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November 23, 2011 1:31:34 AM

Hello all!

In my actual build I put some ideas that I had as well as thoughts of ideas for some of you to help me with if you don't mind :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably the next few days/week.

Budget Range: I’d like to not go over 1500 I think.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming being all I mostly care about, I will use my 2nd monitor to browse the internet while gaming and I’d like it to not hinder performance if possible.

Parts Not Required: I’m think about getting a new mouse, I’ve used this Microsoft intellipoint mouse for literally 12 years, I may buy a naga. We can ignore mouse/keyboard though.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I live near a tigerdirect, but mostly I buy from newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel def and for obvious reasons at this time. GFX wise, I would have said only Nvidia (I had a bad ATI experience awhile back…_) I’m open to whatever now though.

Overclocking: Yes definitely

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1680x1050, but I’ll buy a new one….Is 1920 x1080 worth it?!

Additional Comments: Semi Quiet would be pref, my current computer is pretty quiet. ---A silly request but, maybe possible to find a case that my cats can’t jump on and turn the power off. My case’ power button is pretty hard to hit for their paws….I know this is silly, and its not a big deal…Just saying! 

1) Processor:
a) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $224.99 (

2) Motherboard:
a) Asus P8P67 DELUXE $214.99 (
b) Asus P8P68 LGA $149.99 (
c) This is a really difficult process....I've no idea what to get....I wont be SLI/Crossfire so the p8p68 seems overkill, but it has amazingggg reviews.

3) Graphics Card:
a) Radeon 6950
b) Geforce 560 ti
c) I'm thinking that one of these two are amazing for their price and both have solid reviews.

4) Ram
a) Havnt thought about this, not sure what is best. It will depend on my motherboard a lot and I know I want atleast 8gigs.

5) Power Supply:
a) No idea?! Depends on all the rest Im sure

6) Case:
a) I want a case that is pretty good, not something really expensive, because the one I have now is really awesome. (Antec 900, and its only 100 bucks) ---I was wondering about the dust treys some come with, do they help a lot? Ive never had one before so Im not sure. Also Id like something pretty quiet as well.

7) HDD:
a) A good one is preferred but I'm sure that's really standard now? 1tb atleast

8) SSD:
a) I definitely want one to atleast have room for my Operating System, and maybe a game/two? What would you recommend?

9) Monitor:
a) Asus VW246 Glossy Black 24'' 2ms 1920x1080 (
b) I currently have a Gateway 1680x1050 22 inch that works pretty well, I will be using that for my internet browsing/random other things.

10) Operating System:
a) Windows 7 Home OEM 64bit

I just want to perform well for today’s games and tomorrow’s games. Diablo III and maybe SWTOR will be in my crosshairs.

Current setup is Q6600, Nvidia 8800 512, G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) , Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 250GB, Vista 64bit, and a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L

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November 23, 2011 12:09:45 PM

This is already on the second page with no replies :( !
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November 23, 2011 12:43:29 PM

From both motherboards go with the cheapest.
Graphic card ..i don't know..i own an 6950 and it plays everything at max.
Power supply :
Case ..i recomand CoolerMaster 912 :
With the case i recomand you one or two fans :
If you buy two , put one in front for intake and the other on top for exhaust.
I think you will gone overclock that CPU and i recomand you this CPU cooler :
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November 23, 2011 12:47:42 PM

First of all, think about Z68 chipset motherboard. How much will you overclock your CPU, if your OC is slight, then check out the following setup:

$125 -- Motherboard

$225 -- CPU

$45 -- RAM

$70 -- Case

$245 -- GPU

$26 -- Cooler

$95 -- PSU

$180 -- Monitor

Don't you need a DVD drive and HDD? Do you've an OEM copy of Windows as well?
November 23, 2011 1:13:31 PM

I plan to eventually OC as necessary. When I first get it I will overclock the CPU to atleast 4.something. The other components I wont worry about until it's needed I believe.

I probably will need to get another DVD Drive, and yes I'm very sorry a HDD/SSD is required. I'll edit my post
November 23, 2011 1:54:34 PM

a 212+ EVO is enough for 4.2ghz i think.
November 23, 2011 2:11:42 PM

If I'm using dual monitors will I not need a 2GB card? I.E Radeon 6950 2GB?
November 23, 2011 3:44:15 PM

Duly noted sir!

Any other opinions from others? Or details why I should get "X" over "X"

Also really curious as to the questions I had in my post. I.E Case filter/SSD and the other questions :) 
November 24, 2011 4:01:40 AM

If you look at Tom's value for money card then GTX 560 "Ti" falls b/w HD 6950 1GB and HD 6950 2GB.

Yes, 6950 is bit faster than the GTX 560 Ti, it only lacks in PhysX. Don't just go to newegg reviews they're usually based on favoritism and fanboysm (see old reviews about ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3).

Apart from that the HIS card you link'ed is a reference card as of my knowledge and can be flashed to a HD 6970 (but risky).

I don't understand what concerned you've regarding the setup I suggested.

CPU ; Currently the "best" for gaming

Mobo ; Cheap but feature rich, value speaks itself to be the "best". Other choices are Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 / GA-Z68XP-UD3P

RAM ; Not much price difference b/w 1333MHz and 1600MHz, considering the brand name "G.Skill" and 1.5volts + nice looking heatspreaders makes it "best" in the price/performance.

Cooler ; "BEST" in the price range, nothing can beat it.

GPU ; most recommended factory OC'ed card so far, twin fan + MSI name makes it "best" among all. [Factory OC'ed eliminates some limitation for overclocking the GPU, more headroom]

PSU ; Crosair's most successful series and v2 (bronze certified) makes it perfect and "best" in it's own.

HDD ; 7200.12 RPM if budget allows go for Samsung Sprinpoint F3.

SSD ; Great reliability and performance.

The choice indeed is yours and was yours.
All the best.