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March 24, 2012 5:07:57 AM

Check out my new build. $1200 gaming rig and thats WITH monitor, mouse, pad and keyboard. Put together by me with much much much help from the community here at tomshardware.com. Feel free to give feedback nothins set in stone just yet. Enjoy and game on...

Case: Cooler Master Haf 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$121.99
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$219.99
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$41.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$114.99
Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$17.99
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd Black 20"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99
Keyboard: Logitech G110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99
Mouse: Logitech G500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99
Mouse Pad: RAZER Goliathus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$11.99
March 24, 2012 5:23:36 AM

My bad I had the 4GB listed on the link. I switched it to the 8GB I'm actually considering.
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March 24, 2012 5:25:37 AM

what's it going to be used for? if you're going to OC then the aftermarket cooler is needed. if not then stock cooler is fine. but with the 2500k you should be OC'ing anyways. and if not editing video and such then 8 GB will suffice. 16 GB would be overkill.

the PSU is a tad too beast for the GPU; you might want to go down to 500 - 550W from corsair or seasonic or any other reputable PSU brand. of course, if you're xfiring then 650W should do the trick.

and may i suggest ssd? something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 24, 2012 3:22:41 PM

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what's it going to be used for?

Will be used for pretty much everything gaming. From WOW to BF3 to Total War, etc.

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if you're going to OC then the aftermarket cooler is needed. if not then stock cooler is fine. but with the 2500k you should be OC'ing anyways.

Not planning on overclocking at all but would rather be safe then sorry considering it's a lower cost precaution.

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the PSU is a tad too beast for the GPU; you might want to go down to 500 - 550W from corsair or seasonic or any other reputable PSU brand. of course, if you're xfiring then 650W should do the trick.

Not sure what this means. Can the 650 hurt me at all? Sorry my knowledge is minimal.

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and may i suggest ssd? something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148441

I have heard that ssd's are overkill. That they are a newer hardware, much to expensive, and provide minimal gains to gamers. Soely aiding in boot times. I dont feel I care enough to throw away $100+ plus s&h for that. I may very well be wrong like I said my knowledge is minimal.

Thx a lot and keep up the feedback guys. Game on...
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March 24, 2012 6:56:58 PM

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PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371044


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the PSU is a tad too beast for the GPU; you might want to go down to 500 - 550W


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Get this psu, $60 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] u7g3v0zo8x (750W)


Started with a 650. Told it was too big and to drop to a 500-550. Then reccomended a 750. Think I'm more confused now then when I began the thread lol.
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