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March 20, 2012 12:32:52 AM

I am looking for a computer that will be able to run some FPS games. I also want to build a computer that will be good or rendering things really well. I will be rendering things such house models and buildings for architecture. My budjet will be $1200 - $1800. I will not be overlocking things nor be water cooling. I will be looking for a sleek and very clean build. Heres what I think is pretty good so far. :) 


Corsair Graphite 600T White – $169.99
MSI Big Bang XPower – $269.99
Intel Core I7 960 8MB – $299.99
Corsair Vengeance 8GB LP Black – $49.99 + 4 GB Extra = 12GB
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB – $109.99
Corsair Professional Series Power Supply – $199.99
GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS – $259.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 64MB – $119.99
Corsair Hydro Series H60 – $91.99
NZXT LED Blue Kit – $19.99
LG CH12 Blue Ray DVD Drive – $79.99
Corsair Individual Sleeved Cables Blue - $89.99


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March 20, 2012 2:20:06 AM

I'd scrap most of that build - 1366 is a horrible choice when it's this late in the game and is superseded by X79 and Z68 and both are far superior. Corsair makes a lot of good products but their SSDs are horribly questionable reliability. $89 for sleeved cables is also a huge waste - put that money back into the GPU - the GPU and PSU are the most important parts of any build and I can't stress that enough.

This would be a way better build for $1800:

Case: Corsair Graphite 600T - $159.99
PSU: Corsair TX750 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K - $324.99
Cooler: Noctua D14 - $85.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix - $64.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $149.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,835.89
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March 20, 2012 5:54:59 AM

^ Since he isn't OCing, recommend the i5-2400. That way, he will stay below budget. Also, since he isn't OCing, I'd drop the cooler to Hyper 212 EVO.
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March 20, 2012 1:10:02 PM

from your words i made a point out of it... you simply...

- overclocking neither cpu or gpu...
- no water cooling...
- not even bother with sli/crossfire...

from these three points you can go for a smaller build... not only it does save some space... it is easier to move around as well...

here's what i recommend....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2400 - $190

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 PRO3-M - $110

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB F3-1600C9D-8GAB - $45

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $28 after rebate

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 12X BD-R WH12LS39 - $80

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $115

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB - $140 after rebate

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZT Series 650W - $80 after rebate

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E - $91

gpu: hd 7970 or gtx 680 - $550


total: $1429 after rebate excluding shipping....

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March 20, 2012 2:12:12 PM

i would recomend this build

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/




CPU Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $295.98 FREE $295.98 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.33 $29.33 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $104.99 FREE $104.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 FREE $89.99 @ Newegg
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $84.99 FREE $84.99 @ Amazon
Crucial M4 128 gb 2.5" Solid State Disk $174.00 FREE $174.00 @ B&H
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $579.99 FREE $579.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 $47.99 @ Microcenter $10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $86.99 $86.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $20.99 $25.98 @ Newegg

Total (before mail-in rebates): $1530.23

Mail-in Rebates: $-10.00
Total: $1520.23

Lowest Possible Total: $1474.24



hope this helps :hello: 
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March 20, 2012 2:51:25 PM

azeem40 said:
^ Since he isn't OCing, recommend the i5-2400. That way, he will stay below budget. Also, since he isn't OCing, I'd drop the cooler to Hyper 212 EVO.


True - then you could up the RAM to 16GB and still stay under budget.
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March 21, 2012 8:47:17 PM

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