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post #1 of 34
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Hey OCers, I'm here to show you guys my first ever gaming build.

What got me started was that Intel Holiday Deal thing for retail associates biggrin.gif


CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2700k Processor / McAfee* Essentials $129.96
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard $216.79
GRAPHICS: EVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti 448 Cores $309.61
DVD: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) $31.15
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Mid Tower Gaming Case
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
SSD: Corsair Force GT 60 GB SATA III/6G 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 800-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit
All corsair parts - $436.63
HDD: ?

Total: $1,124.14 (Total was everything including shipping for some parts.)

Retail prices
CPU: $399.99
MOBO: $228
GRAPHICS: $309.61
DVD: $31.15
CASE: $139.99
CPU COOLER: $119.99
SSD: $159.99
PSU: $129.99
RAM: $109.99

Total Retail: $1,628.13


Saved 'roud $500, not bad eh?

I needed some inputs on a good HDD. I know market prices are bad right now, but I'm willing to shell out another $150 for a decent HDD. I know 16gb of ram seems like overkill, but for $62, why not?

Also planning on getting a blu ray drive, but not anytime soon.

I was thinking a dual monitor setup, I've heard those are great for multi-tasking.

Oh and as for OS, I already own Win 7 64 bit.

I plan on overclocking in the future, and also SLI (but not right now with the money I spent...)

And I really would appreciate input on a good gaming keyboard/mouse. I've heard that I should look for a mechanical keyboard and the RAZR brand mouse (mice?) are pretty good.

Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance guys!
post #2 of 34
Nice build; great price on that 2700K biggrin.gif
Only thing that stands out to me is the price on that dvd drive. It doesn't look any different than one that would cost like $20 shipped. Not a big deal, but every little bit helps right?

I would totally recommend dual monitors, especially if you are only going to be gaming on one of them, so you could get one nice one and a little cheaper secondary. Unless you really want them to match.
As for an hdd, I would honestly just get the smallest you can get by with till the prices go down. $150 for a spinpoint f3 is crazy.
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Ah I see, thanks for the reply!

And yeah I just realized that any 20$ would have done fine...

Exactly what I was thinking about those dual monitors biggrin.gif

I do have another question, any difference between an actual monitor vs. a small 1080p tv? Lets say the tv is 24" 1080p 120Hz, would there be a difference between gaming on that vs a monitor with similar specs?
post #4 of 34
What is your budget?

Where are you buying from?

What games will you be playing?

What are your preferences?

-Shaq
post #5 of 34
There shouldnt be a difference if it a LCD tv.
I would recommend an after market cooler if you plan to overclock.
Mechanical keyboard is nice, just pick the switch of your preference. DAS is good(especially if you can get the student discount), Filco, Leopold, basically most of them. Rosewill is a rebranded Filco for newegg if you decide to look at those.
I personally love my logitech G400( which is basically the MX518), but my Razer Deathadder was very good before the wheel scroll started giving out.
Its gonna be hard to get a good hard drive for cheap. Wait for deals or if you can hold out just use your SSD and a cheap external to hold games/large software until hard drive prices goes down.
    
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Intel Core i5 2500K Asus SABERTOOTH P67 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Corsair Vengeance 
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H x2 Rosewill RK-9000 with MX Cherry Red switches Corsair TX650 
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Crucial M4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s Western Digital Caviar Black Lite-On 24X Antec Kuhler 920 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H x2 Rosewill RK-9000 with MX Cherry Red switches Corsair TX650 
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Lian Li PC-K63 Logitech G400 Steelseries S&S Asus Xonar STX Sound Card 
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post #6 of 34
Hmm, thats a good question about the tv vs monitor. The only tv I have used as a monitor before was a cheapy Vizio 720p, so there was clearly a difference. But with a tv that is 1080p and 120hz I think it would be about the same, but I would wait for someone a little more knowledgeable to answer.
post #7 of 34
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@LegitSticks

Budget: a rough $1,500.

Games: All the latest, BF3, Batman, etc.

Preferences: anything really. From my hardware, I seem to like Corsair. In terms of looks, I like the flashy, yet functional.
Hence the reason why I choose the gaming series power supply :] led fan ftw.

@bill4b0ngx

I see. Another aftermarket cooler instead of the H100 liquid cooler? And thanks for the keyboard/mouse recommendations!
post #8 of 34
Oh nevermind I did not see you put the H100 in the spec already. The H100 is a decent liquid cooler. Just make sure it can fit in the 500R.
    
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Crucial M4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s Western Digital Caviar Black Lite-On 24X Antec Kuhler 920 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H x2 Rosewill RK-9000 with MX Cherry Red switches Corsair TX650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-K63 Logitech G400 Steelseries S&S Asus Xonar STX Sound Card 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s Western Digital Caviar Black Lite-On 24X Antec Kuhler 920 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H x2 Rosewill RK-9000 with MX Cherry Red switches Corsair TX650 
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Lian Li PC-K63 Logitech G400 Steelseries S&S Asus Xonar STX Sound Card 
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post #9 of 34
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Yeah it can. There are two 120mm fan slots on the top, and theres even special mounting for the H100 cooler! thumb.gif

I was a little on the fence about liquid cooling after the horror stories I heard about leakage, but there are more positives over negatives tongue.gif
post #10 of 34
Everything looks good except that i would go for GTX 570 and for HDD i would recommend Western Digital you know they got a great reputation smile.gif
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