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December 23, 2011 11:47:53 PM

Okay, hello all

I'm 15 and I've had it with my families current computer. I'm looking for something more powerful that will last me a solid 3 years playing new games on close to high settings at a high resolution. All suggestions and help given would be greatly appreciated.

My price limit is anything under 2000$ after taxes, shipping, rebates...etc

Alright... this is what I have selected so far

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K
CPU Cooling:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
Thermal Paste:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
or... Something else (this is what I'm looking for advice on)

GPU:
Radeon hd5770 (I know it'll be a bottleneck, but it's what I already have and I'm waiting for the next gen cards from Nvidia and AMD)

Memory: ?
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
or
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

SSD:
Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD

HD: ? I actually have no idea... the prices are so high right now!

PSU:
700w Rocketfish PSU, Probably upgrading along with the graphics card later on.

Optical drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

2 other questions,
1. Who makes the best monitors for the price? and
2. Is it worth it to go 1900/1200 instead of 1900/1080?

Thanks alot.




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December 24, 2011 12:01:02 AM

Answer to your two questions:

1) Viewsonic and Iiyama

2) Only if you are planning on getting a monitor that is bigger than 24''
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December 24, 2011 12:16:11 AM

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Nice case I have the same one and it is huge , you can fit everything plus the kitchen sink.

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K
CPU Cooling:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
Thermal Paste:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Good choices here I like the 2500k and arctec silver 5

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Good choice , any Z68 would be a good choice just make sure you have more than one x16 slot.

GPU:
Radeon hd5770 (I know it'll be a bottleneck, but it's what I already have and I'm waiting for the next gen cards from Nvidia and AMD)
I realize that you already have it and want to use it while you wait for the next gen. but you can be waiting a long time and from the benchmarks of the 7970 that was just posted the 7970 is competing with the 580? That doesn't seem to be a very dramatic new release. Depending on your budget maybe you should look at the GTX 570.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benc...


Memory: ?
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
or
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
You can save a few bucks here by going with 8gb of ram , games will only use less than 8gb and everything over 8gb will be a waste. I would go with Corsair.

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Ok.


SSD:
Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD
I would go with a 120gb SSD because if you load win.7 64bit and the current game you will be a quarter of the way filled with a 120gb SSD. Factor in all the windows updates and driver updates and it adds up quickly.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$194.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Check out the read/writs speeds of this SSD vs the Crucial M4.

PSU:
700w Rocketfish PSU, Probably upgrading along with the graphics card later on.
A Rocketfish psu , really? You can find better than that I'm sure.

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG or Samsung are probably the best and Asus is getting there. 1920x1080 is HD and that is what you want.
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December 24, 2011 2:13:22 AM

I support this inzone post, but you could go 570 SLI on this budget. That'd be beastly.
I'd pick the MSI Z68-GD80. 5-year warranty and $200. Tom's loved it, with the one caveat that it can't handle 3-way SLI without screwing up its ports (don't worry about that).
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December 24, 2011 3:39:22 AM

Got some good suggestions going on here.

For monitors, Dell's panels are some of the absolute best. With the Professional (P-series), you get LED backlighting, slightly matted screens to prevent glare but not dimmed colors, amazing colors and brightness settings, and a great industrial design. Plus, the panels come with a 3-year warranty. I love my P2411H (last year's model) and plan on getting more Dell monitors in the future.
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