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January 5, 2012 5:11:10 PM

mobo 149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu 219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler 44.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram 44.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case 59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu 91.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just over $620 invested now

and 1 of these within a couple weeks and a 2nd in a month or so 239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD, BD Player/ Burner etc as future purchases...

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $600 now, and more invested over the next couple months

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (BF3 SWTOR, MW3, WOW), home theater (monitor is a 47'' 1080p HDTV), surfing

Parts Not Required: OS - I have Win Pro 64 already, Monitor, keyboard, mouse (hard drive, optical drive, gpu for now)

Re using for now: 640gb sata HD, Supermulti DVD Burner, MSI nVidia GeForce GT 520 1 GB DDR3 Low Profile PCI-Express Video Card

These parts are in my current Acer Aspire AX1700

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Cost efficient, budget friendly, but not junk

Overclocking: Yes - never done before but would like the ability

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - future upgrades

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 running a 108p HDTV 47'' LCD

Additional Comments:

As far as mobo, I am so confused in that department my head has been spinning... I know i want crossfirex and sli support, usb 3.0 - but any further than that I just dont know where to go.

Also as far as PSU, I am uncertain if this will be sufficient for running dual 560 ti and overclocking the i5 at high resolution for my 1080p HDTV.. I have read 600 would be sufficient and that 800+ was necessary.. Which is it? Modular, is this important for cable management?

I just need some advise, to ensure everything will work well together etc. My budget is quite limited for the time being, but the upgrades I plan to buy them all within a couple months, 1 at a time.

Thanks in advance!
January 5, 2012 5:19:49 PM

What city do you live in? Do you have a microcenter nearby? The i5-2500k is $40 cheaper there.
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January 5, 2012 5:33:09 PM

Wisconsin Dells WI, I just checked the site.. Unfortunately it dont look like I have anything close...
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January 5, 2012 5:39:36 PM

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mobo 149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 8X-UD3H-B3

cpu 219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

cpu cooler 29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065

ram 44.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

case 59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147060

psu 91.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] een%20750W

Just under $600 invested now


That's a pretty solid selection of components, actually. The only thing I'd suggest for the fan is to go with the new version of the Hyper 212 - called the Evo.

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and 1 of these within a couple weeks and a 2nd in a month or so 239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127594


I certainly wouldn't spend the money there - I'm not a fan of the Twin FROZR (I prefer EVGA for NVIDIA cards) but a single Radeon 7970 is going to just blow all of those out of the water. You might want to hold off until then.

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As far as mobo, I am so confused in that department my head has been spinning... I know i want crossfirex and sli support, usb 3.0 - but any further than that I just dont know where to go.


All new motherboards will have those features - Z68, P67, and AM3+ - you should be fine there..

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Re using for now: 640gb sata HD, Supermulti DVD Burner, MSI nVidia GeForce GT 520 1 GB DDR3 Low Profile PCI-Express Video Card

These parts are in my current Acer Aspire AX1700


You can definitely reuse those for now.
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January 5, 2012 5:56:07 PM

^Thanks

I updated the cpu cooler on your advise.

As far as the gpu, I have time to decide on that either way. It will be a couple weeks at least before I can afford to get one anyhow.
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January 5, 2012 6:02:17 PM

drock_78 said:
^Thanks

I updated the cpu cooler on your advise.

As far as the gpu, I have time to decide on that either way. It will be a couple weeks at least before I can afford to get one anyhow.


Well if you're waiting anyways on the GPU I'd heavily advise against the money you'd be spending on dual 560's and go with a single 7970 or 7950. The single 7970 has been destroying 3-D mark records and it will continue to for at least the next year - year and a half. AMD may have lost this round with their CPUs, but they owned this round with their GPUs. :lol: 
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