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Build Ready, Final Check. $1,300 Gaming Rig

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April 17, 2012 5:37:38 PM

Hi, I am buying this friday and would like to know what everyone thinks.

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6YYo
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6YYo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6YYo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($224.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Adorama)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1230.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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April 17, 2012 5:43:53 PM

your power supply is a little overkill
save money and downgrade to a 550watt and get a better graphics card. you have a great processor (I got mine running at 5ghz) paired with a mediocre card
you can also save money on the motherboard, $170 for a 1155 mobo is a lot. I got my AsRock for $122 with two pcie 8x 8x for dual card and all that good stuff
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April 17, 2012 5:47:18 PM

alvine said:
your power supply is a little overkill
save money and downgrade to a 550watt and get a better graphics card. you have a great processor (I got mine running at 5ghz) paired with a mediocre card
you can also save money on the motherboard, $170 for a 1155 mobo is a lot. I got my AsRock for $122 with two pcie 8x 8x for dual card and all that good stuff


The PSU is fine - I'd actually go a bit higher if you want to add a second down the road. Try this build:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
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: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,277.91

A little bit more but this includes a far better GPU and you don't sacrifice the PSU. I didn't include monitor or peripherals in this build.
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April 17, 2012 6:12:00 PM

alvine said:
your power supply is a little overkill
save money and downgrade to a 550watt and get a better graphics card. you have a great processor (I got mine running at 5ghz) paired with a mediocre card
you can also save money on the motherboard, $170 for a 1155 mobo is a lot. I got my AsRock for $122 with two pcie 8x 8x for dual card and all that good stuff


I was under the impression an overclocked GTX560 Ti was a decent card, also the reason i went away from AsRock was
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/273122-29-asrock-extr....

I need all the help i can get. 1st Build.
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April 17, 2012 6:18:30 PM

TexasFight11 said:
I was under the impression an overclocked GTX560 Ti was a decent card, also the reason i went away from AsRock was
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/273122-29-asrock-extr....

I need all the help i can get. 1st Build.


It *USED* to be a decent card but with the 6XX series slowly trickling out and the Radeon 78XX and 79XX reaching 570 and 580 levels it isn't what it used to be.
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