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Gaming/Entertainment PC - LCD monitor with HDTV

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June 22, 2012 5:53:05 AM

`Sup guys/gals? First post. Looking for advice and a few answers to some questions about my new build. Can't wait for a new PC... right now I'm typing from a Pentium 4! :na:  (Yes, laugh at my pain!)

Approximate Purchase Date: June 30th... at worst: July 15th.

Budget Range: ~$1300 before rebates (was $1000, but after research I've settled around $1300... you know how it goes!)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and watching TV/movies (all in one entertainment PC)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, LED monitor, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Fry's (store very close by, I'll check last minute for better deals/prices due to their great return policy, and since I'll be paying sales tax using Newegg)

Country: States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, otherwise it's just about reputation for quality/customer service

Overclocking: Maybe - more likely not. Are there *really* that great of gains from it?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (see question below)

Additional Comments/Questions:

Biggest concern is basically I want to run a two `monitor` setup, but with one actual computer monitor(LED), and one HDTV. I watch shows/movies only through my computer, so I want a bigger HDTV for that, with the LED monitor for surfing the net while watching TV. I might occasionally play games on the HDTV also. The CPU/mobo has built in GPU, is that disabled when a separate GPU is plugged in?

I currently have a SATA 3 Gb/s drive on an XP 32 bit system that is formatted into 2 partitions (NTFS) – will I be able to plug this drive into the new system and have Win 7 read it? Pretty sure yes... just want to be sure because it's how I will be transferring data from old PC to new!

I kind of doubt I’ll overclock anything… so I’m assuming I’ll be OK with the stock CPU heatsink/fan? Is thermal compound included or needed in that case?

I *might* go SLI/Crossfire in the future… very possibly not though, I might just upgrade to a newer GPU. Is this PSU overkill then? (GPU, 2 sata HDDs but will most likely add another in 12-24 months, 1 SSD, 1 blu-ray drive/burner


Here's what I currently have picked out, I'm almost ready to order, but looking for feedback:

MOBO & CPU COMBO - $350 (-$20 rebate):
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA
i5-3570k Ivy 3.4GHz

MEM - $55:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1.35v 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

SSD $130:
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC SSD
HDD $120:
Seagate Barracuda 7200 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch

GPU $240:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready

CASE $60:
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

PSU $80 (-$10 rebate):
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

BLU-RAY/DVD/CD BURNER $53:
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

OS $100:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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$1,300.38 (mail rebates: $10 psu, $20 mobo/cpu combo)


Thanks in advance for opinions and advice!!
-JayJ
June 24, 2012 6:39:08 AM

Cool! Thanks guys!! :D  :na: 
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