1200-1300$ Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date:Soon

Budget Range: Maximum of 1300 US Dollars Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Watching Videos-BluRay Videos, Web, etc

Parts Not Required:Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: The US of A

Parts Preferences: Intel k proccesor, Z68 Chipset- if my GPU fails, I need to still use my computer


SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:Hopefully a Corsair 650d, definitely want a modular PSU, good cable management, quiet, not much bling, and a closed loop water cooler. I think that the huge coolers put too much strain on the motherboard. I will get that at a later date probably.I do need a wireless card. other than that best value. Just in case it matters I play FPS mainly

Here's what I was thinking.

650d-I absolutely love the way it looks. Other than that I am considering the HAF 912

Standard PCI Wireless Card

Sapphire 6870-Not sure on this, may get a 6950 or 560ti, but as I said, not sure.

Corsair HX750- Looks good, mostly modular!

Corsair Vengeance- I know it isn't lp, but if I'm going to get a closed loop wc'ing thing does it matter? They look awesome.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3- Maybe ASUS or ASRock instead?

i7-2600k- I know that it isn't needed for gaming, but I really want the i7... You guys know how hard it is to cut something...

Samsung BluRay Reader-Don't need to burn BluRay

OCZ Vertex 60gb- I know it's small, I'll get a HDD when prices come down

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  1. I have CM 912 and is a great case. Buy CM 912 and a 500gb HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 under the price of Corsair 650.For your full hd monitor i recomend you the 560Ti or 6950.
    Your build look great. Good luck.
  2. The 650D and 912 are worlds apart....how 'bout something int he middle ?

    My problem is a 60GB SSD is hard to own.....unless you are very astute with windows, within 6 months it be full. I can't get the 2500k in their w/o compromising something else....and it won't improve gaming or video watching.....in fact, you will get a higher OC with the 2500k .... hi OC's on the 2600k oft require turning off Hyperthreading because of heat issues.

    Howz $1,301 + ya wireless card (I'd run a cable)

    Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    PSU - $ 150 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 48 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - Later - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
    HD - Later - Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 210 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    I can't recommend the self contained closed loop water coolers....too dang noisy and they don't really outperform the air coolers.....Sandy bridge has made water cooling just about obsolete.


    It's almost ironic that [air] coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling.


    Coolit ECO A.L.C. 75.2 +12.9
    Corsair H50 73.1 +10.8
    Coolit Vantage A.L.C. (extreme) 73.0 +10.7

    Thermalright Macho HR-02 71.0 +8.7
    Prolimatech Super Mega 67.2 +4.9
    Antec Kühler H2O 620 65.9 +3.6
    Corsair H70 (high)* 65.3 +3.0
    Thermaltake Frio OCK* 65.2 +2.9
    Thermalright Venomous X 63.0 +0.7
    Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM 62.3 +0.0
    Thermalright Silver Arrow* 61.8 -0.5
    Cooler Master V6 GT* 61.2 -1.1

    As you can see, the water units in bold didn't fare so well
  3. JackNaylorPE said:

    That's a little much.

    The 612 PWM comes with TIM I believe; The pictures have it in their. Would I need the Shin Etsu?
    Your PSU links to a Corsair one. I have no problem with either company but a modular PSU is basically a must.

    On the case I'm going to get the HAF 912 I think.

    Is their a big problem with the ASRock mobo? It has good newegg reviews.

    On the GPU, this shows the 6950 being better, and they are around the same price, would I be better off with a 6950?

    I think I will skip the SSD, they haven't been around long enough, but I must still consider them. The performance of them is appealing.

    I think I'm going to do what sosofm said.
  4. Woah, you must have edited it while I was typing!
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