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January 27, 2012 7:14:38 PM


It's finally time to upgrade to a new PC. What better place toask than the experts here!

Approximate Purchase Date: I plan to purchase this computer in he next couple weeks. I may wait longer depending on information about the new kepler chips releasing.

Budget Range: somewhere around $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: for the most part I will use this as a gaming rig for the next 4 years or so.

Parts Not Required: I don't really need speakers, but I may grab a set eventually. I also don't think I will have a need for a mouse or keyboard. <3 my mx518.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I will use newegg mostly unless there is amazing prices.somewhere else.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I am an intel/nvdia kind of guy. I also plan on getting a corsair psu

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Here is what I am looking at right now.

CPU: i7 2600k, but it there isn't a huge upgrade I may drop to the i5 2500k.

Mobo: asrock z68 extreme3 gen3.

This mobo looked good with some nice features like pcie 3.0.
Any help with another mobo that would work better? Any reviews on this one?

Case: Lian Li all the way!

Storage: I already purchased this plexor ssd.

It was a super deal yesterday with the shell shocker.

I am looking at this seagate hd.

RAM: I am not sure about the major difference in the 1600 speed vs 2133. I selected this gskill if 2133 is worth the extra, but will drop to a corsair 1600 if its not.
Here is the corsair:

Graphic: this I am stuck on. I plan to wait for the new kepler cards to be released, but I hat the waiting game! Is there any nice options I can get for now, bit then upgrade with the evga upgrade program?

PSU: This is another pickle I am stuck with. I know I will get a corsair modular psu, but I am not sure about the amount of power I will use. Here is the 1050 watt I am looking at now. I have a 620w corsair running my current comp, and it has handled everything I have. Including my 8800 gtx!

Blu ray: I will just grab some LG burner. Any other brands good?

Monitors: I am looking at 3 choices.

Thanks for any help or advice you all may have!

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January 27, 2012 7:18:03 PM

I forgot to add I will be getting windows 7 64 bit.
January 27, 2012 7:25:23 PM

Lian-li is overpriced and has little functionality. Try the 600T or 650D. Get the 1600, you can overclock the RAM yourself. Get the i5-2500k, it's a 1-3% drop in perf which you can make up for with ocing.
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January 27, 2012 7:35:52 PM

Both of those cases are higher priced than that lian li.
January 27, 2012 7:40:31 PM

YEs but they offer more functionality. Try the CoolerMaster Sniper then.
January 27, 2012 7:54:47 PM

I currently have a Lian Li case, and its been fantastic over the years. I just plan to stick with a company that I already own. If this case is a stinker then ill just grab another and not use Lian Li again.
January 27, 2012 8:00:41 PM

ugh whatever.
Get the 2500k + 1600 RAM.