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$1700 Gaming/Video Editing System

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January 25, 2012 3:39:14 AM

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: newegg.com, 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $230

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 (2@$50)

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $ 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $ 19

Western Digital AV-GP WD10EUCX 1TB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $160

Total to Buy $1303

Already have:

OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $280

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

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January 25, 2012 4:05:49 AM

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.
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February 5, 2012 1:59:50 AM

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.
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February 5, 2012 2:03:04 AM

Glad to help. Enjoy the new build. :) 
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February 15, 2012 1:49:08 AM

Best answer selected by pbornemeier.
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February 23, 2012 9:38:39 PM

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