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New build, Budget: $1250-1500

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July 11, 2012 5:34:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:within the next month maybe 2 months

Budget Range: at the most $1500 including shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, recording, video rendering

Are you buying a monitor: No I have a brand new one already

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open to any sites

Location:Within 10 miles from Philadelphia, PA

Parts Preferences: Not a must but would rather have a full tower case for more room for expansion

Monitor Res: 1920 x1080


Sli/Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments:I would like atleast one 1tb hard drive and atleast one 120 gb ssd

My build:
Case: Thermaltake Armor+mx

PSU: Kingwin Modular 1000W 80 plus bronze PSU

GPU: Asus Geforce Gtx 560 1GB

RAM: 16Gb( I know its overkill) Kingston HyperX

SSD: Sandisk Ultra 120Gb Sata II Internal SSD

HD: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB

Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK

CPU:Intel Core i5 2500 Sandy Bridge Desktop Processor

Mobo: This is the part I need help with as i'm not exactly sure which Motherboard to get

Total without Mobo: $1,084 So I still have plenty of room in my budget for a good quality motherboard and any upgrades anywhere else I should have.

Any help at all would be appreciated, Thanks!

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July 11, 2012 5:11:26 PM

And I would also prefer not to have liquid cooling

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July 11, 2012 5:33:16 PM

The build is very imbalanced, here's a better one.

i5-3570K ($229.99)

Asrock Z77 Extreme4 ($134.99)

EVGA Geforce GTX 670 ($399.99)

Corsair AX650 ($149.99)

Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB (Includes free Ghost Recon: Future Soldier) ($149.99)

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ($119.99)

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99)

Samsung DVD Writer ($22.99)

Cooler Master HAF X ($179.99)

Adds up to about $1430.
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July 11, 2012 5:38:01 PM

Alright thanks for the advice
July 11, 2012 8:33:37 PM

Well seeing as this is the first one i'm building would you suggest a modular or non- modular psu? Which one is easier to manage and maintain?
July 11, 2012 8:42:04 PM

Here's what I would suggest on a $1500 budget:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1485.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 11, 2012 8:48:31 PM

I chose the AX650 simply because it's 80 Plus Gold. However, the one you chose is fine too.
July 11, 2012 8:53:45 PM

Alright thanks for all the help guys, your making this a lot easier for me
July 18, 2012 7:14:33 AM

Best answer selected by Impenator_221.