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February 3, 2012 2:45:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: week to 2 weeks
Budget Range: 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, hulu.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: none
Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: My Build so far. This is going to be my first build, how does everything look? Is the Ram compatible? I couldn't find is on asrocks supported list but i might have missed it, the Ram says it works for z68. I could switch it but I like the black.

CPU: 195$ w/ DVD drive saving 11$
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/PSU: 170/PSU saving 20$
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo: 122$
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 240$
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:43$
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: 180$
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:977$ w/shipping plus 30$ Mail-in rebate I didn't include

I was wondering, does the Mobo come with sataII or SataIII cables?

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February 3, 2012 3:24:31 AM

ram is fine. The corsair vengeance is better ram though. Only $5 more.

mobo comes with 2 sataIII cables.

You should consider overclocking. It's incredibly easy with sandy bridge (though you'd have to change to a 2500k and a cooler)

Also you are missing an hdd and dvd drive.

128GB ssd is kind of out of your budget...
February 3, 2012 3:34:57 AM

Looks pretty decent. I really only recommend SSDs with that capacity on that type of budget. The problem is while SSDs have signifcantly increased read/write times you will fill that thing up pretty quickly and you'll regret not having the extra space. Switch that out with a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint and then get an SSD like that later on as an upgrade. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also get this for your video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that it looks pretty good.
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February 3, 2012 3:49:40 AM

only thing i would change is getting a 2500k over a 2400. whack a 212 evo cooler on it for 40 bucks and BAM instant overclock beast
February 3, 2012 3:55:36 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

The only problem here is that you would need to bump your price up a little to accommodate at least a 6870 or use your current GPU until you can dish out the cash for a nice 560 ti or better!!

If this doesn't come across as possible let us know, I'll try to come up with a less expensive package!
February 3, 2012 4:01:12 AM

Swap out the 2400 to a 2500k, put a Hyper 212 Evo on it and great build. Pretty good already.
February 3, 2012 4:13:34 AM

I have a 500gb external drive, I had planned to use it as a storage drive.

I switched to that evga 560 ti card.

Thanks for all the input, i'll look into your suggetions :) 
February 3, 2012 9:00:25 AM

The 2500k + asus z68 board combo from microcenter will be a better value

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February 3, 2012 12:53:53 PM
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This is my suggestion for a ~$1000 build. You can easily knock off the $60 or so bucks if need, but I think the extra 60 would benefit you greatly. At a later date I would add a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO air cooler for about $35, if you plan to OC much.

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black Case: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W Power Supply: $99.99 (not including the possible $15 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Motherboard: $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5 2500k Processor: $229.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB Graphics Card: $269.99 (not including the possible $15 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory: $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III SSD: $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price (excluding MIR): $1067.92
Price after MIR: $1037.92

I recommend that case based on its cable management and airflow. For the price it's a great buy.

The GPU has 2GB instead of 1GB of ram, games like Skyrim can utilize as much (some cases more) as 1.7gb when set at 'ultra.'
February 3, 2012 2:37:58 PM

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February 3, 2012 2:50:52 PM

Thank you nunyaabidniss, I'm going to copy what you suggested. I think I'm pretty much done. it ends up being 1100$ with shipping. 30$ mail-in rebate.

Thank you for all your help, I'm going to order it Monday. :) 
February 3, 2012 3:05:31 PM

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