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January 16, 2012 5:12:01 PM

This is my first build. I have wanted to build for years but have never taken the plunge so here is my chance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Asap
Budget Range: $800-$1000 (pretty loose. I don't have to price in exactly but would like to stick close)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming {World Of Warcraft}, (Digital Art {Photoshop},
Overclocking: No (thought about it, still thinking about it but I'd have to change out for the more expensive cpu, anyone have opinions can feel free to chime in XD)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors at 1920x1080

My list thus far. I really came into this as a noobling so I learned alot but I know enough to get the opinion of those with superior knowledge. XD Feel free to suggest better products and like I said my budget is kinda loosely set.
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After Rebates/Promos/Etc (not including shipping but I'm disregarding it as it's only about $10 or so)

Case: Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower -49.99

Video Card: GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB -229.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -29.99

Mobo:ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 -129.99

Cpu: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz -189.99

OS: Windows 7 Home 64 bit - OEM -99.99

Optical Drive: Samsung Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP -57.99

Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III (SSD) -119.99

Grand Total: $907.92


Pulling the power supply from my current computer as I just replaced it not that long ago

Power Supply:CORSAIR 650W ATX12V

If I forgot something feel free to let me know.

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January 16, 2012 5:41:19 PM

I snooped around the OC boards some more and when I really think about it I will not OC. Being as I am hard pressed for time as it is between school and work. So I went ahead and switched out the cpu. Thank You XD
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January 16, 2012 6:36:20 PM

Well, if you have the extra money, then you might want to OC the CPU later when you're about to scrap the computer just for fun, even if you don't have the time, you'll have the time since OCing doesn't take that long, it's just a few keyboard presses and you're done
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January 16, 2012 7:22:25 PM

I would bump the RAM up to 8 GB as well, you did list photoshop as one of the uses and photoshop (At least the pro 5.5 version) will use all the RAM that you through at it. You can get some GPU acceleration with you 560 ti as well so you should be good to go.
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January 17, 2012 10:39:10 AM

ubicray said:
Hi there
I suggest go with 6GB of ram...it's less price difference for a big deal :) 
And for motherboard,go with ASROCK Extreme3 Gen3-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has PCIe 3.0 slot,in case you upgrade your GPU in 3-4 years(great upgradeability :) 

Why 6GB? There are no 3GB sticks of RAM therefore 6GB is 3 sticks of 2GB of RAM, which means you want a triple channel memory motherboard, which LGA1155 mobos are not. Go with dual channel memory, such as 2 sticks of 4GB.
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January 17, 2012 12:55:31 PM

I've decided to switch out the memory and go with 8 as photoshop is quite the hog. Plus with the dual screens I tend to do a lot of switching between programs.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -46.99

In addition I was thinking about OC'ing all day yesterday so I'm going to go with the unlocked 2500k because if I'm obsessing now chances are I'm going to want to give it a go.

Cpu: Intel Core i5-2500k -229.99


The hard drive I had went out of stock. Going with the smaller sized Crucial.
Hard Drive:Crucial M4 64 gb sata III $109.99

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I am ordering my parts sometime today. Probably in the next few hours.
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January 18, 2012 12:20:50 AM

lint said:
I've decided to switch out the memory and go with 8 as photoshop is quite the hog. Plus with the dual screens I tend to do a lot of switching between programs.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -46.99

In addition I was thinking about OC'ing all day yesterday so I'm going to go with the unlocked 2500k because if I'm obsessing now chances are I'm going to want to give it a go.

Cpu: Intel Core i5-2500k -229.99


The hard drive I had went out of stock. Going with the smaller sized Crucial.
Hard Drive:Crucial M4 64 gb sata III $109.99

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I am ordering my parts sometime today. Probably in the next few hours.

If you are going to buy an aftermarket HSF (which I highly recommend you do if you're gonna OC), then I recommend you get low profile RAM, since the heatspreaders could mess with the HSF sitting properly on the CPU, something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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