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November 24, 2011 1:01:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 24th-27th

Budget Range: 600-700 before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: daily usage and game

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, video card, monitor, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: yes eventually

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: highest

Additional Comments: I have never built a pc before, but a friend will be helping me put it together.


Intel i5-2500k

ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AZZA Spartan CSAZ-102E Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



i don't want a plain looking case so any suggestions are welcomed. i dont plan on buying a video card right now, but i will eventually. also i have a couple hard drives laying around so i will use those for now and upgrade later on. like i mentioned before, i have never built a pc before so im looking for some improvements in my selection and if these parts go well with each other. i can go up too 800 tops, but i would liek to stay in my budget
November 24, 2011 2:34:09 AM

I agree with Kensingtron - an SSD is a great feature. They're a pretty big chunk of your budget, though. Also you should definitely go air-cooling. It's cheaper and they perform the same under moderate overclocking.

If you're using a mid-tower case then you might as well get a full sized ATX motherboard. At a similar price-point go with the ASUS P8Z68-V LE. It's the same mobo but it has more expansion ports.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know anything about AZZA. I do have a couple favorite low-budget cases, though. I don't know what you consider plain-looking, though.
NZXT Gamma: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Challenger: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What's your video card?
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November 24, 2011 4:51:56 AM

thanks for the reply guys.

i wasn't going to buy the corsair cooler, but my friend said that it is pretty good and he was planning to get it himself. ill do some research on the corsair and if it is loud ill just switch to an air cooler. the i5 i'm hoping to get, is going for 150 on black friday so that leaves me a with extra money for another part of the pc.

thanks danraies for mentioning that it th mobo was not a full sized one. overlooked that when i was looking for motherboard. i did see the one you posted and that was my second choice so ill be going with tha tone. As far as a SSD goes, ill probably get one eventually but i can save some money by using the one's i currently have. and i currently don't have a video card right now, but i will definitely get one. i was thinking maybe a geforce gtx 550/560ti.
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November 24, 2011 5:27:01 AM

The H50 will probably be quieter but it's also more expensive, so whatever you want to do.

If you're using onboard video, then 620W is too much power. If you're planning on adding a card later then you'll probably want to stick with the 620W PSU, though.

The 560ti is a competitive mid-range card and you can easily add it later whenever you get the money. There are two steps between the 550 and the 560ti, though, just so you know. In terms of performance it goes 550 < 550ti < 560 < 560ti.
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November 24, 2011 5:47:31 AM

xilez said:
Monitor Resolution: highest
4096×2160 is the maximum resolution available in a single monitor. Obviously, to be able to play anything on that you'll need something very different to that of an average 1366X768/1600X900/1600X1200/1920X1080/1920X1200 or other lower res monitors. What is the screen size of your monitor? That will give a rough estimation of your res.

Cases are a matter of personal preference and I know you've said that you don't want a 'plain looking case, but at your budget, to get a fancy case and Intel, you'll really have to sacrifice on the gfx power.

I'll suggest this $70 Case+PSU Shell Shocker deal - You can keep your case though if you want to, but this one will get you a high quality gfx card.

Water cooling is for extreme overclockers. Even then most of it is achievable on good mainstream air coolers - $26 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - Reviews show that the difference is barely a degree or so if any. Cannot justify spending $50 bucks for it specially at your budget.

Also, you won't need a $130 board. Get the $100 ASRock Z68 PRO3

GPU: $230 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti
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November 24, 2011 6:02:16 AM

The mobo you chose is not recommended for overclocking. If you won't overclock then there is no need for the unlocked processor. Get the i5 2400 instead with that motherboard. A good alternative is the GA-Z68MA-D2H.
If you want to keep the i5 2500k then i propose to you the AsRock z68 extreme3 gen3.
Notice that going to i5 2400 doesn't mean you lose gaming performance. In fact it means that you can save some more money because you won't be needing a cooler.
If you got enough spare cash get a HD6950 or gtx 560ti, if not then a HD6870. I wouldn't recommend going lower.
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November 24, 2011 6:18:34 AM

vx53c said:
The mobo you chose is not recommended for overclocking. If you won't overclock then there is no need for the unlocked processor. Get the i5 2400 instead with that motherboard. A good alternative is the GA-Z68MA-D2H.
If you want to keep the i5 2500k then i propose to you the AsRock z68 extreme3 gen3.
Notice that going to i5 2400 doesn't mean you lose gaming performance. In fact it means that you can save some more money because you won't be needing a cooler.
If you got enough spare cash get a HD6950 or gtx 560ti, if not then a HD6870. I wouldn't recommend going lower.
Which mobo? The Asus, or the Asrock? If you're talking about the Asus, then you should know that it is a pro series board from Asus. If that's not recommended for OC'ing, I don't know what is. The reason why it's inexpensive is that it's a uATX board and got only 1 PCIeX16 slot. That's all he'll be needing because he clearly mentions that he doesn't want to SLI.

The Asrock board is also a Pro series one - "Overclocking performance was strong achieving 4.92GHz on our 2600k. This is about 130MHz lower than what we achieved on the Z68 Extreme4." - Tweaktown Review

Overclocking options available on the board - Hardwaresecrets.com

"Using our high end Noctua Cooler we were able to hit over 5GHz on the ASRock P67 board with the lower cost Z68 model just below this level on 4.99GHz. Clearly both boards offer excellent potential to enhance the performance of our processor." - Hardwareheaven.com

Please read the reviews before you post. And don't get started on phase designs when all people want is a good reliable board for gaming or whatever.
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November 24, 2011 7:24:43 AM

omg you are right. it is the asus pro board, not the asrock.

phases phases phases phases! there i started :D 

I just don't like hearing people whine they hit a wall at 4.2 with their 4phase boards and hyper 212s.
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November 24, 2011 12:23:30 PM

vx53c said:
phases phases phases phases! there i started :D 
LOL :lol: 
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November 24, 2011 2:40:03 PM

thanks for the advice guys. i was actually looking at the mobo last night. i still have some time to decide what i'm going to get and do some more research on mobos. thanks for the reviews calguyhunk! ill definitely read those.

gotta say, this forum is awesome!
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