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November 12, 2011 12:49:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: December-February

Budget Range: $1000-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Gaming, Surfing the net, Watching movies & tv shows

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers... Just need the Tower!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: in 2 months or so

SLI or Crossfire: No, i will never SLI/CFX, when need upgrade i will only get 1 GPU

Monitor Resolution: 1680, upgrading soon to 1920 by 1080

Additional Comments: I want the best for the money!!

Here is what i have so far

i5 2500k- $215 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock extreme3 gen3- $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Gtx 580- $500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Veng 8GB LP- $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650D- $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap Cd/dvd burner- $20

a $70 1tb hard drive from my local store!! thanks alot guys tell me what you think :p 

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November 12, 2011 12:59:13 AM

Looks pretty good. If you're only going to get 1 GPU, then it will never be the "best for the money" you should just get 2x6950 or 2x560 Ti from the start since that's roughly 30% better than a single 580 for the same price. As for the PSU I suggest something like the OCZ ZS 750 or the Antec HCG 750. Even the Lepa 850 is good.
November 12, 2011 1:09:56 AM

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $180.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $140.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $115.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $105.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1221.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)
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November 12, 2011 1:27:24 AM

Wassup.. well i was supposed to get a seasonic X750 modular how is that one?? and i really want the obsidian 650d is there anyway i can just get that one... and u guys dont suggest, a single 580? thanks
November 12, 2011 1:31:07 AM

Just get the OCZ ZS 750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this LEPA 850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Equivalent performance (in cases more power) and cheaper.

Get the 650D if you want, though it's hardly worth the cost. I'd suggest the Corsair 500R if you want best bang for the buck cases but still look nice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the 580, yes I don't suggest it at all. I suggest, for the best bang for the buck, go with SLI 560 Ti or CF 6950. Gives you more performance for practically the same cost.
November 12, 2011 1:46:54 AM

Alrighty, is this looking okay

i5 2500k
evga gtx 580 or... SLI GTX 560 ti
OCZ ZS 750
asrock extreme3 gen3
corsair obsidian 650d
corsair vengeance 8gb lp
asus cd/dvd burner
1tb hdd (seagate from my local store $70)

if i need to i can sli gtx 580s down the road.. easily so whats the suggestion..
November 12, 2011 2:05:59 AM

Guys im sosososososo sorry but i added it all up and i didint realize thats its like $1350.. im going with one evga gtx 570 so sorry for your time guys!
November 12, 2011 2:07:59 AM

This is my FINALIZED BUILD!!

I5 2500K
ASrock Extreme3 Gen3
EVGA Gtx 570
Seasonic X750 Modular
Corsair vengeance 8GB Low-Profile
Asus CD/dvd Burner
Corsair Obsidian 650D
1TB seagate barracuda ($70 from my local store 10 mins away)

Guys i thank you alot.. This forum has been helpful.. i will get a second gtx 570.. later on
November 12, 2011 2:41:48 AM

Overkill your PSU. Get 800W or so, I know you don't need it. But you might in the future decide to SLI/Crossfire. You'd be surprised at how many people change their mind.
November 12, 2011 12:58:40 PM

Guys i think i wanna shoot myself! i am such an idiot you dont even have to post back. I calculated AGAIN! and i can get a GTX 580... i read around and its much better to have a high-end single gpu and two! So yeah i think ill finalize for sure

I5 2500K
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3
EVGA Gtx 580
OCZ ZS 750w
Corsair Veangeance 8GB Low-Profile
Corsair obsidian 650D
Asus CD/DVD Burner
1TB HDD (From my local store for $70)
November 12, 2011 1:30:04 PM

Also guys. What about the Sandy Bridge-E that are coming out Nov 14. Or Ivy Bridge? should i wait or go with sandy bridge noww.
November 12, 2011 2:06:00 PM

Corsair A70 for cooling
November 12, 2011 3:28:26 PM

aznshinobi said:
The A70 is worse than the Hyper 212 Evo.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hy...

As for ivy bridge not even worth at all specially not gaming. Just stay with your i5 2500k its fine for gaming and will give you similarp performance.


No it really isn't. A hardware test with different testing conditions? Come on.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/10/21/corsair_a70_h...
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3568/corsair_air_serie...

reviews from solid sites that know what their doing, not CM fanboys. The CM Hyper 212 plus and evo have a mere 1 degree difference on load. How can they even compare to the decent heatsinks and even more so, go against Corsair that offers top notch shin etsu compound, 2 fans, 2 decelerators, solid mounting system and decent acustics?
Difference between A70 and CM 212 is 5 degrees and 7$ (taken into account you use all the useless junk in the CM box and not swap out with elite noctua products and give it a boost of an air conditioning tube blowing through it)
November 12, 2011 3:53:41 PM

If you plan on purchasing this now that looks like a nice setup but if you purchase can wait until cyber Monday/ black Friday you should be able to get some better deals either lowering your price or allowing you to put in some better components.
November 12, 2011 8:41:45 PM

From your review I can draw that the A70 is louder by about 15 dBA which is quite a lot. Also how do you know the other coolers were not tested under different circumstances and just listed?

But enough of that, Assuming that they are all tested under the same circumstances (All of your reviews), the A70 only gets 1* cooler than the Hyper 212+ (Not the Evo) and with the Evo itself gets about 1-3* C lower than the Hyper 212+ depending on overclock or not.
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinksfa...

If you're using the excuse of 2 fans then the Hyper 212 Evo at a lower price gets lower temps with one fan. The cost differential between the A70 and the Hyper 212 Evo is enough to buy Shin-etsu for only $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

November 13, 2011 8:17:36 AM

aznshinobi said:
From your review I can draw that the A70 is louder by about 15 dBA which is quite a lot. Also how do you know the other coolers were not tested under different circumstances and just listed?

But enough of that, Assuming that they are all tested under the same circumstances (All of your reviews), the A70 only gets 1* cooler than the Hyper 212+ (Not the Evo) and with the Evo itself gets about 1-3* C lower than the Hyper 212+ depending on overclock or not.
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinksfa...

If you're using the excuse of 2 fans then the Hyper 212 Evo at a lower price gets lower temps with one fan. The cost differential between the A70 and the Hyper 212 Evo is enough to buy Shin-etsu for only $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Are you comparing idle temps? Both of the tests state that they have been conducted on same systems and same room temps. On HardOCP they place the A70 near the amazing and pricey Venomous X which is no match for the 212 and if you look at tweaktown review the cooling comparison is 5 degrees lower than the 212. I have read and read reviews, talked to people and i had doubts same as you do. I am not trying to fire up a fanboy debate here, it is solid facts. If money isn't an issue i would suggest Xigmatek Aegir that offers the best of both acustic and cooling worlds with just one fan. But we are talking budget and as a whole A70 wipes the floor with CM 212's face.
If noise is your problem, on load hyper 212 is louder. We are not talking specs on boxes here, real life 3db lower. The A70 offers 2 decelerator diodes that will bring it's cooling performance a mere 2C higher, still beating the 212 evo on full throttle and it will be silent! (Check here A70 on high/low http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1389/6/ .) So what do you have? Whisper quiet, better cooling + all the rest of the benefits for the same price of the CM 212+thermal paste. Quality/Performance/Budget, i still don't understand how all this doesn't convince you.
November 13, 2011 5:37:12 PM

Lol woops I was looking at DBA on the Tweaktown review that's mainly why I thought what I though. A70 wins. I'm bias towards Cooler Master because I like what they've done (cases, PSUs, and cooolers) but also because I don't really like Corsair since most of their coolers are terrible for the buck.
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