Tax return build


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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  1. I forgot to add I will be getting windows 7 64 bit.
  2. 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.
  3. Both of those cases are higher priced than that lian li.
  4. YEs but they offer more functionality. Try the CoolerMaster Sniper then.
  5. 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.
  6. ugh whatever.
    Get the 2500k + 1600 RAM.
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