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Hello OCN,

I've been lurking these forums for a long time gathering info for my upcoming build. Decided to finally get around to asking for help


What is your maximum budget?

$1500 (USD)


What country are you in?

U.S.A.

What will be the uses of this PC?

Gaming, Internet, MS Office..etc.

Do you plan to overclock?

Yes, but not initially. I'd like to experience building before attempting OC.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

No brand loyalty here. I just want the machine to work as reliably as possible.

What games would you like to play with your PC? And on what settings?

WoW, SCII, Diablo III when it comes out. Perhaps I'll try some FPS games now that I'll finally have an adequate PC.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7.


How much hard drive space do you need?


About 1tb.

Is there anything else we need to know?

I already have a keyboard/mouse/monitor. My monitor is 1920x1080. I'd prefer to stay on air for awhile.


That being said, the build I've picked out so far is this:

CPU: i5 2500k ($220)
MB: Asus P8P67 Pro ($180)
RAM: 8gb G.Skill Ripjaws-X ($70)
GPU: MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk ($270)
PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold ($160)
Case: CoolerMaster HAF-X ($190)
CPU Cooling: Noctua DH-N14 ($90)
HDD: Samsung Spintpoint F3 1tb ($65)
OS: Windows 7 OEM ($100)
Optical: Asus DRW ($20)

Total: ~$1370

Note: I'm spending a bit more on the case/psu because they will likely be the last to be upgraded.

Thanks a lot for your help!
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post #2 of 15
No GTX 580? That is a solid build and will easily handle WoW and SC2. Hell, I played SC2 at ultra settings on my C2D rig smoothly. D3 won't be all that different either.
    
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post #3 of 15
Save a few bucks on the CPU and board at micro center if you can: http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...mbo-deals.html

I just built one of these myself and wish it was near by. The D14 is cheaper now if you go to newegg. The f3 seems to be on sale every other week, so if you can wait, you should be able to find it on sale for around $50. Newegg seems to send out rebates for it consistently these past few weeks. Will you need a monitor?

Edit: NVM. looks like the D14 price went back up.
Edited by DrC - 7/20/11 at 2:30pm
post #4 of 15
Good build. I see u still have some money left. If u want, u could go with a better graphics card. 570 maybe?
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You might also check that your power supply comes with enough molex connectors to power the GPU. I got the X650 and needed a couple of extra ones since the GPU requires four connectors.

I also threw in a bunch of case fans as well, but I got the bitfenix shenobi, not the haf-x.
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You might also check that your power supply comes with enough molex connectors to power the GPU. I got the X650 and needed a couple of extra ones since the GPU requires four connectors.

I also threw in a bunch of case fans as well, but I got the bitfenix shenobi, not the haf-x.
Molex connectors for the gpu?
    
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Thanks for the replies!

I picked nVidia because I read a few articles (probably of questionable reliability) that mentioned that nVidia has the edge over AMD in Blizzard games. I'm completely open to going AMD, though, if I can get better performance.

andrei, I do have a bit of money left over, though spending less is always better.
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Haf X 
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Molex connectors for the gpu?
Forgive me if I am getting any of the language incorrect, but the graphics card needs two cables that has 6 pin plugs to get power and each cable splits into two four pin connectors on the ends. I assumed you had to plug in all four to power it. I'm still fairly new to this myself so please correct me if this is incorrect, but the ends appear to be molex connectors as I understand them.
Edited by DrC - 7/20/11 at 2:57pm
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I would suggest Western Digital over Samsung Hard drive. Has a much better track record and none have ever failed on me personally.

ATI 6950, look at the comparisons to the nvidia counterpart
Edited by Krud - 7/20/11 at 2:47pm
    
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post #10 of 15
The F3 has had a pretty good track record according to most members here too.
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