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$725 Gaming build - Last min suggestions

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January 6, 2012 3:10:31 PM

Approx Purchase Date: in the next 4 hours, and possibly 48 hours for online deals

Budget: $800 Before / ≈$725 or less After Rebates (I hate rebates)

Usage: Gaming (99% MMOs e.g. SWToR)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, storage HDD, disk drive, wireless card

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

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: none

OCing: Yes (though maybe not immediately)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (once I've purchased a second GFX card)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I plan on driving to Microcenter within the next 4 hours to pick up my CPU, Mobo, & GFX card (listed below). I'd like any suggestions on additional parts to purchase, particularly any that I should pick up while there vs ordering online. I had hoped to have more time to prepare but I just found out I have to make the hour drive anyhow & the parts just happened to come back in stock.

I'd like very much to keep the rest of my budget as low as possible. Any money I can save will go to finding a small 60-90gb SSD.

As stated previously I plan on playing MMOs mostly on my HDTV until I purchase a nicer monitor. I'd prefer a budget case that is as discrete/cool/quite as possible. This is my first build so all other purchase choices I'll base purely off your suggestions. I have no idea which case to pick, what PSU is the best deal (& will support future xFire), or what RAM (brand/speed/timings) I should be looking for...

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Here are the parts I've bought (or will be purchasing today), if you think I should return an item and make a different purchase I can easily do so while I'm there.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - $180 @Microcenter

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $160 @Microcenter

GPU: DIAMOND 6770PE51GB - $70 AR&PM @Microcenter

HDD: WD Caviar 2TB

Was also considering picking this cooler up, if you recommend doing so. Although I'm not necessarily rushing to attempt OCing right away.

Cooler: CM Hyper 212EVO - $38

Case: ?
PSU: ?
RAM: ?

Thanks very much for your time & timely response!

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January 6, 2012 3:26:29 PM

All its ok. Buy the cpu cooler now.
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January 6, 2012 3:31:07 PM

You need a good 700W-750W POWER SUPPLY for crossfire.
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January 6, 2012 3:37:55 PM

sosofm said:
You need a good 700W-750W POWER SUPPLY for crossfire.


Thanks soso. I went ahead and placed an order for the cooler since they were running low. I'll do some research on good budget 750W PSUs till someone suggests a specific model.
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