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$1000-$1100 Build. *Advice Needed*

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December 2, 2011 2:07:09 PM

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Approximate Purchase Date: After Holidays

Budget Range: $1000-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work, Movies, Surfing net.

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Is my HDD 500GB ok? Should I try for an SSD? Any other tips?
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I like my case, Mobo, CPU, and GPU. But any input on everything would be nice.


CPU + CPU Fan: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz + COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

$250

MOBO + PSU: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 + Thortech Thunderbolt 850W TTB850G ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

$245


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition

$140

GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti

$245

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$110

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

$44
December 2, 2011 2:11:48 PM

Yeah that's a nice build. I approve :) 

HDD's are unfortunately quite expensive right now due to the shortage, so sticking with the 500gb isn't a bad choice at all. I like to partition HDDs so that I have a fast section and slow section, then put all the media type stuff on the slow section and games/apps on the fast part.

And SSD is to me a super awesome investment. Around 80gb is plenty for windows and apps, but if you want to put games on it then you'll be squeezed pretty hard with that size. 120gb is preferable IMO. As just a boot drive, 64gb is doable. They don't make gaming any faster framerates, but it does boot/load the games/levels/saves faster. In Windows though it makes a rather large difference to me.
December 2, 2011 2:20:19 PM

I would probably want one for windows and a few apps. But i'd prob have to wait for an SSD.

Thanks for the input!
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