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1st build ($1000 budget)

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March 15, 2012 6:53:11 PM

Is this a good system? Any advice on parts/ glaring compatibility issues would be much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week

Budget Range: Under $1000 before rebates

System Usage Most Important: Gaming
System Usage Least Important: Video editing stuff like that

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country:USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I was also thinking about getting a wireless connection, so any advice on that would be great.

Parts for the Build:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...



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March 15, 2012 7:37:18 PM

What kind of gaming we're talking about here being that you picked the GTX 460. If your doing any intense video editing you might want to look into getting the i7-2600k. HT helps when it comes to video editing. Change your RAM to something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The heat spreaders on the RAM you picked will interfere with the after market cooler you picked.
Nice choice of thermal compound I have the same one and it really helps in bringing down temps.
March 15, 2012 8:08:19 PM

aRodr1guez said:
What kind of gaming we're talking about here being that you picked the GTX 460. If your doing any intense video editing you might want to look into getting the i7-2600k. HT helps when it comes to video editing. Change your RAM to something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The heat spreaders on the RAM you picked will interfere with the after market cooler you picked.
Nice choice of thermal compound I have the same one and it really helps in bringing down temps.


Yeah but you don't really need it - the Hyper 212 is one of the few heat sinks that actually includes a really good thermal solution. I'd say put that $10 difference in upgrading the motherboard to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I'd recommend this for the RAM - no offense to G.Skill but this is one of the better tier 1 RAM vendors out there: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Try this $1K build I recommend - it doesn't have OS but it won't be that much of a drop in the bucket to add one:



Here you go:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.30Ghz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333Mhz 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $320 (estimated)


Total: $1,015.93 - $20.00 MIR = $995.93
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March 16, 2012 9:21:27 PM

Thanks for the advice! I never even thought about the heat spreaders being a problem. I'm going to look into some other builds before i make any final decisions.
March 16, 2012 9:39:33 PM

Considering video editing is less of a concern than gaming, the i5 2500K is good enough that just show you don't need HT as it doesn't seem like it'll matter all that much. Besides a slight overclock on the i5 2500K fixes that performance difference between the 2500K and 2600K.

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just switch the 560 Ti for the 7850 when it releases within the next week (+40)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
Huge performance increase and it's not that expensive.
Total: $890 before OS and rebates.

So basically you end up costing a similar amount, since after you include OS it'll be $990 but you get way more. Such as a better board as you get SLI/CF support for 8x/8x and you PCI 3.0 w/ Ivy Bridge support. Then you get a 750w for future CF/SLI. Overall you get more for the build, understand that OCZ is a solid brand that has PSUs performing pretty close to Corsairs but still saving lots of money.
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