Advice on $1500 build pls

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1500 (must stay under)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work, gaming (no really high end gaming), movies/netflix type stuff

Parts Not Required: Case (using my old COSMOS 1000), network card (unless sig better than my linksys), externals (have mouse, keyboard, spearkers, etc)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: Good ol' U.S. of A.

Parts Preferences: i5-2500K (prefer asus mobo, but not 100% req'd), nvidia graphics

Overclocking: initially no, future... maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: dual monitor (LG E2360) 1920x1200

Additional Comments: This is what I am looking at right now:

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified $169.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $159.99
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $174.99
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $269.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $46.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 $229.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $29.99

Total w/ shipping: ~$1460
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  1. Here's a full build with everything. You can save money off this by making changes to the Hdd, reusing existing parts, etc.



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  2. First, thank you for the reply. Looks like a solid build. But i do have of comments/questions:

    1. Completely forgot about a new optical drive, thanks. I do have a DVD writer, but its has seen many changing of the seasons

    2. I need at least a 1TB drive. between work files and taking college classes (not to mention increased size of game installs) my current 500GB drive is nearing full (~460/500) and now my external 1TB drive is creeping up there.

    3. Radeon Vid Cards. I have had HORRIBLE luck with them in the past. I may be a little prejudicial, but I just dont like the company. For practically the same price is that card that much better?

    4. I dont need a case. My COSMOS is an awesome case and I really enjoy it. I couldnt justify the money without a significant improvement...Is it that much better?
  3. Hdd: Prices are soooo high and will stay that way thru the summer. If you are going to have a single drive then the reliability is crtitical. I would suggest the WD Black series (even though the price is higher).

    Video: Look at the February Graphics review here at Tom's and find an equivalent and read their suggestions

    Case: Use yours and save some money and use it on another component.
  4. Thanks for the update. I have been trying to squeeze a little more video card out... My question would be this:

    Would it be better to cut out the SSD and go with a $450 Vid card?

    From your updated build I could drop the case, DVD and SSD and get a $550 (i.e. 7990) vid card. Would that be better?

    I have read some on the SSDs and it seems like a really fast nice toy, but thats about it. But if it makes over all computer life better then i will stick with it.
  5. Traj said:
    Thanks for the update. I have been trying to squeeze a little more video card out... My question would be this:

    Would it be better to cut out the SSD and go with a $450 Vid card?

    From your updated build I could drop the case, DVD and SSD and get a $550 (i.e. 7990) vid card. Would that be better?

    I have read some on the SSDs and it seems like a really fast nice toy, but thats about it. But if it makes over all computer life better then i will stick with it.

    A 750w psu will easily push two of those cards down below and leave you plenty of juice left over. That way you have the option to add another if you ever feel the need.

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    RAM : Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
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    CPU : Intel Core I5-2500K (OC for best performance)
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    CPU Cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
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    GPU : PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG Radeon HD 7970
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    PSU : Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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    SSD : Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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    Instead of the 7970, get this 7950
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    Use the money saved on the GPU and free case to get this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167093
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