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December 31, 2011 8:45:30 PM

I have been playing around with different builds and i think I found one that I like. Im better with lists than sentences so here goes:

Approximate Purchase Date: Jan 15-21 (first week of school)

Budget Range: $1500 max, trying to get it under $1300.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Schoolwork, Movies,

Parts Not Required: Only need help on the tower. My monitor is an older 26" Soyo but still runs wonderfully.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect seems to have the best deals + free shipping and no tax for me but if anyone knows where else i could look...

Country: USA, Arizona

Parts Preferences: OK, here goes...

CASE:
Cooler Master SGC-1000-KWN1 Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 6x Int 3.5", 1x 200mm Red LED Fan, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 2x USB 2.0 Ports, Black


MOTHERBOARD:
ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2200MHz-DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready


PROCESSOR:
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU


COOLING:
Corsair CWCH100 Hydro H100 CPU Liquid Cooler


POWER SUPPLY:
OCZ OCZ750FTY 750W Fatal1ty Series Power Supply - 750 Watts, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready (Dual GPU), 135mm double ball-bearing fan with red LED lighting


SSD(Intel® Smart Response Technology):
Patriot PP60GS25SSDR Pyro 2.5" Solid State Drive - 60GB, SATA III 6Gb/s


HDD:
Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s


RAM:
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 4x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered


GPU:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twn Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560-Ti Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked


DVDRW:
Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM


OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English



Overclocking: YES

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Trying to get the best bang for my buck while building this upper middle class computer. If a minor upgrade costs $70 bucks ill pass. Also if a minor downgrade saves me $50 ill consider it (hence 560ti over 570).
I am planning on overclocking the CPU to 4-4.2 GHz.

Am I missing something?

Would I need to buy special cables as well for any of this?

Any helpful comments would be appreciated. :hello: 

December 31, 2011 8:52:06 PM

You'd definitely NOT need liquid cooling for that small of an OC.
January 1, 2012 1:10:52 AM

How fast could I get it with that cooler and still have it last 3-4 years?
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January 1, 2012 1:15:43 AM

I asked a similar question, and the answer I got was 4.2 GHz.
January 1, 2012 1:17:08 AM

Change the water cooling system to a Hyper 212

Change SSD to Crucial M4 best SSD that is very reliabile as well.

If this build is for gaming drop down to 8GB DDR3 RAM

Also you said that you dont want to CF/SLI drop the PSU down to a 600W
January 1, 2012 3:05:05 AM

-Your MoBo won't do SLI / CF which Id strongly suggest you get the capability if as you say, you want this thing to last 3-4 years.

-Case won't do it well either

-The H100 will keep your college roomate awake :)  ...it's loud and offers little over a air cooler.

-OCZ should not be on ya PSU short list

-The SSD in build below is tier 3, highest possible for a 120GB unit
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

-Barracuda XT is a smokin HD....w/o th XT, not so much


Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 48 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 150 - Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 210 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,391 .... get the OS at school for $10-20 ....add $100 if getting it at newegg

Cooler will get you 4.6 GHz
January 1, 2012 3:42:54 AM

Quote:
-Case won't do it well either


Why not? i have been looking but haven't found a ranking/list of the best cases out right now.

your PSU doesnt exist, links to a corsair.

is their a reason for your cooler over the 212+ that people keep promoting?

Id prefer not to spend that much on a SSD. I'm mainly getting it for the z68 functionality on the motherboard.
January 1, 2012 2:31:01 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
-Your MoBo won't do SLI / CF which Id strongly suggest you get the capability if as you say, you want this thing to last 3-4 years.

-Case won't do it well either

-The H100 will keep your college roomate awake :)  ...it's loud and offers little over a air cooler.

-OCZ should not be on ya PSU short list

-The SSD in build below is tier 3, highest possible for a 120GB unit
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

-Barracuda XT is a smokin HD....w/o th XT, not so much


Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 48 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 150 - Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 210 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,391 .... get the OS at school for $10-20 ....add $100 if getting it at newegg

Cooler will get you 4.6 GHz


storm enforcer may not be the best out there but it is good enough to justify the price tag.500r is good but more expensive.i would take arc midi over both of them.850w is going to be a 'good' overkill but if it is dirt cheap and quality then it is a good choice.612 PWM is a good cooler but you an easily get a good cooler for less price.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
for gpu.560 is not a good choice ATM.you get no option for any upgrades.560 sli is a beast gpu setup but no upgrades lollll :( 
a 7970 or 7950 will be a good choice.7950 will be under 500 bucks(hopefull :D  )

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