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February 12, 2012 8:24:33 PM

So i decided to start over on my build, looked at much budget and came up with this instead, I went a little high on my budget so if you know of parts that work as well for less id appreciate, its gonna be mainly gaming(BF3, EVE, etc),internet, hw, maybe some video/music editing as well Original budget was about $1000-1200

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM $15.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x $149.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ... $249.99
Item #: N82E16814130604

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ... $104.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $46.99

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $199.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $329.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99


Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $88.99


total - $1426.00

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February 12, 2012 8:33:54 PM

How about this PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And this SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You don't need a full tower. Save some money and buy the HAF 912 instead.
Also Ivy Bridge platform will be available April 8. This means new mobo's with completely new features and faster CPU's. Also, Radeon 7900 is available now, which means 7800 will be available anytime from now. Kepler will also be soon available. They offer much higher performance at the same price range. So I would wait a little bit.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-Kepler-GPU-GeFo...

No CPU cooler? Buy the Hyper 212 or CAFA70.
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February 12, 2012 8:37:08 PM

Idk if ill be able to wait that long since this is also a project ill be getting a grade for in a class im taking so i need enough time to work out any bugs that might come up,
whats ur take?
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February 12, 2012 8:40:57 PM

Like I said, the Radeon 7800 series will be available anytime from now, they will blow away the 560Ti at the same price range.
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February 12, 2012 8:56:32 PM

mikeangs2004 said:
How about this PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And this SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You don't need a full tower. Save some money and buy the HAF 912 instead.
Also Ivy Bridge platform will be available April 8. This means new mobo's with completely new features and faster CPU's. Also, Radeon 7900 is available now, which means 7800 will be available anytime from now. Kepler will also be soon available. They offer much higher performance at the same price range. So I would wait a little bit.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-Kepler-GPU-GeFo...

No CPU cooler? Buy the Hyper 212 or CAFA70.



any particular reason you're recommending this psu? Definitely not a better choice than the corsair tx. (though a 650W model corsair tx might be a better choice). Small, unknown companies without the 80+ rating are just asking for trouble. here's some reading.
Your case and cpu cooler suggestions are right on, though. Also, for the ssd, 128gb is much nicer than 64. The m4 is better than the octane but a 128gb octane is preferable to a 64gb m4.

here's my advice:
Cut the mobo budget in about half. Unless you need serious ocing or sli power, that mobo is a waste. Grab an asus z68 model in the 120-130 range. Or a gigabyte, evga or any other decent brand.

Also, a 2600k doesn't have good value for gaming. Change it to a 2500k and spend the extra money on a better gpu.
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February 12, 2012 9:05:26 PM

what bout this psu then?

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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February 12, 2012 9:06:05 PM

Im not gonna worry about oc but i will want to go to sli just not right away
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February 12, 2012 9:15:26 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this one is better. The one you linked would definitely work though. Just a bit less efficient and won't last as many years. (i'd guess the difference between ~5 and ~7 years).

edit: are you looking for a psu with lights? The one you linked is fine if you are. It's not modular though.

Even with sli, that mobo is overkill. Anything over $150 is a complete waste unless you have a specific need in mind or an extreme budget.
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February 12, 2012 9:21:31 PM

dont need lights on it the case doesnt have a window so i wont notice it


also, what mobo would you recommend instead of the one i listed prior? im considering these ones

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 122$
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128498 150$
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131792 180$



an ya i dont really have an exreme budget im right in it right now
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February 12, 2012 9:37:21 PM

For mobos there are several reasons to choose one over another.
-features, how many usb, sata, etc
-oc, sli friendliness (don't focus too much on sli, people usually decide to upgrade their card before going sli). All those mobos will sli anyway.
-doa frequency. Mobo's seem to lack decent QA these days. Usually problems show up immediately though, so you just rma.

I have an asus mobo that i love. I've also had good gigabyte boards. ASRock has a mixed reputation but they've done very well in recent reviews here on tom's.

If i were you i'd go with the asrock. Just remember to test everything (all components) asap and rma right away if anything is amiss.

edit: oh and regardless of what mobo you choose, sandy bridge processors should be overclocked. At least oc it to 4ghz (easy as cake) to get a nice boost. If you really don't want to oc though, don't get a cpu cooler.

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February 12, 2012 9:45:23 PM

i wont bother with a cooler for now since i wont oc for a while and ill pick one up when i decide to do so, i think im leaning mostly towards gigabyte since its seems right on par with the ASUS but a little easier on the cost
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February 12, 2012 9:46:35 PM

^thats a great mobo but not sli friendly. (x8,x4 will result in some loss in performance). The 850W psu is not acceptable though. No 80+ standard, no good. With a few exceptions now and then.


also, just realized the 750W psu you (mlamb) originally linked was the same quality, cheaper and higher wattage. If you don't mind a non-modular psu, get that one.

Or the 650W model. (750 is slightly more sli friendly).

the gigabyte one is fine. Mikeang's is a better choice if you can give up sli planning (recommended).
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February 12, 2012 9:49:28 PM

the giga lists having x16 single or x8 x8?

you mean the psu i originally have at the top? i switched it out for this one at the moment:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E1681713903
$109.99
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February 12, 2012 9:53:49 PM

Most people like modular psus for convenience. If you don't care, take a non-modular. The quality is identical but modular costs more. Choose any of the corsair one's linked.
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February 12, 2012 9:54:01 PM

I'd actually recommend the build in my signature right now. Will give a lot more performance than this. Also, for gaming, i5 will do just as well as i7. No need to waste $100.
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February 12, 2012 9:59:11 PM

^your build with a nice ssd added on.
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February 12, 2012 10:02:48 PM

the links didnt work for me samuelspark,
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February 12, 2012 10:06:04 PM

thanks for helpin btw guys! much appreciated
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February 12, 2012 10:13:44 PM

^i don't have a problem with it, it takes time to research a build.

edit: damn, you only joined 5 months ago. You've been busy to get veteran status already.
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February 12, 2012 10:13:56 PM

dont we all lol
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February 12, 2012 10:22:10 PM

3 (x16, x8, x4)

didnt understand what this meant on a mobo
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February 12, 2012 10:23:29 PM

It's the speed what the GPU will run at. x8 is enough for 95% of cards.
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February 12, 2012 11:11:15 PM

i ok an the 3 before means what? how many cards can be run on that board?
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February 12, 2012 11:15:40 PM

Link to the motherboard please.
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February 12, 2012 11:16:35 PM

i guess the real question is how do i know i can use sli?
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February 12, 2012 11:19:18 PM

It says SLI certified.
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February 12, 2012 11:24:57 PM

gotcha thanks
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February 13, 2012 12:43:09 AM

so this is how the build sits now after revissions:

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM $15.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197 $94.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ... $249.99
Item #: N82E16814130604

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ... $104.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $46.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128498 $149.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072 $229.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99


Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $88.99


total - $1221.90 before rebates



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February 13, 2012 12:45:20 AM

You should really have a more powerful GPU at that price range.
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February 13, 2012 12:46:36 AM

i didnt really do a lot of lookin around for a different one just yet any suggestions?
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February 13, 2012 1:00:00 AM

6970 or GTX 570, 6850 crossfire, 6870 crossfire.
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February 13, 2012 1:23:07 AM

XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

decided to go with this one and ill add a second one for CF after a few months
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February 13, 2012 1:25:21 AM

XFX is kind of loud and ineffiecient at cooling.
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February 14, 2012 11:49:11 PM

made a few revisions to drop price a little more and try to keep up performance, opinions?

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136240
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$16.99


AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811517004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$129.99
$114.99


Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148697
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$139.99


MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814127608
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$269.99
$259.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$104.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231428
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$46.99
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i-Work 77-768 2PC KNIFE AND TAPE MEASURE SET
Item #: N82E16896439135
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
-$4.97 Saving
$19.97
$0.00


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$8.00 Instant
$129.99
$121.99


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$329.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99
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Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac 1 User for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832714018

total for this is $1070 w/o rebates
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February 15, 2012 1:47:15 AM

wrong case i forgot to add the new one, as for power supply, what about when i run sli/xfire( i plan to just not right off the bat)?

heres the case its supposed to be:Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99
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