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November 22, 2011 3:25:43 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: (Next Week)

Budget Range: $1500 ( can go to $1750 if nneded )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming 50% , Need for Speed & Media Storage and Blu ray playing to Home Theater)

Parts Not Required: Case: Antec Two Hundred V3 ( Purchased from Best Buy ) * not included in budget

Hard Drives: (2 ea ) Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 1.2 ( purchased a few months ago , have had good luck with seagate )
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hard Drives:( 1 ea ) VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10,000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
( clean from another workstation, will use if I need to save cash and install a SSD later on , Just an option)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Video Cards: (2 ea )EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card ( I have two new in the box. Not shure how they will display to 50" plasma in SLI, I can sell these and buy single card as an option )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Micro Center, New Egg)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Have used Intel for CPU , Nvida for video cards , Corsair memory)

Overclocking: Yes ( new to me but would like to do some).

SLI or Crossfire: Yes , Only concern is with shuttering that I hear can be a problem and how they will output to a single 50" plasma in SLI comparied to a single card

Monitor Resolution: (Will out put to my home theater screen which is a Panasonic G20 50")

Additional Comments: (Not sure what card will display best to my Plasma HDTV)

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Here is what I am think about right now:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $179.00( seems like best all around for gaming and can be overclocked if I want to go that direction)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard :ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Z68 $209.00( Hear that they are well buildt and have alot of features for the money )
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 $ 64.99(PC3-12800) ( I thinking 8 gig's is enough )
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Power Supply:Seasonic X-Series $179.99 SS760KMACTPFCF3 760 Watt Modular ATX Power Supply
( Im thinking go bigger now so I can go SLI later if not now)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Blu-Ray Player/Burner:ASUS $ 119.99
12x Internal Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G ( hear good things about ASUS )
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Going for good gaming and able to upgrade later and media center platform.

Thanks for the help
November 22, 2011 3:37:16 PM

Seems fine for the parts your getting

BTW if overclocking get an aftermaket cooler for your CPU, and I would DEFINATELY OC if your getting a 2500k, otherwise your just wasting money. Might as well get a 2500 if your not OCing.

Correct me if Im wrong but the ammout your spending will not even cost $800.
Are your WANTING to spend $1500+ ?
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November 22, 2011 3:37:20 PM

Seems fine for the parts your getting

BTW if overclocking get an aftermaket cooler for your CPU, and I would DEFINATELY OC if your getting a 2500k, otherwise your just wasting money. Might as well get a 2500 if your not OCing.

Correct me if Im wrong but the ammout your spending will not even cost $800.
Are your WANTING to spend $1500+ ?
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November 22, 2011 3:49:50 PM

yeah for that amount you could easily build your gaming beast and a media/networked storage box.
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November 22, 2011 4:14:22 PM

I left some room in the budget to water cool if I wanted.
First I want to make sure the big three in my opion is covered.
1.CPU
2.Video Card
3.Motherboard

I would love to spend $3000 but work is slow down.
If I can use most avaliable parts I have I could eaze into
the build in both money and part seclection and make changes
later on based on what I see and fell what will wotk for me.

BTW if I air cool I am looking at the Prolimatech Genisis.I like the way it is
similar to the V10.I could add the fans I like and would be cheaper.
Also like the spirit as a CPU cooler.
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November 25, 2011 3:15:26 AM

Best answer selected by captjoe.
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