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February 6, 2012 1:32:36 AM

I have permission to spend $1,000 of the tax return on a new pc. I haven't built a PC since the Pentium IV was new and I have been doing a ton of research trying to make sure I am maximizing my dollar. I use my computer mostly for gaming and some mild Photoshop. I play SWTOR, WoW, Skyrim, and a few others. My monitor's resolution is 1680x1050. Here is what I have came up with so far:

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Processor:
Intel i5-2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Ram:
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

GPU:
XFX HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU:
Corsair Professional Series HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

HD:
Seagate Barracude 1TB 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
Lite-On Bulk Sata Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with shipping is $1051.83. Take off the $60 in Mail in Rebates and I squeak under a grand. I picked most of the pieces by reading various forums and posts on Tom's and then looking at the top sellers in each category on Newegg. Any advice would be appreciated.

Oh, one last note. I don't know a thing about overclocking. That is the only reason I didn't get the i5-2500K.

Thanks in advance!

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February 6, 2012 2:10:53 AM

#1 Buy from a Micro Center store if you are close to one.

Get the i5 2500k OCing it is too easy and people here can help you. Micro Center has it for $180.

I would recommend this board if you live by a Micro Center (its $50 off when purchased with that i5 2500k) and want to OC, but if not then your board is fine:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

You would want to add an after market cpu cooler if you OC, but you can add that anytime in the future. They range from $20-$110 for most from air to water cooling.

Air coolers are cheaper, like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But water cools better, is easier to install, doesn't put unnecessary stress on the mobo and is not that much more expensive. Some options are:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you need to, you can get a different PSU and save some money for other components. Like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Overall your build is pretty nice :) 
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February 6, 2012 6:15:19 AM

oxifer said:
I have permission to spend $1,000 of the tax return on a new pc. I haven't built a PC since the Pentium IV was new and I have been doing a ton of research trying to make sure I am maximizing my dollar. I use my computer mostly for gaming and some mild Photoshop. I play SWTOR, WoW, Skyrim, and a few others. My monitor's resolution is 1680x1050. Here is what I have came up with so far:

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Processor:
Intel i5-2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Ram:
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

GPU:
XFX HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU:
Corsair Professional Series HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

HD:
Seagate Barracude 1TB 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
Lite-On Bulk Sata Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with shipping is $1051.83. Take off the $60 in Mail in Rebates and I squeak under a grand. I picked most of the pieces by reading various forums and posts on Tom's and then looking at the top sellers in each category on Newegg. Any advice would be appreciated.

Oh, one last note. I don't know a thing about overclocking. That is the only reason I didn't get the i5-2500K.

Thanks in advance!

Like the poster Vollman1 pointed out, over clocking these days is as easy as pie and it would be worth the extra $20 to get the 2500K imo.

Here's some alternatives to check out. The board down below is a newer Gen3 board that will allow for Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $122.26 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $89.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)
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February 6, 2012 6:34:16 AM

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February 6, 2012 12:35:14 PM

Thanks for the prompt responses. I will have to check out the ASRock motherboard for sure as two people are suggesting it.

I assume that I can hold off on the Hyper 212 and drop it in later when I actually decide to investigate overclocking.

I went with a big modular power supply because I kind of feel that with computers you never know what the future will bring and I didn't want to have to upgrade PSUs in a year or two. Am I super far off from the point there?

Thanks again!
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February 6, 2012 11:53:10 PM

There are many opinions on the PSU. But from what I researched, the best performance is at like 40-60% of the total. I think a little bigger PSU than you need is a good choice, and modular is great.
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