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Alright, so I retired any and all gaming a few years back and since have decided that my laptop is just not cutting it and it is time to build another rig. Here in a week or so I'll be getting all my financial aide/student loans and will have roughly $1,000 left over to be spent on the system. I am however starting from scratch, and have not yet factored in keyboard/mouse/accessories into the budget.

Pretty much the only games I play currently are Age of Conan and CS:S, and so as long as the system can run both flawlessly I am satisfied. Eventually I will upgrade to dual monitors, but that is not an immediate priority. Beyond the gaming I will do light overclocking of the CPU.

After poking around on the forums for a few days I have built this setup, and would like any final opinions and or swaps before I commit.

Case: HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition - 39.99

Monitor: Acer X223WDbd Black 22" - 128.99

Mobo: P67H2-A3 - 97.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - 219.99

RAM:

- 60.00

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD - 319.99

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W - 84.99

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - 28.99

HD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB - 59.99

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - 20.99

Grand total ~ $1050-1100

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 12

Case: NZXT M59 $48 Shipped w/ promo

PSU: Antec High Current 620w $70. $50 after MIR.

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z $178 Shipped. (Same price as Pro so whynot?)

CPU: i5 2500k $205 w/ promo

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+ (same as you have) $29

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $55

RAM: G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB $50 w/ promo (Or Ripjaws for $10 more, Vengence for $10 more)

GPU: Zotac 560Ti $225. $195 after MIR.

Monitor: Hanns-G 21.5" 1920x1080 $120 w/ promo

CD/DVD:

$20

$1000. $950 w/ MIR's.

Unfortunately if you can't order say the CPU now while you wait for the student loan, You won't get that or other things as cheap as they are right now with these promo's.
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post #3 of 12
Ditch the ECS board. The best budget board is the Biostar TP67XE. For the RAM, you can get this for $10 cheaper with the current promo code and it's exactly the same. Also it's low profile so it won't interfere with high coolers and such which the Vengeance would do.

I would also pick another HDD, if you're using it for a boot drive. Can't go wrong with the Samsung HD103SJ.
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post #4 of 12
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Do you think that the 560 would be effective enough to run at max settings in AoC? As it is the primary game I play, and my focus.
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post #5 of 12
Absolutely, without a sweat.
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post #6 of 12
That build could do the work you want to 1000 times over and not even break 50c. definitely ditch the board. you dont need a 570 to get done what you want to. invest the money into the board and become as futureproof as possible. a radeon 6870 as shown here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127560 is your best bet IMO. saves you some cash too. seems like people have covered this already. just giving my input
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i vote no on the ECS board. Avoid ECS as much as possible please.
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post #8 of 12
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Thanks for all the input ordered pretty much the exact build specified by Jagz, but in place of the motherboard I went with the biostar mentioned by dopamin3 and went with the evga version of the 560.

In addition newegg let me have all of the promos even though they ended yesterday.

I'll be sure to post later this week when everything is assembled.
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post #9 of 12
i would choose the P8P67 Pro over the Gene Z as the latter is a mATX board so if you need space choose P8P67 pro.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Skeletor View Post
Thanks for all the input ordered pretty much the exact build specified by Jagz, but in place of the motherboard I went with the biostar mentioned by dopamin3 and went with the evga version of the 560.

In addition newegg let me have all of the promos even though they ended yesterday.

I'll be sure to post later this week when everything is assembled.
Awesome. Yeah please do, Glad you got in on some of those sales too.
Good choices on motherboard (cause of money savings) and evga for their rock solid RMA's, MIR's, Service, ect.

Get that M59? Good lookin case..
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