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OK, so I've never built a desktop before. I'm transitioning from a dell xps m1530 laptop which just isn't preforming well enough for my liking. I'm not to concerned about the construction process, I just want to get the component list right and make sure its all compatible and of good cost -value.

-Goals-
keep the build under $1300
future proof - to an extent...
Run BF3/Skyrim on high settings on 1920x1080
I do no need need something for video editing or photo shop


Here's my first draft of the parts list (below I will justify my thinking)....




Screen- Asus vs248h-p 24" widescreen $205 @ newegg
i5 2500k $180 @ microcenter
ASUS p9p67 Deluxe $215 @ newegg
Sapphire radeon 6950 2gb flex $244 @ newegg
RAM- corsair 1600 8 gbs ddr3 $44 @ newegg
PSU professional series HX750 $130 @ newegg
Hard Drive - Going to reuse one o store bought -
Optical Drive ASUS DRW DVD burner $20 @ newegg
Case HAF 912 Advance Black Steel $100 @ Coolermaster site
PCU Cooler- Coolermaster hyper 212 $25 @ newegg
Operating system- windows 7 ultimate through school
Mouse Suggestions welcome
Keyboard Suggestions welcome



MOBO- ASUS p9p67 Deluxe - I really like the aesthetics of the board... I hear its easy to overclock on it. But I'm still unsure if I should get the z68 board, an asrock baords or the v-pro board. Some input would be appreciated.

GPU- Sapphire radeon 6950 2gb flex - I plan on adding a second one down the road, and I also plan on overclocking at some point. (can you over clock two gpus in crossfire?) I would have liked the toxic, but I dont know if they stopped making them or what.they seemed to have disappeared completely.

RAM- Corsairs where cheap, i liked the g.skill ripjaw x series but I didn't like the red, and the blue was $15 more. Any advantages i'd be missing from the g.skills?

Hard Drive- I'm either going to reuse an old one, or buy one in stores. They just seem super expensive right now. I had considered a sea gate barracuda 1TB HD 32 mb cache from tiger direct @140 but that still seems steep. I could easily get by with 500gbs but they are just a tad cheaper than the the 1 TBs At some point I will invest in a SSD but not at the moment

PSU professional series HX750 - the PSU is something I dont know much about. With overclockin on 2 6950's and the cpu, will 750 be enough? I've heard corsairs a trusted brand but could you recommend any other brand to cut costs without sacrificing reliability

Case- I liked HAF 912 for the window and airflow. Also I like the black finish inside and the overall appearance. I hear great things about them. How do you think it will be on space?

Let me know if I've left anything out. And thanks in advance on any valuable input you may have.smile.gif
post #2 of 38
1) It's the P8P67 not P9P67.
2) If you are buying the CPU at Micro Center you should get the motherboard there as well. They tend to do CPU+Mobo deals.
3) It's a good board. Should suit for what you want to do. You should only consider going Z68 for SSD caching. I don't see a SSD on your list, so I'm going to assume this doesn't matter to you.
4) All of the other choices are pretty good.

For Keyboard: Stay away from Razer. Take this from a person who owns Razer stuff. Look at the many different threads on this forum about Mechanical Keyboards.

For Mouse: I'm looking at getting a Corsair Vengeance M90 or the upcoming Zowie AM. It really comes down to the quality of the sensor used, and how it feels in your hand.
Edited by importflip - 11/20/11 at 2:06pm
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Just be aware that all the components you chose may or may not go on sale. Typically when I plan for a rig, I have these things in mind, and purchase whatever I need when the price is right.

e.g. when I looked for a motherboard, I wanted USB 3.0, SATA III, and an LGA 1155 socket. Microcenter just so happened to have a bundle of a Gigabyte motherboard that matched those requirements with an i5-2500K, so I saved at least $80 on the purchase (compared to normal retail price).

You should definitely purchase a CPU+mobo combo at Microcenter if you can, you will probably save a good amount of money. Don't be afraid of ASRock, they've really improved their quality lately. The most important thing you can do is read up reviews on specific motherboards once you find out they're on sale. I don't have any particular brand loyalty, all brands are susceptible to the occassional lemon.

As for mice and keyboards:
You should check out the Razer DeathAdder if you like very comfortable palm-grip playing.
If you like claw-grip, the RAT-7 works great, and is very customizeable.
If you want a nice multimedia keyboard with adjustible backlit LED lights, 28KRO ("anti-ghosting", allows you to press a ton of keys at once and they'll all register), and programmable macro buttons, check out the Microsoft Sidewinder x4.
Edited by mingqi53 - 11/20/11 at 2:05pm
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Are the monitor, keyboard, and mouse included in the $1300 budget?
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post #5 of 38
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haha of course, typoed it the first time and copied it down. I'll have to look harder for a package deal, I didnt see them suggest any when looking at the i5.
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post

Are the monitor, keyboard, and mouse included in the $1300 budget?

monitor only

keyboard and mouse no
post #7 of 38
This is what I'd do:

LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Mode

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

(2x) Crossfire XFX HD 6870 1GB (2 copies of DIRT 3)

SeaSonic X Series X650 80+ Gold modular

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

PLANAR SA2311W 23" 3D 120HZ Full HD Swivel Height Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor

$1,309.52 shipped w/ $30 in mail in rebates.

You can always downgrade the case to get within the budget if needed.

As for the monitor, if you don't have one you can use right now, I'd get it, otherwise I'd wait til Black Friday or Cyber Monday, since TVs/monitors are always on sale then.


Reasoning:

DVD drive: Uh.. It's a DVD drive.

Case: Fully loaded. 5 total fans: 1 x 120mm Blue LED Rear Fan, 2 x 140mm Blue LED Front Fans, & 2 x 140mm Top Fans, tool-less design, rubber grommets every where to stop vibration, dual removable/turnable HDD cages, lots of room in the back for cable management, USB 3.0, and more...

GPU: Kills any single GPU out right now and isn't far behind SLI GTX 580s. Amazing price:performance ratio; unmatched. A single GTX 570 costs more than this.

PSU: Amazing deal for $100. Best 650w PSU. 648w on the +12v RAIL! More than enough power. A good 550w could do it easily. 100% modular. 80+ Gold efficiency.

RAM: LOW voltage. Perfect for overclocking. Runs cool. DDR3 1600Mhz. Low profile heatsinks.

Motherboard: PCI-E 3.0 capable, x8 x8 PCI-E slots, Z68, CHEAP, and USB + SATA 3.

CPU: Uh... 2500k.

Monitor: 120Hz and 3D monitor. NOT LED. LED 120Hz monitors right now have very bad LED lighting. They either have leakage or are uneven. Swivel Height Adjustable, 2ms, $300.
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ASUS VE248Q Black 24" 2ms LED QNIX QX2710 Evolution ll 27" 1440p 120Hz Corsair K70 MX Red switches Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W modular 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic Edition SteelSeries QcK+ DOTA 2 Edition (x2) FiiO E6 
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FiiO E09k Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Audio Technica A700 Sennheiser HD 280 
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For an amazing mouse I would recommend the logitech g500. It has an on-board bios so settings that you set on it are present in whatever os / computer you use it with. Also, it has awesome buttons such as the ability to change the mouse sensitivity on the fly.
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Why not get a CM 690 II ? or Lian Li K62?
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post #10 of 38
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheOddOne View Post

Why not get a CM 690 II ? or Lian Li K62?

I actually really like the Lian li, Im gona do some more research but I think I'll add it. Thanks for the tip!
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