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December 25, 2011 9:24:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget Range: $900-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly, school work, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: I have a 500GB hdd, mouse, keyboard and a dvd drive from my 4 year old computer. I also have a copy of windows 7 and a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, other than that it doesn't matter too much to me.

Overclocking: Probably, but I've never done it before.

SLI or Crossfire: no (maybe far down the road)

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, 1920 by something (sorry)

Additional Comments: I'm probably going to play mmos such as SWTOR. I will (probably) be playing games like Battlefield 3. Do you think a SSD would be a good choice for this build? If I overclock which heat sink should I get? Oh and this is my first build, so please feel free to critique this as hard as you want.

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Here are the parts I was thinking of getting:

CPU: Intel i5 processor($220)

GPU: Radeon hd 6950 2GB($300)

RAM: Corsair Vengence 4GBx2($45)

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP HDMI($150)

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W($100)

Case: Cooler master 922($100)


Total: $915


Thanks so much for your help :D 
December 25, 2011 9:43:48 PM

Check out my $900 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
It should only be about $850 since you don't need an HDD. But your build looks solid overall. An SSD would be a nice addition, check out my build and you should be able to fit the SSD.
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December 25, 2011 9:57:28 PM

Thank you for your help. One question that I have is about the heat sink. I've read that the heat sink that comes with the 2500k is not good enough to overclock, is this true?

Also with the 60GB SSD would I just put the OS and games I would be playing on it and use my 500GB HDD for storage?
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December 25, 2011 10:06:13 PM

The heatsink is as stated doable as long as you don't change voltage. But yeah, the Hyper 212+ is a good cheap option to just do minor overclocking with.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

As for the SSD, 60GB would be good enough for OS and a few games (2-3) depending on the game size. But yes, you could just use the SSD as a boot drive and partion the rest of the system to run on the 500gb.
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December 25, 2011 10:16:22 PM

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