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December 1, 2011 2:34:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: December hopefully as deals pop up.

Budget Range: 800-1200(?) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, dvi monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon, other trusted sites

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I was looking at a p55 classified 200 for SLI with an I7 and some gtx 580s but their still rocking a 500+ price tag which would probably botch the rest of the build with the budget, so looking for 2 affordable cards for SLI. And not sure if the p55 is compatible for what I want or the best for my money. I do want intel though. Have to have an SSD for gaming and a solid network card. Looking for smooth play on BF3 and SWTOR(max graphics if possible). 1 or 2 TB of hd would be nice. A correct amount of ram for the processor whether its pairs of 2, 3, or single slot 4, etc. i7 12 thread or 2600? Also need a fresh version of Win 7. Blu Ray rw disc drive. If possible USB 3.0?

Overclocking: Eventually Preferable (once someone teaches me the low down on it, cause apparently its the bees knees)

SLI or Crossfire: SLI Compatibility

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have a DVI monitor, but I have an HDTV with blu ray is it still worth it to get an HDMI monitor for gaming? Hopefully the SLI cards are compatible with hd and dvi in case I don't want to buy a HD monitor right away. My biggest concern with being a first timer is knowing what brands are worth trusting and actually getting the darn thing together and functioning. The budget range has the ? because I'm not exactly sure as to my fine line top end limit. Completely open to suggestion as this is my first build.

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December 1, 2011 3:57:59 AM

i5-2500k $210

Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 $125

Corsair TX750 $105

EVGA GTX560ti $230

Seagate Barracuda 1tb $130

G.skill Ripjaws 8gb $44

Windows 7 64bit - OEM $99

NZXT Source Elite 210 $50

TP Wireless Adapter $21

Samsung Blue Ray Drive $60

OCZ Vertex 120gb $190


It's impossible to get another 560ti in your budget. Get another one when you have money saved. If you want to go under $1200.

Get an OCZ vertex 60gb. $90

This build has everything you wanted. USB 3.0, Blue Ray, 1tb HDD, SSD, SLI compatibility and wireless adapter.. It will run BF3 smoothly and will MAX SW:TOR out.
December 1, 2011 5:11:03 AM

I'd stay away from the P55 motherboards, $200.00 you can get a really nice Z68 board and paired with a i5 2500K will give you a nice gaming experience. You should consider the Asus boards and their P8Z68-V Gen 3. It has Pci-e 3.0 and their UEFI bios
December 1, 2011 3:20:58 PM

Best answer selected by nazfuer.