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November 26, 2011 1:42:49 AM

Hello Tom's Hardware!

I built my current PC three and a half years ago. It's served me faithfully over the years but I think it might be time to upgrade. With the sales this holiday season and a recent promotion at work, I figure I might as well go overboard and rebuild one from the ground up, reusing only some peripherals. Back when I built my current rig, it was my first build and I didn't put too much thought into it. This time around I've done some thorough research, and have come up with a preliminary build.

CURRENT PC:
Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-550-PCAR 550W ATX from factor 12V V2.01 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard:
ASUS P5K EPU LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU:
EVGA 512-P3-N861-AR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDDs:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive:
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Planned PC:
Case:
Haven't made up my mind on this one. Maybe Cooler Master HAF 912?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:
Not too sure about this one either. It's between the Corsair HX 750 for $139.99 or the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W for $99.99. Both after mail-in rebate. Or maybe the SeaSonic X750 Gold for $109.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard:
ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Picked this one because it was the only P67 board on Newegg with PCIe 3.0 support that I could find. I'm not doing any video editing so the Z68 seems pointless.
CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Out of stock currently on Newegg. Unfortunate.
Heatsink:
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Picked this up for 5 bucks after MIR.
GPU:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk 950 MHz core clock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Planning on going up to 2x560 Ti SLI at some point.
Memory:
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Might get another 8GB as well. Not sure I'd need it though.
HDDs:
Keeping my current HDDs. But I will be getting a...
SSD:
OCZ Agility 3 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive:
Keeping the same thing here as well. I can't even remember the last time I put a DVD in that drive so it's mostly useless.

So I'm wondering if this is a good build. I'm aiming for a solid, balanced gaming rig that will last me another 3-4 years. I'd also like recommendations on a good case and power supply, that provide enough cooling and power to support a moderate OC as well as leave some room for future upgrades (at the very least a second GTX 560 Ti).

If anyone has any comments, advice, or wants to point out flaws in my build, I would be most grateful.
November 26, 2011 1:53:49 AM

PS: The total so far come out to be around $930, after shipping and rebates. I'd like to have this rig built by the end of the year, spending no more than $1000. I'd actually like to get it down to $800-850 if possible. Maybe going with a smaller SSD, cheaper mobo, and/or reusing my current case? Is PCIe 3.0 compatibility something to worry about if I'm not planning on jumping on the Ivy Bridge bandwagon for a few years?
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November 26, 2011 1:55:11 AM

PS2: I'll be using this machine for mostly gaming, and watching some movies. I play on a 24" monitor at 1920x1080, with a secondary 21" running 1680x1050.
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