Just some advice/guidance would be nice. :)

Just a heads up, this is my first post here, and would like to say hello to everyone!

I'm looking to build a computer, and would like some advice, you know make sure everything works together and that i'm getting a good deal.

Also, I'm not going to purchase RIGHT NOW, but the only things i will be looking to change are the GPU and the CPU, Which I'm fairly certain will
will be compatible and all that jazz.


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Approximate Purchase Date: in the next few months.

Budget Range: the most i can get for $1200, without going over! (going over a tad will probably be fine, if necessary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be looking to game ALOT, and web surfing and the like. just recreational use.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse aren't necessary, (but recommendations would be nice seeing as i can purchase later or if I'm under budget)
neither is the OS nor a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm looking to get all of my stuff from newegg

Country: Resident of America.

Parts Preferences: I'm very much so leaning towards intel's i5 line of CPU's. GPU, just looking for the best deal in the price range.

Overclocking: Absolutely!

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not going to SLI/CFX ever probably. however thats not set in stone.

Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is 1920x1080

Additional Comments: looking for GREAT performance around $1200. good enough to not have to upgrade, cheap enough to not have to sell my future children
to purchase. Ya dig?

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So, what i got in mind so far is:

(my newegg wishlist so far): http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=22711567

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 $99.99 (good deal :O)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Intel Core i5-2500K $224 (also lookin at the i5 3570k when it launches! its supposed to be similarly priced, no?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($49.99) not going to get less than 6GB memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB $72.99 (flexible here. also need guidance :p)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148782

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V (Don't know much about PSU's but it seems too cheap???)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036

Subtotal: $772.93 (not including a $20 mail in rebate that will probably expire before purchase lol)

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As for the GPU... I'm looking to get a really really good one for $300-$400. (got my eye on the 660ti, or 670ti, or whatever its called. this is still much up in the air, though.)


So, lets get down to brass tacks here.... Tell me whats up wit this. good? bad? Advice anywhere?

I welcome your input, and i hope you all have a nice day :)
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  1. This isn't covering everything mind you but,

    mobo, swap for a z68 board if you are intent on clocking,
    refurbished Hdd? I'm sure you can find one cheaper than that if you don't have any lying around
    Case is ok, but theres better to be had for the price
    haven't researched the Psu (check jonnyguru for psu test/reviews) but I'm wary of raidmax psu's in general
    and if you're overclocking you will need an aftermarket cooler, the stock issue unit just won't cover you, coolermasters H212+ is popular, as are noctua Dh14 and thermaltakes silver arrow, check them out
    and don't forget the obligatory 'How-to' guide at the top of this section for some handy helps
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/288241-13-buyer-guides-troubleshooting-tips

    I'll check back later but I'm sure other members will throw in some useful advice too
    Moto
  2. Motopsychojdn said:
    This isn't covering everything mind you but,

    mobo, swap for a z68 board if you are intent on clocking,
    refurbished Hdd? I'm sure you can find one cheaper than that if you don't have any lying around
    Case is ok, but theres better to be had for the price
    haven't researched the Psu (check jonnyguru for psu test/reviews) but I'm wary of raidmax psu's in general
    and if you're overclocking you will need an aftermarket cooler, the stock issue unit just won't cover you, coolermasters H212+ is popular, as are noctua Dh14 and thermaltakes silver arrow, check them out
    and don't forget the obligatory 'How-to' guide at the top of this section for some handy helps
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/288241-13-buyer-guides-troubleshooting-tips

    I'll check back later but I'm sure other members will throw in some useful advice too
    Moto



    yeah, i didnt know that HDD was refurbished..... not sure how i messed that lol


    Thanks for the tips on the case, and the PSU! i thought that i chode a really cheap case, but turns out they make some that are much less expensive :/


    also, why should get a z68 board instead? As far as i can tell, the p67 supports overclock, so whats better about the z68 board?

    again, thanks, an have a great day!
  3. Its nicer for ssd's (write caching), will definitely support Ivy when that hits,
    unless the P67 price is a real winner for you I'd take a Z, just so it lives longer
    Moto
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