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How's she looking ($800-$1000 Build)

Approximate Purchase Date: this week... today if it looks right

Budget Range: $800-1000 for the tower and innards

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photo editing, interwebs, watching videos, media center

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon, anything that is reputable

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes - once system becomes dated.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - once system becomes dated.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 .... likely

Additional Comments: I am concerned with bottlenecking. Forward compatability - in a year or two, I would like to be able to overclock the CPU (don't want to buy the cooling fan right now) and add an additional video card to the mobo. I know the least about case and PSU.


Hardware (all from newegg):

Motherboard: $122 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: $225 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Video Card: $205 GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I picked this one because it is already overclocked, and relatively cheap with the MIR.

Hard Drive (SSD): $175 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Based this on customer reviews - is there a better price for same performance and size out there? I have a 1TB external hard drive I can use to supplement additional photo, etc, storage.

Memory: $47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Power Supply: $60 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
I am unsure of this. I would like the PSU to be modular.

Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
I like the side window. I want to keep this cheap - but I want to have the good airflow.

Total for Tower: $874

Monitor: $120 Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
Didn't research this.

$100 for windows 7.


All in: $1094

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  1. Best answer
    Minor changes...

    MEM - Skip the tall heat spreaders as they impeed air flow and get in the way of some aftermarket CPU coolers. Just be sure they are 1.5v modules.
    CPU Cooler - Buy and install it now. You won't want to do this in two years from now when you realize you need to pull the motherboard out of the case to install the bracket on the back. EDIT: Just remembered the HAF 912 and Elite 430 both have windows so you won't have to pull the MB out. Still... go with the cooler now.
    CASE - The Elite 430 is fine, however the HAF 912 offers better air flow / cooling.
    PSU - Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. 750w is a good size for planning SLI down the road.


    MB - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 - $122
    CPU - i5-2500k - $230
    CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
    MEM - Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $50
    GPU - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti - $205 after MIR
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $164
    OPTICAL - 24x DVD-RW - $18
    PSU - Corsair TX750 - $90 after MIR
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $50 after MIR
    CASE FANS - Rosewill 120mm 4-pack 40CFM @ 18dBA - $15
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

    $1079


    Consider adding a storage drive to compliment the SSD.
    HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160
  2. Ya, i was going to say, it might be hard storing everything on that ssd lol.

    Your power supply looks fine, but if you really want a modular:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018
    this is a very similar power supply to yours, but it is modular.
  3. sadams04 said:
    Minor changes...

    MEM - Skip the tall heat spreaders as they impeed air flow and get in the way of some aftermarket CPU coolers. Just be sure they are 1.5v modules.
    CPU Cooler - Buy and install it now. You won't want to do this in two years from now when you realize you need to pull the motherboard out of the case to install the bracket on the back. EDIT: Just remembered the HAF 912 and Elite 430 both have windows so you won't have to pull the MB out. Still... go with the cooler now.
    CASE - The Elite 430 is fine, however the HAF 912 offers better air flow / cooling.
    PSU - Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. 750w is a good size for planning SLI down the road.


    MB - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 - $122
    CPU - i5-2500k - $230
    CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
    MEM - Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $50
    GPU - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti - $205 after MIR
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $164
    OPTICAL - 24x DVD-RW - $18
    PSU - Corsair TX750 - $90 after MIR
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $50 after MIR
    CASE FANS - Rosewill 120mm 4-pack 40CFM @ 18dBA - $15
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

    $1079


    Consider adding a storage drive to compliment the SSD.
    HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160


    Thanks for the advice.

    What do you think about intel's SRT?

    To keep expense from ballooning i could get a 64GB SSD + a storage drive - keeping the expense under $200 total.
  4. The OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W is not a good choice, because functionally it is identical to the 600W version and it only has 552W combined on it's 12V rails compared to 504W on the 600W version. So there is no reason to buy the 700W version rather than the 600W version.
    But there are few reasons to buy that either because it only has two PCIe connectors, if you want to install a second graphics card in the future you will need a PSU with four PCIe connectors.

    XFX Pro 750W XXX Edition 80Plus Silver Modular $120 ($30 rebate)
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&manufacture=XFX
  5. get a cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler and change to corsair tx750 psu sides that looks good
  6. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1329900566&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1329900518&sr=1-7 $97.51 & 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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $121.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $224.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_c $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=N82E16820220570 $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=N82E16822148840 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING $25 off w/ promo code EMCNHHJ38, ends 2/27
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_sim_pc_1 $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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401 $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

    Total: $920.79 *not including shipping and promo codes

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $142.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
  7. Best answer selected by quaint pancake.
  8. So everything you posted Quaint is compatible with everything and if assembled correctly it should run flawlessly? Because I was going to make my own thread, but this looks like a great build and as cheap as it will come for ultimate gaming. (Bf3/GW2/Skyrim) maxed out.

    Edit: Also is there any alternative SSD drives since that one you posted is sold out on newegg, or is the SSD just a plus to this build, in example if I just purchased a 500gig SATA HD like This one :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    Be used to replace it? or is it essential to also get a SSD for some reason or another? Please get back to me asap as i am eager to begin this build and would like all the facts up and out before moving ahead. Please post any alternatives to that SSD if you can find any. I apreciate your awaited response, as others are I'm sure.
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