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Any Suggestions on this new ~$1,000 build?

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January 25, 2012 1:19:36 AM

I saw this build recommended in another forum, posted by sosofm. Just to be used for gaming, no specific games in mind. Anyone see any flaws, bottlenecks, compatibility issues, upgradability, etc?

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Mobo Asrock Z68 Etreme3 for future SLI, I5 2500K , 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Antec 750W for future SLI , 560Ti, OS 64bit , fullhd monitor,Coolermaster 212 cpu cooler.
MOBO : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271
CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072
RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148421
HDD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767
GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125401
PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371049
DVD-RW : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
CASE : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119227
MONITOR : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009261
OS : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
CPU COOLER : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
TOTAL : $1,111.89 without rebates.

Here is the breakdown:

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case


I really wanted a 1 TB HDD, but with the prices right now, I'm having trouble justifying one. Anyway, I appreciate any feedback. Thanks a lot everyone!

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January 25, 2012 3:25:26 AM
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I really wanted a 1 TB HDD, but with the prices right now, I'm having trouble justifying one. Anyway, I appreciate any feedback. Thanks a lot everyone!


Yeah the prices are ridiculous because of the floods right now and it doesn't look like the factories will be back online until the end of the year. But adding and replacing drives isn't that difficult.

That's a pretty good build for the most part. These would be my suggestions:

Substitute the case for this (only $20 more): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Substitute the video card for this (better brand, tech support, RMA dept): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then you're good to go.
January 25, 2012 12:40:31 PM

Thanks for the reply! Is the mobo pretty good? Any suggestions there?
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January 25, 2012 12:56:06 PM

I would so get the 2500K I have it and I love it. Very smooth setup and OC. The rest looks mighty fine.
February 1, 2012 1:59:18 AM

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February 1, 2012 12:26:57 PM

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