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January 14, 2012 6:50:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Already started purchasing parts

Budget Range: Want to stay under $350 for Video Card, Case, and RAM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Ordered So Far or Already Have:

Processor: Intel i5-2500k
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
SSD: Crucial 128GB m4
OPTICAL DRIVE: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner AD-7280S-0B-OEM
HDD: Maxtor 320GB, 8 MB Cache
PSU: OCZ ModXStream PRO 600W Modular


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open but have ordered from Newegg.com quite a bit and have $275 in Best Buy gift cards

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Open

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution: Not Sure yet, Will probably use 32” Samsung LCD until I order a dedicated display.

Additional Comments: Prefer a cool, silent machine, Need advice on Video Card, Case, RAM, and possible build issues
January 14, 2012 9:24:17 PM

PSU isn't so great, but it should do. Same for the Maxtor HD. Sony DVDs aren't the lowest fail rates in the industry but it should be ok.

If you will have a 64 bit OS then look for this RAM

CT2KIT51264BA1339
or this
CT2KIT51264BD1339 (preferred)

Case - Look for HAF 912 or Antec 300, they are both good and low'ish prices.

Those things should both be obtainable for less than 100 online.

That would give maybe 250 for the video card which is HD 6950 or 560 TI territory.

- Edit -

With a 32 bit OS, get one of these instead

CT2KIT25664BA1339
CT2KIT25664BD1339 (preferred)
January 14, 2012 9:33:58 PM

I got the PSU and DVD in a package deal on Newegg so I had a feeling they weren't top of the line. Oh well.

As far as the hard drive, it was just sitting around . Figure i would wait to buy a decent drive if and when prices start to dropi think I will go the 560 Ti route. Any preferred manufacturer?

Was also thinking of a Corsair Carbide 500R. I know its more but i do have a $15 Newegg card or can use my Best Buy gift card
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January 14, 2012 9:40:32 PM

Nice PSU choice! Mine has been excellent so far. For ram I am assuming you'll be running Windows 7 64 bit, and as such will be wanting the current gaming rig standard of 8gb. If so, this stuff is very good and very popular. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also have a very good case that is quiet if you change out the fan. Works very well with that PSU also. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... You might get two fans. I only need one due to my low end video card with it's own excellent cooling.

That leave about $238 for a video card. Any one of these up to the budget limit would be nice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...
January 14, 2012 10:09:03 PM

I know I'm blowing my own budget by I think I may be leaning toward a GTX 560 Ti 448.

Any recommendations on which card manufacturer?
January 14, 2012 10:39:27 PM

EVGA or MSI(Twin Frozr) are the best.
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