Final Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Now-Dec
Budget Range: Subtotal $1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, homeworking, movies/music, multitasking
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Microcenter/Amazon/TigerDirect
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel/nvidia build
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I do plan on having a dual monitor (Two 24inch monitors) set up but that will be put on a separate tab of $400 and will be discussed later.

Final Build:
Cpu: i5 2500k $179 (Microcenter combo)
Cpu Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO (Newegg) $32
Mobo: Asus P8z68-V Pro $149 (Microcenter Combo)
Gpu:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III $370
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) $95
Psu: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular $132
Hdd: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $70 (Already bought)
Ssd: Crucial M4 64GB $115
Cd/Dvd drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20
Case: NZXT Phantom $125
Subtotal $1287

Going to Microcenter to purchase the Mobo+Cpu tomorrow (11/11) and wanted to get some feedback before then.
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  1. It's cool. Are you sure you need 16 GB RAM? Personally I wouldn't buy a SSD smaller than 120 GB.
  2. Get 8gb instead of 16gb of RAM, and put that towards a 120/128gb SSD.
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    It's cool. Are you sure you need 16 GB RAM? Personally I wouldn't buy a SSD smaller than 120 GB.


    I don't need 16gb ram anytime soon. That was for future proofing it. But it's really not needed for awhile. If I decide to get less ram I would go for this
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

    Then use the extra money and get a larger SSD but I don't know of any SSD within that budget that's reliable.

    Edit**
    Found these to be recommended within my budget.

    Corsair Force 3 90 GB SATA III
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HG4SX2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8

    Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA III http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051A8T52/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8
  4. Go for 120gb force 3, it will do fine. If you have problems just update the firmware on it.
  5. Overall performance wise would the Msi Gtx 570 TF III be better or the Evga Superclocked Gtx 570?
  6. MSI TF III has way better cooling than the EVGA one.
  7. I think you want the newer (GEN3)version of that board
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378094

    I'd drop to 8GB of RAM

    $132 is too much money for a 850 watt 2nd tier PSU. The XFX Core Edition gets the same 9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru and its $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011

    I'd bump up to a 120/128 GB SSD.....after 6 months, I think you'll find 64 GB to small.

    Case has no from USB 3 .... This does
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    For an extra $60 you could have 40% more performance than a 580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=560%20Ti%20900Mhz&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
  8. Basically what everyone else said, I'd drop it down to 8gb of ram, MSI Twin Frozr III and the Gigabyte GTX570 OC both have better cooling than the EVGA so overclocking would probably be better on those cards.
    But in terms of performance the EVGA has a slightly higher core clock and memory clock than the MSI (797 vs 770) and (1594 vs 1540), so marginally better performance out of the box.

    Always jealous of American prices for certain components, the NZXT Phantom costs $180 here in Australia -_-
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    I think you want the newer (GEN3)version of that board
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0378094

    Thanks!

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    I'd drop to 8GB of RAM

    Yea you guys are right. 8GB is more reasonable right now.


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    $132 is too much money for a 850 watt 2nd tier PSU. The XFX Core Edition gets the same 9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru and its $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817207011

    Is that a modular psu? I prefer a modular one since I don't want to deal with an excess amount of cables.

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    I'd bump up to a 120/128 GB SSD.....after 6 months, I think you'll find 64 GB to small.

    Yea going for the 120gb

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    Case has no from USB 3 .... This does
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129097

    True but the only problem is I prefer this case over others. Appeals the most to me.

    For an extra $60 you could have 40% more performance than a 580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ageSize=20

    Sli is always a good choice but at the moment I prefer single Gpu. I'm getting a 850w psu now in case I decide to change to Sli in the future.


    Always jealous of American prices for certain components, the NZXT Phantom costs $180 here in Australia -_-

    Oh dang that's some crazy price there.
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