I5 Build - $1k build including monitor, input devices

Hello,

Came on here about a week ago with an AMD build. Decided today that I was sick of trying to convince myself that the Phenom II x4 980 was a better purchase than an i5. Here's the new build. Please provide any input you can.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17714252

Approximate Purchase Date: End of Month

Budget Range:700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Center, Surfing, Light video editting, work.

Parts Not Required: Speakers (will wire in to existing living room surround, 7.1), non-OS HDD (500 gig 72000 SATA from previous build), replacing EVERYTHING ELSE (as I'll be handing the old one down to a buddy).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, as most of what I wanted was there. Open to others though as I live in TN and will have to ship out of state to avoid sales tax with Newegg.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Reputation for reliability, quiet

Overclocking: Maybe (Probably, eventually)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Probably not, unless it ends up being necessary)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (see part)

Additional Comments: Quiet, upgradeable long term, FAST. Due for an upgrade regardless, will be playing alot of SWTOR in the near future. Tried to go red/gold/black aesthetically, but it's not THAT important, performance is.

THANKS!
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  1. Sorry, also don't need optical drive or OS (Win7)
  2. Here you go:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $89.99
    PSU: Seasonic X650 Gold - $129.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Corsair CFA70 - $38.99
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $114.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99
    RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99

    Total: $1075
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    Here you go:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $89.99
    PSU: Seasonic X650 Gold - $129.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Corsair CFA70 - $38.99
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $114.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99
    RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99

    Total: $1075



    In what way is that better than what I have in the wishlist currently? Also, I still need a monitor/keyboard/mouse
  4. Also, my alternative to the above linked intel build is the same, but with:

    Mobo: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX
    CPU: Phenom II x4 980
    GPU: Radeon 6950 2GB

    Only like a $10 price difference...
  5. Shameless bump.
  6. Do you plan to Crossfire or anything?
  7. u'll need a cooler if u plan on ocing
    also u can get better case for the money .. without instant rebate though :)
    try saving couple bucks here and there and get 560Ti
  8. cutebeans, not if I don't have to.

    madchemist, I've read good things about ati/amd on the swtor forums, thus the selection. Any particular reason to go 560Ti over a 6870/6950
  9. not really
  10. Get a Corsair CX600w not a 750w. It is just a waste of money. :)
  11. cmiychludwig said:
    In what way is that better than what I have in the wishlist currently? Also, I still need a monitor/keyboard/mouse


    Your build has low voltage RAM (you need at least 1.5V for Sandy Bridge). Getting the wrong RAM has the potential to fry your motherboard.

    And I included a better case and video card.

    You're also using a rebadged and decertified monitor - bad idea. You will not be able to get any sort of support for it.

    Try this build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC 12800 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25.99
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $114.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD Flex 6870 - $189.99
    Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $28.99
    Monitor: Acer G245HQ 23.6" 1080p monitor - $139.99

    Total: $1083
  12. might as well just get antec 300 for $35 from amazon
    if no need to Sli or CF can go for cheaper mobo
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