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January 24, 2012 9:49:48 PM
January 24, 2012 10:01:57 PM

If I were you, I'd change the i7-2600k to an i5-2500k. You really only need the 2600k if you're doing heavy video editing, rendering, 3D modeling, etc. So you could save $100 right there. How much gaming are you going to be doing? And will you be overclocking?
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January 24, 2012 10:04:56 PM

drop to the i5, add an ssd.

I know it's hard to justify the price of the ssd when you're looking at benchmarks but it's absolutely necessary at your budget.

I'd suggest 120-128GB.
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January 24, 2012 10:05:54 PM

I'd change the motherboard to another brand. I have that board and its currently back at ASUS for replacement. If you look at NEWEGG it apears that half of them go back. Wish I had gone with another brand. I have 6 computers built on Gigabyte boards and they are great.

If you are only planning on gaming swap to the 2500k. If you do photo or video editing(or just have lots of cash) stay with the 2600k.
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January 24, 2012 10:13:16 PM

A very reasonable build.
Two good comments^
Here is why:
1) The 2600K is a fine cpu but for gaming, the extra $100 you spend for one does not buy you much. Most games can use only two or 3 cores, making the hyperthreading on the 2600K not much use.
The 2500K, when overclocked, will reach the same sane limits as the 2600K

2) The current high prices for hard drives are crazy. SSD prices are down, and going lower. Why not get a 80gb SSD which is large enough for the os and half a dozen games now. Your pc will be much more responsive. If, or when you outgrow the limited capacity, then hard drive prices will be lower, and you can add a hard drive for overflow and storage.
For reliability, look to Intel, Samsung, and crucial in that order.
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January 24, 2012 10:13:38 PM

Change Cavier Black to Hitachi 500Gb 7200 RPM $70 and Crucial M4 64GB $110
Change GTX 560 TI 2GB to GTX 560 TI 448 for better performance in gaming. 600w should be enough. Same as people as, change to i5 2500k. Should be $1060. Or you can just keep your setting and stick with i7, but with the changes, you will load into games faster and have better performance unless you are video editing/rendering.
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January 24, 2012 11:01:59 PM

shane799 said:
I'd change the motherboard to another brand. I have that board and its currently back at ASUS for replacement. If you look at NEWEGG it apears that half of them go back. Wish I had gone with another brand. I have 6 computers built on Gigabyte boards and they are great.


Asus makes excellent mobos, so does gigabyte. I've had both fail and neither company has great support but asus is a bit better in my experience. Pick the mobo based on product reviews, not manufacturers reviews.
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