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$1500-1700 including monitors GAMING build

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February 15, 2012 6:11:07 PM

Hi Guys - first build. Thanks for any replies.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Home Stuff (office, web browsing, music), photo editing

Parts Not Required: none

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, ncix.co, other reputable sites)

Country:( USA)

Parts Preferences: I’m open to most anything – but I would prefer to have a dual monitor setup with 24s in the budget.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (quiet is good)
February 15, 2012 7:29:43 PM

$1274 before rebates. If you need a monitor you need to add to this build.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-922M-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119197
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate

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$119.99 -$15.00 Instant $104.99


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

ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Model #:p 8Z68-V LE
Item #:N82E16813131773
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99


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GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:GV-R695OC-1GD
Item #:N82E16814125385
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
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$249.99 $249.99


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SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:M12II 520 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151093
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$99.99 -$20.00 Instant $79.99


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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Model #:BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy:Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
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$229.99 $229.99


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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Model #:CT128M4SSD2CCA
Item #:N82E16820148448
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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$199.99 -$40.00 Instant $159.99


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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231314
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
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$46.99 $46.99


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Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5002AALX
Item #:N82E16822136795
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$149.99 $149.99


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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$22.99 $22.99


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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy:Software Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$99.99 $99.99
Subtotal: $1,274.90
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a c 278 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 7:33:12 PM

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5002AALX
Item #:N82E16822136795
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$149.99 $149.99


And that's why I don't recommend the Caviar Black right now. That is way too much to pay for a 500GB secondary HD when you can get by with a slower one with higher capacity.

Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W - $99.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99
SSD: Samsung 830 64GB - $119.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB - $129.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $20.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570TI - $349.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech MK320 - $34.99
Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMIr - $199.99

Total: $1,660.87
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 7:38:01 PM

Gaming is not gonna be what you hoped it will be on just 2 monitors. You will need an odd number of monitors to get the best gaming experience.
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February 15, 2012 7:41:10 PM

azeem40 said:
Gaming is not gonna be what you hoped it will be on just 2 monitors. You will need an odd number of monitors to get the best gaming experience.


Agreed. Having 3 21.5" monitors would be so much better than 2 24" monitors it wouldn't be funny.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 7:45:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Agreed. Having 3 21.5" monitors would be so much better than 2 24" monitors it wouldn't be funny.

And you will be looking at a bezel. :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 7:52:37 PM

i5-2500K $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H $160 ($5 shipping, 10% off promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.35V CML8GX3M2A1600C9W $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB OC 11196-02-40G $480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec P280 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or
Antec Solo II $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would suggest putting an Antec TrueQuiet 120 in the front, in either of these cases.
Or whatever you want. Something positively reviewed on SPCR is generally a good idea tho.

Rosewill Capstone 750W 80Plus Gold $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The fan in this unit is a Globe Fan RL4Z B1402512M - the M denotes that the maximum speed is 1500RPM.
However other Super Flower Golden Green based units (the NZXT Hale90 750W in particular - my recommendation if you want a modular unit) have had their fan at maximum load measured at lower speeds than that.

Thermalright True Spirit 120 $30 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-100700529-True-Spiri...
Maximum fan speed is 1500RPM (versus 2000RPM on Hyper 212 Plus/Evo yet gets better temps according to this review. Altho it seems like they tested the EU version whose fan only spins at 1600RPM max.)

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM ST500DM002 85$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium SP1 OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1403

An SSD would be useful to eliminate some HDD noises. But I think you would have to cut back on the graphics card to afford it in my build.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 7:56:08 PM

I would honestly suggest the U2312HM monitor. It has a great viewing angle, adjustable swivel and stand, and has a .6ms input lag.

@ G-unit: I am just gonna get the above monitor without any stands. :p 
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