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April 25, 2012 10:42:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a few weeks or so, if any better deals are around the corner then i can wait but the sooner the better

Budget Range: $1000-$1100ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, normal browsing/music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU with nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: not for some time

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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Here's what I have put together so far and I'm looking for any more advice and checking that everything is compatible:


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 (originally was going to go with the 912, but the current deals on newegg bring the 922 within $15 of it, so I'm going for it)

MOBO: 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... $122 (from what I hear and read its the best choice at the time)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $225

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $47

HD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100

CD drive: just an Asus, about $20

Also got some thermal compound and HDMI cables and a SATA cable (I guess I need one for the HD since its a bare drive?) about $20



Total should come out to $1074.

I'm also getting a few warranties on the HD, MOBO, and CPU for another $50. Another $10 for shipping.
With promotion codes subtract $35 aaaand:

1074 base
+ 50 warranties
+ 10 shipping
- 35 promotions
_________
1099 grand total


So any advice?

Maybe wait for a coming deal within a few weeks? Swap out any parts? Its all compatible? Let me know

Thanks
April 25, 2012 11:05:41 PM

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Also got some thermal compound and HDMI cables and a SATA cable (I guess I need one for the HD since its a bare drive?) about $20


Don't include that stuff in your budget - the Hyper 212 is one of the few fans that includes a really good non-conductive solution. You're essentially buying the same product twice. You don't need extra SATA cables as your motherboard will come with plenty.

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I'm also getting a few warranties on the HD, MOBO, and CPU for another $50. Another $10 for shipping.


Not needed - if something is going to go wrong, it's going to go wrong within the first 60 - 90 days of owning your product. I know it's a gamble but I've never purchased extended warranties and the manufacturers provide their own and they have to honor them. Some are better than others about it. Don't waste your money on store-bought extended warranties - Newegg is good but the manufacturers have to honor theirs. Put that money in the hardware.

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MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 $122 (from what I hear and read its the best choice at the time)


It was but now that the Z77 is out it will be more future proof as it will allow for newer CPUs, RAM modules, video cards and other assorted hardware to be installed.

That's a pretty good build to start with, here's what I would do with an $1100 budget:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 - $104.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $134.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,104.90
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April 25, 2012 11:52:53 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $52.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $64.99 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... $134.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelau... $212
Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K 3.4Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.51 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

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... $89.99 & 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/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-SP7850 $253.99 + $4.99 Shipping
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD7850 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - 11200-00-20G

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,021.43 *not including shipping and rebates
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