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$1500 Gaming Rig, Final Check

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February 21, 2012 2:01:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of this week

Budget Range: $1500, not really looking to go over, but under is always a plus.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Optical Drives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix...looking for deals so I'm not too picky

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, that's about it.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Really struggling with the GPU. I have a 570 on my wishlist, but not sure if I can get similar performance with a 560ti 448 core overclocked.

My Wishlist


Any help or input would be appreciated.
February 21, 2012 2:35:10 AM

That's HD7970 territory. Check my sig. :) 
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February 21, 2012 4:54:48 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III
GPU : HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $1,497.90 without rebates.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2012 5:35:37 AM

A fellow Alaskan :) 

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $54.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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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

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

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Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-11196-02-40G-PCI-Express... $479.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire 11196-02-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express OC Version Graphics Card

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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February 22, 2012 1:36:10 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I think you convinced me to go with the 7950. I made a few other changes to my build but think I'm settling on this one:

Build

Got a couple other deals that came out yesterday on newegg (hdd and psu). The grand total after shipping is $1560.67.

If anyone has a good reason that I should go with the ASUS PRO/GEN3 over the GEN3 I would like to hear it. If not I should be buying this set up tonight. Thanks again for the help.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2012 2:25:54 PM

Great build.
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February 22, 2012 3:01:49 PM

AlaskanOx said:
Thanks for the input guys. I think you convinced me to go with the 7950. I made a few other changes to my build but think I'm settling on this one:

Build

Got a couple other deals that came out yesterday on newegg (hdd and psu). The grand total after shipping is $1560.67.

If anyone has a good reason that I should go with the ASUS PRO/GEN3 over the GEN3 I would like to hear it. If not I should be buying this set up tonight. Thanks again for the help.

Good build, and it gives you the ability to run two of those cards later on if you so choose. Take the Arctic Silver off the list though. Cooler Master cpu h/s like that EVO come with a small tube of MX-4 thermal compound which is about as good as it gets in regards to thermal compounds.
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