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post #11 of 19
I'm sorry I won't post the links but I assure you my prices are right.
All prices are from Newegg.com
i7-2600k $224
Corsair A70 $46
WDC Blue 500GB $44
MSI P67A-G43 $120
EVGA SuperClocked 560 1GB $200
G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1333Mhz $85
XFX 650w 80+ Bronze Modu $88
A-Data 500 Sata II 64GB $85
Any case up to around $110
Total ~$1000
Time to explain things


I chose the 2500k because you stated that you were looking for it. The i7-2600k is better for designing and such as it has more threads, but you might have to sacrifice the SSD for it.

Instead of the Hyper 212+ the A70 beats it by a small margin, and it includes another fan just for $5 more with a big rebate.

The WesterDigital Caviar Blue is a great all around drive. Great for storage in your case for a great price.

This motherboard is truly awesome. It has great overclocking and has many features that other boards its price don't, such as x8/x8 on dual PCI-E for later SLI or Crossfire.

The 560 is a relatively newer card. Somewhat of a budget version of the 560 Ti it is still great. It can handle pretty much all newer games, but no hardcore settings. You can bump to a 6950 1GB or a 560 Ti 1GB for an extra $50.

This is just RAM and its pretty good for its capacity. G.Skill always makes great RAM with a Lifetime warranty.

As for the PSU I have to go budget. 650w should be great for your system, and that PSU has 4 eggs out of 5. Also it uses a single 12v rail and it is MODULAR!! Awesome for cable management.

As for the SSD, it was the largest capacity for the awesome price. It boasts highspeeds up to 230 for sequencial reads but don't expect that.
It will leave plenty of space for OS and programs.
Corsair managed to get MS Office and Windows 7 to ~14 GB
http://www.corsair.com/blog/configur...-7-boot-drive/

Finally it comes down to the case. As for the case any will serve you well as long as it has good airflow and a good design. Two a recommend at this price point is either a Fractal Design R3, or a NZXT Hush 2.
Either are both goodlooking and have great features. You can spend less on a case to safe money.
If you catch the NZXT Phantom on sale GET IT. Truely awesome case.


That's it for now. PM for questions and comments.
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^^ really liking that build !justin. I think I'll tweak it a tiny bit then post a parts list on here for final OCN review. thanks guys!

I have fans I can give her for free to put on the cm hyper 12, so I think I'll save $20 there and go for that, try to find a cheaper case, and see where I can put the extra money

What I came up with. Price is $986 not including shipping, tax, and $50 of rebates. No case because I don't know what kind of look she likes, sent her a bunch of good options in the $50 range. Thoughts?

Need to find out what resolution she'll be using, might change out the video card to this if it's lower than 1080p: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125372




Edited by tommy1993 - 5/22/11 at 11:44pm
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^^ really liking that build !justin. I think I'll tweak it a tiny bit then post a parts list on here for final OCN review. thanks guys!

I have fans I can give her for free to put on the cm hyper 12, so I think I'll save $20 there and go for that, try to find a cheaper case, and see where I can put the extra money

What I came up with. Price is $986 not including shipping, tax, and $50 of rebates. No case because I don't know what kind of look she likes, sent her a bunch of good options in the $50 range. Thoughts?

Need to find out what resolution she'll be using, might change out the video card to this if it's lower than 1080p: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125372

Well even at 1080p I think that video card might be too much for just some casual gaming. You can really save some money by getting her a cheaper video card and a nicer case.

Its really up to her. I just need more info on what exactly she is going to play.
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For the video cards, gaming is in the back of my mind, but I also suspect that her actual schoolwork will involve a decent amount of rendering, and I'm not sure how much of that (if any) is done on the gpu end. Even if I knew she'd only use the video card for games and nothing else, she doesn't care about the case, so may as well put the money into something that can then (hopefully) last quite a long time
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For the video cards, gaming is in the back of my mind, but I also suspect that her actual schoolwork will involve a decent amount of rendering, and I'm not sure how much of that (if any) is done on the gpu end. Even if I knew she'd only use the video card for games and nothing else, she doesn't care about the case, so may as well put the money into something that can then (hopefully) last quite a long time
Mmm, then that would be good to invest in a case.
Also could add another card down the road, but a 750w PSU might be needed.
Probably not though.
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For the video cards, gaming is in the back of my mind, but I also suspect that her actual schoolwork will involve a decent amount of rendering, and I'm not sure how much of that (if any) is done on the gpu end. Even if I knew she'd only use the video card for games and nothing else, she doesn't care about the case, so may as well put the money into something that can then (hopefully) last quite a long time
Even with rendering, I would go with a cheaper video card and bump the 2500k to a 2600k. I know WYSIWG rendering a in PITA on the CPU
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post #17 of 19
A 560 will be fine, it'll render without you (her) being GPU limited.

You'll need a minimum of 8GB RAM as people have already stated. 4GB just won't cut it in the encoding/rendering business. And if you're going to go with that, go with G.Skill or Corsair for sure.

2600k's HyperThreading will also help you out immensely. It's worth the extra over the 2500k, purely because you're using thread-hungry 3D apps.
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post #18 of 19
Seeing as you're in SoCal, I would recommend picking up the 2600k for just $280 at a local Microcenter, and dropping the video card to either the 560 or the XFX 6950 1GB for just 200 after rebate. The 6950 is easily the better choice here, it just depends whether you want to be dealing with rebates in the price.

As for the case, I wholeheartedly recommend the 690II. In my opinion, it is easily the best looks+functionality+price case out there.
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post #19 of 19
if theres a microcenter near u get the CPU there. heck even some of their mobo/cpu bundle is good.

i seriously recommend a SSD though.
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