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February 27, 2012 8:21:03 PM

I'm looking to build a computer that will run WoW on ultra settings, as well as other CPU intensive software (ie. ProTool and other music production software). I'm new to this all, so I've been doing my research, and below is what I've come up with. I don't want to spend more then $1000 if possible. I already have the graphics card listed below, a mouse, and speakers. I'll buy Windows 7 and a keyboard separately.

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

CPU cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

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

Graphics - NVIDIA GTX 560 ti

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Hard drive - HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin

Power - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

Monitor - ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

DVD drive - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Wireless - Rosewill RNX-N600UBE USB 2.0 Wireless Dual Band Adapter

A few questions I have:
1) What is the difference between regular and "low profile" RAM? The low profile Vengeance RAM is a lot cheaper.
2) I have no idea about the Wireless, so will the one I listed work fine?

Thank you!
February 27, 2012 8:39:16 PM

That whole build looks really nice. I guess just consider getting the i5-2500k, because the "K" indicates it has an unlocked multiplier to allow for overclocking. Even if you think you wouldn't OC, this CPU is very easy to overclock to get more power now or a year or two down the road.

1. Low-profile RAM just means it doesn't have the tall pointy parts that so many high-performance RAM modules show, the spikey tops that are supposed to act as heat-sinks. However, you really don't need those heat-sinks, and low-profile has much less chance to get in the way of the installation of that quite good Hyper 212 Plus cooler you're getting.

2. Really the only way to determine what wireless antenna will work is to read reviews. That said, I have this one and it works great:

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

I didn't check prices on all of that, so hopefully it rings up under $1k!
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February 27, 2012 8:43:35 PM

Dizz216 said:
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

CPU cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus


If you have any interest in overclocking get the i5-2500k. If you are not ever going to overclock then there is no need to get the CPU cooler since the CPU comes with one that works fine at stock clocks.
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February 27, 2012 9:38:41 PM

Thank you for the quick replies! I'll look into the "k" and see how much more it goes for. As for the RAM, Ill just go with the low profile then if there's no performance difference, and thanks for the wireless suggestion too!
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February 28, 2012 11:44:10 PM

Here's my updated build with sources and prices. The wireless has a "?" because I'll just pick it out in store. Also, I'd like to get a better, more fitting case so I don't have to worry about being limited on space and wires not fitting etc. I'm still under my budget, so if you have any quality suggestions at all (preferably not over $150), they would be appreciated.

CPU - i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor – 179.99 (MicroCenter)
Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 – 129.99 (NewEgg)
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Low Profile – 49.99 (NewEgg)
Case - Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - 44.99 (MicroCenter)
PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 – 79.99 (NewEgg)
CPU cool - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler – 19.99 (MicroCenter)
Graphics - NVIDIA GTX 560 ti – Free (Already have)
Monitor - Asus VE228H 21.5” Full HD HDMI LED – 134.99 (NewEgg)
DVD drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner – 20.99 (NewEgg)
Hard drive – Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB – 119.99 (NCIX)
Wireless – ? (MicroCenter)

Total: 780.91
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February 28, 2012 11:59:57 PM

What sound card will you be using? I'm trying to assemble a rig for FL Studio, League of Legends, CS:GO, and Battlefield 3.
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February 29, 2012 12:08:43 AM

ubersaurus said:
What sound card will you be using? I'm trying to assemble a rig for FL Studio, League of Legends, CS:GO, and Battlefield 3.


not sure yet, I think I'm gonna wait till I'm at microcenter and ask someone. I've been told its not even necessary and I can get an audio interface or something
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February 29, 2012 1:03:47 AM

I would go to an i7 if possible, you will love the 8 threads. We are currently in the process of building a custom rig for music production that has a 2600K, GTX550 Ti, and 8GB of RAM. Remember, music production programs are heavy CPU & RAM programs!
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