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Ugoaway's Very First Gaming Rig $600-700

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June 29, 2012 5:35:36 AM

Though i am unworthy, please bestow upon me your awesome technical wisdom, and set me on the correct path.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: USD 600-700 Before Rebates

System Usage: Gaming (BF3 preferable on max, Eve Online, LoL, WoT) thats pretty much it.

Parts Not Required: My buddy gave me a ASUS A8n32-SLI Deluxe and an Athlon 64 ADA4000DKA5CP socket 939. Based off of what i have read in the forums.... i am basically starting for scratch.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: all of the parts i am listing are from newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, EVGA Graphics Card. Asus mobo. certified PSU. I would like to keep the Sandy Bridge. That being said, im here for help so feel free to tinker as much as you like

Overclocking: Hoping for no initially and the yes later on as the rig becomes dated

SLI or Crossfire: same as above

Monitor Resolution: So i could use some help on this as well. i think im looking to get a single monitor 21.5-24 inch @ 2ms. but i do not know what the 'standard' for this size screen. Also the price of the monitor is not included in the total cost, mostly b/c im hoping to find one on sale somewhere...

Additional Comments: Basically i picked these pieces of hardware after doing some research, but 2 weeks of reading obviously does not match up to the info you guys have rattling around. Im currently standing at $750 on newegg, and would like to trim any fat if possible. Thanks in advance, i really appreciate the help.
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Intel Core i5-2380P Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623i52380P (No integrated graphics)($195)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS($125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD316C81609L2 ($41)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Thanks again.
Ugoaway
June 29, 2012 6:04:47 AM

CPU & Optical Drive: $$223.98 - i5-2500K & Samsung (Better CPU can be overclocked as well.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Motherboard & HDD: $144.98 - Biostar TZ77B & Seagate Barracuda 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Case & RAM: $$83.98- COOLER MASTER HAF 912 & Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



PSU: $69.99 - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



GPU: $199.99 -ZOTAC AMP!GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total (Excluding Rebates, Prmos): $723 USD
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June 29, 2012 6:47:41 PM

i forgot to post that i would be receiving a optical drive and case from another friend. Thank you much for your suggestions bigcyco1.
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June 29, 2012 6:52:36 PM

I'd be double sure on the optical drive. if its of an age with that Athlon 64, its probly IDE and won't work on modern systems. get a cheap SATA drive, Newegg has various models on sale for about $15 every week.
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June 29, 2012 6:53:09 PM

ugoaway said:
i forgot to post that i would be receiving a optical drive and case from another friend. Thank you much for your suggestions bigcyco1.

No problem your very welcome! :) 
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June 29, 2012 7:04:04 PM

I actually really like what you've got there already, save for the video card. For $5 more (before rebate), you can get an XFX Radeon 7770, which uses less power, runs faster, and nets you a free copy of DIRT Showdown.

Like Screwy said, make sure the optical drive is a SATA drive, otherwise you'll be looking at an ASUS DRW-24 for $16 + $5 shipping.

You can shed off a bit by switching the motherboard to an ASRock Z68 Pro3 for $105 and free shipping. Note that ASRock used to be a subdivision of ASUS.

More things to keep in mind: according to the reviews, the 2380P can overclock to 4+ GHz, so you should be good with that.

Edit: Also consider getting a PC Power & Cooling power supply, like this 600W model for $90, free shipping, 15% off, and then a $20 rebate. Here's some more PCP&C PSUs, as well as the 15% off code.
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June 29, 2012 9:03:02 PM

I will definately check on that optical drive, thanks guys. also checking out all the parts recommended trying to find the best price/performance. idk if i can switch from the nvidia, upgrade to 560 as all my friends have it and recommend it highly but will at the very least entertain the idea of the AMD :) 
Thanks again
Ugoaway
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June 30, 2012 12:09:18 AM

There is nothing wrong with the 560Ti but you want the right ones not the stock ones those are weak in this day and age. Look at the non-reference 560 Ti designs, factory OC'd to 900 Mhz you will find several models that have upgrade dPCB's and beefed up VRMs. The ones w/ 7 phases or more and the special coolers have been known to top 30% overclocks over the reference card speed.

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17 <----- non-reference 560 Ti

Below i will introduce you to these little beasts!





----> Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz -7 phase VRM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



----> Gigabyte OC (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The R7850's everybody praises performance is about the same as the 560 Ti 900Mhz ----> for about $20.00 more
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July 10, 2012 3:46:28 PM

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