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New Gaming Rig - ~1k - would like to purchase today/tomorrow

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January 5, 2012 2:40:24 PM

This is my third build using these forums. I just wanted to thank everyone in advance for all your help. Build after build, I’m amazed at the level of advice and assistance offered on this site.

Approximate Purchase Date: would like to purchase within the next day or so

Budget Range: hoping to stay as close to 1k as possible

System Usage: gaming

Parts Not Required: I’ll be reusing some basic peripherals: keyboard, mouse, monitor and DVD burner.

Additionally, I would like to reuse my HD and PSU if possible to stay under budget. Basically, my thought is to use the SSD for my OS, plus whatever game I’m currently playing and then use my old one for media storage. Regarding the PSU, the one I had previously broke just before the warranty was up. I borrowed one from a friend while having the original replaced and just never ended up installing it, so it’s still brand new in the box. I’d like to try to reuse if possible to keep my system to as close to 1k as possible (I’m already around 50 bucks over before shipping/tax). At the time, it was a highly recommended PSU, but please let me know if you it would be a really bad idea to use it with this new build.

HD (re-using)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) -Bare Drive

PSU (re-using)
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: would like to go exclusively through newegg

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K - $219.99

Mobo: any other thoughts here - maybe i can shave a few bucks off with a different motherboard?

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $174.99


GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card – $209.00


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B – $49.99


OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $189.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 - $29.04

Thermal Paste:

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound – OEM – $12.98


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM - $99.99

This puts me at around 1050 before tax/shipping. Please let me know if you see any issues or have any suggestions (not sure if there is any room, but please advise if you see any room to trim a few bucks without compromising performance).

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January 5, 2012 2:54:30 PM

I would go with your original mobo since it supports PCI-E gen 3 and also due to high memory standards compared to other brands like ASUS. This one is slightly cheaper: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I also recommend CM HAF 912 for case. HAF stands for high air flow. It fits the longest graphics cards in the world in SLI or CFX and also full sized CPU coolers. YOURS DOES NOT. For HAF 912 case fans get 2X 200mm CM MegaFlows, 140mm Bgears B-blaster and 2X 120mm CM SickleFlow (one for your Hyper 212) All can be searched on Newegg.
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January 5, 2012 4:11:29 PM

Thanks so much for all your imput. It sounds like the motherboard I have is a good choice, but if i want, I can save 20 bucks or so going with GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Regarding the case, I just realized that the one I initially included is out of stock right now anyway. I prefer the look of the one that sosofm suggested: [...] 6811147144 The HAF 912 has a lot going on in design.. hehe.. looks like its combat ready. The computer is going to be sitting in my living room, so I want to keep it fairly simple in looks - just sleak black. Am I going to loosing out on airflow or anything else by going with the Rosewill?

Thanks again!

January 5, 2012 4:55:26 PM

I would say the HAF 912 fits your plan quite well. :p 
January 5, 2012 5:09:05 PM

Yea - everything looks great with the HAF 912, but the wife isn't a fan of the design :)  . I think it's the those black grips (not sure how else to describe them) that appear on the front, which give that sort of durable - can be dropped - look. I'm looking for another case option with a more simplistic design, but similar airflow, like the Anteck Three Hundred that I initially posted:
January 5, 2012 8:04:44 PM

Bump - I'm almost there - just looking or a case and I'm ready to go. mikeangs2004 mentioned that the the case that I chose originally might not fit the aftermarket cooler. Its also not available . He suggested the HAF 912, but the wife has vetoed the design. Are there any other suggestions for a simple black case with proper airflow and space. Would any of these options work? any other suggestions?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan


Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
January 16, 2012 2:56:02 PM

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