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[New Build] $1000-1200 Gaming PC

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January 10, 2012 10:53:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1000-1200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I preffer Intel processors and lean towards Nvidia gfx cards.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm planning to play new games at max setting with this build. It has been about 4 years since my last build and I'm looking to try a SLI/Crossfire setup this time around as well as incorporating a 120gb+ SSD (tyvm 20gb game installs) and USB 3.0 capabilities. While I preffer nvidia, I'm also not opposed to ATI if I can get a significant boost in performance for aproximately the same price. This is what I've put togeather so far, the budget is flexible though I preffer to stay near the lower end of $1200 if possible. Feel free to change anything you like and thank you in advance for your advice.

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Parts:

CPU: $219.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Fan: $17.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler

GPU: $299.98
EVGA 01G-P3-1361-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Mobo: $129.99 After Rebate
EVGA P67 SLI Micro 120-SB-E672-KR LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: $48.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

SSD: $169.99
Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HD: $94.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: $104.99 After Rebate
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

DVD-RW: $21.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

Case: $89.99
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

Total: $1198.89 After Rebates

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January 10, 2012 11:54:04 PM

i5 2500K + Corsair LP 8GB DDR3 1600 $255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZS 750w $100 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x Gigabyte 560 Ti $420
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + Antec 300 Illusion $123 ($8 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SanDisk Ultra 120GB $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hyper 212+ $26
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
Total: $1199 before rebates

Much better performance gain and you'll get a 120GB SSD still, the 560 Ti is by far much better than a 460.
560 Ti SLI vs 460 SLI
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=314
Hyper 212+ is a better cooler overall.
The Board I suggested is ATX vs mATX and you'll get PCI 3.0 if you use Ivy Bridge. Also you get Z68.
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January 11, 2012 9:43:00 AM

Verry good @aznshinobi's build.
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January 11, 2012 9:50:33 PM

Best answer selected by shmitty.
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January 11, 2012 9:52:21 PM

Thanks for the great build advice. I wasn't aware of anandtech.com as that will make future comparisons much easier.
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January 11, 2012 10:41:34 PM

Yeah no problem! Anandtech is a great place to make some quick comparisons, they don't keep the comparisons constantly updated but for more mainstream things they have pretty good comparisons.
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