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$800-1000 Gaming System - Advice and Help Plz

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February 1, 2012 12:50:27 PM

I haven't built a system for quite a few years, and with Diablo III around the corner (possibly a long corner, but hopefully not...) I am ready to build a new machine. I have left a few blanks below primarily because I would like opinions and haven't picked out anything specific to fill these slots.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $800-1000 After Rebates (willing to spend more if it will be extremely beneficial)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo III, web surfing, primary home computing, Blue Ray movies (may/may not add Blue Ray burner now, depends where the rest of my budget ends up)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Toshiba 40” LCD 1080p), speakers (home surround sound, Onkyo receiver), OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Micro Center

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nothing specific.

Overclocking: Probably down the road.

SLI or Crossfire: Not unless it would be of benefit.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Would I benefit from SLI/Crossfire?)

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, unless performance will suffer. Willing to spend a few bucks here to decrease noise.



Case: Thermaltake Commander ………$35 (MicroCenter)

Cheap, good airflow, lots of fan locations, window (not necessary, but definitely kewl)

CPU: i5 2500k.........$190 (MicroCenter)

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 .........$75 (MicroCenter)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1600 ………$48 (MicroCenter)

GPU: 560Ti or 570 (would like to keep around $250, maybe $300 if it’s worth the jump to a higher card)
I'm not necessarily set on Nvidia, I just have had better luck with their drivers over the years. Is the performance benefit worth the extra cost of the 570 or is there a different card I should consider?

Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD………$160 (MicroCenter)

120GB will be enough for me until I feel like buying a storage drive for music and movies, preferably when hard drive costs drop a bit. I saw the article on the Vertex 3 and it appears that it performs very well. There are several other reasonably priced SSDs in MicroCenter's Feb deals. Any input?

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750W .........$80 (MicroCenter)

Most economy 5-600W PSUs I've seen are $50-60. If I can get a higher end PSU for only $20 more, then I will. Feedback and suggestions please?

Optical: LG Blue Ray Burner.........$80 (Newegg)

Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper N 520.........$40 (Newegg)

Only $5 more than a 212 Evo and claims to be much quieter.

I’m at $1008 allowing $300 for a video card. I’m sure I will end up getting more odds and ends and with tax I will be close to $1100, a little over-budget, but I think well worth it for this system.
February 1, 2012 1:13:34 PM

For the Motherboard i would go with the i5 2500k.
And for the Video Card i would go with the GTX 560 ti, i have both of these in my build and it is running incredibly, I cant really give a suggestion on the SSD as i dont own one, but do plan on getting one.
February 2, 2012 2:15:04 PM

Added 3 MOBO possibilities. Added Ripjaws as possible memory. Added PSU as a baseline. May be looking to purchase this weekend. Please comment.
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February 3, 2012 1:00:21 AM

Ok, I have been thinking over my system. I am going to go with a different case, haven't decided 100% may pick one at MicroCenter so I can see in person, but I like the HAF 122, Rosewill Challenger, Xigmatek Utgard, or a Thermaltake.

I also have decided I don't want dual GPUs, therefore I think I can save a little on the MOBO and spend more on a better GPU (570 or 6970?)

Can I get some input on SSD selection? How about PSU?

Thanks.
February 3, 2012 4:53:14 PM

Added cooler, mobo, and cleaned up the links on the original post.
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