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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Final Build:
Cpu: i5 2500k $179 (Microcenter combo)
Cpu Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO (Newegg) $32
Mobo: Asus P8z68-V Pro $149 (Microcenter Combo)
Gpu:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III $370
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2x 4GB) $60
Psu: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular $132
Hdd: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $70 (Already bought)
Ssd: Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 3 $167
Cd/Dvd drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20
Case: NZXT Phantom $125
Subtotal $1304
After taxes: $1450 I'm guessing?

Additional Comments:
-I do plan on having a dual monitor (Two 24inch monitors) set up but that will be put on a separate tab of $400 and will be discussed later.
-Going to Microcenter to purchase the Mobo+Cpu tomorrow (11/11) and wanted to get some feedback before then.
-Parts will be purchased within the next few weeks
-I'm dead set on the case
-Prefer a modular psu(Less cables to deal with)
-I could go for the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 but I don't think it's part of the combo deal at Microcenter

So how does it look guys?

Edited by Birdyz - 11/11/11 at 11:57pm
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Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
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Intel i5 2500k Asus P8z68-V Pro/Gen3 MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III  CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Asus VE248 Logitech Illum Nzxt Hale90 850watt 
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post #2 of 11
Meh I think you're over paying on a couple of items (i.e. the cooler as its really more a $20 cooler, not a mid $30 cooler, as well as the GPU is a bit expensive, you can get some 580's for a couple $$ more which would be a significant upgrade).

Also you're going a bit heavy on the PSU, even if you decide to go SLI, you'll still only need a 650 - 750W psu and could save some $$ there.
Motherboard and CPU are fine smile.gif
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Meh I think you're over paying on a couple of items (i.e. the cooler as its really more a $20 cooler, not a mid $30 cooler, as well as the GPU is a bit expensive, you can get some 580's for a couple $$ more which would be a significant upgrade).
Also you're going a bit heavy on the PSU, even if you decide to go SLI, you'll still only need a 650 - 750W psu and could save some $$ there.
Motherboard and CPU are fine smile.gif

I would stick with he 850 watt psu the more watts the better when running crossfire!
I bought the Ax 1200 and did not regret the purchase
Your case and power supply are the two things worth spending money on thumb.gif
post #4 of 11
The video card looks nice, you might want to save up for the future and SLI two of those babies.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Meh I think you're over paying on a couple of items (i.e. the cooler as its really more a $20 cooler, not a mid $30 cooler, as well as the GPU is a bit expensive, you can get some 580's for a couple $$ more which would be a significant upgrade).

Also you're going a bit heavy on the PSU, even if you decide to go SLI, you'll still only need a 650 - 750W psu and could save some $$ there.
Motherboard and CPU are fine smile.gif

The cooler is not definite but looking into the 212 plus rather than the Evo, which is $10 cheaper. The gpu is expensive but through reviews and opinions from various online people, they recommended the Msi TF III or the Evga Superclocked Gtx570. And out of those two, I end up choosing the Msi Gtx570.
A 580 would be nice but that a couple more $$ would mean at least additional $200 which isn't justified at the moment (Budget wise). A 570 can handle most games even at max which is already pretty good.
I've read that 850w is a safe mark in case I go Sli in the future.

On a side note I just purchased both the cpu and mobo today.
i5 2500k: 179.99
Asus P8z68-V Pro/Gen3- $164.99
Total $370(rounded) after taxes.
And got the Nzxt case for $107 after taxes on newegg.
Edited by Birdyz - 11/11/11 at 11:56pm
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Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
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Windows 7 Home Asus VE248 Logitech Illum Nzxt Hale90 850watt 
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post #6 of 11
get a crucial m4 and a 6970 or maybe a used 580
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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Originally thought of getting it but decided to get a ssd with bigger storage. I prefer nVidia cards and new components for a first time build. So if i do go for a 580 its gonna be the msi lightning probably.
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Intel i5 2500k Asus P8z68-V Pro/Gen3 MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III  CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Asus VE248 Logitech Illum Nzxt Hale90 850watt 
CaseOtherOther
Nzxt Phantom (White) Enermax 120mm Enermax 140mm 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k Asus P8z68-V Pro/Gen3 MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III  CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Lite On 24X DVD Burner  COOLER MASTER Geminii S524 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Asus VE248 Logitech Illum Nzxt Hale90 850watt 
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Nzxt Phantom (White) Enermax 120mm Enermax 140mm 
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post #8 of 11
The Hyper 212 EVO is an update on the 212 Plus, likely worthwhile for overclocking( for $6). Or have I got it wrong?
Will you be needing an operating system or aditional fans?
post #9 of 11
I'd say keep the EVO. EVO does make TIM application easier than Plus version.
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Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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post #10 of 11
I don't think the price is too bad. I agree with the above comment that the 570 will serve you well. I have just gone to my first SLI GTX 570 rig and am absolutely blown away by the performance. I have an MSI and a Galaxy 570 and so far so good.
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