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January 10, 2012 3:02:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Pretty soon. Probably order the parts within the next two weeks.

Budget Range: I want it to last for the next couple years but I don't want to spend more then 2k.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Station, Storage, Homework (programming), Internet browsing.

Parts Not Required: I have a monitor and a graphics card. A Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It a good card? Got it from a friend.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I usually shop Newegg or Amazon

Country:US

Overclocking: Never done it but probably.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Ill be running multiple OSs. Windows and Linux.

So these are some parts I've been thinking:

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Power Supply - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Pretty sure thats enough power.

Heatsink - COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would a liquid cooler be better?

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case, keyboard, mouse, SSD - Totally up for suggestions.

Am I missing anything?
Any advice for the build or changes would be appreciated.
Thanks.

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January 10, 2012 7:29:36 AM

Welcome to the forum. Looks pretty nice overall and yes the 5970 is a fast card.
You can get a Z68 board which has a few added features for cheaper
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
This HDD is cheaper
Seagate 7200.14 1TB
That HSF is good, but you may run into problems fitting it over those tall RAM heatspreaders, so maybe get this RAM instead
Kingston HyperX Blu 1600

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January 10, 2012 8:02:43 AM

With 2k you could fit in a 580 or a 7970.
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January 10, 2012 10:11:13 AM

^Oops, good catch.
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January 10, 2012 11:06:12 AM

Thanks you sir. Especially for the RAM advice. I did not think of that. Also be swithching the Mboard up.
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January 10, 2012 11:08:36 AM

azeem40 said:
With 2k you could fit in a 580 or a 7970.


Ok. I got my 5970 for free. So do you think its worth it to buy a different one?
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January 10, 2012 11:38:33 AM

xarrtarrant said:
Ok. I got my 5970 for free. So do you think its worth it to buy a different one?

that's a lot of gfx power for free. so in terms of price-performance (not power consumption), the 5970 is a good choice.
if you sell the 5970 (and if you haven't used the 5970 yet), get a radeon hd 7970 3 gb gddr5 card.
may be get a bigger psu for the 5970? i could be wrong, though.
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January 10, 2012 2:00:58 PM

de5_Roy said:
that's a lot of gfx power for free. so in terms of price-performance (not power consumption), the 5970 is a good choice.
if you sell the 5970 (and if you haven't used the 5970 yet), get a radeon hd 7970 3 gb gddr5 card.
may be get a bigger psu for the 5970? i could be wrong, though.


Decisions, decisions. I think I'll keep the 5970. It is a power hog though. I'll get a larger PSU just in case. Thanks for all the help people.

Also switching up the CPU to the i5 2500k as advised above. That was a very big my bad.

Anyone have any case ideas too?
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January 10, 2012 2:54:30 PM

case? antec 1100 nzxt phantom have very good cable management and good space too or the antec illusion though i would recomend the haf 912/922 or the antec 1100,antec 900,rosewill challenger,thor v2 just to name a few
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January 18, 2012 9:37:32 AM

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