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Background
5-6 years ago I only played video games on the PC. I play video games competitively, particularly shooters. When the Xbox 360 hit and Xbox Live continued to prove worthy on competitive online play, I made the move to console and have been playing console for the last 2-3 years.

In order to satisfy my PC gaming needs, I've been using a Sony Vaio Z12 laptop - it's a beast of a machine, running SC2 smoothly at medium settings and playing games like HoN and LoL at max. But this year some amazing games are coming out for the PC that has pulled my attention back to PC gaming. BF3 (64 players versus console version's 32? enough said), Diablo 3, Dota 2 just to name a few... and I convinced myself it was time go back to PC gaming.

I decided to start this log because in the last two weeks I’ve literally been obsessed building my rig, checking OCN every hour for deals, checking and cross checking model recommendations, etc. I’m a college student (thankfully in summer sessions where I have more free time) so saving money anywhere I can while building an awesome rig has been a top priority!

The Beginning
I did some researched and laid my my first build here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...er-1000-a.html

1. $325 - Processor + Mobo combo
i5-2500k + Asus P8P67 PRO bundle (Microcenter)
2. $100 - Case
Refurb HAF 932
3. $215 - GFX Card
EVGA Nvidia 560 Ti Superclocked
4. $100 - PSU Supply
Corsair 650HX
5. $50 - Ram
4GB (2x2gb) G.Skill Ripjaw X
6. $60 - HDD
Samsung F3
7. $20 DVD drive
Total: $870

But as I got more and more caught up in the process, a few upgrades were made on the way to say the least .

Current Revised Build
Items crossed out are the ones I've purchased already or received. Will be updating with pictures soon!

1. $160 - i5-2500k Processor [Fry’s]
2. $180 - Asus P8P67 Deluxe [OCN Forums]
3. $110 - Corsair 600t SE [OCN Forums]
4. $195 – EVGA GTX 560ti SC [Fry’s]
5. $65 – Corsair TX750w [Amazon]
6. $65 – G.Skill Snipers 2x4gb 1.25v ram [Newegg]
7. $45 – Samsung F3 1tb [OCN Forums]
8. $25 – CM 212+ [Newegg]

Total: $845!

As you can see I’ve been ordering from all over the place to save but at the same time getting a bunch of great upgrades! I’ll keep updating in the next couple days as all the parts begin to come in and I can start building…
Edited by fstop - 8/3/11 at 11:20am
Return to PC
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4.5ghz @ vcore 1.34 (24/7) Sandy Bridge i5-2500k Asus P8P67 Deluxe ASUS GTX 580 DCII G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage 1.25v 2x4gb 
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Samsung 830 SSD 64gb Samsung F3 1tb Hyper 212+  Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus VW266h Dell u2312HM CM Storm Quickfire MX Reds Corsair HX 650w 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 SSD 64gb Samsung F3 1tb Hyper 212+  Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus VW266h Dell u2312HM CM Storm Quickfire MX Reds Corsair HX 650w 
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post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by fstop View Post
Background
5-6 years ago I only played video games on the PC. I play video games competitively, particularly shooters. When the Xbox 360 hit and Xbox Live continued to prove worthy on competitive online play, I made the move to console and have been playing console for the last 2-3 years.

In order to satisfy my PC gaming needs, I've been using a Sony Vaio Z12 laptop - it's a beast of a machine, running SC2 smoothly at medium settings and playing games like HoN and LoL at max. But this year some amazing games are coming out for the PC that has pulled my attention back to PC gaming. BF3 (64 players versus console version's 32? enough said), Diablo 3, Dota 2 just to name a few... and I convinced myself it was time go back to PC gaming.

I decided to start this log because in the last two weeks I’ve literally been obsessed building my rig, checking OCN every hour for deals, checking and cross checking model recommendations, etc. I’m a college student (thankfully in summer sessions where I have more free time) so saving money anywhere I can while building an awesome rig has been a top priority!

The Beginning
I did some researched and laid my my first build here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...er-1000-a.html

1. $325 - Processor + Mobo combo
i5-2500k + Asus P8P67 PRO bundle (Microcenter)
2. $100 - Case
Refurb HAF 932
3. $215 - GFX Card
EVGA Nvidia 560 Ti Superclocked
4. $100 - PSU Supply
Corsair 650HX
5. $50 - Ram
4GB (2x2gb) G.Skill Ripjaw X
6. $60 - HDD
Samsung F3
7. $20 DVD drive
Total: $870

But as I got more and more caught up in the process, a few upgrades were made on the way to say the least .

Current Revised Build
Items crossed out are the ones I've purchased already or received. Will be updating with pictures soon!

1. $160 - i5-2500k Processor [Fry’s]
2. $180 - Asus P8P67 Deluxe [OCN Forums]
3. $110 - Corsair 600t SE [OCN Forums]
4. $195 – EVGA GTX 560ti SC [Fry’s]
5. $110 – Corsair HX650w [Amazon]
6. $65 – G.Skill Snipers 2x4gb 1.25v ram [Newegg]
7. $45 – Samsung F3 1tb [OCN Forums]
8. $25 – CM 212+ [Newegg]

Total: $890!

As you can see I’ve been ordering from all over the place to save but at the same time getting a bunch of great upgrades! I’ll keep updating in the next couple days as all the parts begin to come in and I can start building…
Always nice to see another Console gamer moved on to PC

I moved to console a while ago as well, but I missed games like Team Fortress, Half Life, Pretty much any game made by Valve. Also, I missed out on Witcher 2, so naturally, I did the same as you did

I hope the best for your build! Can't wait for Pics!

-SausageDawg
    
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Thats a really nice build, i can see you did your research. Very nice price to performance ratio. Dont forget to include a copy of windows 7, and, if you can squeeze it in, and sound card (audiophile here, recruiting new ones every day )
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Thats a really nice build, i can see you did your research. Very nice price to performance ratio. Dont forget to include a copy of windows 7, and, if you can squeeze it in, and sound card (audiophile here, recruiting new ones every day )
Sorry to jack the thread, but I've been on the hunt for a sound card at the moment (Mozart's brains aren't what they used to be )

Anything under £100 please
    
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post #5 of 20
I have to honestly say that is a well thought out build and there really is nothing to change without nit picking. Maybe try to work out an SSD into the build?
post #6 of 20
I have nothing to add. You are on the right track. I was even going to say, that 4GB at $50 is a poor value when 8GB can be had for not much more, but you even made that change.
post #7 of 20
Everything looks great on that build. I just finished my upgrade today with a caviar black 1tb. That samsung is a great drive too.
post #8 of 20
you've obviously done your research and i think we probably looked at some of the same sites and threads i'd have to agree with earlier posts see if you can scrape in a SSD. i just purchased a 120gb OCZ turbo for $130 on sale from directron (thread was in the online deals) its big enough to hold your OS plus a few of your main games.

glad to see you're back with us in the PC gaming world though.. welcome back to life
post #9 of 20
Your post states the intent to purchase a GTX560ti but your sig-rig says GTX580. Which is it?

The build is great, but if you are upgrading for the yet-to-be-released games like BF3, then my guess is the GTX560ti simply won't give you what you want, though this is speculation (despite the dev's stating that no PC available currently will be able to max BF3 in the same way that Crysis was un-maxable for years). It will of course destroy your laptop's performance, but the rest of the system calls for more in my eyes. I'm a broke student and even I'm going to crossfire my 6850 (overclocked to stock 6870 levels) for BF3, and maybe upgrade to an x6 Phenom II CPU so I can hit 4ghz finally ...
 
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Looks like you still need a PSU. 650HX is a good one but will limit you to 1 GPU.

These are some really good ones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Power%20Supply

or this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817322011

or this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817121076

Sure they are more expensive, but $30 more now may save your from having to buy another PSU later.
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