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Hey guys looking to build my first computer that I'll primarily u[se for gaming, internet browsing, and etc. Games I'll be playing are SC2 and possibly WoW again but for now just SC2. Been interested in the new Sandy Bridge stuff so here's what I was thinking.

Ram: GSkill 8GB on sale 75$
CPU: i5-2500k 225$
Mobo: MSi board
GPU: 560 Ti
Case : Antec 300 Illusion (70$)
PSU: Corsair 750W
CPU Cooler: H212 30$
HD: 1 TB HD Western Digital $90

Right now the rig is totaling up ~1,200 without a monitor so I'm thinking it's overkill for what I need. Also, I'm not into OC that much so if that helps lower the cost it would be great. My past PC CPU overheated and my gaming laptop I have now constantly is having heat issues so a cool system that can run wow/sc2 decently for the cheap is what I'm looking for.
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you can downgrade the PSU to a 500Watt one also changing the 2500k for a standard 2500 if you're not overclocking will cost less just a locked multiplier so it still can be overclocked it's just not as tweak friendly as an unlocked CPU multi.

wich HDD are you buying . if it's a green you should take another smaller black one cause it's a storage drive mostly it's not for OS use cause it's slower compared to a black or blue it's a small difference for web browsing and Os but for some game reliant on a Good fast HDD with lots of texture and stuff to read it can be a hard hit on performance at some places open world game are a good exemple.
Edited by Marc-Olivier Beaudoin - 3/18/11 at 7:29pm
    
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Okay been trying to lower the price a bit here's what I came up with:

HDD - Black 640GB

Gpu down to this

Ram down to this

PSU down to this

Okay I got it down to 850 with MIR's!!! Anyone know any where else I can make some cuts in my price? I'm thinking about dropping the video card but maybe there is a better place to save some money? I think so far I've got a pretty good setup for the cash.

Again remember I just need this to be a stable/cool running desktop that I can upgrade later. It will only be used for sc2 (hours at a time ) and internet access.

EDIT- Also Newegg, has a deal where they're thowing in the game Total War: Shogun 2 for free with the 2500k (50$ game) so that's a bonus I guess, lol.
Edited by mountainking - 3/18/11 at 7:52pm
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Your going to want a 1gb 460 GTX at least. The 460 GTX runs the game at max smoothly; unless it is a very poorly coded custom game. Trust me, 1GB >>>>>>> 768MB.

$55 1TB:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...CE&PageSize=20

Check in the deals section. If I remember there are codes to get 10-15% on almost everything at Newegg.

I wouldn't go with MSI on motherboards, but it seems that is all that is available atm.

If you need to cut costs you can go with an OCZ power supply: 650W StealthXstream: $45 after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341039

4GB of RAM is also more than enough, but at $75 for 8gb I would stick with that because prices are going to go up soon with the recent events.
Edited by cory1234 - 3/18/11 at 8:01pm
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^yea hitachi makes good hdds too
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The Hitachi HDD is Sata 3.0GB/s and the WD is 6.0. Is there a big difference between these?

Also was looking at this video card b/c it runs cool, 1GB VRAM, and decent price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161334

What do you guys think?

I have a wish list at newegg for around 910$ (after MIR's) for a full Sandy Bridge Build incuding the OS, anti-static wrist strap, and everything else. I might go for the Antec 900 Two case because I like the sidepanel and I'll be using this computer for such a long time. If so, it's up to 950$ which isn't too bad I think. Any other suggestions or comments on the video card are appreciated. THanks so much!
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If it's mainly for starcraft and WoW you could probably just get away with an i3 21xx if you're trying to save money.. You can upgrade to something faster later on if need be(Next Bliz MMO or whatever). The SB i3's are about on par with 3.5GHz Phenom II's in games.
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Originally Posted by mountainking View Post
The Hitachi HDD is Sata 3.0GB/s and the WD is 6.0. Is there a big difference between these?

Also was looking at this video card b/c it runs cool, 1GB VRAM, and decent price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161334

What do you guys think?

I have a wish list at newegg for around 910$ (after MIR's) for a full Sandy Bridge Build incuding the OS, anti-static wrist strap, and everything else. I might go for the Antec 900 Two case because I like the sidepanel and I'll be using this computer for such a long time. If so, it's up to 950$ which isn't too bad I think. Any other suggestions or comments on the video card are appreciated. THanks so much!
That video card will play SC2 on about medium settings.
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If you don't plan on overclocking, then consider a H67 chipset motherboard. They tend to be a good bit cheaper, and will still do everything well.
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