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April 13, 2012 2:00:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late June early July

Budget Range: Under $1300 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, internet and maybe some smaller graphic design or possibly simple 3d modeling

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Amurrica? :D 

Parts Preferences: Personally I have just found nvidia to be smoother than AMD but I think my AMD was sort of a lemon so willing to give another try.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: High, not quite sure yet.

Additional Comments: This is my very first time building my own PC but I will most likely have a friend who has done so before with me during the building to insure I don't mess up xD
Also, I don't know anything about what may or may not be compatible with each other and what wattage I need so general tips would be useful as well ^_^

I am going to college at the end of August and I am planning on going with a desktop and a budget notebook (taking a 2000 dollar budget and splitting between the desktop and laptop; Any comments on this? Personal anecdotes or just general opinions all happily accepted.

So far what I have guesstimated:
Case: ----------- :
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: -------- :
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: -------- :
EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ---------- :
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: -------- :
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CPU: ---------- :
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

Bundled with

RAM: --------- :
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

URL:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Would it be smarter to simply wait until i5-3750k and get that instead of the i7-2600k?



This comes out to ~1200 after rebate
Will all of this work together? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :D 
April 17, 2012 10:33:31 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 with code and MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40 after MIR & Code!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $14

Total: $1279

the 7870 kills the 570 in everything.
boost from 2500k to 2600k is not worth $100
if not using crossfire no need for board with 2 pcie x16
good heatsink for if you overclock.
iveybridge will only be 5-10% quicker on the CPU side while graphics are going to be improved more (dont have to worry since your using integrated graphics) so upgrade to ivey is not going to make a huge difference (especially if you overclock).
plus you get a fast SSD and an extra .5TB!
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