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So I want to upgrade my PC. I primarily use this rig for work but also use it for gaming and photo editing with CS4. I would also like to start playing with OC'ing. Budget was $700 and the current pirce tag is sitting at $699.95 shipped I will be re-using my Antec Nine Hundred case with a Seagate 64GB 10,000 RPM SATA HD for the OS and a Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM SATA HD for storage. Let me know what you think and if you would do anything different. All items are sitting in the cart, I just want to make sure I'm making a good purchase. Thanks!!

Mobo
BIOSTAR TP67XE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - $219

PSU
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $85 after rebate

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $60

Video Card
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 220 + 8 shipping = $228

Grand Total = $762.51 shipped to my door with $45 in rebates
Edited by thatguytrav - 8/17/11 at 8:06am
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Why bother with a 10,000 RPM hard drive? It's going to be marginally faster. If anything get a or just stick with a high quality 7200 RPM hard drive.

Spend less on the case and more on the GPU.
    
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Why bother with a 10,000 RPM hard drive? It's going to be marginally faster. If anything get a or just stick with a high quality 7200 RPM hard drive.

Spend less on the case and more on the GPU.
He already owns those Hard drives... he is reusing them for now.
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Get the EVGA 560 Ti DS
Dual Fan = Lower Temps = Higher Overclocks
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Originally Posted by thatguytrav View Post
So I want to upgrade my PC. I primarily use this rig for work but also use it for gaming and photo editing with CS4. I would also like to start playing with OC'ing. Budget was $700 and the current pirce tag is sitting at $699.95 shipped I will be putting this in my Antec Nine Hundred case with a Seagate 64GB 10,000 RPM SATA HD for the OS and a Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM SATA HD for storage. Let me know what you think and if you would do anything different. All items are sitting in the cart, I just want to make sure I'm making a good purchase. Thanks!!

Mobo
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $89.99 after rebate

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - $219

Video Card
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video card - $175 after rebate

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM - $70

PSU
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $80 after rebate
Get these ram instead .... they are pretty much the same as the RipJaws... as long as stable 1.5V ...$55.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416

Get this open box GTX 560 Ti instead $188.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814121425R

or if you want new .. get this psu ... $49.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

money saved go towards a GTX 560 Ti. ... $209.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130623

That psu can run a SLI GTX 560 Ti set up in the future as well.
Edited by mcc21 - 8/16/11 at 11:26am
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by MinitroN View Post
Why bother with a 10,000 RPM hard drive? It's going to be marginally faster. If anything get a or just stick with a high quality 7200 RPM hard drive.

Spend less on the case and more on the GPU.
Like mcc21 mentioned, I am re-using my old case and hard drives.

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Get the EVGA 560 Ti DS
Dual Fan = Lower Temps = Higher Overclocks
Thank you!! I didn't think about the dual fan option.

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Originally Posted by mcc21 View Post
Get these ram instead .... they are pretty much the same as the RipJaws... as long as stable 1.5V ...$55.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416

Get this open box GTX 560 Ti instead $188.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814121425R

or if you want new .. get this psu ... $49.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

money saved go towards a GTX 560 Ti. ... $209.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130623

That psu can run a SLI GTX 560 Ti set up in the future as well.
I looked at that RAM but I just don't like how they actually stamped a rifle onto it. IMO, it looks cheesy. I also don't mind spending an additional $30 on the psu to gain the extra 120w. I am now looking at this video card instead... thoughts??

ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $180 afer rebate
post #7 of 14
You need the Ti version. The regular GTX 560 is just a GTX 460 OC a bit... if you going to spend money on the GTX 560 might as well get a GTX 460 for $125 and OC it to the same as the GTX 560 specs.

As I stated earlier... get the open box or the EVGA one...

Also about the ram... $70 just seems a tad too high for me to pay for a 8gb kit haha

You getting this one... free 4gb flash drive too haha

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428

These are pretty good too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233199
Edited by mcc21 - 8/16/11 at 1:12pm
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post #8 of 14
As for the motherboard I would rather go for this. The MSI one you got isn't really capable for OC...as you plan for the i5-2500k, means you want to OC the cpu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138317

A tad bit more than your MSI one... but I read its a great OC board.

I know the GTX 560 Ti and this motherboard is around $50 more than your budget...but if you try to cut some cost there and some cost there...and save up a couple $20. It will bring you a long way and a better build than you had stated before.

The 750 watts psu is only required if you ever want to SLI GTX 570/580s. If you never going think about going to blow that much money on video cards... then you would not need to waste money on a 750 watt psu. A good 600 watt psu which I have stated .... can already run any single card gpu on the market. The $30 you saved can go towards the GTX 560 Ti and the motherboard. Save some more money on RAM selection... and save $20 or so more from cash spending..then get yourself a better computer for its value.

According to the power gruu here on OCN.... the Antec NEO ECO 620 is the same unit as the Antec HCG 620. So you getting a good psu for only $50 which can handle SLI GTX 560 Ti or ATI up to 6950s. Only if you are planning to do SLI 570/580/590 or ATI 6970/6990 would you need anything over 650 watts. Those set up do require 750-850 watts.
Edited by mcc21 - 8/16/11 at 1:30pm
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post #9 of 14
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Wow, thank you for all that info. I use to be really knowledgeable on computer hardware about 5-6 years ago. Then it was pretty simple to follow and really if I wasn't trying to learn about OC'ing, this would be a prety simple build.

It's possible I may want to SLI in the future so I'll stick with the 750w psu. If I go over budget $20, it won't kill me . See my first post for the revised build...
Edited by thatguytrav - 8/17/11 at 8:05am
post #10 of 14
Sounds good ... have fun with your build =)

I dunno if this can be worked into your budget ... but if you can look into the GTX 570 as well ... extra $60, but its one of the best performane/price ratio cards out right now. Since you spending more money to get the 750 watt psu, might as well get a video card that can utilize the power in SLI in the future because as stated before 600 watt psu is all you need for SLI GTX 560s. 750 watts psu still a waste for SLI 560s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127552

With the GTX 560 Ti you will still run into some games in near future that will be hard to play on high settings such as Crysis 2 or BF3, but the GTX 570 with its extra VRAM and gpu power, it should be able to play at high settings on those games maybe exception of AA and Vsync those things...
Edited by mcc21 - 8/17/11 at 8:53am
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