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April 9, 2012 3:02:05 PM

I need help on building a gaming rig that fits under my tight budget of less than 1300 USD. I managed to find most of the parts, but I still need help finding a case and if these parts are a good combination.

Parts not needed- Mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS, Optical drive

Processor- i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive- Not needed I have one

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

CPU cooler- Not needed, I will be buying later on in the year.

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

Case- I am not sure which case to go with as I was originally going for a HAF 912 with optional 2x 200mm front and top fans, but I fear it may not be enough to cool my components to under 70C. I was then looking at the HAF 932 Advanced and was wondering if it would be enough.... I am open to suggestions, however please don't recommend anything above 140 USD and the HAF 922

Other Thoughts- I will be overclocking later and I do not want Crossfire or SLI. I will be gaming on a 22 inch monitor. I prefer Newegg or Amazon only for computer parts.

Thanks in advance! :D  :D  :bounce:  :bounce:  :D  :D 

Also please rate the build too and tell me if the parts are overpriced or if there is a less expensive better solution

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April 9, 2012 3:11:20 PM

This case will work well for you.

Corsair 500r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use it with the parts in my sig and keeps good temps.
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April 9, 2012 3:33:36 PM

if you live near a microcenter get your processor there, best pricing (in store only)
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April 9, 2012 3:39:47 PM

I don't live near any computer centers sadly... Lol. I live in the USA btw
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April 9, 2012 6:33:25 PM

Best answer selected by sbpenguin.
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April 9, 2012 6:36:53 PM

odwillia said:
This case will work well for you.

Corsair 500r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use it with the parts in my sig and keeps good temps.



Nice suggestion, but I selected the 7950 as my GPU as a 680 is too much overkill, and thus managed to get a HAF 932 and a Hyper 912+ cpu cooler also! :)  :) 
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April 9, 2012 7:23:13 PM

650w is total over kill for a single gtx 680. Look at these changes here. Also Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R... $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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April 9, 2012 7:33:02 PM

sbpenguin said:
Nice suggestion, but I selected the 7950 as my GPU as a 680 is too much overkill, and thus managed to get a HAF 932 and a Hyper 912+ cpu cooler also! :)  :) 


Cool! I like both of those parts.
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