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February 6, 2012 10:46:52 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 1500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe later

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: First system build in about 8 - 10 years so catching up to todays standards. This is a moderate gaming system with some web surfing and watching a movie once and while.

CPU: i5 2500k

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

Video: EVGA GTX 570 HD

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor

I plan on purchasing the CPU and MB at Microcenter to get the CPU $50 cheaper and also grab the MB for $50 off deal they have this month. The rest i found on various sites from Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct etc etc and found Newegg to be the cheapest for just about everything right now save a $ or two and have it ship from the same supplier.

The build comes out to about $1430 and hopefully should last a couple of years. I put alot of stress on my boxes for various reasons, but mainly because I do :D 

Give me a critique here on if im barking up the right tree or completely in the wrong forest so to speak. Thanks

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February 6, 2012 11:24:35 PM

Impressive build, especially since it's been 8-10 years. The only thing I would critique, which is small, is the monitor. I personally would go with an LED for the same price range. Also will you be using an optical drive?

February 7, 2012 1:29:47 AM

thanks for the heads up, Ill check them out a little and see what shakes out. On the optical drive, i figured i would throw a cheap one in there since i dont tend to use them much these days.
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February 7, 2012 2:11:59 AM

This card down below runs neck and neck with the gtx 570 yet when both are over clocked it mops the floor with the 570 while using less power and less voltage. It's also on a newer die. If you do decide to stick with the 570 (no idea why you would), you want an 850w psu in order to have some juice left over if you decide to add another card later on. A 750w psu can easily push dual's 560 ti 448 though. $289.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozer III PE/OC - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card

Cheaper board but almost identical to the Asus Pro. $179.99
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

A solid and quick storage drive... $124.99
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

A modular psu worth taking a look at. $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

Save a few more dollars on your RAM... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

Faster and less expensive SSD... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

Here's a nice cpu h/s (can be found for cheaper @ amazon). This h/s allows you to add another fan for a "push - pull effect" although I doubt you will feel the need to add another fan. Also keep in mind that anything past 4.4GHz on these Sandy Bridge cpu's is a total waste with zero gain. $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

This fits right on the front of the case like it was made for it...same color scheme and it gives you those two front USB 3.0 ports. $11.99 FREE SHIPPING
Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket
February 13, 2012 11:52:37 PM

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