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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, I was wondering if this is a good PC for the money.

I absolutely love the monitor and the Antec 900/1200 series.
Used PCPartPicker to generate prices but most of them are in the general price zone.
PC would be about 1.5k budget without the monitor though.

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4XCc

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA70 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S23A950D 23.0" Monitor ($460.76 @ CompUSA)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($144.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($49.94 @ Wolf Camera)
Total: $1906.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-21 13:50 EST-0500)


Questions:
Does anyone have any recommendations for a mechanical keyboard? The Blackwidow looks oh so good but $150 is damn expensive.
Is a 7950 an overkill for maxing out GW2, CS:GO, and other various PC games? 1080p resolution @ 120hz
Would like to put in a decent sound card too if the onboard is crappy. $30-$50ish

+ Please recommend anything else I would need for a fresh PC except the OS.
post #2 of 8
Well first when will you be buy this stuff? If you wait 2 months you can get the ivy bridge version of a 2500k for around 200
And get a h series corsair water cooling kit and oc that cpu!

get the asus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121490 and just oc it to 900 )save 40 bones and buy the water cooling
x79 Reaper
(14 items)
 
Old rig
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3930k ASUS Rampage ASUS 7970 ASUS 7970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G Skill Hyperx 120gb SSD WD 500gb Black WD 1.5 TB Black 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Cosair 1200 Cosmos 2 
MouseAudio
R.A.T 7 ASUS  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600k ASUS z68 sapphire 5870 Sapphire 5870 
RAMCoolingOSPower
G skill Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 home ATX 1200 
CaseMouseAudio
Level 110 gt snow Rat 7 ASUS 
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Old rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3930k ASUS Rampage ASUS 7970 ASUS 7970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G Skill Hyperx 120gb SSD WD 500gb Black WD 1.5 TB Black 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Cosair 1200 Cosmos 2 
MouseAudio
R.A.T 7 ASUS  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600k ASUS z68 sapphire 5870 Sapphire 5870 
RAMCoolingOSPower
G skill Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 home ATX 1200 
CaseMouseAudio
Level 110 gt snow Rat 7 ASUS 
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I was going to buy it in late march/early April. Well like you said if Ivy Bridge is going to come out at that time I might as well get an improved processor.

Should I stick with the A70 or go with the H60? I don't know much about water cooling but I prefer not to have to do maintenance on it that much. (Other than dusting off parts every couple of months)

I think I want the XFX 7950 because I'm a bit skeptical about personally overclocking a new $500 card; or I could get a 570/6950 could save me $150 but is the performance worth the $150?
post #4 of 8
From what I've heard, the A70 does the job good enough, so no real need for a water cooler unless it's a custom loop doing the whole system. That's just my taste.
The new 79xx series should overclock like true beasts from what I've heard though. I do understand your skepsis on pushing a new card wink.gif I felt the same way with my new card. Just do it gently.
ASRock E3G3
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Western Digital Caviar Blue Western Digital Caviar Green Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung S222 CoolerMaster 212 EVO Windows 10 64bit Crossover 27q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Lenovo OEM Corsair TX650 Fractal Define R3 Medion Erazer 
Mouse PadOther
Trust High Precision Gelpad Logitech X-230 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Western Digital Caviar Blue Western Digital Caviar Green Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung S222 CoolerMaster 212 EVO Windows 10 64bit Crossover 27q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Lenovo OEM Corsair TX650 Fractal Define R3 Medion Erazer 
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Trust High Precision Gelpad Logitech X-230 
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post #5 of 8
the card thats factory overclocked is the exactly same as the non overclocked (board wise not cooler) and its a matter of slidering the bar in CCC to get that clock. Your paying 50bucks for someone to do it for you lol

And as for the WC its a matter of if you are going to over clock or not
x79 Reaper
(14 items)
 
Old rig
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3930k ASUS Rampage ASUS 7970 ASUS 7970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G Skill Hyperx 120gb SSD WD 500gb Black WD 1.5 TB Black 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Cosair 1200 Cosmos 2 
MouseAudio
R.A.T 7 ASUS  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600k ASUS z68 sapphire 5870 Sapphire 5870 
RAMCoolingOSPower
G skill Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 home ATX 1200 
CaseMouseAudio
Level 110 gt snow Rat 7 ASUS 
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x79 Reaper
(14 items)
 
Old rig
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3930k ASUS Rampage ASUS 7970 ASUS 7970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G Skill Hyperx 120gb SSD WD 500gb Black WD 1.5 TB Black 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Cosair 1200 Cosmos 2 
MouseAudio
R.A.T 7 ASUS  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600k ASUS z68 sapphire 5870 Sapphire 5870 
RAMCoolingOSPower
G skill Custom Water Cooling Windows 7 home ATX 1200 
CaseMouseAudio
Level 110 gt snow Rat 7 ASUS 
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post #6 of 8
I completely agree, buying a card that is factory overclocked is like buying an icecream cone and paying the iceman to eat it.
And it depends on how far you're going to overclock, I have 4.6ghz on my 2500k, and it doesn't go over 70C with my CM212EVO cooler. I couldn't get a 4.8OC stable. So, you know, each to his own and all that.
ASRock E3G3
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Western Digital Caviar Blue Western Digital Caviar Green Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung S222 CoolerMaster 212 EVO Windows 10 64bit Crossover 27q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Lenovo OEM Corsair TX650 Fractal Define R3 Medion Erazer 
Mouse PadOther
Trust High Precision Gelpad Logitech X-230 
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ASRock E3G3
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Western Digital Caviar Blue Western Digital Caviar Green Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung S222 CoolerMaster 212 EVO Windows 10 64bit Crossover 27q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Lenovo OEM Corsair TX650 Fractal Define R3 Medion Erazer 
Mouse PadOther
Trust High Precision Gelpad Logitech X-230 
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post #7 of 8
I love my ASRock E3G3 but the onboard sound leaves alot to be desired. With a noctua dh-d14 and 3x 3000 rpm deltas i was able to get my 2600k stable at 5.0 but i have it at 4.6 for 24/7 use with the fans turned wayyyy down. The nice thing about the corsair h60 is that there is 0 maintenance aside from dusting the radiator, i used to have a h50 with my old 950 rig. If you plan to OC i would recommend going up to the 850 watt psu under full load @ 4.6 my 2600k can easily pull more than 95w with HT off and those 79xx cards draw a ton of power too. However if you'er going to be buying in late march/april i would go with the same setup just go ivy. Also i think the 560 ti 448 with 2GB of ram is a better buy than a 570 with 1.5
post #8 of 8
how about something like
Core i5 2500K 180$
2TB HDD120$
Corsair A70 30$
480
Total 1489$
Hope that helped thumb.gif
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