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Need your help guys...this is my first gaming build and I'm looking to do mainly that + overclocking and messing with RAID and other funky tweaks for fun + learning. Oh, will probably be taking it apart and messing with the innards quite a bit so the case will be important.

Possibly SLI in the future, but not for certain since I heard that it's probably better just to get an entirely new card by then. Looking to support dual monitors for sure, and possibly 3.

Budget is around $1000 give or take.

-CPU: i5-2500K
-Mobo: Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
-RAM: Avexir DDR3-1600 (4GBx2) 9-9-9-24
-Cooler: 212+ or Noctua?
-Storage: 128 GB Crucial M4 (? maybe depending on other budgets), Hitachi 1TB 7K1000.D
-Optical: Lite-On iHAS524
-GPU: ?
-Case: ? (I like the Phantom NZXT design so far, but it's a little pricey for me)
-Monitor: ?
-PSU: ?

Wanna be able to max out Arkham City
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post #2 of 10
Go for Noctua cooler. And 1000$ might be tight for max settings but I'd recommend the 560 Ti. Psu go for corsair.

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Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 1.5TB Hitachi 7K3000 TTWater 360mm w/ Corsair Sp120PWMs 
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Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 1.5TB Hitachi 7K3000 TTWater 360mm w/ Corsair Sp120PWMs 
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gtx 450 ti or 560 ti for the graphics card, i like my 460 alot
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Phenom II 955 Black Edition [3.2 GHz] GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ Asus GTX 460 1 gig G.Skill 460 4 GB DDR3 
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Deskstar 320 gig Ubuntu 11.04 & Windows 7 HP w1907 Antec 620 Watt 
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Deskstar 320 gig Ubuntu 11.04 & Windows 7 HP w1907 Antec 620 Watt 
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post #4 of 10
I'd say 212+ or 212 EVO.

Monitor: Dell U2311H, U2312HM, U2412M or HP ZR24W.
Case: Thermaltake Commander, A60, or Aerocool Syclone II
GPU: GTX 560 or GTX 560Ti
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post #5 of 10
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thanks for all da advice!

...i just realized something

since I wanna witness 1st hand the effects of overclocking, I wanna run the build at stock for a while, then air cooling, then water cooling, and then ____ (anymore after that?) this is ultra nooby, but I could always just get the CPU cooler later and install it myself right (meaning the 2500K won't bust on me if I don't have an additional cooler)?

sounds like 560Ti is a good choice...but this has always boggled me is how come the 400 series are almost just as good as the 500 series? Is the 500 series just an overclocked version of the 400 series? If so, what is justifying the number jump from 400 to 500? Why would I choose the 560Ti over 460Ti if it's just a slight boost?
    
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There's no 460 ti. 5xx series is a smaller process so less heat. But to put it in perspective, my heavily overclocked 460s in sli beat a stock 570 for less $$.

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Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 1.5TB Hitachi 7K3000 TTWater 360mm w/ Corsair Sp120PWMs 
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I just finished a second build for my bro. Literally, like 30 minutes ago and it is sitting next to me installing Team Fortress 2 You can use mine as reference, as it is designed to be a quiet(important), powerful enough for 1080p gaming at med-high settings, yet affordable.

Reused CPU,mobo, PSU, RAM from old upgrade.

i7960
x58 mobo (not relevant for you)

Fractal Define R3, literally whisper quiet. When I first boot up the PC, I kept pressing the power button as I thought it was still off, when it was actually running. Great value for money as well.

1Tb Black. Go with the Crucial M4 If you wanna just use an SSD as boot, get 64 Gb and have space for a few apps (dont put Steam in, it eats memory quickly with games.) Then a HDD for storage. Install Windows in AHCI, set it to AHCI before booting to disc.

I got the Noctua U12P. A great cooler without the many compatiblity issues of the D14. With great quiet fans as well.

GPU: Asus 560ti DCUII. You could get the Hawk, which could be alittle more expensive. I got the DCUII as it is secondhand and is whisper quiet.

Monitor: Dell U2312. If you have tons of money, go with a 120Hz monitor. I have the PX2370, didnt get a monitor for the second build yet. The Dell monitor is a contender for the 2nd build, with supposedly great response times and below-average for an IPS, better than a TN colors.

PSU: I went with a HX650(from my old build), it has the ability to SLI 2 560tis.
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1Tb Hitachi 5400RPM 2.5" HDD Intel 540s 240Gb SSD Noctua L9i Windows 10 Home Premium 
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PX2370 Filco Ninja Brown Switches Silverstone 500W SFX-L Gold Silverstone RVZ02 (Non-Windowed) 
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560 Ti.
Hyper 212 Evo.
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Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
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PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
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Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
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Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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post #9 of 10
Rosewill HIVE 650w $70 w/ code EMCJKHJ32

If the $1000 budget includes a monitor. You're going to have to cut corners on the GPU or Monitor. Find out what resolution you want to play in and match the card with it. No sense in getting a card that outperforms the monitor (vice versa).

Performance gains from one generation to the next isn't going to be drastic. Its when you sit on something for a couple years that it really starts to be worth the upgrade (and even longer if you overclock).
 
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Intel i5 2500k Gigabyte UD3H HD 7950 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 
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Hitachi Desktar Western Digital Green Samsung 830 Samsung DVD Burner 
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Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Pro Dell 24" Logitech G15 
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Corsair TX750 v2 Corsair 500R G5 Sony V6 
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C2D E6600 ASUS P5LD2 MSI N210 4x1GB DDR2 666 CL5 
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19" Dell LCD Antec Trio 650w AMD Ref Card 
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i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Professional-M Micro ATX SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351-6GVXSR Radeon HD 7970 G... SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351-6GVXSR Radeon HD 7970 G... 
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G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240... Samsung 840 250GB Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 
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Hitachi Desktar Western Digital Green Samsung 830 Samsung DVD Burner 
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Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Pro Dell 24" Logitech G15 
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Corsair TX750 v2 Corsair 500R G5 Sony V6 
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C2D E6600 ASUS P5LD2 MSI N210 4x1GB DDR2 666 CL5 
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80GB Maxtor Samsung DVD+R Hyper 212+ Win7 Pro 
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19" Dell LCD Antec Trio 650w AMD Ref Card 
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i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Professional-M Micro ATX SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351-6GVXSR Radeon HD 7970 G... SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351-6GVXSR Radeon HD 7970 G... 
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G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240... Samsung 840 250GB Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 
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560 ti 1 gb then SLI later http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product....82E16814130623 this one maybe?
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