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April 15, 2012 11:07:45 PM

So im looking to build my first gaming pc for around $1000 and I've got a pretty good idea of what i want, but here is a list of parts. Hoping to hear any ideas to save a little or any input that will help.

Case: NZXT phantom ATX Full tower $129.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k $219.99
MoBo: EVGA P67 FTW 160-sb-e6979-k2 LGA 1155 $269.99
RAM: G.skill Ripjaws x series 8gb (2x4) 240 pin ddr3 sdram ddr3 2133 $59.99
PSU: Cooler Master GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650w $84.99
Vid card: Sapphire 11188-22-20g radeon hd 6950 2gb gddr5 $229.99
Hard drive: Western digital 500gb 7200rpm sata 6.0 gb/s $79.99

Total:$1,075
April 15, 2012 11:23:02 PM

Nice build. I would suggest you put a Corsair or Seasonic PSU instead. CM does not have a good record on their PSUs

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the first one being cheaper. Both are great.

Not sure what you want out of a p67 board but you can save money on the motherboard.

The p67 is good if you are want a 3 or 4 way sli. If you do not plan for more then a 2 way SLI then this ASrock will be just fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

being a z77 its ready for the Ivy bridge CPUs. This leads me to my next suggestion

The Ivy Bridge i5 3570k will be out soon and will be about the same price as the current 2500k.

If you really want the 2500k you can save money on it at Microcenter if you live by one.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

April 15, 2012 11:56:15 PM

Is the hard drive that you are looking at WD green? If it is, get WD blue. they perform better and use less power. Also, get a cheaper case. You are just wasting money on anything more than $100.
April 16, 2012 12:10:29 AM

Ivy Bridge cpu's are due out April 29th.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks




http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks on that 7870





http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 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 i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

Total: $949.95 *not including rebates and shipping


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board
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