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February 21, 2012 11:11:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

I would like to order this rig today. Any help will be appreciated.



Budget Range: $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Music.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US


Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 maybe 1920x1200 in the future

Mobo: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2)COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: I'm trying to decide which one to get. Its down to these two. I'm thinking of getting the 7970 because its only 70 bucks more. What do you guys think?

SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 21, 2012 11:24:40 AM

For overclocking you will definitely want to spend a little bit more and get the i5 2500k. It is extremely overclockable and, for the price, the best CPU on the market. For $20 more you gain a substantial amount of unlocked performance.

The 7970 is a great choice, it really just depends on, as you said, whether you want to spend the extra cash. The GPU is the most important part for gaming, so it would be justified if you decided to go that route.

After a quick glance, other than changing the CPU and picking either card your build looks pretty solid to me.
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February 21, 2012 11:29:02 AM
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February 21, 2012 12:37:45 PM

Total now before shipping is $1450. Ok I changed the CPU to the 2500k, and went with the 7970 sapphire card.
Anything else I need to put this together when it arrives?
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February 21, 2012 1:25:18 PM

I just got the i5 2500k and Asus P6Z68-V LX (there a few versions of this board) at Micro Center.. CPU $175.99 and mobo $69.99 (special going on now). Price on mobo was $119. I got it on 2/20/2012
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February 21, 2012 1:43:11 PM

Some Arctic Silver if you're going to substantially OC.
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February 21, 2012 2:38:51 PM

SkyDragon8 said:
I just got the i5 2500k and Asus P6Z68-V LX (there a few versions of this board) at Micro Center.. CPU $175.99 and mobo $69.99 (special going on now). Price on mobo was $119. I got it on 2/20/2012




Thanks for the heads up man. Just ordered it. Saved me $50.00 :D 
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February 21, 2012 2:52:34 PM

Isn't your mobo missing the pci-e 3.0 feature? Your latest choice I mean.
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February 21, 2012 3:07:38 PM

Blakexeal said:
Isn't your mobo missing the pci-e 3.0 feature? Your latest choice I mean.


Damn your right. I guess i'll buy something else while i'm up there.
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February 21, 2012 6:20:52 PM

xfade said:
Damn your right. I guess i'll buy something else while i'm up there.

And you can skip the Arctic Silver. Those Cooler Master h/s come with a small tube of MX-4 which is about as good as it gets for thermal compound.
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February 21, 2012 7:29:25 PM

Why_Me said:
And you can skip the Arctic Silver. Those Cooler Master h/s come with a small tube of MX-4 which is about as good as it gets for thermal compound.


I forgot about this, I apologize. I was stuck thinking about the stock package that comes with the 2500k.

My apologies. :pt1cable: 
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