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$1700 Gaming/Video Editing System

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks (some rebates expire 31 Jan)

Budget Range: $1700 Total in immediate expenses (300 already spent); Does not include cost for addional Video card and monitor later this year)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing & Conversion, Spreadhseet Modeling, Coding, surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, SSD, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, open to others

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Open to all, but looking towards Intel/ASUS

Overclocking: Yes, but not at the uber-aggressive end of the spectrum

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not immediately. Additional video card in 6-8 months

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 initially; additional 1200x1600 monitor in 6-8 month window

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. This will be my 4th build, my first significant attempt at overclocking (but not to extreme levels). Last build was a MSI-6570 (K7N2) MoBoard, Athlon XP, 8x AGP, ATI Radeon HD 4600 system (circa 2004).

Advice and comments are welcomed!

Proposed parts:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan $129

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $130

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $230

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $255

The QVL list for the MoBoard is very limited. Has using RAM not on that list proved to be a problem?

2 of CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 $100 (2@$50)

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler $ 50

And initially one of the following, planning to add an additional one of the same in 6-8 months:

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $225

and what is the differece between the card above and the card below? "TOP" and $5 cost?

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $230

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $ 19

Western Digital AV-GP WD10EUCX 1TB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $160

Total to Buy $1303

Already have:

OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC $119

ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 DC 30,000,000:1, (1,200:1) (1920x1080) $280

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
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  1. Best answer
    Build looks great to me. I like the PSU choice alot and can say for certain that the Mugen 2 Rev. B is fine for a 2600K @ 4.5Ghz. From what I have seen the Mugen 3 is a bit better than the Mugen 2 it replaced.

    The difference in those 2 cards is the clock speed 900-1800-4200 vs 830-1660-4000 for the cheaper one. For $5 go with the overclocked one.

    4.5Ghz should be a very easy overclock for that system. Just keep your voltage under 1.4v. If you have a good chip it will be more like 1.3v. My 2600K does 4.5Ghz at 1.32v but the 2600k is a bit more power hungry because of Hyperthreading.
  2. I bought half of the above items last week (the ones with newegg rebates). I put in an order tonight for the other half. I should be assembling it by Friday and will update with comments on how it works. Thanks for the views and thanks to anort3 for the comment.
  3. Glad to help. Enjoy the new build. :)
  4. Best answer selected by pbornemeier.
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