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Critique my First PC Build, $1000 Budget

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June 5, 2012 1:08:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next two weeks

Budget Range: Around $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: All stores in the U.S.

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't need suggestions for where i purchase the parts, as I use pcpartpicker to find the best prices.
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Current Build:


CPU: Intel i5 2500k

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

GPU: SAPPHIRE HD 7850 OC

RAM: 8GB G. Skill Sniper DDR3 1600

HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB

PSU: Corsair TX650 v2

Optical Drive: Asus 24x Dvd Burner

Case: Cooler Master Haf 912
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Thank you in advance for all advice and suggestions.
June 5, 2012 1:16:11 AM

Dude you have A really nice build already, dont know what to suggest you.

I found you a deal on the i5 and a z68 motherboard, theres really no point in going for a ivy bridge motherboard if you are getting the top of the sandy bridge already.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Also if you live in us, see if you have a Microcenter near you, they have really good deals, i remember i saw a I5 2500k at 175 usd in the store. They dont update their website alot but they have really good deals and combos.
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June 5, 2012 1:59:02 AM

Chulex is right. Get the z68 mobo if you go SB.

I don't know that Microcenter does deals on SB anymore, it might be IB only now. But they do sell the CPU's much cheaper than online and you get $50 off select mobo's.

Also, get the 212 EVO instead of the Plus. Same price basically.

I know you said your budget is $1000, if you can get a 120gb SSD you will be much happier in the long run. That 64gb will fill way faster than you think.
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June 5, 2012 2:39:41 AM

I would pick them up at microcenter, but there are none in my area unfortunately
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June 5, 2012 2:45:32 AM

JdmKicks94 said:
I would pick them up at microcenter, but there are none in my area unfortunately


It's still a good build. Check out the link Chulex posted. You don't need the Z77 board with a sandy bridge chip.

And, like I said earlier, if you can afford it, up the SSD to 120gb. Not a necessity, but 64gb fills fast.
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June 5, 2012 2:52:18 AM

cranked said:
It's still a good build. Check out the link Chulex posted. You don't need the Z77 board with a sandy bridge chip.

And, like I said earlier, if you can afford it, up the SSD to 120gb. Not a necessity, but 64gb fills fast.


I'll be using the ASRock z68 extreme3 motherboard instead, would that be a good choice?
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June 5, 2012 3:02:26 AM

JdmKicks94 said:
I'll be using the ASRock z68 extreme3 motherboard instead, would that be a good choice?


Yes, that's what the link is up there ^

It's a combo deal.

Check it out.
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