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Help Choosing Case, GPU, & PSU for <$350

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January 7, 2012 5:51:13 PM

I haven't built a computer in a long time but I am up to date on the current technologies of everything . I've already purchased my i5-2500K CPU and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 MoBo but thats all I have towards the build am I'm having trouble deciding on the rest. Picked them up at MicroCenter in NJ <--- AWESOME Store.

Approximate Purchase Date: Pref Today, could wait until Monday at the latest

Budget Range: After Rebates --> $350 ($400 Max)
Additionally, for my RAM, I haven't purchased it but I picked out and planned to purchase the Cosair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 1600 MHz
If you have any suggestions or comments to help, I would appreciate it too.

System Usage: Schoolwork (chemistry structure modeling, biomechanical/kinesthetics simulations), flight simulators, minor Autocad use,
Internet browsing (I hit pretty hard on tab usage (: ha), online lecture viewing, Heavy simultaneous document usage
Possibly some movie watching but not that important.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't care as long as it's not used; for a big enough discount, I'm even open to Manufacturer Recertified/Refurbished items

Overclocking: Some, most likely not above 4.5GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Either/Or

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1280x1024 --> I have been using either my 37" Samsung 1080 LCD or my 28" 1080 Vizio LCD. However, I eventually (within
the next 8-12 months) want to move to 4x ~23" 1080 LEDs, but don't focus on that right now unless you have some input (I would be
happy to hear it; Especially if you know of any good/cheap wall mounts)

Thannnnkkkssss alott
January 7, 2012 5:58:16 PM

About the RAM, don't but corsair vengeance. It's great RAM, but it's too big and may make installing an aftermarket heatsink a pain. Buy G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB or Kingston Genesis Grey.

This is a very nice case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 65$ with shipping

This is a great GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 250$ with rebates

My friend has this PSU. It powers his gtx 560 ti ( exactly the same like the one i linked ) and his 2500k OC'd to 4GHz. So, it's good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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January 7, 2012 6:24:34 PM

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About the RAM, don't but corsair vengeance. It's great RAM, but it's too big and may make installing an aftermarket heatsink a pain. Buy G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB or Kingston Genesis Grey.


While I agree with this, Corsair does make a low profile version of the same RAM for this reason. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Gpu : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125401


Good choice but I'd be more inclined to go with EVGA - awesome company and great RMA department. Gpu : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125401

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This is a very nice case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233 - 65$ with shipping


I'll second this recommendation - I have this case and I've used a lot of others for the same money - this one is amazing for the price. Excellent cable management and airflow and it's actually quite a bit cooler than my Corsair Graphite 600T.
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January 7, 2012 6:36:30 PM

@ALL --> The RAM I linked is the low-profile version, white 1.35V version of the RAM Gunit1111 linked... I like the Ripsaw RAM too, but I leaned towards the Vengeance because I thought the white would look good with the board. ( Exp.
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January 7, 2012 7:10:14 PM

How much better is the GTX 560 Ti compared to the GTX 550 Ti and the Radeon HD 6850/6870/6790?
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January 7, 2012 7:27:03 PM

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@ALL --> The RAM I linked is the low-profile version, white 1.35V version of the RAM Gunit1111 linked... I like the Ripsaw RAM too, but I leaned towards the Vengeance because I thought the white would look good with the board. ( Exp.


You'd better check the QVL list from your motherboard manufacturer before buying low voltage RAM - having the wrong voltage could mess up your build - and trust me I know from experience. :lol: 

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How much better is the GTX 560 Ti compared to the GTX 550 Ti and the Radeon HD 6850/6870/6790?


Sadly the 6790 has been discontinued - the 550TI is pretty decent (I have two of them running in SLI). The 560TI would be your best bet - it starts at around $199. The 6850 is a better bang-for-your-buck option and that runs about ~$150.
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