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January 25, 2012 8:54:58 PM

Hi All,
I am planning on upgrading/ building a new computer. I currently have a dell XPS 730 with a Q6600 CPU, 790i mobo, GTX 280 vid card, 8gb ddr3 1600mhz kingston hyperx ram, 2x 500gb sata II HDD RAID 0, DVD combo drive.
I did my taxes the other day and am getting back about $1200 and decided its time to re-up my computer. I was looking on NEWEGG and noticed i could get a lot with that money. So I decided to keep my case, disc drive, HDD's, and RAM. Go on NewEgg and get a new Mobo, CPU, Video card, Power supply(this is especially important because mine is broken), SSD, and Heatsink.
This is what i got so far:
Video Card:
ZOTAC ZT-50313-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Heatsink:
COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
CPU/Heatsink Combo link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Total with tax and shipping:
$1060.85

Please tell me what you think. I really would like to know if i could get either a better rig for the same price or the same setup for cheaper.
Thanks
Mike


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January 25, 2012 9:27:26 PM

For your cooler get the hyper 212+ or hyper 212+ evo, other than that it looks good.
Also opt for the 650w version of your psu, its significantly cheaper and still will be more than enough.

Also a little hint, dont put harddrives in raid 0. You get no benefit in real world situations, in fact it can drop performance because of increased seek time, plus if you loose 1 drive you loose all your data.
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January 25, 2012 9:33:37 PM

That CPU cooler seems to not be very highly rated and it will block RAM slots, especially if you have high profile RAM sticks. The Hyper 212 Evo is a better choice.

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

If you only plan on running 1 x GTX560 Ti then you do not need anywhere near 750 watts. This is a better power supply and plenty of power for your build.

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

60GB is mighty small for an SSD. If you can find a way to budget it I recommend at least 120GB. I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, Office 2007 plus other programs and about 10 or 12 games on mine and still have 33GB free. Some games can run up to 15-20GB all by themselves. Trust me once you have an SSD you will want everything except storage on it. Also OCZ has had some issues with their recent SSds. Samsung 830s have great reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 25, 2012 9:43:00 PM

I agree with anort3 about the ssd too, 120gb is optimal, you can get the agility 3 for under $150 i think. But dont put your games on it...you get a very small benefit in loading times and they take up a lot of room. Put your o/s, internet browser, word and other daily programs on there. Keep the large stuff on the hdd.

Its optimal to keep your ssd 1/2 empty so trim can work properly and your ssd will be performing good.
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January 25, 2012 10:27:21 PM

Thanks a lot both of you. I looked into the 212 evo, but the one i have selected is actually cheaper with the combo deal. I am really trying to save so i will look at what other combo deals they have on the i5. I actually cant even get the i5 on Newegg without getting a combo deal for some reason. I will look at at the SSD's and the heatsinks and redo my list.
Appreciate it
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January 25, 2012 10:29:35 PM

nevermind... they changed it back and now i can get it without a combo...
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January 26, 2012 12:02:39 AM

ok, Got a new build! I like the idea of having a larger SSD, but i dont think i can afford it...
New Build:
Video Card: $299.99
ZOTAC ZT-50313-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814500231
PSU: $89.99
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: $209.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131730
SSD: $89.99
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227725
Heatsink: $34.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: $229.99
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...
Altogether with tax and shipping its $1027.62
Let me know if that sounds better?
Thanks again
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January 26, 2012 12:16:09 AM

What I said above about power supplies still holds. The XFX is a better unit than the OCZ. You do not need 700 watts. If you plan on adding a second card later it is not enough and is overpowered for one card. For later Sli I would get 750 watts but with one you only need ~500 watts.
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January 26, 2012 12:20:51 AM

This cooler is cheaper and should give similar or better performance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Some of Coolermaster's PSUs have liar labels on them, or claim to have protection circuits that are missing (facts, not opinions; reviews with dissections at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business, for any of their products. Fortunately, in every market where they are found, competitors offer similar (or better) products for the same price, so you won't take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest business.
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