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February 20, 2012 9:10:23 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: This month...

Budget Range: $1,300- $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMES, GAMES, Web Surfing, Some movies.. But Mostly gaming

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Headphones

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg mostly.. but open for suggestions

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Full tower preferable.. and I've got a 27" monitor im FOR SURE getting..

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' I'm for SURE getting this monitor. This computer will be mostly for GAMES and internet surfing..



1. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $249.99
HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9. Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $12.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor $279.99
400cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




TOTAL PRICE $1,314
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First things first.. This rig is for GAMES.. SWOTR, Starcraft 2, Counterstrike, Skyrim, Tf2, and almost every other game there is.
Secondly would be internet surfing/videos....

OK so that's the Setup ( mostly ).. I was talking with a buddy of mine about the CPU cooler.. I would really prefer to get a all in one water cooling.. I've never seen or had any experience with them though.. I just like the fact they are much smaller and it doesn't take up half the case like a huge heatsink.. Any recommendations would be great for that....

As for the Haf 912, I also had a Haf 932 case and XFX Double D HD-679X on here.. But my buddy talked me into giving up the bigger Haf 932 for a Haf 912 to get the better video card that i have up on the list.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..... So if there is any way to skimp on something besides the Monitor/CPU/Mobo I would LOVE to get the haf 932.. If there is no way to do it ill just have to paint the inside of the Haf 912. The thing I like most about the Haf 932 is that its so big and its painted on the inside. ( going for the Straight black build )

As for the Hardrive im not SET on the 120gig SSD ( I plan on buying a regular 1T Hardrive later on ) but i would definitely like to be able to have windows 7 Ultimate and Some steam games on the SSD.

As for the monitor. I'm absolutely going to get the monitor ( unless theres a cheaper 27" )

I would also like to throw in a new keyboard/mouse.. NOT WIRELESS.. Screen on keyboard and macro keys are not important to me.. I do like the LED backlit keyboards though.. And maby a Mechanical one if its cheap enough..
Ps. I plan on adding a asus CD/dvd drive

The absolute MAXIMUM I could spend is $1,500 SHIPPED and everything.. I realize this is alot to read but i heard this is the place to post this kind of stuff.. So if your bored and feel like giving a fellow Gamer some suggestions, It would help me out alot.. Thanks in advance..

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February 20, 2012 9:38:46 PM

change psu to corsair ax750 change ram to g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 mhz change cpu cooler to cooler master hyper 212 evo and get a western digital caviar black 1.5tb hhd this might go over 1500 and u might have 2 wait a little longer than u had planned to get it but its a solid build
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February 20, 2012 10:35:01 PM

Looks like a fantastic build! You didn't say how much you plan on overclocking but if you're going 4.5 or less you can save a few bucks with the hyper 212 Evo and use the thermal paste that is included. I'm at 4.5 with the 212 and have fantastic temps.

Keyboard, I love the Microsoft Sidewinder and the logitech gaming mouse. Both have plenty of goodies, solid reliability, nice feel, quiet, and are affordable.

I prefer the Corsair low profile vengeance for the roominess.

With your SSD you can go to Wal Mart and buy whatever HDD and optical drive is on sale, neither are going to bottleneck you.

You intrigued me with that monitor...I've been shopping them lately. What about that monitor do you like? I'm looking for a 27" but worried about pixel pitch, I hate seeing dots. I'm not familiar with that brand.
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February 20, 2012 10:51:55 PM

stevandv said:
Approximate Purchase Date: This month...

Budget Range: $1,300- $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMES, GAMES, Web Surfing, Some movies.. But Mostly gaming

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Headphones

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg mostly.. but open for suggestions

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Full tower preferable.. and I've got a 27" monitor im FOR SURE getting..

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' I'm for SURE getting this monitor. This computer will be mostly for GAMES and internet surfing..



1. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $249.99
HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9. Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $12.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor $279.99
400cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




TOTAL PRICE $1,314
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

First things first.. This rig is for GAMES.. SWOTR, Starcraft 2, Counterstrike, Skyrim, Tf2, and almost every other game there is.
Secondly would be internet surfing/videos....

OK so that's the Setup ( mostly ).. I was talking with a buddy of mine about the CPU cooler.. I would really prefer to get a all in one water cooling.. I've never seen or had any experience with them though.. I just like the fact they are much smaller and it doesn't take up half the case like a huge heatsink.. Any recommendations would be great for that....

As for the Haf 912, I also had a Haf 932 case and XFX Double D HD-679X on here.. But my buddy talked me into giving up the bigger Haf 932 for a Haf 912 to get the better video card that i have up on the list.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..... So if there is any way to skimp on something besides the Monitor/CPU/Mobo I would LOVE to get the haf 932.. If there is no way to do it ill just have to paint the inside of the Haf 912. The thing I like most about the Haf 932 is that its so big and its painted on the inside. ( going for the Straight black build )

As for the Hardrive im not SET on the 120gig SSD ( I plan on buying a regular 1T Hardrive later on ) but i would definitely like to be able to have windows 7 Ultimate and Some steam games on the SSD.

As for the monitor. I'm absolutely going to get the monitor ( unless theres a cheaper 27" )

I would also like to throw in a new keyboard/mouse.. NOT WIRELESS.. Screen on keyboard and macro keys are not important to me.. I do like the LED backlit keyboards though.. And maby a Mechanical one if its cheap enough..
Ps. I plan on adding a asus CD/dvd drive

The absolute MAXIMUM I could spend is $1,500 SHIPPED and everything.. I realize this is alot to read but i heard this is the place to post this kind of stuff.. So if your bored and feel like giving a fellow Gamer some suggestions, It would help me out alot.. Thanks in advance..

Unless you plan on using that RAM for a hair comb, change it out to something with lower profile heat spreaders otherwise it's going to screw you with that cpu cooler. Look at Amazon for a few fans for that 912. Amazon has the 200mm Megaflow for $14 and free shipping...and it will fit nicely on that case.

Also lose that psu.


http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Computer-Power-Supply-HCG-7... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Computer Power Supply HCG-750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- decent combo deal... hard drive with psu
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February 20, 2012 11:50:54 PM

catatafish said:
Looks like a fantastic build! You didn't say how much you plan on overclocking but if you're going 4.5 or less you can save a few bucks with the hyper 212 Evo and use the thermal paste that is included. I'm at 4.5 with the 212 and have fantastic temps.

Keyboard, I love the Microsoft Sidewinder and the logitech gaming mouse. Both have plenty of goodies, solid reliability, nice feel, quiet, and are affordable.

I prefer the Corsair low profile vengeance for the roominess.

With your SSD you can go to Wal Mart and buy whatever HDD and optical drive is on sale, neither are going to bottleneck you.

You intrigued me with that monitor...I've been shopping them lately. What about that monitor do you like? I'm looking for a 27" but worried about pixel pitch, I hate seeing dots. I'm not familiar with that brand.



Ok so about the monitor.. My buddy has had 2 of these in the past year. ( He gave the first one to his mom ) And both has been flawless. These are the CHEAPEST 27" monitors I have ever seen and they still look amazing.. no dead pixels and solid resolution.. You have got to see Skyrim on this badboy.. Looks awsome.


To Why_Me Good point on the RAM, I'll have to check that out.. About the PSU im just curious what the problem is with my PSU? I like the fact it is modular and it has decent reviews. Just wondering.. I've heard alot of good things about the Hyper 212 and I'm sure it will work just fine/cheap... Do you have any Experience with all in one watercooling? I love the idea of not having a huge block on my mobo ( but i will if i have to... The hyper 212 is CHEAP and i might can spend the extra money from that for the bigger case that i wanted. Haf 932 )
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February 21, 2012 12:10:41 AM

stevandv said:
Ok so about the monitor.. My buddy has had 2 of these in the past year. ( He gave the first one to his mom ) And both has been flawless. These are the CHEAPEST 27" monitors I have ever seen and they still look amazing.. no dead pixels and solid resolution.. You have got to see Skyrim on this badboy.. Looks awsome.


To Why_Me Good point on the RAM, I'll have to check that out.. About the PSU im just curious what the problem is with my PSU? I like the fact it is modular and it has decent reviews. Just wondering.. I've heard alot of good things about the Hyper 212 and I'm sure it will work just fine/cheap... Do you have any Experience with all in one watercooling? I love the idea of not having a huge block on my mobo ( but i will if i have to... The hyper 212 is CHEAP and i might can spend the extra money from that for the bigger case that i wanted. Haf 932 )

Those OCZ modstreams are pretty much an over priced paperweight. OCZ bought out PC Power & Cooling about two years ago and that's the only thing that's saved OCZ in regards to psu's. The OCZ "Z Series" psu's are manufactured by PC Power & Cooling which means they are solid...hence the good professional reviews they have received across the net.
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March 1, 2012 6:45:22 PM

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