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February 8, 2012 5:48:24 PM

Hello everyone,

I've learned alot from the experts here but I need a sanity check on the parts I've selected on a completely new build. I've built computers a long time ago but a lot has changed. I am completely replacing an old Dell XPS Gen3 (don't say it!) ;)  I was shooting for >$1500 for the below but since I also need to buy software and a touch screen monitor that causes me to look for cheaper alternatives. Total budget would be $1800 and approximately $600 will be for the monitor and software it looks like.

Approximate Purchase Date: couple days

Budget Range: $1200 (not including monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, gaming, productivity software like excel, etc

Parts Not Required: everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Can be AMD but future proofing with the I5

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: ???x1080

Additional Comments:

Here's my list. Future proofing with the I5. Had to make cuts to the motherboard (was considering $150+ MSI board for PCI-3.0, etc and for Ivy bridge, etc.), a cheaper non-SSD HDD, and lower-powered graphics card. Still wanted blue-ray for movies and an SSD. All prices are from Newegg.

I5-2500K $229.99

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $115

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $45

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 $20.00

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $80

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $220

EVGA 01G-P3-1560-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($250.00)

LG WH12LS38 BE-RE 12xBD-R, 16x DVD-+-R $80

Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express $25.00

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $110.00

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
Modular High Performance Power Supply $110.00

HP L2105tm Black 21.5" 5ms Swivel & Tilt Adjustable Full HD TouchScreen LCD $280


1) You guys see any conflicts?
2) OK, the case is probably overkill? but the kids like the blue
3) Any good info on Hitachi drives? Was considering WD 500 GBs but nearly 2x as expensive.
4) Wireless adapters are pretty equal. Any difference between PCI and PCIe interfaces?
5) Any experiences with touch screen monitors? HP was about the cheapest.
6) Could save some money on switching to an AMD CPU? Probably wouldn't affect the games I play....

Thanks for your time!

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ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <----- Gen3 boards and Ivy Bridge $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 $74.99 FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code SEASONIC15, ends 2/8
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Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
February 8, 2012 8:45:42 PM

Thanks! Those are great recommendations. I probably know the answer already but will 520W be enough to overclock the CPU and GPU?
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February 8, 2012 8:51:16 PM

It should, but I'd get a 550W just in case.
February 8, 2012 9:07:44 PM

Stormchaser_12 said:
Thanks! Those are great recommendations. I probably know the answer already but will 520W be enough to overclock the CPU and GPU?

That's from the Nvidia site...and Nvidia always goes high to cover for the n00bs who purchase cheap psu's. Seasonic is as good as it gets. They are the company that manufactures the mid and upper line psu's for Corsair and XFX just to name a few. That psu is more than enough to power that card and leave you juice left over for over clocking, extra drives, fans, etc...

Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 500 W
February 8, 2012 9:24:27 PM

u might want to wait for win 8 to come out its out on the last of feb
get this build

i5 2500k cpu
asus p67 mobo
cooler master haf x case
cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler
8g kingston ram
550w psu
sony 24x optical drive
sata 1tb hard drive

February 8, 2012 9:47:51 PM

few things. it really is a shame that if this is a gaming build that all you get for 1200 dollars is a 560ti and a i5. you can do much better then that for that budget.

get 8gb of ram and not the vengance ram you have pick out, they will cause clearance issues.

that cpu cooler is really weak. it will only be good enough for a 4.2-4.4 overclock if you want to keep safe temps.

a SSD is a good desiccion but do you need that big of a ssd if this is a gaming build?

big question, is this a moderate or just a light or a heavy gaming build???
February 9, 2012 12:13:10 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes, it is for gaming but not intensive at the moment. I would say it would be moderate? gaming like SC2 or Diablo 3. If I can cut down on costs elsewhere then I would upgrade the GPU etc. That is why I am trying to future proof it a little by having a mobo that I can eventually add a better CPU and GPU to it.

Is Window 8 worth waiting for? I think I can hold on that long. What is the OS space requirements for it and Windows 7? I can cut down on the SSD if 60GB is adequate. I would probably have a nice rig laid out if I didn't have to add all the software/Monitor which takes a big chunk out of the 2K budget.

If I can do better with a SSD at $1200 then I would like to see the options...! Thanks
February 21, 2012 4:33:03 PM

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February 22, 2012 10:23:58 AM

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