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January 7, 2012 1:18:58 PM

I'm building a new computer and I was looking for a peer review of the build I have so far. I appreciate your help. This computer will mainly be used for gaming such as running bf3 and I would like to keep the total cost around $1200.

Overclocking: No

Location: USA

Approximate Purchase Date: This week 1/8/2012

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and a tiny bit of 3ds Max and VFX programs.

Budget Range: $1000-$1200

Parts Preferences: none

Monitor Resolution: at or above 1440x900


Parts list:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 219.99



Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 120.00



Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 94.99


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 121.99




CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 104.99








EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-... / 249.99







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
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 29.99




SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 53.99




G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 44.99



Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 12.98

total ~ 1053

Revised the build again

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January 7, 2012 1:31:37 PM
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January 7, 2012 1:48:45 PM

Here's a build that includes an SSD within the same budget that makes some changes to your build :

CPU & RAM: $241- i5 2500K & Patriot Signature 2x 4GB

Motherboard & Case: $200- MSI P67a G43 & Corsair Carbide

SSD: $180 -Crucial M4 128GB

Optical Drive: $85- Sony BluRay Writer

Cooler: $30- Cooler Master Hyper 212+

PSU: $105- Cooler Master TX750(A good psu, capable of handling two GPUs)

GPU: $280- Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB

HDD: $80- Hitachi 500GB

Total (Excluding Rebates): 1201 USD

Rebates: 60 USD
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January 7, 2012 2:58:43 PM

The PSU you selected is an excellent PSU but why pay $190 for a PSU when you can get a PSU for $115 that is specifically designed for that case, gets a 10.0 jonnyguru performance rating and runs cooler and queiter than anything else due to its CPX form factor. ?

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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[The CP-850] is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

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The Antec CP-850 is a superlative power supply by almost any standard. Its electrical performance is up at the level of its more expensive brethren, the Signature 650 and 850, and Seasonic's flagship, the M12D-850: Voltage regulation is extremely tight for all the lines at all loads, and the ripple noise is amazingly low.

The noise performance is excellent, with the <400W performance matching or bettering virtually every PSU tested thus far. Above 500W load in our heat box, the noise level goes over 40 dBA@1m, or about the norm for PSUs rated this high. It has the virtue keeping itself extremely cool, however, cooler than any other PSU we've tested at such high loads.

A serious consideration is that in each of the three compatible Antec cases, the CP-850 mounts on the bottom, and the intake for the PSU is quite separate from the rest of the system. In the P193 and P183, the PSU is in an entirely separate thermal chamber, and in the model 1200 (Note the DF-85 is built on the 1200 chassis so the CP-850 fits in the DF-85], a direct path can be maintained to the directly opposite, wide-open front vent. This means that our extreme hot box test conditions never apply to the CP-850; in other words, SPCR's test environment is unrealistically hot for the CP-850. Our atypical spot check with a room ambient thermal test showed the CP-850 would reach only 24 dBA@1m at 700W load in a 27°C working environment. This is ridiculously quiet for such high power output.

The above is an obviously unfair advantage for the CP-850... but what of it? Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec!

For the quiet-seeking computer gaming enthusiast, the CP-850 (along with any of the three compatible cases) is something of a godsend. Fantastically stable power, super low noise at any power load, long expected reliability due to excellent cooling, modular cabling, and all at a price that's no higher than many high end 6~700W models. That you're limited to one of three well-executed high cases from Antec — one mostly for silence (P183), one mostly for gaming (1200 [and its sibling the DF-85]) and one that's really an ultimate everyman case (P193) — is not exactly a hardship either.


Until Asrock offers an industry standard 3 year warranty, I can not recommend their products.

This GFX card is $40 cheaper and a bit faster than the 6950 .... however when ya add a 2nd one in SLI, it beats the CF'd 6950's by over 100 fps.

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

I'd opt for the low profile Corsairs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 7, 2012 4:06:53 PM

Thank you for the input, I changed the build again incorporating the advice from several forums.
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January 15, 2012 12:46:28 PM

Best answer selected by klcme33.
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