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$1600 new build - advise or help please

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December 5, 2011 8:15:41 PM

Approximate purchase date December 2011

Budget Range $1400 to $1800 Before / After Rebates

System Usage, Current and future games both on line and just PC, training video's for work, some photoshop and light rendering (experimental).

Parts Not Required, Monitor, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts,, micro center, please include link to parts recommended

Country USA, continental

Parts Preferences I would like to stay with the "K" series of intel processors

Overclocking Maybe down the road

SLI or Crossfire Good chance in 2012

Monitor Resolution 1024x786, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments, Will be using mostly for gaming, prefer highest settings on games but will sacrifice a little

Below is what I have in mind to purchase...
I would appreciate any help with this build and any advice.

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-219BK - OEM $23.00

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with 4 Fans-1x ... $289

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99

ASUS EAH6970 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $379.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ...$139.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9R $79.00

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

TP-LINK TL-WA801ND Wireless N Access Point $38.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $129.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $284.98
Prolimatech PRO-GNSS Genesis CPU Cooler (included w/cpu)

Current price from NG....$1687.89

Thank you for your help and advice !

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December 5, 2011 8:28:34 PM

Looks pretty good.
HDD prices are through the roof right now. the CPU and Cooler combo is a little whack for a price. you can get a Cooler master Hyper 212 + for 33 and its a great one.

Get a Z68 MOBO instead better feature like this one

Are you dead set on the case? 289 is kinda whack when you can get here is another good video card
December 5, 2011 8:46:06 PM

No ssd? it's not worth spending all this money without a ssd in your list, i'd recommend the crucial m4 or vertex 3 (either the normal vertex 3 or the max iops version). The m4 is around 220 and the vertex is a bit higher.

If you have a spare HD, dont buy one now because as Maurice stated the prices are through the roof

I agree with him on the case too, $300 is too much even for a case. You can get a really good case for $150. Use the money you save for an ssd

Everything else looks pretty good (althought i second maurice in saying grab a z68 mobo), although I would recommend an after-market heatsink if you want to OC it eventually, the intel one's suck and the thermal paste isn't even one complete spot, its 3 lines which is terrible for heat distribution. You can get the hyper 212 for around $30
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December 5, 2011 8:54:13 PM

Thanks for the reply:
Not dead set on this configuration, willing to make changes.
As far as the case...I liked the look of it and watched the video on new egg....
they seemed to really like the case. Not crazy about the black only look.
But your right...steep
Cooling looks better...will consider.
Like the board you suggested.
Would you consider suggesting a radeon card?
Just asking because I have an old...and I mean old...
9800 from the quake days that has just rocked for years.
December 6, 2011 7:28:00 PM

Greatly appreciate the help, here are my replies to you both.

Would this SSD be overkill?
OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $224
Maybe dump the terrabye drive?

Change MOBO to a ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Change case but have not decided on which one instead of what I picked.

How about this cooler for the cpu, I think it is the one you suggested.
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Still not sure if I would change to Nvidia...maybe up the Radeon?

December 6, 2011 11:20:31 PM

The way video cards are broken down is price. For a certain budget one or the other may be butter. say if you had a budget of $270 for a video card. A radeon 6950 is the best for a budget of say 300 a 560 ti 448 would be recommended. It all depends on how much you want to pay for the card to which brand will be better.

That is kind of overpriced for the SSD here is a 120gb SSD for 169.99

For the mother board i really like the Republic of gamers ASUS boards such as this

Here is an option for the case
It has lights zomg
Good luck
December 7, 2011 2:41:43 AM

Yea like previous people have said, dump the case, Its good but it isn't that good. HAF X IMHO is like one of the cooler more flashy cases out there. Also try to throw in a GTX 580, then SLI down the road. But then again it all comes down to what you like more Nvidia or AMD, Not starting a flame war, but nvidia has a wider feature base and Physx which if you have the games that use it, is awesome. But AMD has better performance / price. 580 will beat the 6970 9 times out of ten. So if you have the budget go nvidia but if you don't go AMD. And you have the budget so...