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Budget : $1000
Requirements: tower only - no cd drive, -no OS, -no peripherals

Looking for a gaming comp for a teen:

List so far:

CPU : i5 2500k looking for standard 4.5-5ghz clock
CPU Cooler : undecided but looking for Noctua NHD14 or Megalhems but Hyper 212+ lowest
Memory: Gskill ripjaws X Cas6 2x2gb
Motherboard: undecided, looking at Gigabyte UD4/UD3P or the Asrock Extreme ($160 one), or the Asus p67 regular/pro or the MSI GD65. All have the same amount of VRMS I think with either number or quality.
Graphics card: MSI Twin Frozr II 6950 2gb or Evga Gtx 460 2gb or the A dual fan 460.
PSU: Seasonic m12II 520w or Antec BP550 plus
Case: Nzxt Phantom Red
HDD: 500gb Spinpoint f3 or 320gb spinpoint f4.

Advice suggested. Gonna be a pretty good gamer build. Would go AMD if SB didn't kick so much booty. Seems like a good build

WOULD LIKE TO STRESS HOW THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CROSSFIRE AND SLI DONE ON THIS BUILD. he isn't into pcs much, and slowly getting him into it. His parents are not to enthusiastic about spending more money down the road till refresh time in 2-4 years.
     
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Nice parts list I would stick with a MSI or gigabyte motherboard. Here bad things about quality of new ASUS products here about lots of RMA and DOAs. Other parts seem spot on those Seasonic PSUs are high quality.
    
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Originally Posted by Rick Arter View Post
Nice parts list I would stick with a MSI or gigabyte motherboard. Here bad things about quality of new ASUS products here about lots of RMA and DOAs. Other parts seem spot on those Seasonic PSUs are high quality.
Does the MSI have better components than the Gigabyte? Not sure ? I was looking up their specs, I think they had the same 12 phase VRMs. Not sure which one has better features either. The Gigabyte ud4/3 grey look is very nice though . I just chose asus because it's so famous. Thanks for the feedback!
     
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why the 2gb of video memory? I would recommend the gtx 560 or Amd equivalent, especially if this is going to be a gaming rig. at what resolutions does he plan a gaming at? the 2500k is a good starting point. Take a look at the features that he may or may not need for the motherboard, and use that to either spend less or more on. If he is not planning on upgrading for a while, the video card may be the place to spend the most on. As for the case, is that what he wants? The case is something he may want to pick out, and possibly spend less on. Since that is the part that he is going to be looking at, day in and day out. On a $1000 budget, I would look at cases that cost $100 or less. The emphasis here is bang for the buck performance.
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why the 2gb of video memory? I would recommend the gtx 560 or Amd equivalent, especially if this is going to be a gaming rig. at what resolutions does he plan a gaming at? the 2500k is a good starting point. Take a look at the features that he may or may not need for the motherboard, and use that to either spend less or more on. If he is not planning on upgrading for a while, the video card may be the place to spend the most on. As for the case, is that what he wants? The case is something he may want to pick out, and possibly spend less on. Since that is the part that he is going to be looking at, day in and day out. On a $1000 budget, I would look at cases that cost $100 or less. The emphasis here is bang for the buck performance.
First of all let's get something's straight, this system is based on bang for buck. He liked the look on an NZXT phantom and I'm not gonna cut that many corners to get him like an Antec 300. I live with open air and own two cases (Azza Solano and HAF 932) and if I could trade my SSD and Gtx 460 (2) for a Mountian Mods Pinnacle 24 CYO believe me I would. I ask for the motherboard because of voltage regulation hence Why I'm debating between MSI and GIGABYTE. most manus now have nearly the exact same features, but gig does have that clear CMOS button, I find quite handy. If you play with AA on you know how 1024 runs out, atleast on my 460s I find that's the first thing that runs out. I have the performance of an overclocked 470 sli and it's never the card, it's the VRAM that limits me. 560 < 6950 anyday (yes I know they are always within a few frames of each other). They also happen to cost the same. On reviews of the 460 2gb and the 5870 2gb vs their 1gb counterparts you see there is a atimes astronomical difference due to memory. Plus the games he plays are optimized (officially or otherwise) for AMD/ATI graphics. Believe me I knew exactly what to get him before I came here, this is by no means a bad build at all. I just wanted feedback and a few suggestions on what to pick out.

So again:
Which mobo to get?
Which CPU cooler to vet?
     
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So Uh? Bump?
     
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Hello? Guys? I'm still quite undecided as to which motherboard and CPU cooler to buy?
     
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I think I'll just get an open box gd65, twin Frozr II 6950 unlock shader : 6970 and Hyper 212+. Thanks anyways guys.
     
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