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Old 06-30-2011, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, new to the forum here, been asking around from place to place about advice on my first build here, feel like I've been getting some good advice, just wondering if anyone here has some different advice.

As the title says, I'm looking for a middle-of-the-road priced, solid gaming PC, I'll most likely be running @ 1920x1080 for most games I'll be playing (BF3. SC2, etc.) I'm pretty much set @ a budget of $1000 for case + internal parts. I'll worry about a monitor/keyboard/mouse separately. I am enrolled in a college that provides Windows software to the students, so that is also not a big deal.

As for the actual components I have selected, here they are:

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.98
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $139.99
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU:
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $234.99
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $109.99
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - $219.99
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $74.99
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $64.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD/CD-Combo:
LG DVDRW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS50 Bulk - OEM - $18.99
Newegg.com - LG DVDRW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS50 Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 - $30
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

Subtotal: $983.91

Thanks in advance for any critiques/advice that I may get. Good day to you all.
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Looks Good. Did you look to see if any of your components were available as Combo Deals?

I found this Mobo & Memory combo
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this Power Supply & HDD
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and a CPU & Video combo
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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:O...

I never really even considered :|...

Those first two are great, That's $55 saved, sick. << Edited to rid of censor, my b

Thanks a lot, Slay.

I'm not sure how I feel about the 3rd combo, seeing a lot of reviews for loud running after 60% and getting hot, though it is still looks like a 5/5 overall.

I really do appreciate the research on the first two though, that's great.
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:O...

I never really even considered :|...

Those first two are great, That's $55 saved, sick. << Edited to rid of censor, my b

Thanks a lot, Slay.

I'm not sure how I feel about the 3rd combo, seeing a lot of reviews for loud running after 60% and getting hot, though it is still looks like a 5/5 overall.

I really do appreciate the research on the first two though, that's great.
The GTX 560 Ti is really powerful though, so if you didn't really mind the sound...
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The GTX 560 Ti is really powerful though, so if you didn't really mind the sound...
Actually, yeah, read a few more, I'm not as hard of a stickler for "OMG ITS SO QUIET", I read a couple more pages of reviews and it seems to be alright after all. I guess some people just want as little noise as possible...
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Also, Since these combos are gonna save me like $70, plus whatever rebates I get back, would you advise me to upgrade to the HAF 932 case, it's like $45 more, or should I just stay with the HAF 922?
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I would go for the bigger case and a better heatsink than the CM Hyper 212 Plus if your interested in overclocking
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I would go for the bigger case and a better heatsink than the CM Hyper 212 Plus if your interested in overclocking
Any suggestions on the Heatsink? I really have 0 Idea of what a good one is...
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And uh.. .. can someone address my questions in within this pic?
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I would go for the CM V6 over the Hyper 212 Plus

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w&#47; Universal bracket &#38; Dual Fan

If you've got the cash the Noctua NH-D14 is a good heatsink but it's big.

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