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First build, please critique.

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February 22, 2012 4:25:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (within two weeks (the closer the better))

Budget Range: ($1500- $2000) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming BF3, SWtOR, MMO's, surfing the internet)

Parts Not Required: (Need all) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com preferably, anywhere really)

Country: (U.S) we need to know where these parts are being assembled

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel and full or mid tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: ( Not sure )

Additional Comments: ( Just want to be sure that what I buy is reliable, compatible, future upgradability) Hello all, new to the forum and this is my first build attempt. I have been doing some reading within this and other forums to try to understand alot of the tech. If it worked I dont know cause every time I read up on something I then have about ten more questions that need answered so I am just more confused in the end, anyhow here is a list that I came up with. Please any suggestions will help. Thank you.
  • 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...
  • MOBO:ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • PSU:CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    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...
  • XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Case:Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • RAM:G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • HDD:HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • SDD:p lextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Monitor:ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Keyboard:Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Mouse:Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • DVD:ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Here is my wishlist link: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
  • Please not that the case and power supply are currently a combo deal I am still open to suggestions there as well as any others. I will possibly overclock so that is why I added the cooler and the CPU. Also I am not sure if I need that many bells and whistles in the MOBO I chose? As far as GPU's go would that XFX card or Sapphire be better or another? If I could get the price down slightly without sacrificing performance or reliability that would be great. Please help I think I may need it, Thanks.
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    February 22, 2012 4:38:57 AM

    Dude, I think you have it all out. Nice. When I recently built my gamer, it was a clucterfuck. The 2500K is good for OCing, too bad my budget was too small for intel, I got Athlon II, lol, but with a 560 TI. Good combo huh? Lol
    February 22, 2012 5:00:57 AM

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_a... $131.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $114.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.35 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35.99 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... $142.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $154.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS ML228H 22-Inch Ultra-Slim Widescreen LED Monitor
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    February 22, 2012 4:19:14 PM

    ccbad said:
    Dude, I think you have it all out. Nice. When I recently built my gamer, it was a clucterfuck. The 2500K is good for OCing, too bad my budget was too small for intel, I got Athlon II, lol, but with a 560 TI. Good combo huh? Lol

  • First off thanks I hope everything in this build good, I have been spending enough time trying to figure this stuff out. Any computer I've ever had has been intel so I dont know much about athlon how is it?
    February 22, 2012 4:21:27 PM

    Why_Me said:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_a... $131.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $114.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.35 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35.99 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... $142.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $154.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS ML228H 22-Inch Ultra-Slim Widescreen LED Monitor

  • Thanks for the pricing info I am gonna have to go through this to see the savings.
    February 22, 2012 4:26:11 PM

    looks great cept get a wesrern digital 1tb or 1.5tb hhd stead of hitachi
    February 22, 2012 4:35:00 PM

    try to search :
    HSF : cooler master 212 evo..
    Graphic Card : XFX 7950/7770..

    Because u had use 2x4gb ram it would be wise if you choose 64 SSD as a cache drive..
    Or pick motherboard that already have built-in SSD cache..
    !