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April 16, 2012 12:24:07 PM

Hi all,
I've finally chosen which parts to include in my Gaming PC. Being my first system build I wanted to get a run-by on it to make sure everything will work out well with this build.
Right now my only two concerns are:
1) If the psu listed below is enough for this setup or should I upgrade to a 1000w psu
2) Will the fans included with the listed computer case keep my system cool enough or should I upgrade to better fans. The amount of noise created by the fans are of no concern to me btw.
Approximate Purchase Date:
(This Week)

Budget Range:
($2000) before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
(gaming, photoshop, internet surfing, skype, music

Parts Not Required:
(keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, CD-Rom Drive)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
(Amazon, or anywhere else shipping is super fast and inexpensive.)

Country:
(United States)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type
(any brand that is extremely reliable)

Overclocking:
No

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Monitor Resolution:
(1920x1200, plan on upgrading to a 2560x1600 this year)

Additional Comments:
Parts picked out so far:
Antec P280 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V

Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 2048MB GDDR5

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory

Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s

Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit Builder Pack

Other than tools are there any additional parts I will need to buy in order to assemble this?

Thanks in advance to all who reply it is greatly appreciated.

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April 16, 2012 12:31:42 PM

Microcenter is currently having i7-2600k on sale for $200 and if u pick a mobo from them, you might get $50 off. good luck.
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April 16, 2012 12:45:42 PM

kikikuku said:
Microcenter is currently having i7-2600k on sale for $200 and if u pick a mobo from them, you might get $50 off. good luck.

Thanks for the information but they are currently sold out.
Would of loved to have gotten in on that deal.
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April 16, 2012 6:56:24 PM

Streamlined my post and made a few swaps. Any input on whether the chosen psu and fans included with the case will be sufficient would be of great help. :D 
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April 16, 2012 7:07:10 PM

rydogk91 said:
Streamlined my post and made a few swaps. Any input on whether the chosen psu and fans included with the case will be sufficient would be of great help. :D 




Also, you do realize Ivy Bridge is releasing on the 23rd do you?


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April 16, 2012 7:32:04 PM

I do but I don't plan on purchasing one. Any price drops would be nice but I'd rather get my PC together this week and be ready for TERA Open Beta. Plus I'm at wits end with how slow my current computer is with handling photo editing. I do lots of photo editing for work so the amount of time I would save from the new computer just this week would be worth much more to me than any price drops.
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April 16, 2012 7:46:36 PM


When the i7 was on sale for $200 Microcenter did not have a $50 discount on MBs. They sell the i7 for $280 normally but it has the $50 discount on MBs.
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April 16, 2012 9:15:39 PM

kikikuku said:
Microcenter is currently having i7-2600k on sale for $200 and if u pick a mobo from them, you might get $50 off. good luck.


The 2600K is useless on a gaming system if that's the primary focus, if there's other uses then go for the 2600K.

Try this:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,786.89
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April 17, 2012 3:29:59 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The 2600K is useless on a gaming system if that's the primary focus, if there's other uses then go for the 2600K.

Try this:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,786.89


You should see what it can do with multitasking though. Right now i'm running four virtual machines (sbs2011, 2008r2x2, and a linux box running snort rules and virtual routing while playing mass effect 3 and browsing these forums... honestly i've never really put it to work unless you count an artificial load. Whats the point in even overclocking such a beast? Processors these days are stupid powerful imo
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April 17, 2012 5:06:41 AM

umm@gumma said:
You should see what it can do with multitasking though. Right now i'm running four virtual machines (sbs2011, 2008r2x2, and a linux box running snort rules and virtual routing while playing mass effect 3 and browsing these forums... honestly i've never really put it to work unless you count an artificial load. Whats the point in even overclocking such a beast? Processors these days are stupid powerful imo


My i3-2120 is insane - I upgraded that PC from a Core 2 Duo T6600 and I based it around this build:

- Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
- PSU: Corsair TX750
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
- CPU: Core i3-2120
- Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
- RAM: 16GB Corsair XMS 3
- SSD: 64GB Crucial M4
- HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint
- Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner
- Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5830

This is a build that's based around a lot of new parts and a lot of old parts - and it's quite the system, probably my favorite computer I've ever owned if I had to pick one. I know most people won't come close to using four virtual machines at a time but it's nice to know what it's capable of.
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April 17, 2012 6:04:54 AM

Best answer selected by rydogk91.
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April 17, 2012 9:43:51 PM

Cool man. sounds like you really like your setup, it looks pretty decent. I first got the 2600k for a home lab. It really is amazing that you can emulate a small enterprise worth of servers and applications, and still listen to music and watch youtube with barely a glitch.

I completely agree that it is overkill for a gaming system with features that would never be used. Those features are included in the price, so why pay for nothing!

Once the price drops in the next year or two I might pick up another one to fold and practice parallel computing / hpc. I have a left-hand san as well that i'd like to pull out of the dust.. but its summer. probably wait till winter for fun projects like these... go go girls in skimpy clothing / bathing suits!
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