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Hi I'm a newcomer to this forum and one to computer building. It's going to be my first build, so what do you guys think?


Approximate Purchase Date: In a few weeks

Budget Range: $1200-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Offline (Frys) or if need newegg or tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Like to stay with an Intel processor

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Nothing much, just that it has to be EPIC! :bounce:


1. About overclocking, is it safe? I'm probably going to overclock it to 4.5 or 4.7 Ghz, is that a good amount. And do I have to overclock it for games to run more smooth. Lastly, would a Hyper 212+ have the same performance as a Thermaltake Frio or Cooler Master V6GT?
2. Should I stick with a GTX 570 or get an ASUS GTX 560 Ti
3. How's the cable length for my power supply?

Parts:


Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro ($175)
http://www.frys.com/product/6552883?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Unlocked ($215)
http://www.frys.com/product/6487382?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking ($59)
http://www.frys.com/product/6393391?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB ($80)
http://www.frys.com/product/6552683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Video Card: EVGA GTX570 SC ($335)
http://www.frys.com/product/6480902?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($60)
http://www.frys.com/product/6473452?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X OEM DVDRW ($23)
http://www.frys.com/product/6215170?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Case: In Win DRAGON RIDER ($148)
http://www.frys.com/product/6568203?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Power Supply: Raidmax RX-850AE 850w ($110)
http://www.frys.com/product/6494492?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
 

mjmjpfaff

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Gigabyte Z68 UD3- http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboards-GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3/dp/B00518M74I/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312854800&sr=1-1 160$

you probably have taxes at frys so i would stay away from them, if you dont go for it!

i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 220$

Scythe mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168 50$ cools better than the thermaltake frio and it does it more quietly

Gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 60$

Corsair F3 1TB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=f3%201tb 50$

ASUS DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1312855283&sr=1-1&condition=new 21$

Silverstone Raven RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-RV03B-W/dp/B004X19B02/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312855345&sr=1-1 140$ cools better than the haf x thanks to its unique design

Silverstone 850w PSU- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-ST85F-P/dp/B00307RLZW/ref=sr_1_19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312855677&sr=1-19 150$

EVGA GTX 570 HD- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Graphics-012-P3-1573-KR/dp/B004O6MOC8/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312855761&sr=1-4 330$ i dont trust raidmax. it isnt really a good brand

Total=1181$

Crucial m4 128gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442 219$

Total after ssd=1400$

both of these totals dont include mail in rebates
 
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I would of used amazon, but there is a passing law/bill or something and I live in CA, so I will have to pay taxes anyways. (And Shipping)
 

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ya why_me told me that too and he showed me an article that said when it would be enforced when i we had to start paying taxes on the things we bought there. just a week ago (that is after the date the article said the taxes would be enforced) i tried to buy something and no taxes. really i dont see why they made that bill. it just makes me not want to spend money. idiots in the CA legislature. and i just checked right now and it says estimated taxes to be collected: 0$. seeing a 0 by that phrase is always nice. :D
 

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But fry's has a great return policy and can match amazon's price anyways. Anyways, what you think about the rig? And can you answer my questions please?

Thanks in advance
 

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amazon has a no questions asked return policy. it is impeccable. and they match prices before taxes so they dont really match them....

1. overclocking is safe i think 4.5 ghz should be enough for any game. any moe would just be a power waster

2. stick with the 570 if you can afford it

3. i already told you my opinion on that psu.....