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December 18, 2011 10:10:03 PM

Last night I decided it was about time to resume my summer project of building a new computer. This will be the first computer I've built, so I am in need of some help deciding what I need to stick in the box.

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably by the end of the year.

Budget Range: I want to stay under $2000 (including tax), but if there is something I absolutely need, I could stand spending a bit more.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be using it for gaming and video effects/editing (using various tools from Abobe CS5).

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers (headphones), OS (but if you have a suggestions for any one of these, please let me know!).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've never purchased hardware online before, but I will probably use newegg.

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: All the computers I've had (or the last few, at least) used Intel and nVidia, so I'm partial to them. Also, brandname.

Overclocking: I will OC a little (no more than 4GHz).

SLI or Crossfire: Initially no, but I want to keep the possibility of SLI open.

Monitor Resolution: At least 1680x1050, but preferably bigger.

Additional Comments: I would like an SSD boot drive (100Gb minimum), and I need a monitor (preferably around 24").

I had several parts picked out when I first began this project months ago. I don't know if anything better has come out since, but here they are:

i7 2600k - $320

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175 (was $185)
(I'm not sure if the GEN3 version is better for me.)

G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage - $47

GTX 570 (I'm not sure which actual card would be the best for me).

Hyper 212+ - $30

Antec 1200 - $160

And that's about as far as I got. How does this look? What should I add/change?

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December 18, 2011 11:21:21 PM - $219.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K - $29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 - $124.99 - $10MIR
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $43.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $196.99
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $4.99
Rosewill RX-C200P 2.5" SSD / HDD Plastic Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay - $149.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $149.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply - $339.99 - $30MIR
ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $159.99
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case - $16.99
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM - $199.99
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers, VESA Compatible

Total: $1637.88 - $40MIR

or you can add another gtx570, $1977.87 /w $70MIR
December 19, 2011 3:41:31 AM

Thank you! This looks good to me. I have one question: I remember somebody recommending the ASUS ML239H over the VW246H (something about better colors, I believe). Can anyone elaborate on the differences?
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December 19, 2011 4:44:31 AM

case is too flashy for me
I would suggest going with ISP panel if u do serious video editing
December 20, 2011 9:55:59 PM

Best answer selected by icantdecide.