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January 9, 2012 4:18:46 PM

hi everyone, wanting to build my first computer, im going to pull the trigger when i get my tax returns, ive done a lot of research on the forums here and compiled a list of parts based on that research using basiclly i just want some advice or opinions on this build to let me know if it will be good for my needs and good for use in the future. thank you

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month or 2

Budget Range: $1000-$1200 (will go a bit higher if it warrants good performance gains)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Storage, Surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, ati radeon graphics with eyefinity

Overclocking: Yes, something easy as i have never done it before

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, i think i would rather go with just 1 high performance card, mostly because some games dont really support it, but i will if its really worth it

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 i only have 1 monitor, but i plan on purchasing 2 more to have 3 displays sometime down the line

Additional Comments: just want something that will last me a good long time, and only require part upgrades every now and again

here are the parts ive come up with

CPU: i5 2500k $219.99 free shipping

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $44.99 free shipping

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $121.99+7.89 shipping

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $44.99 Free shipping

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $149.99+7.28 shipping

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card $269.99 ($239.99 after mail in rebate) free shipping

Case: Corsair CC600TM ATX Mid Tower Case $159.99 (144.99 after mail in rebate) free shipping

Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V Power Supply $91.99 ($79.99 after mail in rebate) Free shipping

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AL/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $17.99+4.99 shipping

TOTAL: $1142.07 (1085.07 after rebates)

let me know what you guys think, or if i should make any changes

Thank you

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January 9, 2012 4:29:52 PM

Do you have a spare HDD you can put in this new build? If you do I would recommend reusing it and taking the money you save to buy an SSD.
January 9, 2012 4:35:04 PM

The only HDD i have is in my current pc, but when i build my new one im handing this one over to my wife, so i need to have a new one, i know the prices are out of control with them right now, but i really cant go without it, i have a lot of media, and i have to sacrifice Performance for storage, however, i do plan on swooping up a SSD in the future but probably not for a little while, since i plan on getting more monitors, at least 1 more until i decide to get an SSD
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January 9, 2012 4:36:16 PM

honestly, your build looks outstanding. i agree with the above poster that a solid state drive is an excellent investment in your price range.

aside from that,
-you could save $5 with a DVD-RW drive that has free shipping
-if you are fortunate enough to live near a microcenter, you can get an i5-2500k for $180
-you should be fine power-wise to add a second 6950 down the line, whenever you buy your 2nd and 3rd displays.
January 9, 2012 8:07:20 PM

awesome, guess research pays off,

i think ill look into getting an SSD too, could any of you suggest a good one? nothing too puny, something in the range of 128GB or more perhaps?

who knows, maybe ill get more for my tax returns then im anticipating :D 
March 28, 2012 2:08:08 AM

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