Jun 24, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: $1000 BEFORE rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Development with Dreamweaver CS5.5 and Fireworks CS5, Web Surfing, MS Office Apps, Mild Games, Virtual Machines, Mild Video Editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, software, mechanical hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: , ( if you have to)

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, 80 PLUS Certified or higher PSU (modular preferred) EDIT: SSD (Sata iii)

Overclocking: Yes (Mild)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A PC on the quiet side would be nice. I'm a fan of quality cases, so I'm willing to pay around $150 for a nice one! I don't really care if it's lga 1155 or 1366. I mostly play more CPU intensive games. I play MineCraft, Flight Simulator X, Airline 7, Age of Empires III, Civ 5, and I'm thinking of getting CoD. I probably don't need a graphics card more powerful than a gtx 560 ti (possibly an hd 6950). My game time amounts to about 15 percent of my total time on my computer, so I just need something that will play them at 25+ fps ;)


Sep 30, 2009
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k $220

Cpu Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 $80

Motherboard: MSI P67A-G45 $100 after MIR

RAM: Patriot Signature 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHZ $43 after MIR

GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II after MIR $225

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60

Case: NZXT Apollo Black $67 after Shipping

PSU: Antec HCG-620 620W $50 after MIR

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner OEM $20

Total: $865* AFTER MIR should be within your $1000 limit

Some changes you make may is getting a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ instead of
the Noctua NH-D14 I chose for you. The 212+ is the best cooler you can get
for around $30 and it will stay withing 10 C of what the NH-D14 can do for you.
However, the NH-D14 works extremely well right out of the box. Another alternative
is for the RAM selection. I chose Patriot because it's $43 after rebate, but you
may opt for G.Skills Ripjaws instead. They are around $64. The motherboard has
2 PCI 2.0 slot for you (x16 and x8) so there's room for SLI if you so wished.
The GPU is overclocked so it will outperform 6950 otherwise just get the 6950
and try your luck flashing it to a 6970. Last part is the case. Take a look at it.
If you live near a Microcenter, you can purchase the i5-2500k for around $180 with
$40 off your intel motherboard. Some quiet cases are NZXT Phantom and H2 Classic.
If this matter, lots of people go for the Cooler Master HAF series.
This build is set up so that you can add another one of those cards later on for SLI. $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power $419.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $234.99 (Before $25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
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 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Total: 979.41 *not including mail in rebates