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$1800-2000 Build Will overclock in the future.

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May 11, 2012 12:36:40 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July to September (have to wait on insurance money)

Budget Range: Max out of pocket is 2000 after tax or shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies and show on internet

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: This is what I've been looking at and have changed it up alot in the last week.
Case COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD Primary Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD Secondary Seagate SV35 Series ST3500411SV 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor Viewsonic 24" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor VX2453MH-LED Retail http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mouse Logitech G300 Black/Gray 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2500 dpi Gaming Mouse Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Headset Logitech H600 Supra-aural Headset Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 – OEM Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Overclocking: Yes(but probably not until I see some performance issues so probably not for a year or more)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes(but not until christmas)

Monitor Resolution: Won't really know until i hook it up and play around with the settings and see what works best

Additional Comments: I'm just wondering if this is a good build and would like some suggestions on the parts i selected, if anyone thinks there is a better part than what i've chosen for the same money i would like to know. Also on the GPU i am looking at the factory overclocked model and would like to know if its worth getting or should i save my money and get the standard and just overclock it myself?
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May 11, 2012 12:44:53 PM

I think i3 2120 is better with Z77 and upgrade to i5 3750k when Intel changes their thermal grease IF they are going to... It's proven that Intel uses weak/low profile thermal grease here http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-proven-to-suffer... ... Temperature is one of the problem for 22nm so far and as well as voltage... i3 2120 is great for gaming for it price and recommend it "for now" until Intel releases better IB CPUs... Get thi sGPU if you want some future proof because GTx 560 Ti isn't good anymore since GTx 660Ti is coming out and GTx 670 is somewhat awesome... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BTW, get some of your parts from LigicBuy.COM which is a site that gives coupon or rebates and is especially great for getting SSD/HDD...
May 11, 2012 1:23:30 PM

If you're main goal is to game then you'd want to buy the best gpu that your budget allows, and it should be high on the priority list. With your budget, you can definitely do better than a 560.

Things to cut that i can see are RAM and PSU. For starters, if you're not working with media editing (photoshop, rendering, CAD etc.) then 8 GB is enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PSU is also too much, even with SLI/CF, since the newest gen of cards from AMD and nVidia are all very power efficient. I'd suggest you lower your psu down to ~850W (and this is still being pretty generous), say this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money that you've saved, which is around $90, you can dump that into the gpu and get a 7850 or even a 7870 (by stretching the budget a little): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can CF the card at a later stage in life if you find yourself needing the extra horsepower. The psu will handle it very nicely.

Your build otherwise looks sound. Also, the IB equivalent of the 2500K is the 3570K. You should be getting that, and it only costs around $25 more. But the thing with IB is that it runs hotter than SB, so you might want to have a look into that, although it still should be no issue if your OC is within reason and you have a decent aftermarket cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). But please don't buy an i3 2130, then upgrade. You're better off getting the newest CPU and waiting until the next intel product. I personally don't think intel will revise their design, although again this is my opinion and you should think research this issue before purchasing.
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