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Best Bang For Your Buck, Future Proof Gaming Rig

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December 27, 2011 8:07:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: 1000-1150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Monitor (Using 32" TV)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and Bestbuy.com (Using mostly Bestbuy parts so that I can get the financing deal [18 months no interest] and they have an affiliation with Buy.com for parts)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Asus Motherboard

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Best bang for the buck PC really, with the most future proof components possible.

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Processor - i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - nVidia GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - 60 GB Corsair or 60 GB OCZ Agility 3
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Force+3+CSSD-F60G...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case -
Coolermaster 912/Coolermaster 922 OR Coolermaster Storm Sniper/Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Media Drive - MSI DVD Burner ( Free w/ 500GB HDD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 27, 2011 1:07:16 PM

Looks fine to me.
December 27, 2011 2:27:26 PM

Its good , but you can get an 6970 , if you want .....
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December 27, 2011 3:55:45 PM

At one point I was considering a 560 Ti or a 6950 to save some quick cash, but I was reading about the new 7000/600 GPU series coming out by ATI/nVidia and up'd to the 570 GTX to counter that for the moment. I've been out of the loop until just recently with computer components and was reading a lot about nVidia having much better driver support than ATI. I had thought that the 570 outperformed the 6970 anyway, but I could be wrong.
December 27, 2011 4:01:31 PM

The 570 is generally considered to be better than the 6950 and that is the reason the 570 usually has a lot higher price tag than the 6950.

If you can fit the 570, that is fine too. I like the price/performance ratio of the 6950, but if you have more money to spend and want more power the 570 is a reasonable option.
December 27, 2011 4:58:02 PM

A few suggestions:

Don't count on the optical drive. I saw that deal as well, but found out that it is an IDE interface, not SATA.

If you act today, you can get 8GB of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM ($35) and the i5-2500k ($205) from NewEgg using the discount codes found here: http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/dec-0-2011/bestsel...

I hope the discount codes will work if you're not an email subscriber already.
December 28, 2011 1:33:10 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. I stupidly didn't even see the issue with the optical drive...I just saw the word FREE and bit. Those promotions are amazing, I just have to wait and can't ante-up the cash right now. All of the parts I listed are available through Bestbuy, which both costs more on parts, but is also cheaper on various parts as well (I'm needing to finance through their 18 month no interest dealy).

On a second note, this website is amazing...quick, accurate, and reliable feedback. Very glad I joined. Thanks again!
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