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April 4, 2012 6:29:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May - It's probably still pretty early and I should wait for Ivy Bridge, but I like to plan things out and none of these parts are concrete. Sue me.

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing, etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU, Intel Processor, Asus or Gigabyte Mobo

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, just not now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Not building now so things might change

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Here's what I have so far off Newegg...
Case: Corsair 400R - $99.99
CPU: Intel i5-2500K - $204.99
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 - $118.99
PSU: Corsair AX850 - $189.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) - $54.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
GPU: GTX 680 - $499.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital Cavier Black 1TB - $139.99
OS: Windows Home Premium OEM - $99.99

$1478.55
-$20 MIR
Grand Total: $1458.55

I'm open to suggestions/changes. It's still a bit expensive so if there is a way to make it cheaper without sacrificing the GPU, please tell me! -Thanks

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April 4, 2012 6:44:40 PM

Idk if there's anything I would change. But yeah, maybe wait for Ivy.
April 4, 2012 6:54:20 PM

+1, wait for Ivy, its kinda late now to build those "Beofre ivy because i am too impatient to build a new computer" build. I would wait and get a Ivy i5, and maybe a z77 or ASUS z68 board
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April 4, 2012 7:09:11 PM

Sigh - Wait for Ivy seems to be the new 2500K option - I don't build builds based around hardware that doesn't exist or isn't out yet. That's just my policy. AMD screwed up big time with FX and I'm not betting on Ivy to be the deal breaker everyone thinks it's going to be. The only thing that makes it attractive is that it unlocks PCI Gen 3 and has lower power and heat consumption requirements - but even that's kind of useless right now. Until it's out and benchmarked I refuse to recommend any future hardware. Otherwise that build looks really good - there's not a lot I would change about it. Maybe pay a little bit more for the motherboard because otherwise you lose an x16 lane which would not be good if your future plans include SLI or Crossfire. Go with this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 4, 2012 7:27:42 PM

Do you not think PCIe 3.0 will help?
April 4, 2012 8:55:44 PM

azeem40 said:
Do you not think PCIe 3.0 will help?


It will but the fact that the cards are backwards compatible tells me that - either the motherboard defaults like it does on RAM to the slowest lane it can handle - or that it really won't mean much until there's games and programs that will take full advantage of the extra speed.
April 4, 2012 10:35:31 PM

Oh, I thought the motherboard picked would be a good choice because it supports SLI. I really don't know anything about motherboards, though.
April 11, 2012 8:39:22 PM

Okay, so I've been choosing some different parts to cut costs. Might sub i5-2500K with i5-3570K, so I switched my motherboard with a Z77 one...Please let me know if it's all good! The PSU I switched out because I learned XFX and Corsair PSUs are both made by Seasonic and are rebranded, so quality should be about the same.

Case: Corsair 400R - $84.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com...

CPU and MOBO: Intel i5-2500K bundled with ASRock Z77 Extreme6 - 374.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU: XFX PRO850W - $116.20
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO850W-Edition-Certified-P18...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 - $499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

DVD: Asus DVD Burner - $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Silly me, forgot an optical reader!

Total: $1,400.11
Cut off about $80 (didn't include the $19 DVD burner last time) but upgrading the motherboard and losing the discount on the CPU, making the combo savings pointless, prevented me from saving more :( 

More suggestions/critique is appreciated!
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