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The time's finally come for me to build my first rig. Laptop's treated me well but it just can't handle any new games. My budget is ~$1100, it will be used for gaming, movies, schoolwork, etc.

Here's what I've come up with so far, let me know what you guys think:

CPU: i5 2500k $225

Mobo: Gigabyte Z68-UD3P $170

GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk $270

Ram: A-Data 4GB DDR3 1600 Already have

PSU: Corsair HX650 $120

HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Already have

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 $110

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 $70

SSD: Not Sure which one yet, need some advice ~Max $140

Total: $1105

What do you guys think I should go with for the SSD, I'm looking in the 60-64GB range. The one I have the most interest in the new Corsair Force 3 series, but I don't know if they will be out yet in a few weeks when I make the final order. The other two I've had my eyes on are the Crucial M4 64GB and the OCZ Agility 3 60GB. Which of those two will offer better real world performance, keep in mind I'm coming from a horrendously slow laptop drive so any SSD will probably blow me away. I plan on picking up some of the pieces over the next few weeks so I can benefit from any sales or Open Box GPU deals on Newegg, and have the build should all come together 3 weeks from now.

Thanks in advance for the advice and opinions about the build
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I looks like a solid build so far, however, you could do with an Antec Earthwatts 500W PSU, and the corsair H60 doesnt really perform that much better to the H50, because they have the same RAD size. and i would go with the Agility 3 to take advantage of the SATA 6 Gb/s on your motherboard. also this will be epic

GO WITH THE GIGABYTE ATI 5950 TRIPLE FANSSSSS!!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-372-_-Product

it performs better and has a huge amount of overclocking headroom

also for a case i recommend the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer case, but if u like the fractel case than you can go with that, but the Enforcer seems to be a better value

also if you have any spare money, don't get the i5 2500K get the i7 2600K, personally i benifit a lot from hyperthreading, but thats just cuz of what i do on my machine
    
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the build looks great, as for an SSD, get the best OCZ vertex 2 you can get. you should be able to get ~40-120gb prices are always changing on them. OCZ gets access to some special firmware from sandforce (SSD controller) that many other SSD manufacturers aren't allowed. this means much faster performance from their vertex series.

as with all computer parts, the best time to purchase is 6 months from now, the longer you wait, the cheaper everything will be. if i were you, i would wait for bulldozer to release and begin shipping, as soon as they are selling, other CPUs should become cheaper.

i have used that specific PSU several times in the past, it is very nice, and in all 6 customer builds i have put it in, i have never had a problem.

you have a very nice build ahead of you! good luck
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the build looks great, as for an SSD, get the best OCZ vertex 2 you can get. you should be able to get ~40-120gb prices are always changing on them. OCZ gets access to some special firmware from sandforce (SSD controller) that many other SSD manufacturers aren't allowed. this means much faster performance from their vertex series.

as with all computer parts, the best time to purchase is 6 months from now, the longer you wait, the cheaper everything will be. if i were you, i would wait for bulldozer to release and begin shipping, as soon as they are selling, other CPUs should become cheaper.

i have used that specific PSU several times in the past, it is very nice, and in all 6 customer builds i have put it in, i have never had a problem.

you have a very nice build ahead of you! good luck
Yeah... but let him feel the true power of SSD at 500Mb/s reads and writes =D i personally would have gotten a vertex 3 anyways, but since hes on a budget the agility seems like a nice compromise... also, the SSD is strictly software, he can probably fill it to about 20 GB in OS an benching software than load like 4 UBERLY pwn games on it =P

OHHH and new though, get the OCZ fatality 500W PSU and then grab the Enforcer case PLUS an ATI card... EPIC RED BUILD =P

AND if u can dish out extra cash, this would also add to the epic redness

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...700R-_-Product
Edited by Pentium4 531 overclocker - 5/24/11 at 7:49pm
    
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Thanks for the replies guys, I was originally considering the Vertex 2, but I ruled it out because I want something with SATA III. I'm hoping some more of the new SATA III Sandforce drives come out soon so I can have a greater selection and hopefully lower prices from more competition.
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hey friend
ur rig is good but u pick two wrong things
(MOTHERBOARD)
first the motherboard
ASUS is better than gigabyte

THERE are two motherboard i wanna to suggest u
FIRST ASUS P8P67 PRO ($180) this is better than ur choice
if u like the Z68 motheboards then
ASUS P8Z68 V PRO($190) is better than gigabyte


(GRAPHICS CARD)
and the second thing ur GRAPHICS CARD (MSI GTX560 TI $270)
which is completely wrong pick
i wanna to suggest u for ASUS 560GTX($219) only not TI
this graphics card defeat MSI 560GTX TI in benchmarks
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Thanks for the replies guys, I was originally considering the Vertex 2, but I ruled it out because I want something with SATA III. I'm hoping some more of the new SATA III Sandforce drives come out soon so I can have a greater selection and hopefully lower prices from more competition.
check my other posts i edited with new ideas, and also, SSD technology is an ever changing technology... so theres not much you can do... however just wait a little longer, as soon as the next batch of SSDs come out, you will see a fairly decent price drop, but the older ones would decrease in value still.. and think about it... 2 agility 3s in RAID 0.... with a good raid card thats almost 1 Gb/s!!!! but then u'll end up paying a premium on that, so dont take my word on it..

anyways, i believe that a Agility 3 is a good compromise between price and performance, and you will see a massive speed difference with the SSD vs you old 5400RPM notebook drive
    
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although this might be something important to you, SATA III cannot be fully saturated by today's speed. i have never seen any drive go over 600mbps (my dad's raid0) and that was just a burst, not sequential reads or writes.
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hey friend
ur rig is good but u pick two wrong things
(MOTHERBOARD)
first the motherboard
ASUS is better than gigabyte

THERE are two motherboard i wanna to suggest u
FIRST ASUS P8P67 PRO ($180) this is better than ur choice
if u like the Z68 motheboards then
ASUS P8Z68 V PRO($190) is better than gigabyte


(GRAPHICS CARD)
and the second thing ur GRAPHICS CARD (MSI GTX560 TI $270)
which is completely wrong pick
i wanna to suggest u for ASUS 560GTX($219) only not TI
this graphics card defeat MSI 560GTX TI in benchmarks
what are you talking about? both Asus and Gigabyte are both VERY respectable brands, i personally also would chose an Asus board for my rig, however the recent Gigabyte boards seem to have picked up a lot from Asus MSI and all the other brands. You cant say once company is better than the other, what if you were comparing the Asus P7P55D LE to the Gigabyte Z68-UD3P, whats the better board?

also where do you see the GTX 560 beating the 560 ti? the 560 has less shaders, less cuda cores, and less stream processors, where does it perform better at all?
Edited by Pentium4 531 overclocker - 6/16/11 at 6:17pm
    
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although this might be something important to you, SATA III cannot be fully saturated by today's speed. i have never seen any drive go over 600mbps (my dad's raid0) and that was just a burst, not sequential reads or writes.
yeh, but cmon... why let him be stuck at 275 Mb/s and 190 Mb/s when he can have 500Mb/s and 480 Mb/s =P SATA III cant be saturated, but we have finally saturated SATA II
Edited by Pentium4 531 overclocker - 5/24/11 at 8:05pm
    
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