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November 15, 2011 4:05:41 PM

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nN4
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nN4/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.95 @ Office Depot)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.29 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.85 @ Newegg)
Total: $711.03
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-15 13:01 EST-0500)

my budget is $1000 (excluding video card i have a gigabyte 560 ti 1gb)

thanks guys!

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November 15, 2011 4:59:04 PM

If you have $1000 budget and dont need a video card, I would...

Get a better cool, maybe something around $60, check out...
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=262...
That has a decent comparison of a lot of coolers
Better motherboard wont hurt either, something in the $170 price range
Might just get 16GB(4x4GB) of RAM for ~$95
Bump up SSD to Crucial m4 128GB ~$210
Grab a 80 PLUS Certified: Silver or Gold PSU and modular and only like 550 watt, ~$150
Get a BluRay Drive ~$70

or

Just get another 560 ti and do SLI.

In truth your build looks good, the only thing reallly is that you only need like a <600 watt PSU unless you do SLI sometime, then your 750 watt is fine.
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November 15, 2011 4:59:46 PM

thats pretty expensive for cooling :|

is liquid or air better?

i have a coolit freezone on my q9300... love it. i do not know if air is better than liquid. i do not want my room to get all warm because of it.

thanks for your suggestion.
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November 15, 2011 5:06:46 PM

Two part suggestions:

1. The Xigmatek Gaia is *NOT* a good cooler, I had one - it comes with incredibly cheap thermal paste, there's way too many loose parts, the instructions aren't very clear, and the fans included are not that great. Instead I'd recommend the Corsair A70, EVGA M020, or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. There's far better coolers on the market.

2. The HAF 922 is a good choice for case, but I also can't recommend the Corsair Carbide enough. You might want to check out that one.

I also agree with upping the motherboard - try the Z68-UD4, or the Asus P8Z68-V.

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is liquid or air better?


I'm not gonna say one is necessarily better than the other. The thing is there's so many different combinations of fans, heat sinks, coolers, radiators, tubing, and thermal paste that you'll get great success with one cooler, horrible with another. Closed block loops (like the Corsair H100) where there's no maintenance required are a pretty decent investment. You could always go full out and get custom liquid cooling - but that will cost you deeply. Giant air coolers like the Thermalright Silver Arrow or Noctua D14 aren't bad either - but they can be quite cumbersome to deal with - especially if you ever need to change out your RAM.

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i would like to SLI my gtx 560 ti in the future. thanks


Then you'll definitely need at least a 650 - 750 watt PSU. The Corsair TX series is always a safe bet.

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what chipset is the best? i honestly dont know the differences bet. z68, p67 just that the z68 is newer lol.


Biggest differences between P67 and Z68 are that Z68 enables the onboard video found in the lower-end chips like the i3-21xx and i5-24xx series, and Z68 also enables you to setup your SSD as a memory cache for much larger 2 and 3TB hard drives.
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November 15, 2011 5:47:55 PM

thats a great case. I like it.

can't decide between liquid or air cooling because i dont know what its like to have air cooling... i've had the coolit freezone for 3 years now never had a single problem. will the air cooling make my room hotter? thats an issue, my room is pretty warm at the moment don't want to add to it. i will also just mildly overclock the 2500k.. prolly to 5.0 ghz tops don't want to kill it.

also issue is installation... i've installed easy stuff before like ram, GPU, disc drive... not a whole computer.

thanks.
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November 15, 2011 5:53:25 PM

also is this G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory enough?

i picked Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard thanks
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November 15, 2011 6:18:05 PM

itsbrytime said:
thats a great case. I like it.

can't decide between liquid or air cooling because i dont know what its like to have air cooling... i've had the coolit freezone for 3 years now never had a single problem. will the air cooling make my room hotter? thats an issue, my room is pretty warm at the moment don't want to add to it. i will also just mildly overclock the 2500k.. prolly to 5.0 ghz tops don't want to kill it.

also issue is installation... i've installed easy stuff before like ram, GPU, disc drive... not a whole computer.

thanks.


It's not going to be much of an issue - the temps in your system stay inside your case for the most part. You could probably port your old liquid cooling system to your new one and save some money there.

Installation isn't that big of an issue - it's like legos - you buy the parts, follow the instructions and everything sort of hooks together. What you have to watch out for is when you connect your case headers to your motherboard - that's where I always run into the most trouble. :lol: 

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also is this G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory enough?


Plenty - just make sure the voltage is compatible (for SB it should be 1.5V).
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November 15, 2011 6:56:48 PM

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November 15, 2011 9:23:23 PM

^ I agree about the case headers part -.- im always flipping the manual sideways, up, down, left, right... lolz
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November 15, 2011 10:33:16 PM

mouse24 said:
^ I agree about the case headers part -.- im always flipping the manual sideways, up, down, left, right... lolz


You'd think they would have that process streamlined by now. I think Intel's got the right idea by making all the case headers on their motherboards exactly the same. Makes it much easier.
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November 15, 2011 10:53:51 PM

final build... thoughts?

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2oN9
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2oN9/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.44 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.95 @ Office Depot)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($222.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.26 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.85 @ Newegg)
Total: $977.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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November 15, 2011 11:03:05 PM

Excellent, excellent build. The only thing I would substitute the EVGA 560TI instead of the Gigabyte but otherwise very solid.

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Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.95 @ Office Depot)


Whoa? Really??? I might have to buy one of these ASAP... :ouch: 
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November 16, 2011 12:19:49 AM

@g-unit1111

i got a 820mhz gigabyte 560 ti thats why i can't swap it out... overclocked to 1000 mhz easy. so happy with it! might get evga for a second one :) 

@Hella-D

thanks i'll check it out... im just buying this as a substitute, i will be taking my old CPU's coolit freezone.
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