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About to pull trigger on new $1100 Rig - Last Second Help

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January 14, 2012 12:35:00 AM

First off, thanks to all those who have already helped me out. I wouldn't be at this point without this site. I have my build split between two carts ready to go...and I just need to know if I missed anything (i.e. extra SATA cables etc). I tried to avoid OEM...but this is my first build, so I may have missed something.

Approximate Purchase Date: Imminent

Budget Range: $1,100 +/-

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music, Video, Games, Internet, Productivity

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect & NewEgg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Below is my build. Thanks again for the help! Let me know if any extras etc are missing or if there is a glaring incompatibility.

Case/Memory Combo: Cooler Master HAF 912 / G.Skill Ripjaws - $88.88
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $29.99
CPU: Intel i5-2500k - $219.99
GPU: Galaxy GTX 560ti 448core - $259.99
HDD: Seagate ST Barracuda 1TB - $99.99
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVDR - $19.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 - $74.99
SSD: Samsung 830 64GB - $109.99
Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2 - $8.98
Wireless Adapter: Encore ENEWI - $14.99

Total = $1,147.76


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January 14, 2012 12:43:44 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... grab this cooler
I dont Trust galaxy because of Problems in the past with a gtx 200 series, over all is Ok. Nice Build but if you plan on overclocking, get at least a 750w. If you are playing games like lol,TF2, SC2 , SWO, u need to have a ethernet connection, wireless is useless for that.
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January 14, 2012 12:44:05 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... grab this cooler
I dont Trust galaxy because of Problems in the past with a gtx 200 series, over all is Ok. Nice Build but if you plan on overclocking, get at least a 750w. If you are playing games like lol,TF2, SC2 , SWO, u need to have a ethernet connection, wireless is useless for that.
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January 14, 2012 12:54:54 AM

First I would spring for some memory with tighter timings (lower CAS latency). Sure the price on the combo w/ the case is great, but you don't want to bottleneck your $1100 rig b/c of not wanting to spend $50 more on RAM.

Also, the 448 core 560 ti's are limited edition so buy 2 now if you ever want to run SLI! Or else in the future you will have to buy 2 cards to run SLI.

Other than that just make sure that all the parts your getting are up to your quality standards.

Congrats on the new build =]

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January 14, 2012 1:28:43 AM

chulex67 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... grab this cooler
I dont Trust galaxy because of Problems in the past with a gtx 200 series, over all is Ok. Nice Build but if you plan on overclocking, get at least a 750w. If you are playing games like lol,TF2, SC2 , SWO, u need to have a ethernet connection, wireless is useless for that.


I went back and forth between Galaxy and EVGA, but almost everything I read said the difference is minimal. I don't play any of those and my computer is a long way from the router. I have to go wireless. I originally had that cooler on my list but changed my mind for the + $20.

zachdoescomputers said:
First I would spring for some memory with tighter timings (lower CAS latency). Sure the price on the combo w/ the case is great, but you don't want to bottleneck your $1100 rig b/c of not wanting to spend $50 more on RAM.

Also, the 448 core 560 ti's are limited edition so buy 2 now if you ever want to run SLI! Or else in the future you will have to buy 2 cards to run SLI.

Other than that just make sure that all the parts your getting are up to your quality standards.

Congrats on the new build =]


Thanks!

I'm pretty sure the mobo I picked only supports crossfire, so 1 GTX it is....




And of course the i5-2500k just got $10 more expensive....it's amazing how fast these stupid prices change.
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January 14, 2012 2:35:16 AM

I like it. Mx4 is a little better thermal paste but the CM212 comes with MX2 if im not mistaken.
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January 14, 2012 2:41:22 AM

DXRick said:
Combos on NewEgg:

Intel Core i5-2500K & CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (low profile heat spreaders won't hit CPU cooler)

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 & EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (The 448Core is only 5-10% faster than a stock Ti)


Thanks for that first combo.

As far as the 2nd, the game I play most is Civ V. With this bench http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/499?vs=330, it seems like it's almost 25% better...and my be worth the extra $20. Can my eye see the difference in 12 fps?
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January 14, 2012 4:54:10 PM

Hmmmm. I read the THG test for the card. I definitely trust Anandtech tests. It seems the biggest differences in FPS occur at 2560x1600 and/or with 4xAA. Yea, I would go with the 448Core, seeing that.
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January 14, 2012 5:07:49 PM

It is hard to notice differences in FPS higher than 60 FPS. Anything lower than that is noticeable.

Basically, you want to aim for 60 FPS for what you want to do if you can.

The two with higher resolutions would play a lot different, the one with the lower resolution wouldn't.
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January 15, 2012 4:46:33 AM

Well the overall price is about $200 higher than when I originally started pricing parts, but I guess that's my fault for procrastinating. Thanks again for the help. I'm sure I'll need some more when the actual build begins.
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January 18, 2012 6:11:09 PM

Best answer selected by MingWyo.
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January 18, 2012 6:17:02 PM

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