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March 23, 2012 1:47:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a couple months

Budget Range: 800-1000ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, normal internet use

Parts Not Required: monitor (just going to use a nice TV I got a couple months ago for now)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: between AMD/Intel and AMD/NVIDIA, whichever has the better price compared to performance and reliability

Overclocking: nah

SLI or Crossfire: maybe, if having two of a certain card would be better than having any one card, then I'd obviously prefer the two

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Some parts I've been considering:
Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 or 932 or something similar
CPU: Intel 2500(k) or AMD FX-4100 or 6100, whatevers best
RAM: just 8GB, whatever brand you guys recommend
Video Card: AMD 6870, 7770. NVIDIA 560ti. whatever you guys recommend for most bang for my buck
HDD: would just like to use an SSD, about 120GB. Don't need too much storage
MOBO: whatever would be compatible
Power Supply: good brand, whatever would be compatible

Pretty much need the most help with deciding on a good CPU, video card, and MOBO combination and finding good deals on the rest of the parts that will be compatible.

Additional Comments: Any kind of combo deals on Newegg would be great.
Just looking for help finding a great, solid, reliable build within my price range suited for my style.

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March 23, 2012 3:13:12 AM

The 2500k
a mb with a Z68 chipset

2x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volt or less

Spend less on a case .....you get a better computer . HAF 912 , or Antec 300 two

Radeon 6870 is the minimum for good quality 1080p gaming , but come back later and ask again as prices shift and ne models are released
550 - 650 watt psu
March 23, 2012 3:47:37 AM

19:38 3/20/2012
As you can see, I worked this up 2 days ago. Doesn't have a keyboard or mouse. It't overclockable and the MB will allow 2 video cards if you decide that in the future. If it's going to be a couple of months before you buy wait until then to make up your mind, new video and CPU's are coming out and maybe HDD prices might drop a little.


19:38 3/20/2012

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $219.99 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $121.99+7.87 shipping = $129.87 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $46.99 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $224.99 $209.99 w/ MIR free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 $49.99 after $20 MIR free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM $19.99 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99+4.99 shipping $44.98
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $$29.99-$10 MIR= $19.99 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$871.78 Less rebates $45
$826.78 incl. shipping
ed. OOPS! Forgot the OS Win7 Home Premium add $99.99 free shipping
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March 23, 2012 7:24:36 AM

Thanks DelroyMonjo, this is based off of your build. I've added a few things and tweaked it. This is what I've come up with so far, does it look alright?


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500 $209.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $121.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $46.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $184.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD drive: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM $20.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$1,119.76 w/shipping
I have a few of the items bundled, saving about $20.

Three points in particular:
1. I have an SSD in and added the OS. The price difference between your HDD and this SSD is about $100. (not sure if its worth it?)

2. The case is fairly expensive, if there is a good one that looks nice and will work for significantly cheaper, I'd prefer it.

3. Should i also get some thermal compound? Like:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If anyone sees any fixes or has any advice overall, please let me know.
March 23, 2012 7:59:26 AM

Nothing wrong with that case but do you think you can really fill up all that HDD space??? You might look at this one: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $55 after rebate and shipping. Their fans are quiet.
There are cheaper SSD's. and prices change on those quickly as new ones are introduced.
Video is an ever changing selection as well. The new Nvidia 600 series cards are coming out and you never know what kind of deals will pop up. That 560Ti card might be $199 3 weeks from now.
If you aren't signed on as a Newegg customer yet, do it and check their box to get the Daily Deal mailings. You will find some nice bargains in there sometimes.
I don't recommend using an SSD as an only storage device, get an $89 500GB HDD for now and you can get a SSD later.
March 23, 2012 9:50:54 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500 $209.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115073

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $121.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] unykei3kuw

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $46.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $85.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 64ftg2r7z5

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] zlmgt9ixa3

CD/DVD drive: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM $20.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106333

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] nnzaexwh7x

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$974.85 subtotal (with $21 saved with combo)
$18.85 shipping
$9.99 extended warranty (for the HDD)
$1,003.69 total

I added the thermal compound. I swapped for the case that you recommended and chose the 500GB HDD over the SSD, and I even bundled it with the power supply I already had selected to save $10, bringing the total to juuuust over $1000.

If the build looks solid as is then I'll just go for it soon or wait for some price cuts or deals.
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