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November 13, 2011 3:42:48 AM

Hey guys - I'm sorry for asking a question that I'm sure has been asked a million times before but I did search around and couldn't exactly find all the answers I was looking for so I just figured I'd post.

I'm looking to buy a prebuilt comp for about 1000 bucks for gaming. I wanna play games like SCII, skyrim, diablo III on ultra-settings.

I was considering buying from cyberpower but it looks like alot of people are getting screwed by them so I also need to know a place to buy from. Also I don't know anything about overclocking but I guess i'd be willing to try it (would i need to?) so i guess that factors in too.

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help!

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November 13, 2011 12:36:29 PM

I guess I'll post what I think I'll get:


1x COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:RC-692-KKN2 Advanced)

$89.99
1x ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Model:p 8P67 DELUXE (REV3))

$214.99
1x ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Model:ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI)

$244.99
1x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply (Model:CMPSU-750TXV2)

$104.99
1x Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K (Model:BX80623I52500K)

$214.99
1x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 (Model:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)

$54.99
1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

$149.99


total comes out to 999 after rebate....is anything missing here and/or really hard to assemble?
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November 13, 2011 3:18:36 PM

I have no experience with Cyberpower, so I can't comment on that. However, the only thing I would add would be an aftermarket HSF. That will keep the CPU temp low and give you some thermal headroom for overclocking if you go that route in the future.

You might consider a Z68 board as well. Any particular reason you aren't building it yourself?
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November 13, 2011 5:52:06 PM

How about this for gaming.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_2200/
Switch to a case you like I would go this NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Window or this Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Add in case fans Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
switch to ASUS mother board [CrossFireX] Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID,2 3 PCIe Gen2, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 3CI (All Venom OC Certified)
Put on dual cards of [Black November Special] AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card
[Free upgrade from 6770 1GB Video] Major Brand Powered by AMD
and lastly power supply upgrade
800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
This should allow you to run almost any games you want at highest detail on a single monitor.
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November 13, 2011 5:55:39 PM

dleavitt said:
I have no experience with Cyberpower, so I can't comment on that. However, the only thing I would add would be an aftermarket HSF. That will keep the CPU temp low and give you some thermal headroom for overclocking if you go that route in the future.

You might consider a Z68 board as well. Any particular reason you aren't building it yourself?



I've never built a computer before - is it easy? I'd hate to drop a grand and accidentally blow something up or something
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November 13, 2011 6:00:28 PM

Not too easy but.... - if you can put together an IKEA shelf and you follow the guides at Tom's and the user manuals - I bet you'll be fine. Plenty of helpful people here if you get stuck.
-Bruce
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November 13, 2011 6:01:44 PM

It is easy to put together your own computer very easy at that.
I will put together a computer I would buy for a grand from newegg just give me 30 or more minutes.
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November 13, 2011 6:03:18 PM

Ok on that note, should I order these parts (with the Z68 motherboard) from newegg? Am I missing anything?

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November 13, 2011 6:17:03 PM

i5-2500k $220
Asus ROG Maximus $170
8GB 2x4GB 1600MHz Corsair low profile heatspreader $60
Evga 560Ti $200
750w Antec PSU $100
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black $100
Total: $800?

EDIT: If your doing OCing to 5Ghz, get H100 for $110
Total with Cooler: $1000?
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November 13, 2011 6:20:13 PM

Also, for the hard-drive, I was reading reviews that said it can fail or go bad within a year or something? Since when do hard-drives "go bad" what does that even mean? Could I settle for a cheaper hard drive?
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November 13, 2011 6:32:33 PM

Newnoob said:
Also, for the hard-drive, I was reading reviews that said it can fail or go bad within a year or something? Since when do hard-drives "go bad" what does that even mean? Could I settle for a cheaper hard drive?

HDD usually go bad after 3 years, never heard of HDD going bad in a year... HDD can last you at least 3-5 years before it start having errors...
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November 13, 2011 6:53:57 PM

Here it is a Intel i5-2500k based system sporting dual graphic cards. Don't worry about power supply I used this calculator to check http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

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

Cooler & Thermal Paste
Paste- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Case & Power supply combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card Remember the rebate only works on the first one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

CD/DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The price comes to a bit more than you wanted to spend $1,154.68 with shipping but you get $80 back in rebates.
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November 13, 2011 7:38:56 PM

Can anyone else rate the above? I already have an OS so that takes about 100 bucks out of the total making it pretty tempting..
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November 13, 2011 7:39:51 PM

O and is dual graphic cards good? (seriously read my name i know nothing haha)
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November 13, 2011 7:42:06 PM

dual graphics are better than one more expensive card in most cases trust me that is a good set up
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November 13, 2011 7:42:33 PM

I spent the time to check every component
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November 13, 2011 7:44:05 PM

only thing you may want is a blue ray drive
or if there is a case you like the looks of better but that one I chose is good as it is especially how much you save as a combo
also want to get it by tomorrow as some things I chose have coupon codes that help the price.
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November 13, 2011 8:02:41 PM

Andrew - when I said not too easy - remember this is his first - 30 min? I think a first timer that is taking his/her time should be able to easily do it under 3 hours. As for the graphics choice I would suggest a GTX560Ti or a HD6950 if you can swing it for $220-240. If this is too much consider a GTX4601G for $160-190. One good card, in many ways is a better option than 2 in x-fire or SLI. This way you can add another later if you need. It would suck if you need more graphics power down the road and you have to cash in your SLI.
Think about the games you mentioned - all need major GPU power!!!!
-Bruce
.p.s - you may want to go for a z-68 chipset mobo and if you want a decent cooler for a little better price - 212 evo at $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 13, 2011 8:07:16 PM

I meant let me take 30 min to put together the components that I would buy on newegg not actual assembly
my first time was 90 min to build computer
yes if you do go 1 powerful GPU you can upgrade more down the road
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November 13, 2011 9:22:21 PM

Uhh ok u guys are kinda confusing me but what about what I got here? i'm considering pulling the trigger on this am i missing something?

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$99.99
$89.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Item #: N82E16814130604
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$249.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$104.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
Item #: N82E16820233199
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$61.99


ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131792
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$189.99
$179.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
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November 13, 2011 10:33:36 PM

could u recommend a cooler/ CDdVD?
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November 13, 2011 10:43:56 PM

legendkiller said:
GET 2GB OF VRAM IF YOU WANT 60+ FPS!!!!!!!... Any game on a monitor at 1920x1080 or above, get 2GB or higher than 1GB...



Really? It seems like there isn't anything about 1GB for less than like 500 bucks.....
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November 13, 2011 11:02:44 PM

Ok not trying to shun you andrewcarr but the stuff I changed i did so b/c it was either cheaper and/or rated higher on newegg


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$17.99


COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$99.99
$89.99


HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145299
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$99.99


GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125401
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$219.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$104.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
Item #: N82E16820233199
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$61.99


ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131792
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$189.99
$179.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$219.99
$214.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant
$29.99
$25.99


Is anything here like incompatible? like too big for the case or something?
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November 14, 2011 12:11:55 AM

Just bumping this cuz I wanna buy it before the prices change - is anything here incompatible / really stupid?

Thanks for all your help guys - I'll be coming back when I have to put it all together :) 
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November 14, 2011 12:37:13 AM

Ok now I just ran into another (potential) problem - the OS i have is 32-bit. I read that unless you get 64-bit you can't exceed 4gigs of RAM. Also that getting 8Gb on a DDR3 isn't right because it should be intervals of 3? (6, 9, 12gigs etc.)

Any validity to these concerns? SHould i buy a OS?
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November 14, 2011 12:55:47 AM

Alright I threw an OS in there and am buying it all now (with the new power supply and cooler andrew recommended)
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November 14, 2011 1:49:55 AM

ok when you get the parts start another thread with a link to it from here if you need help
congrats on a nice system
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November 16, 2011 4:53:48 PM

Alright everything came today - now I need help putting it all together :D 
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November 17, 2011 1:25:28 AM

Nice please start another thread with a link even pics could help. Good luck with this system should be great.
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