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February 12, 2012 3:49:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $600-$1,000 for everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, BF3), some 3D modelling, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Case, keyboard, mouse, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, unless there are better sales elsewhere

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Prefer to have an intel CPU and Nvidia video card

Overclocking: Yes, specifically for CPU

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: My budget includes the cost of the monitor, OS, optical drive, and memory, so I guess I'm working with about $700-800 for the rest. My budget was originally smaller, but I came in to some more money this week, so I figure I can invest a bit more into the core pieces of my gaming machine lol. The case and 320gb HDD are being reused from my current system.
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Here is what I have already:

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Optical Drive - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Display - HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 30,000:1 (1000:1)

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium

I still need the rest, but these are what I've been looking at:

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $79.99 w/ coupon code

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $229.99

Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $249.99

Cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99

I don't even have a motherboard selected because I can't seem to make up my mind. Some reviews worry me, and I feel like some of them have a bunch of features I don't need or won't use. Could really use some help in this area. Also, A SSD drive sounds nice, but I'm afraid I don't know much about it other than it would improve my boot time significantly. I'd be interested in getting one if it would improve my load times in games though. They just seem really expensive to knock 15 seconds off my boot speed.
February 12, 2012 4:01:55 PM

Cpu: An i3 will do almost the job of the i5 but can't be OC'd. It will save about $100. Video: Look a the 6850/6870 - hard to beat from the price. Psu: Fine and you could probably get by with 550w just fine but that price for the brand is good.
Mobo: I've had good luck with Gigabyte and ASrock. :Asus seems to be hit and miss lately. Find a Z68 that is on the lower end in cost.
MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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February 12, 2012 4:27:08 PM

QuietPC said:
Cpu: An i3 will do almost the job of the i5 but can't be OC'd. It will save about $100. Video: Look a the 6850/6870 - hard to beat from the price. Psu: Fine and you could probably get by with 550w just fine but that price for the brand is good.
Mobo: I've had good luck with Gigabyte and ASrock. :Asus seems to be hit and miss lately. Find a Z68 that is on the lower end in cost.
MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68MA-ED55 (B3)
Item #:N82E16813130596
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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I'd rather hold on to the i5-2500k because it fits in my budget and I would like to be able to OC.

This is the other PSU I've been looking at. Would I be fine with this for overclocking my CPU and possibly my GPU? I am starting to think I'd prefer this one since it's mostly modular.Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

This is one of the main motherboards I've considered. Seems like a good price and isn't built for SLI, but I've never used the brand before so I don't know much about it. ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

This SSD is down quite a bit in price today, but like I said, I lack any real knowledge of SSDs. Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
February 12, 2012 6:23:23 PM

Thoughts/comments:

Psu: I like the Corsair a bit better. If the price is reasonably close stick with the Corsair

Mobo: Try to find a Z68 at the same price point. I don't happen to be a supporter of dual video cards so sli or Xfire isn't a determining factor for me.

SSD: Once you've used one for the boot drive and key software you'll probably not go back. 64 gb should be fine. Your OS (assuming 64 bit) will eat about 20gb or so leaving room for other stuff. Crucial, Intel and Samsung appear to be the current most reliable brands.

Cpu: If you are ok with the i5 and want to OC then that's great. The CM 212 generally is well recommended.
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