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May 2, 2012 5:20:58 PM

Hey guys,

Doing this the right way this time... my apologies for the other thread. If a mod wants to delete my other thread titled "New Build" please be my guest.

I am helping my friend put together a gaming rig. Any suggestions on a combo for ~$750 or less? He already has GPU, RAM, Hard Drive and DVD solutions, so no need for those. He is going to be using my old 6850 crossfire cards for now, so that's something to keep in mind. I figured to go with Ivy Bridge so his build is a bit more future proof, since he may want to upgrade to a single PCI-E 3.0 card in the near future. Here's something I threw together real quick, figured I would ask you gurus for some approval.



Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight

Budget Range: ~$750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Hard Drive, DVD Drive, GPU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Based

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (Already have GPUs)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here is a rig I threw together myself real quick for him, I am wondering if this build will go together nicely

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Heatsink for CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - CPU & Mobo

$714.94 for these parts.
Thank you all once again in advance.
May 2, 2012 5:57:54 PM

Your links aren't working properly :) 
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May 2, 2012 6:55:50 PM

Fixed.. not sure why it was doing that.
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May 2, 2012 10:34:39 PM

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May 3, 2012 3:00:49 AM

There's nothing wrong with what you chose, I suppose. I just built my own gaming rig. Let me tell you a couple of things that were explained to me. Mind you, NONE of my information is first-hand; I learned what I did in this forum, and from other research I did. I am as far from a "guru" as you can get, but I can share what I have learned.

First, for gaming, the i5 2500K seems to be great. For those who decided for an Ivy Bridge processor, the consensus is that if you're doing video rendering, or using some other applications (not sure which), it could be beneficial.

If you're sold on using the processor you listed above, it's much cheaper at Tiger Direct: Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail - $229, free shipping, and an ADDITIONAL $20 rebate..

This is the processor I bought: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor - $204.99 shipped from Amazon

Regarding your motherboard, I know that Asrock makes a very good motherboard. I have not seen your specific model, however. I noticed that it only has one PCI 3.0 slot, which could limit your system later if you are considering running dual cards in the future.

This is the board I got: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. It's currently out of stock at Newegg, but it says that they expect more on 05/04/2012. It has two PCI 3.0 slots, is incredibly well-reviewed, and has been recommended by a ton of people here. I personally think it is worth waiting for. And at $139.99 it's $20 cheaper than the board you're looking at.

Case-wise, what you chose is pretty highly rated, and should be just fine. I love Cooler Master, and chose the HAF 912 for my current build.

I had not heard of your PCU-cooler. I am putting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (34.99) in my machine.

Whatever CPU you choose, get it cheaper (my links above).
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