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November 20, 2011 4:33:31 PM

First time building a new computer, mainly using it for gaming and watching some movies (Have a huge dvd/blue ray collection). I'm trying to keep the budget around $1200, but as I'm buying the pieces over a period of time thats slightly flexible. Would appreciate any help/critique given :) . Oh, and I havent really done any bargain hunting yet, so the prices down on there are just what i pulled up real quick on newegg. I apologize ahead of time for anything I might have left out.

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - 209.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3ghz - 224.99

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - 25.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 44.99

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB - 334.99

Power: Zephyr MX 750 750W - 69.99

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout - 69.99

HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive - 149.99

Optical Drive: Asus drw 24x - 19.99

Thank you again for your help!

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November 20, 2011 5:01:08 PM

Great choices .... only things I'd think about.....

GFX - new 560/570 hybrid card coming out in 9 days.

PSU - I'd use an850 watter if ya gonna get a 2nd GFX card in future, 650 watter for one. And it wouldn't be from Zephyr.... Look foir somwthing with at least a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating

No front USB 3 on the Storm Scout .... wud like to see ya in the Antec 902 V3 but of $70 is the max, the Illusion

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November 20, 2011 5:07:50 PM

CPU + Mobo combo for $415 (i5-2500K was $215 just yesterday!):

Low profile Corsair Vengeance so heatsinks don't interfere with CPU cooler:

Jump to to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO:

This Corsair 400R (case) + Corsair Corsair TX750 (PSU) = $180 - $15 MIR

That puts you right at your budget.

You didn't mention need for an operating system. If yes, that sets you back ~$100 Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - which would end up changing your build if your budget is strict.

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November 20, 2011 6:48:43 PM

Thank you for your quick and very helpful advice guys!

The Zephyr power supply was sort of iffy to me to be honest, had to be a reason it was so cheap. I dont know if it's worth going for an 850w just yet, I do intend on using 2 cards eventually but not anytime in the near future. I'll probably just upgrade the power supply later down the road to prepare for it. That antec 902 does look mighty sexy though. I'm definitely going to hold out for the 560ti too, seems like its being made specifically for people like me lol.
Thank you again for your advice!

Man, can't believe I didn't notice that package deal, saves me a good amount of cash if I buy like that. Had already compensated for an OS, just worried about hardware and performance budget right now. Definitely using all your suggestions, thanks again!

Revised list:

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Bundle - 414.98
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 evo - 34.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin Low Profile - 49.99

GPU: Gonna wait for the gtx 560 ti!

Power: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
Bundle - 184.98
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R

HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 7200 RPM - 149.99

Optical Drive: Asus drw 24x - 19.99
November 29, 2011 11:08:48 PM

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