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Proposed PC Gaming Build - feedback please

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December 29, 2011 7:02:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (tonight)

Budget Range: 1200ish After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, developing, home

Parts Not Required: Monitor, will use 24'' viewsonic (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) and data storage HD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country:US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes but new to the idea

SLI: Yes once the new video cards are in the market so will run one video card for now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200



Proposed Build:

MEM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $43.99

SSD:
Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $169.99

CPU FAN:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $29.04

DVD:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $19.99

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $219.99

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $149.99

CASE:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel Compucase Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $159.99

PS:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W High Performance Power Supply
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $134.99

VIDEO:
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Video Card
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) $309.99

Grand Total: $1,203.81 + $65 in mail-in-rebates


What do you all think? Is there some place where you think I can improve or get a better deal/part for my money?

Thank you ahead of time!

December 29, 2011 7:08:24 PM

Looks good. My thoughts are...

MEM - The tall heat spreaders on the Ripjaws MIGHT cause interference issues with some aftermarket CPU coolers. The Hyper might be fine, but it is better to go with modules that are not tall. Plenty of options out here at 1.5v, CL9 DDR3-1600...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - The Corsair Force 3 120GB is cheaper and will perform the same. EDIT: ...will perform better than the Intel 320 Series.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - The XFX PRO850W is on sale for $90 after rebate. Great power supply at a great price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 29, 2011 7:21:18 PM

^+1-ish

Check out my $900 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
You can get this Mushkin 120GB (+50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The reason I'd go with this SSD is because it's cheaper for the same amount of space but also because you wouldn't be able to notice the speed difference from the 320 to the Mushkin even though the Mushkin uses the older SF controller (hence cheaper). Also I feel like the SF drivers for the 2xxx isn't very stable yet vs the older 1xxx.
Total: $940

I don't suggest going with the 560 Ti 448 core because later on you won't be able to find another to SLI since it's just a short term solution for the price gap of the 560 ti vs 570. You can get the 560 Ti 448 if you just plan on having that as a single card or short term.
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