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January 24, 2012 1:48:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Skyrim at max settings, SWTOR at max settings, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, micro center

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference, just want good quality parts

Overclocking: Maybe down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is the build Im looking at. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

CPU: I5-2500k - Micro Center $180

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:Here is where I could use some suggestions. I was thinking about getting a 7970 if available in time. Otherwise I might get a GTX580. Not sure if these would be overkill or not.

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Not important now. Will buy at later date.

Current total(w/out GPU): $832

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January 24, 2012 2:00:44 PM

Its a verry good build.
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January 24, 2012 2:15:03 PM

Thanks. So everything should work together? I tried to make sure they all would, but Im a noob to computer building.
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January 24, 2012 2:38:31 PM

Everything's compatible.

A few small recommendations:

-64GB is pretty small for an SSD, and 128GB is well within your budget. I'd bump up.

-A 7970 or a GTX 580 are both overkill, but that doesn't necessarily make either one a bad investment. Early benchmarks point to the 7970 having a modest advantage over the 580, so if you're going to go with one over the other I would take the 7970. That said a 570 or 6970 would be more than enough, and both are good cards to SLI/Crossfire later.

-If you're going to double up on graphics cards down the road, you'll want a slightly beefier PSU. Another consideration would be a modular power supply -- the ability to remove cables helps eliminate clutter & improve airflow in your case. Check out the HX650 (no SLI/Crossfire) and the PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W (yes SLI/Crossfire).

-You'll want an aftermarket heatsink like the Hyper 212 EVO to overclock your i5-2500k.
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January 24, 2012 3:17:09 PM

Thanks man. I'll look into your recommendations. The reasons I didn't have a bigger PSU was because I was just gonna wait until I needed to SLI/Crossfire before getting a bigger one, but I might just get the one you suggested.

As far as the heatsink goes thats the one I was looking at buying down the road when I start looking into overclocking.

Thanks again.
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January 24, 2012 3:17:55 PM

Best answer selected by dwreckd.
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January 24, 2012 3:36:53 PM

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