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March 3, 2012 1:12:08 PM

Am considering building a new system and would like some input about my choices so far.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $800-1000 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Lightroom, gaming,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound board, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Flexible, Frys and MicroCenter are local for me. NewEgg, TigerDirect and Amazon OK to use. Have $50 gift certificate for Amazon.

Country: USA

Parts being considered:

Processor: I5-2500K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS or ASUS P8Z68 V/gen3
Memory: SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
GPU: Sapphire 6850 or 6870
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply OR other brand.
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Hard Drive: Have a Crucial 128 SSD but will also install a SATA probably 1TB 7200, not sure of which brand/model...would consider decreasing storage size.
Optical Drive: Lite On or Sony 24X SATA DVD RW, would consider Blu Ray player/burner not a necessity
Overclocking: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1680 X 1050 but I will be upgrading in the near future.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Am probably going to start purchasing parts this weekend from MicroCenter: motherboard, processor, case and memory. Possibly also purchase power supply which would be different from what I have listed because MC only carries 1000W and 760W Seasonic.

Thanks in advance for opinions and suggestions.

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March 3, 2012 5:11:16 PM

Am reconsidering the case and possibly getting the Rosewill Challenger. For power supply am considering the Corsair Professional Series Gold AX650 650W.

For hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb WD500AAKX from Amazon $82.66

Optical Drive Asus 24X $20.99 at NewEgg.

The Sapphire boards have rebates and would get from either Amazon or NewEgg. 6850 is 149.99 before 15.00 rebate and 6870 is 169.99 before 10.00 rebate on Amazon. I am assuming that the 6850 may be the better buy.

Have reviewed many of the builds and suggestions here as well as read through feedback/reviews on multiple websites. Using this info as guidelines.

Thanks again for any advice.
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March 3, 2012 5:20:55 PM

Hello

If you are not planning of overclocking , you dont need to buy i5 2500K , instead you can go for i5 2500. I personaly will never and ever go for overclocking so i'll be buying 2500


First time seeing someone prefer samsung ram tbh ^^ you should go for corsair vengeance or kingston hyperx
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March 4, 2012 2:57:08 PM

sinthoras said:
Hello

If you are not planning of overclocking , you dont need to buy i5 2500K , instead you can go for i5 2500. I personaly will never and ever go for overclocking so i'll be buying 2500


First time seeing someone prefer samsung ram tbh ^^ you should go for corsair vengeance or kingston hyperx


Thanks for suggestions. Nothing wrong with the Samsung memory. Have read good reviews regarding this. Runs at 1.35. MicroCenter has sale right now with $50 off Z68 motherboard with purchase of i5-2500K. Purchasing 2500K gives one flexibility if they decide to overclock.
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March 4, 2012 3:04:41 PM

Proximon said:
For $5 more the Seasonic M12II would be a nice upgrade
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for $15 more the Rosewill Capstone would be a bigger upgrade, but non-modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for this information, will add that Seasonic to my possible parts list and take a look at it. However, now debating whether to build or wait since not in dire need of system and property taxes are due in a few weeks. :(  Just wanted to upgrade from my 4 year old system. However, thinking with Ivy bridge coming up shortly that prices may go down more on CPUs and m-boards. Am now just considering upgrading video card in my computer. :) 
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