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January 28, 2012 7:04:46 PM

Hey Everyone,

I want to build a new PC. I have built quite a few in the past but I haven't been keeping up to date with technology over the past year, so I decided to come to you all for some help on a new build.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 1-3days. I am actually planning to buy some parts today if I get a response.

Budget Range: $1550 After rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Specifically GAMING. That is my number one priority. Then video editing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com, newegg.com, amazon.com, ncix.

Country: United States.

Parts Preferences: Would like to go with nVidia and Intel.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Sli

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Performance is the #1 priority. I don't really care about noise volumes and such or bling. Also, would like a motherboard that could be compatible with upcoming hardware in the future.

Also, thank you to everyone for taking the time into helping me out. I appreciate everything. =)

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January 28, 2012 7:10:51 PM

From microcenter, grab an i7-2600K for $280. For Motherboard, try the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3.
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January 28, 2012 7:13:46 PM

I was looking at that as well. What about the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard?
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January 28, 2012 7:18:11 PM

That would work as well. ASUS is still more reliable than ASRock for most, so it should be the same for you. However, ASRock isn't bad in the least. :p 
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January 28, 2012 7:37:41 PM

Yea, I hear some good things about ASRock and some iffy things. I just feel safer sticking with ASUS, although, if it ends up saving me some money that I can put into something else, I can go with ASRock.

Now just for the other parts. o.o
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January 28, 2012 8:18:09 PM

Well, when I had your budget, I was able to fit in the AMD 7970, however, since you specified NVIDIA, the GTX 580 is the second fastest Single GPU on the market. It is about $500, but it will not lessen the quality of your other components. Since you are gonna SLI, two 560ti's work well; however, the 580 beats two 560 ti's ($500) hands down. As for Cooling, the Hyper 212 EVO can safely overclock to about 4.5 GHz. It is around $35 on newegg.
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January 28, 2012 8:25:02 PM

you think you can give me a list that way I can just add them all up? Do you prefer the 7960 over the nvidia? Also, how are you able to fit into my budget? I have been fiddling with parts and I wasn't able to. Hmm. I must be doing something wrong.
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January 28, 2012 8:28:36 PM

EDIT:
i5-2500k Processor ($180+tax)
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($155+tax)
GIGABYTE Radeon 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($550) or EVGA GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($500)
Antec Earthwatts 750W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($85)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($180)
CM Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($35)
G.Skill Sniper 2x 4GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($50)

Total: $1235 or $1185.

EVGA is the best company for NVIDIA.
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January 28, 2012 8:35:49 PM

No worries. Take your time. Thank you for everything. =)
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January 29, 2012 4:47:42 AM

I updated my first post. EVO is the best price/performance there is. Antec has that PSU pretty cheap without sacrificing quality.
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