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New Gaming Build; Budget 1300-1700USD

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April 18, 2012 12:53:12 PM

Hello everyone, wanted to submit to you the first build I will ever try. Any feedback on it would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: In approximately one month.

Budget Range: 1300-1700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: 1) Star Wars: The Old Republic, 2) World of Tanks, 3) Battlefield 3

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg but wherever the price is best.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Preference is the highest performing part to meet the price range.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, depends on comments and common sense.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The end state of the build is to create an economical but powerful PC that can play the listed games and still have a reasonable upgraded future. Lifespan of at least 5 years. Planning on waiting to see if Ivy Bridge drops some prices for Sandy Bridge parts.

Parts List:

Processor $219.99
Intel i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard $209.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $524.99
EVGA SuperClocked+ GeForce GTX 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory $46.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD $144.99
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive $99.99
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive $17.99
LITE-ON DVD Burner - 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler $34.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU $104.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

April 18, 2012 12:57:29 PM

Solid setup but if you are playing on a regular 22-24'' monitor then the 680 is overkill. If you play 30 inch then its fine, i like your choices :) 
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April 18, 2012 12:59:29 PM

Woops sorry, didnt read the resolution, DOWNGRADE your GPU to a 7950 and if you need more power down the line then you can go Xfire or even Quadfire.
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April 18, 2012 1:01:48 PM

Nigelfrost said:
Woops sorry, didnt read the resolution, DOWNGRADE your GPU to a 7950 and if you need more power down the line then you can go Xfire or even Quadfire.


Very good point, thank you.
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April 18, 2012 1:05:00 PM

BTW, I just saw that I posted again in this forum and for that I apologize. I was trying to post on the US boards for feedback using that route. I assume that they are all the same now. If a MOD could delete this post I would appreciate it.
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