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So here is what I've put together. I put a note after each item explaining my though process behind each pick.


Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219 @ Newegg)
-Everyone raving about the 2500k value, so I went with it.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.44 @ NCIX US)
-Originally had the Frio, but through recommendations ended up here. Cheaper, and supposedly super quiet.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
-Originally had a P67 MSI board, then went to a $115 Z68 Gigabyte board, and ended here from peoples advice. Still a tad unsure here.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
-Crucial has an awesome reputation. Reports say Ballistix is an awesome RAM

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Best Buy)
-While the plan was this drive, the HDD shortage caused me to downgrade to the 3gb/s version. From all reports this shouldn't mean much. Already purchased atm from retail so return is still an option.

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
-Everyone raves over the M4.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($277.55 @ Newegg)
-Huge EVGA guy, would have used an EVGA board if there was a 2500k compatible one. I have been hearing VRAM is quickly becoming important so I upgraded to the 2gb version. I plan on picking up a 2nd of these cards for SLI around Christmas.

Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
-Bounced around a lot on the case. Started w/ a thermaltake, went to Asus, then settled on the CM 690 II Advanced. Then was told about this case, love the look and everyone is saying it's a superior case to the 692. Just getting a good vibe here.

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($52.46 @ NCIX US)
-Total lack of knowledge in PSU's. Would LOVE recommendations here. I plan on having an OC CPU and 2 OC SLI GPU's. 650W enough? is the Antec the right one to go with? Should I pay the extra $10 for the non green one? (been hearing Greens sac performance to be "environmental"). Need some Major help here.

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
-Dirt cheap, reviews say it preforms as advertised. Rarely use an optical drive.


Total: $1055.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-11 00:49 EST-0500)

-Plan on grabbing the new EVGA thermal compound, unless there is some super highly recommended one.

-I realized while I'm at home, I am not near enough to the router to use ethernet. So I could use some recommendations on a good WI-FI solution. I'm thinking a USB wifi adapter, but if they are cheap I may just install a wireless card. Need advice here.


So that's the build, I pose a few questions/concerns and would love specific responses to them. I would also love any general feedback, on any part or the whole of the build. I plan on running skyrim/BF3/etc on the machine, would love it to be able to play games at max for another couple of years as well.

While some crazy deals would be appreciated, I plan on ordering everything of Newegg atm, as free shipping + 12 months no APR is quite a steal. (I have all the money now, but being able to keep my accounts from dipping under 1k is nice).

Thanks!
Edited by Twisted51 - 11/11/11 at 6:34am
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If you're going to get a CPU from Microcenter why not get the Motherboard combo as well?

You can get a huge discount on Gigabytes Z68X-UD3H-B3. Combo is $270+Tax
Or you can choose your own for $60 off.


10% off Ballistix code. But looks like its on select RAM.
This one is uglier. but its the same price and you can use the code. BLTXNETS11


OCZ ZS $55 after rebate w/ EMCJJKB29 (review)
or ZT (Modular) for $10 more /w OCZBLKNOV (review)

You need 1.5GB to game above 1080p I believe. Need confirmation.
Otherwise you're fine w/ a 1GB
MSI NGTX 560 Ti Hawk 235 after rebate and USMSI578

I also suggest you drop the 1TB and use the money towards a larger SSD.
Unless you need to fill that 1TB up in the near future (about 6 months)
Edited by SpiritGear - 11/11/11 at 12:21am
 
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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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post #3 of 23
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Thanks for the price advice. I'm not actually purchasing from Microcenter, its just the auto fill from parts picker. I'll go back and edit that out.

So a 650w will be enough to run 2 OC'd GPU's w/ an OC CPU? I saw the PSU guide recommends 750w.
post #4 of 23
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Swapped out the PSU. Am feeling extremely close to done. Any final thoughts/reviews would be greatly appreciated:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.44 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Best Buy)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($277.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($147.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1150.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-11 10:59 EST-0500)
post #5 of 23
The psu guide on newegg is very inaccurate. For going sli and oc'ing you will just need a quality psu, 650w should be fine.
I personally always spend a little more to get higher quality and a few more watts for some breathing room, but that's just me.

I would suggest these if you could fork out a little more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028

I just picked up that 950w on the newegg shell shocker a couple weeks ago.

I'm liking the rest of your build thumb.gif
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Black Friday is just around the corner, why not wait it out and see if you can grab any sweet deals then?
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Hey nice build you have there but i would like to make some suggestions.

PSU- I HIGHLY recommend that you go with a Corsair PSU. Their build quality and customer support is outstanding. I have had bad experiences with an Antec 650w that totally fried my motherboard :/.

Case- IMO you should go with an NZXT Phantom. Not only is it larger than your current choice, it is the same price with excellent build quality and cable management. Working in a larger case promotes airflow and gives you a lot of room for future upgrades!

GPU- I really don't think you need 2gb of VRAM. I have SLi Gtx 460's with only 1gb and I can play BF3 on 1080p with around 60-80 fps on average. 2gb+ really only needed for 1080p+ gaming and if you want to play at such high resolutions, a single GTX 560 Ti won't cut it. Other than that, I would go with an EVGA Gtx 560 :0.

Good Luck with your build and remember to always register your products and contact customer support whenever any issues to you yourself cannot resolve arises.
    
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Originally Posted by Velathawen View Post

Black Friday is just around the corner, why not wait it out and see if you can grab any sweet deals then?

I just got a job that starts the monday after thanksgiving, so I figured if I order a PC now, I'll have 2 good weeks of solid 12+ hours a day on skyrim.
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Originally Posted by Twisted51 View Post

I just got a job that starts the monday after thanksgiving, so I figured if I order a PC now, I'll have 2 good weeks of solid 12+ hours a day on skyrim.

This is pretty hard to argue against tongue.gif

The one thing I would really change is your ram. CL10 1600 1.5 is not that great. I read a brief review before replying that showed a reviewer managing to hit 1800 cl10, but you're better off just getting a 1866 cl9 kit that runs the same 1.5v. Something like this G.skill sniper kit runs $40 after $5 code (expires 11/14)
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by SoapDaManz View Post

Hey nice build you have there but i would like to make some suggestions.
PSU- I HIGHLY recommend that you go with a Corsair PSU. Their build quality and customer support is outstanding. I have had bad experiences with an Antec 650w that totally fried my motherboard :/.
Case- IMO you should go with an NZXT Phantom. Not only is it larger than your current choice, it is the same price with excellent build quality and cable management. Working in a larger case promotes airflow and gives you a lot of room for future upgrades!
GPU- I really don't think you need 2gb of VRAM. I have SLi Gtx 460's with only 1gb and I can play BF3 on 1080p with around 60-80 fps on average. 2gb+ really only needed for 1080p+ gaming and if you want to play at such high resolutions, a single GTX 560 Ti won't cut it. Other than that, I would go with an EVGA Gtx 560 :0.
Good Luck with your build and remember to always register your products and contact customer support whenever any issues to you yourself cannot resolve arises.

One my posts is in review, but i recently switched the PSU to the: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016&Tpk=ax750

For the case, I'm feeling pretty sold on the Carbide, but the phantom did give me pause biggrin.gif.

GPU, the 2gb one is only $40 more. Is that worth the price, or is it straight up "I wont use the extra VRAM". Remember I do plan on SLI'ing 2 whatever card I choose (will be getting 2nd card around christmas), which may be a case to lean especially towards the 1gb version, though I'm not sure how VRAM combines when SLI'd.
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