About to buy this .. any last minute advice? Thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: Today. < 1hour
Budget Range: $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General use, Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Need All (Use to have laptop)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country: United States
Overclocking: Yes I5 2500k to 4.5
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (when $ permits a second 6970)
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (Going to buy it in less than a hour but I was just looking for any last minute advice, or any crucial errors I might have made being I have built a system for me in 7 years)

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper $129.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB $124.99

Monitor: Asus VE248H Black 24" $204.99

Printer: Canon PIXMA MX410 $99.99

GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB $329.00

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $99.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99

Mobo: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $229.99

CPU: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $204.99

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO $34.99

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM $57.99

SSD for SRT: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III $99.99

Keyboard/Mouse: RAZER Black Wired BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard $151.98

Speakers: Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified $119.99

Newegg.com cart = $2063.75
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More about about minute advice thanks
  1. I cried a little bit when I saw this build, I want it :'(.

    But yeah, looks great.
  2. I apologize I failed to mention I will also be purchasing:


    Windows 7 OEM $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983
  3. bob lightnin said:
    I cried a little bit when I saw this build, I want it :'(.

    But yeah, looks great.


    lol .. wife taking pity on me this year and I get to use some tax return money to replace my old dell laptop.
  4. Save $15 and get the antec earthwatts 750w psu. The gpu is pretty weak for a $2000 budget. If you can, try to fit the 7950 gpu in to your build.
  5. azeem40 said:
    Save $15 and get the antec earthwatts 750w psu. The gpu is pretty weak for a $2000 budget. If you can, try to fit the 7950 gpu in to your build.


    Keep in mind this is not a true $2k build I have to buy monitor, keyboard/mouse, printer and shipping. this eats $500 of build

    The cheapest 7950 is $450 and at this point I dont know if i can justify the extra $120 for the newest tech. I will read some data on it real quick consider it though.
  6. That is fine. Just a thought. : p
  7. If you have a Micro Center near you, you can save about $100 off your build by buying a cpu/mobo bundle.

    Also, the cpu cooler is fine, but you will probably run too hot with a 4.5 OC (unless you win the lottery and get a super chip :) )

    You will probably get 4.3 out of it realistically, if your chip can get you there.

    If you aren't going to OC right away, I would recommend forgoing the cpu cooler for now and keeping your eyes open for a deal on a water cooler like these two:

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Cooling-Hydro--High-Performance-CWCH60/dp/B004MYFOE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328139388&sr=8-1

    or

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Performance-Liquid-Cooler-CWCH80/dp/B0051U7HMI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328139418&sr=1-1

    Prices on the H60 range anywhere from $45-$65 and I have seen the H100 as low as $70.

    They willl help you to get the best OC that your chip can get and keep your cpu cool and quiet.
  8. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/35396-63-windows I suggest getting the full version of windows 7 over the oem if you plan to ever upgrade your motherboard and cpu in windows 7's life time.
  9. @volman1: I do not .. I live in Las Vegas we get Fry's

    @zolton33: Very good info .. I might just have to do that
  10. Also thought to tell you that you have your cpu where your motherboard is and your mother board where your cpu is :P
  11. Edited my previous post to advise on a cpu cooling strategy.
  12. @zolton33: Ya sorry i was editing in a hurry. Also thanks to your OS info I caught I had a 32bit version in my cart!

    @vollman1: I love those coolers a buddy has one I was just being cheap. Also from what I have read the stock cooler doesn't do very well at all even at stock speeds.
  13. Ouch i'm glad i made you think the 32 bit can only handle 4 gig max i think of ram >_<
  14. ok so i will go with the 7950:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102962

    use the stock cooler for now and buy a better one later when I get to OCing the I52500k.

    For now I will use the Win 7 64bit OEM do to the fact that getting a full version is to much more right now and I rather sink that money into vid card. IF I upgrade mobo in future I will have to deal with it at that time.

    I think I covered all the advice. I will purchase in 15 min if no one sees anything else. Final price at this time is $2,148.76
  15. O and THANKS guys!!
  16. Awesome and good luck and hope you have fun :) Thats one kicking system and not much if anything out right now will beat it easilly :p
  17. Last thing regarding your RAM:

    If you are even thinking about using an air cpu cooler, get low profile like these

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328141837&sr=1-1
  18. Sorry here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    Edit:

    OOOps l;inked the 4GB here are the 8GB
  19. vollman1 said:
    Sorry here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    Edit:

    OOOps l;inked the 4GB here are the 8GB



    It has been ordered. But no I will not be using a tower cooler I am going to pick up the corsair closed liquid system later. That 7950 ate into my budget. SO some time next month ill pick up the cpu cooler and then OC.
  20. Look for deals on the H series. They regularly have MIRs and Newegg has Shell Shockers on them as well if you can catch one :)
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