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March 10, 2012 8:23:17 PM

Configured this on Neweeg and am just about ready to click buy. Looking for any suggestions before i do.

Budget is $700

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 100314-3L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102948
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy $169.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $129.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side window
Item #:N82E16811119224
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $84.99

Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115073
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $209.99

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371031
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $69.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145345
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $42.99

Promo on Processor -$15.00
Promo on PSU -$15.00

Shipping $17.62 (everything is free except the case & motherboard)

Grand Total: $695.56

I already have a DVD burner, 120GB SSD and 500GB HDD

The motherboard and case eat up the bulk of the budget, but my plan is to be able to upgrade the system later on down the road. I figure get a good backbone to start with.

Motherboard requirements: SLI/Crossfire ready, eSATA connector (I have a 2TB external), ready for Ivybridge

I'm not likely to do any overclocking.

Any suggestions? Did I forget anything?

edit: PSU change / Memory Change / Motherboard Change / CPU Change
March 10, 2012 8:35:55 PM

Case fans and cooler unless you plan on using stock til you upgrade.
March 10, 2012 8:40:07 PM

U could save a lot of money by going with this board instead

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

Also DDR3-1600 is the sweet spot for SB, save yourself some dough.

With those savings alone you can choose a 2500K.

I certainly wouldn't go with a Rosewill psu either. You can find a much better deal.

Newegg has a Antec Neo 620w $34.99 after rebate and promo code EMCYTZT1291

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-17371031

7a more on the 12v rail and it has a better warranty too.
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March 10, 2012 8:42:10 PM

geekapproved said:
U could save a lot of money by going with this board instead

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

Also DDR3-1600 is the sweets pot for SB, save your self some dough.

With those savings alone you can choose a 2550K.

I certainly wouldn't go with a Rosewill psu either. You can find a much better deal.


+1, I would get a 912 and spend the money saved on a 560 ti as well. You won't be able to crossfire/sli on that PSU get this one instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . I don't really like rosewill psu's but it got a gold from hardwaresecrets. If your sure that you don't want to overclock i would recommend the i5-2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 10, 2012 9:28:00 PM

geekapproved said:
U could save a lot of money by going with this board instead

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

Also DDR3-1600 is the sweet spot for SB, save yourself some dough.

With those savings alone you can choose a 2500K.

I certainly wouldn't go with a Rosewill psu either. You can find a much better deal.

Newegg has a Antec Neo 620w $34.99 after rebate and promo code EMCYTZT1291

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-17371031

7a more on the 12v rail and it has a better warranty too.


Good find on the PS promocode, I didn't see that one when i was looking, where did you find it at? I will definately be changing to that one.

With the current promo code on the memory, the 2133 is only $10 more than the 1600. Is it not wort the $10?

I did look at the ASRock motherboard when i was making my list, I was a little turned off by the fact that the eSATA connector is shared with the onboard 6GB slot and the lack of a USB 3 header on the board.
March 10, 2012 9:36:57 PM

For no real-world difference, no, it's not. Besides, if you ever decide to RMA the CPU for whatever reason, Intel will void your warranty if they find out you're using more than 1600MHz.
March 10, 2012 9:48:43 PM

Does anuone have any experience with buying open box items from newegg? They have the same motherboard for $50 less as an open box. Does it still recieve the same waranty as the new item? Any horror stories on buying open box items?
March 10, 2012 10:21:01 PM

azeem40 said:
For no real-world difference, no, it's not. Besides, if you ever decide to RMA the CPU for whatever reason, Intel will void your warranty if they find out you're using more than 1600MHz.


Yes and with all the psychics employed by Intel I am certain one of them has the power of such amazing knowledge.
March 10, 2012 10:24:41 PM

Did some real soul searching and decided that my percieved draw backs for the ASRock board really weren't worth the extra $70 for the other board. So I have changed to the ASRock board and a 2500 processor (not the K version). The 2500 has a $15 promo that lets me stay under the $700 limit. Any other last minute suggestions? I'm planning on buying tonight.
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March 10, 2012 10:56:39 PM

jcaulley_74 said:
Did some real soul searching and decided that my percieved draw backs for the ASRock board really weren't worth the extra $70 for the other board. So I have changed to the ASRock board and a 2500 processor (not the K version). The 2500 has a $15 promo that lets me stay under the $700 limit. Any other last minute suggestions? I'm planning on buying tonight.


You can also get this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . It has internal usb3.0 . I would get this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and this gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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