas is coming up, which is better to buy black friday or day after xmas, and does anyone know what sales the online stores will have (amazon, newegg and tigerdirect.) Also if you can point me to the best deals and coupons and how to get the cheapest sales that would be amazing




$40-OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$220-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

$115-MSI P67A-GD53 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel P67 Express, DDR3 2133MHz (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, CrossFire/SLI Ready, USB 3.0

$45-G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

$141-EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR

$42-800 Watt 800W 120mm Fan ATX Power Supply 12V 2.3 EPS12V 2.92 SLI-ready PCI-Express SATA
20/24 PIN Intel AMD by KenTek

$56-Raidmax Skyline Case - Red



Edited Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edited Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-0...

Solid State Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500-Socket-LGA1155-Proc...

Edited Case http://www.xoxide.com/raidmax-skyline-case.html

Edited PSU http://www.amazon.com/Supply-EPS12V-SLI-ready-PCI-Expre...




Any and all advise and unput would be helpful. thank you

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November 9, 2011 5:25:44 PM

do you already have an OS, keyboard, mouse and monitor? that graphics card-cpu pair is very unbalanced. a 30gb ssd is so small you will barely be able to fit anything at all on it after you install windows 7. i would either find a way to include a 60gb or bigger ssd or leave it out and upgrade later.

heres what i would recomend:
dvd burner:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$18.99

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

gpc card (6950 2gb): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$265

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$100

memory (2x2gb): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

asrock z68 cf/sli ready mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $125

i5 2500k- $220


120gb ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170

total: $1000 before rebates

you can unlock/flash 6950 to 6970
toss in an aftermarket heatsink if you plan to OC
You will want a mechanical HD for storage also but prices went crazy in the last two weeks due to flooding in thailand affecting supply.
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November 9, 2011 8:15:53 PM

I agree with above. You definitely do not want the PSU originally chosen. That is way too cheap for 800W. Get it from a name brand company and don't go cheap because you don't want to screw your computer up when you turn it on.
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November 9, 2011 9:07:59 PM

roblaw42 said:
I agree with above. You definitely do not want the PSU originally chosen. That is way too cheap for 800W. Get it from a name brand company and don't go cheap because you don't want to screw your computer up when you turn it on.


I completely agree - do not buy a no name PSU. That's one area of the PC where I absolutely will recommend going with a name brand every time. Get a Corsair HX850 or a Seasonic X850 gold if you want to get an 850 Watt. Otherwise try the PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII series.

I don't really like RAIDMAX cases either - we buy a lot of them where I work (and I've complained about this) - but the cases are very cheaply made, are not properly ventilated, and likely to fall apart on you after a while. Cooler Master and Antec are far better choices.

And don't get a 30GB SSD - that is a no no. OCZ also isn't the most reliable brand out there. A typical Windows install takes about ~16GB of data, so you're left with less than 9GB free after format. I know HDs are expensive right now but this is one exception where a mechanical drive definitely has an advantage.
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November 9, 2011 10:49:00 PM

ok point made on the case i upgraded to this>

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

also i will upgrade the PSU to this>

http://www.amazon.com/Xion-High-Performance-Watts-Ready...

also i disagree with the ssd hard drive change becuz i dont have much money and would like to keep that drive, the reason being i want to speed of asolid state without the price of $100. Im going with the 30gb because Im only going to install xp or win 7 and the games i play. I have an external hhd thats a 320gb. Im going to use that external for ALL other storage. Based on my situation i think my ssd would be better. Please write and help me choose which is better, maybe link me to a better ssd but not too expensive please. Thank you.


P.S. And what do you mean cpu and graphics card is unbalance???
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November 9, 2011 11:00:59 PM

Case yes. PSU - no. Go with the Corsair Builder Series.

As far as storage goes, why not go with a Seagate Momentus - you get SSD speed and mechanical HD in one. It's a 2.5" drive but Cooler Master gives you at least one adapter that I know of.
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November 9, 2011 11:16:41 PM

I really like the ssd i have becuz im only going to use that for speed and i have a 350gb usb storage disk that i will use for everything else. And i dont understand why not use the psu that i just chose.

Basicly for a psu it has to be 700W minimum and un 40-70 ideally 50 bucks i dont have anymore money than $1000. and i am more concerned about price than expert quality. but i do agree that the last psu was a bit dumb. Im not computer enclined as much as other but i just want a decent quality for the price. So if you can recomend better parts please feel free
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November 9, 2011 11:25:58 PM

almightynsx said:
Im going with the 30gb because Im only going to install xp or win 7 and the games i play.


You will want a bigger drive. A 30 gb might be able to hold win7 or xp but will not hold any games. BF3 for example is about 10 gb and while win7 is about 16 gb, there are other files related to the OS that take up space. You'll want about 64 gb if you want to have OS and a game or 2.
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November 10, 2011 12:00:18 AM

almightynsx said:
I really like the ssd i have becuz im only going to use that for speed and i have a 350gb usb storage disk that i will use for everything else. And i dont understand why not use the psu that i just chose.

Basicly for a psu it has to be 700W minimum and un 40-70 ideally 50 bucks i dont have anymore money than $1000. and i am more concerned about price than expert quality. but i do agree that the last psu was a bit dumb. Im not computer enclined as much as other but i just want a decent quality for the price. So if you can recomend better parts please feel free


Think about this for a minute - you do not want the PSU to fail. If it does, it could have far more severe consequences for your build by going with a cheap PSU than with a quality PSU. You do not want to get a 700 watt PSU for the cost of the one you've chosen. Get a quality PSU and then you're less likely to replace it in the long run if it fails. Read this about choosing the right PSU:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-re...

If you're still convinced that the cheap PSU is right after reading that article, it's your call.

If you're that dead set on getting the 30GB SSD - it's your call, but you will not be able to run anything but Windows. Games and everything else won't install on an external hard drive - they will but they will be very sluggish, and your external HD could turn off by itself, or come unplugged, or that sort of thing.
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November 12, 2011 7:14:22 PM

Best answer selected by almightynsx.
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