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January 27, 2012 10:51:32 PM

Hello, I am currently in the process of building a new desktop (mainly for gaming) through CyberPower. I am a computer noob but have been doing a ton of research to find the best parts and configurations. However, there are some things that I just do not feel like I know enough about to make an educated decision on... or perhaps I am just getting burnt out on all this researching haha. Anyways, my price range is roughly $1200-1400 with $1400 being the absolute max, and obviously the cheaper the better. I will not be running anything too demanding on this system (mostly SWTOR), so while gaming is the focus, I just want a well-rounded, fast, and high-performance desktop, but the graphics card doesn't have to be too extreme. I was previously maxing the graphics for this game with a GTX 550 Ti and only experienced the slightest bit of lag very rarely. Below is the current setup I am considering. I really have done a lot of research on this and tried to make good decisions, and this is also my first time posting on this site, so please don't bash me! Haha. Seriously though, I would greatly appreciate any and all inputs or suggestions. The main areas where I still lack knowledge are regarding the motherboard and the cooling fan (air cooling vs. liquid cooling, etc.), so if you could place extra emphasis on helping me make a smart decision there, that would be most appreciated!


Case: * Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display [-5] (Black Color with Red Ring & Red LED Fan)

Neon Light Upgrade: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] (Red Color)

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Red LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-104]

Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])

Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant

Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response Tech. & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, mSATA Connector onboard, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [-52] (Corsair Vengeance [+12])

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

Freebies: FREE Just Cause 2 Game Coupon
FREE Game Coupon Batman: Arkham City

Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+103]

Hard Drive: 120GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write [+23] (Single Drive)

Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+110] (Single Drive)

Optical Drive: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-37] (BLACK COLOR)

Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

Keyboard: AZiO Levetron USB Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse [+2] (BLACK COLOR)

Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)

Internal USB Port: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+29]

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

Ultra Care Option: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS


The final price of the above configuration is $1337 which I feel is fairly reasonable for everything included. Again, all recommendations and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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January 27, 2012 11:32:16 PM

Everything looks good except that I would change the 560 to a 560Ti.
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January 28, 2012 5:41:08 AM

Go onto ibuypower and check out the hs11 configuration
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January 28, 2012 6:57:37 PM

Thanks for the inputs. What do you think about this configuration instead?


Case
NZXT Alpha Gaming Case Black

Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Red

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan

Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB - Single Card

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3

Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2

Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

Meter Display
AeroCool Touch1000 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service

Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days


Free Stuff
1 x [Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x [Free Game Download] - Just Cause 2 Free with purchase of NVIDIA video card

Advanced Build Options
1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
1 x Basic Pro Wiring


The total for this build comes out to $1308, so it is actually a little less than the previous one I posted but with some better components. I could also get this motherboard instead at no additional cost - ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology. Which motherboard would be best?
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January 28, 2012 9:07:23 PM

I like the Asus board better It is better at overclocking and the options in the bios are better. I have had both Asus and Gigabyyte high end boards and I do prefer Asus.
Are there any other options for the SSD besides Adata? Corsair Force GT would be a good option if it was there to be selected.
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January 28, 2012 9:37:09 PM

Juston said:
Thanks for the inputs. What do you think about this configuration instead?


Case
NZXT Alpha Gaming Case Black

Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Red

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan

Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB - Single Card

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3

Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2

Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

Meter Display
AeroCool Touch1000 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service

Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days


Free Stuff
1 x [Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x [Free Game Download] - Just Cause 2 Free with purchase of NVIDIA video card

Advanced Build Options
1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
1 x Basic Pro Wiring


The total for this build comes out to $1308, so it is actually a little less than the previous one I posted but with some better components. I could also get this motherboard instead at no additional cost - ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology. Which motherboard would be best?


With the video card you choose unless your doing multi monitors get the NVIDIA 560ti 1gb instead for a little less or get a 570 for a little more for the motherboard get the gigyabte one that does sli for 21 bucks more since it cones with a 20 more and instead of pro wiring I would get the ultra care option
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January 28, 2012 10:50:29 PM

My immediate intention is not to set up dual monitors although I might like to do that in the future. Is the 2gb card not any better than the 1gb? Good point on upgrading the motherboard to the Gigabyte with a $20 mir. I had not previously noticed that. As far as the ultra care option goes, are you talking about the advanced packing thing?

There are many other options for the ssd. I know I definitely want a 120gb ssd. There is the 120 GB Corsair Force Series 3 F120 SSD for $66 more than the ADATA, and there is also 120 GB Corsair Force Series GT SSD for $100 more than ADATA. Is something wrong with ADATA? I only chose it because it is so much cheaper but with the same read/write speeds as the Corsair Force Series 3 F120.

I absolutely have to stay under $1400, and unfortunately shipping is $75, so that puts me at spending $1325 on the system max. I wanted to put a pretty hefty psu in there in case I ever decided to upgrade to the GTX 580 somewhere down the line. That is why I chose an 850W psu. However, there are some other brands of psu as well as lower wattage ones that I could put in there instead to help reduce cost. Any suggestions here?
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January 28, 2012 11:52:46 PM

Well , I don't know why they are charging so much for the Corsair because in Newegg they are close in price , If it costs that much more then stick with the Adata.
The psu is ok also stay with the 850w you may need it later on.
You can also keep the 2gb version of the 560Ti as games are getting more and more graphics card intense and some games are actually starting to use a bit more than the 1gb that comes standard on most cards.
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January 29, 2012 10:18:22 PM

If I am not planning to ever run dual graphics cards, the [SLI] Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 -- 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16 doesn't really have any advantages over the ASUS P8Z68-V LX does it?

Is AeroCool Touch1000 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display really worth an additional $50? I would assume the fans would be setup properly and operate just fine without it?

Other minor things I am still debating...

Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155] with ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow) vs. Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) with ARC Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow) for $20 more


and the following are 'special services' that I just don't know if they'd be worth it or not:

iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System Protect your investment during transportation for $20

Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks for $20

Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis (Basic Pro Wiring) for $20

Advanced - Power Package (Individually Sleeved 24-pin ATX, 8-pin CPU, and SATA Drive Power Cabling) for $20

Advanced - Video Package (Individually Sleeved 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-E VGA Power Cabling) for $20


Finally, any recommendations for or against the NZXT Alpha Gaming Case? I think it looks awesome in a simple/clean way, but I am a bit hesitant about its air flow capabilities. Also, any recommendations for or against iBUYPOWER as a whole - decent/trustworthy company with good customer service and support?
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January 30, 2012 2:21:00 AM

Those extra charges are bogus the only way I would do any of that is if I have money I didn't want. Artic Silver 5 is the best thermal compound and if you really want to put better stuff you can do it yourself and save some money and you can also reroute the wireing inside the case yourself , some of these things are very easy to do.
There are only two fans in the case so tyou may need to add another one or two but if you go with the liquid cooling for the cpu you should be ok with adding a front fan.
I would stay with the Asus board and go with the Asetek liquid cooler.
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January 30, 2012 5:41:18 AM

Juston said:
If I am not planning to ever run dual graphics cards, the [SLI] Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 -- 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16 doesn't really have any advantages over the ASUS P8Z68-V LX does it?

Is AeroCool Touch1000 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display really worth an additional $50? I would assume the fans would be setup properly and operate just fine without it?

Other minor things I am still debating...

Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155] with ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow) vs. Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) with ARC Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow) for $20 more


and the following are 'special services' that I just don't know if they'd be worth it or not:

iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System Protect your investment during transportation for $20

Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks for $20

Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis (Basic Pro Wiring) for $20

Advanced - Power Package (Individually Sleeved 24-pin ATX, 8-pin CPU, and SATA Drive Power Cabling) for $20

Advanced - Video Package (Individually Sleeved 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-E VGA Power Cabling) for $20


Finally, any recommendations for or against the NZXT Alpha Gaming Case? I think it looks awesome in a simple/clean way, but I am a bit hesitant about its air flow capabilities. Also, any recommendations for or against iBUYPOWER as a whole - decent/trustworthy company with good customer service and support?


about the ssd check newegg prices i saw this 120 gb ssd heres the link its 159.99 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and i saw 60gb ssd for aqbout 69.99 on all the special extras only get the advance care packaging the wiring and thermal compound are a waste of money. dont know too much about that case im getting the cooler master 922 mid tower asetek liquid cooling is the best i think its a no maintance one as well dont take my word for it though the asus board is fine if no sli but i would get it just to have that option because if you change your mind you would have to buy a whole new board. check out the asrock board it has pci 3.0 its kind off a gimmick now but ivy bridge and the newer cards might benefit from it but pci 2.0 is fine and the asrcok is 50 plus bucks. on the controller i would advice googling up the product first and finally yes the 560ti 2gb does offer better fps than the 1gb version than when keplar the next version of nvidia cards gets released during the spring sell the card and upgrade according to rumors the 760ti is going to replace the 560ti but offer the same performance of the 580 this is all rumor though
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January 30, 2012 6:20:41 PM

Thanks so much for all of the input, it has been very helpful. I know psu is not the area where you want to cut costs, but I have been looking at both the Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 as well as the XFX Core Edition PRO - both 850W psu's with very similar specs. Both are not 'modular' which seems to be peoples' biggest complaints, although I don't know what that even means. The XFX is only $20 less than the Corsair, but I really can't find any major differences between the two. Both even include 5 year limited warranties. Is there any reason I should stay away from XFX? Again, it's only a $20 difference, but if they are more or less the same thing I'm kind of leaning more towards the XFX.. that specific psu seems to have pretty reasonable reviews (similar to those of the Corsair).

I don't want to have to go pick out and install my own additional fans, so I am pretty strongly considering switching to this case NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case Black instead. As you can see below, it comes standard with 6 fans. After looking into it, I am definitely not going to get the fron meter display for controling fans (especially since those only control 4-5 fans). I'm hoping that with this case and the Asetek liquid cooling unit my system would stay sufficiently cool with no additional modifications needed. The case has pretty decent reviews and feedback. Let me know what you guys think. I will probably be placing an order fairly soon... will post the final configuration before I do so. Thanks again for all the help!

Type
ATX Mid Tower

Case Material
Steel / Plastic

Motherboard Support
E-ATX, Standard ATX / MicroATX

Side Panel
Transparent Window

External 5.25" Drive Bays
3

External 3.5" Drive Bays
1

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8

Expansion Slots
6

Front Ports
2 x USB, 1 x Audio, 1 x e-SATA

80mm Fans
No

120mm Fans
2 x 120mm Top Fan
2 x 120mm Front LED Fan
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
1 x 120mm Side LED Fan

Dimension (D x W x H)
22" x 8.3" x 20.5"

Weight
24.7 lbs
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January 30, 2012 7:00:44 PM

On the psu modular means that you connect only the cables you are going to use to the psu and you don't have unused cables inside the case. Semi-modulat means that some cables cannot be removed and you can add additional ones that you need.
The case seems to have a good amount of fans and you shouldn't need to add any more. Probably not any more room for any additional fans anyway.
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January 31, 2012 7:31:15 AM

Juston said:
Thanks so much for all of the input, it has been very helpful. I know psu is not the area where you want to cut costs, but I have been looking at both the Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 as well as the XFX Core Edition PRO - both 850W psu's with very similar specs. Both are not 'modular' which seems to be peoples' biggest complaints, although I don't know what that even means. The XFX is only $20 less than the Corsair, but I really can't find any major differences between the two. Both even include 5 year limited warranties. Is there any reason I should stay away from XFX? Again, it's only a $20 difference, but if they are more or less the same thing I'm kind of leaning more towards the XFX.. that specific psu seems to have pretty reasonable reviews (similar to those of the Corsair).

I don't want to have to go pick out and install my own additional fans, so I am pretty strongly considering switching to this case NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case Black instead. As you can see below, it comes standard with 6 fans. After looking into it, I am definitely not going to get the fron meter display for controling fans (especially since those only control 4-5 fans). I'm hoping that with this case and the Asetek liquid cooling unit my system would stay sufficiently cool with no additional modifications needed. The case has pretty decent reviews and feedback. Let me know what you guys think. I will probably be placing an order fairly soon... will post the final configuration before I do so. Thanks again for all the help!

Type
ATX Mid Tower

Case Material
Steel / Plastic

Motherboard Support
E-ATX, Standard ATX / MicroATX

Side Panel
Transparent Window

External 5.25" Drive Bays
3

External 3.5" Drive Bays
1

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8

Expansion Slots
6

Front Ports
2 x USB, 1 x Audio, 1 x e-SATA

80mm Fans
No

120mm Fans
2 x 120mm Top Fan
2 x 120mm Front LED Fan
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
1 x 120mm Side LED Fan

Dimension (D x W x H)
22" x 8.3" x 20.5"

Weight
24.7 lbs


On the cirsair psu its got a 10 more making it 19 bucks more and I believe its a 80 bronze certified psu while the xfx isn't but the xfx is still a good psu so if you get it don't worry but 19 bucks for the corsair and not getting the thermal compound is what I would do

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February 1, 2012 8:08:31 PM

Alright, it's finally come down to this.. here is the final configuration I'm considering.


Case
NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case Black

Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Blue

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None

Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan

Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB - Single Card

Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology

Intel Smart Response Technology
None

Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2

Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

2nd Optical Drive
None

Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

Meter Display
None

USB Expansion
None

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit

Keyboard
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard

Mouse
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse

Monitor
None

2nd Monitor
None

Speaker System
None

Video Camera
None

Case Engraving Service
None

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service

Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

Free Stuff
1 x [Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x [Free Game Download] - Just Cause 2 Free with purchase of NVIDIA video card


I left all areas there (even the ones where my selection was 'none') just in case there is anything you think I have left out or might be important to have. If all looks good, I will probably be placing this order VERY soon. Thanks for the help. Oh, and the total on this specific setup comes out to $1276 before tax/shipping. This seems like a pretty good setup and price to me. Let me know your thoughts and opinions.
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February 1, 2012 9:51:24 PM

Juston said:
Alright, it's finally come down to this.. here is the final configuration I'm considering.


Case
NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case Black

Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Blue

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None

Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan

Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB - Single Card

Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology

Intel Smart Response Technology
None

Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2

Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

2nd Optical Drive
None

Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

Meter Display
None

USB Expansion
None

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit

Keyboard
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard

Mouse
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse

Monitor
None

2nd Monitor
None

Speaker System
None

Video Camera
None

Case Engraving Service
None

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service

Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

Free Stuff
1 x [Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x [Free Game Download] - Just Cause 2 Free with purchase of NVIDIA video card


I left all areas there (even the ones where my selection was 'none') just in case there is anything you think I have left out or might be important to have. If all looks good, I will probably be placing this order VERY soon. Thanks for the help. Oh, and the total on this specific setup comes out to $1276 before tax/shipping. This seems like a pretty good setup and price to me. Let me know your thoughts and opinions.


Looks good to me the keyboard and mouse they give you is basic but it will get the job done I would get a better keyboard and mouse but ibuypower looks expensive for accessories
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February 2, 2012 6:29:43 AM

Juston said:
Alright, it's finally come down to this.. here is the final configuration I'm considering.


Case
NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case Black

Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Blue

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None

Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan

Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB - Single Card

Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology

Intel Smart Response Technology
None

Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2

Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

2nd Optical Drive
None

Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

Meter Display
None

USB Expansion
None

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit

Keyboard
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard

Mouse
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse

Monitor
None

2nd Monitor
None

Speaker System
None

Video Camera
None

Case Engraving Service
None

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service

Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

Free Stuff
1 x [Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x [Free Game Download] - Just Cause 2 Free with purchase of NVIDIA video card


I left all areas there (even the ones where my selection was 'none') just in case there is anything you think I have left out or might be important to have. If all looks good, I will probably be placing this order VERY soon. Thanks for the help. Oh, and the total on this specific setup comes out to $1276 before tax/shipping. This seems like a pretty good setup and price to me. Let me know your thoughts and opinions.


wait theres a new deal a free upgrade to a 120gb ssd check out it
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February 2, 2012 3:48:35 PM

Yeah that is perfect, thanks. That helps drop the price of my system.. actually consdiering upgrading to the gtx 570 now.

Here are my options and the overall price of the system (as configured above)

$1711 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 - 2GB

$1206 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 1GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 900MHz

$1246 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB

$1301 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - 1.2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 797MHz

They also have options of the actual NVIDIA brand (not EVGA and not superclocked) gtx 560ti 1gb and gtx 570 1.2gb, but they are having a special where it is a free upgrade to the EVGA superclocked versions. I am strongly considering getting the $1301 option with the GTX 570 since it is still within my price range even after $75 shipping. I don't know how accurate these benchmarks are ( http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html ), but the GTX 570 appears to be pretty worth it since it is ranked third according to that list, and the top 2 options are an additional $140-$270 depending. Also, I'm assuming the EVGA is actually better than the standard NVIDIA non-superclocked version of the 570? I can get either for the same price right now.
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February 2, 2012 6:27:02 PM

Juston said:
Yeah that is perfect, thanks. That helps drop the price of my system.. actually consdiering upgrading to the gtx 570 now.

Here are my options and the overall price of the system (as configured above)

$1711 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 - 2GB

$1206 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 1GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 900MHz

$1246 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 2GB

$1301 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - 1.2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 797MHz

They also have options of the actual NVIDIA brand (not EVGA and not superclocked) gtx 560ti 1gb and gtx 570 1.2gb, but they are having a special where it is a free upgrade to the EVGA superclocked versions. I am strongly considering getting the $1301 option with the GTX 570 since it is still within my price range even after $75 shipping. I don't know how accurate these benchmarks are ( http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html ), but the GTX 570 appears to be pretty worth it since it is ranked third according to that list, and the top 2 options are an additional $140-$270 depending. Also, I'm assuming the EVGA is actually better than the standard NVIDIA non-superclocked version of the 570? I can get either for the same price right now.


Evga is a good brand and their superclocked cards come with a warranty also I think it has a better cooler if you have the money get the 570 it will give probably 8 or so extra fps in real world scenarios then when keplar is released sell your card and upgrade oh last thing this super bowl deal ends on the 4th at 11:59 pm
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February 4, 2012 8:59:29 PM

Just placed the order. Thanks for all the help. If you guys want, I can put up a few pictures when it arrives.
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February 4, 2012 9:42:11 PM

Juston said:
Just placed the order. Thanks for all the help. If you guys want, I can put up a few pictures when it arrives.


Sure some pics would be nice what was your final configuration you choose and if you have a YouTube account a unboxing vid would be cool
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February 5, 2012 7:31:30 PM

peep1988 said:
Sure some pics would be nice what was your final configuration you choose and if you have a YouTube account a unboxing vid would be cool


final config:

1 x Case
NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Case - Black
1 x Case Lighting
Cold Cathode Neon Light - Blue
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None
1 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System
1 x Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
0 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None
1 x Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - ARC Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
1 x Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance
1 x Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - 1.2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 797MHz - Single Card
1 x Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
1 x Free Stuff
[Free Game Download] - Battlefield 3 - Free with purchase of Intel 2500K, 2600K, 2700K, 3930K, or 3960X processor
1 x Free Stuff
[Free Game Voucher] - Batman Arkham City - Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LX -- Lucid Virtu Technology
0 x Intel Smart Response Technology
None
1 x Power Supply
850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2
1 x Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive
1 x Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive
1 x Optical Drive
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
0 x 2nd Optical Drive
None
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black
0 x Meter Display
None
0 x USB Expansion
None
1 x Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
1 x Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
1 x Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit
1 x Keyboard
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard
1 x Mouse
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse
0 x Monitor
None
0 x 2nd Monitor
None
0 x Speaker System
None
0 x Video Camera
None
0 x Case Engraving Service
None
1 x Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service
1 x Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

The total with shipping was $1386. I don't have a YT account or even a good video camera so probably won't do a video, but I will be sure to put up a bunch of photos.
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