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~$1600 Gaming Build Review

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March 11, 2012 8:22:27 PM

Hello fine people of Tom's! I've done a good amount of research (a lot of it here!) and feel confident in my build but I'd appreciate a look over and any comments you might have.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next couple weeks

Budget Range: $1600, flexible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, storage HDs

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes, CPU

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:

--Using my storage HDs from current system until HD prices drop
--Will my PSU (SeaSonic X750 Gold) be enough if I were to add another 7970 in the future?

--Extra: need a surge protector. Good Enough? Belkin 12 outlet 3940 Joules Surge Protector

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Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98 @ PC Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($193.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $1592.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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