dandrews

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Hi everyone

I was recently finalizing my system I was planning on building so I figured I'd let everyone take a look at it. I plan on doing a good amount of gaming (especially Battlefield 3), and I also will be doing some coding in Java and C++ for school, and some basic audio/video encoding

CPU- i5 2500k $180
Motherboard - MSI P67A-G43 - $95 + $15 MIR ($40 off with i5 2500k)

GPU - EVGA GTX 560 Ti (can't decide if I want the Superclocked version or not) - $245 + $30 MIR

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaw 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $35

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 750 Watt - $100 + $15 MIR

Case - Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower - $37

Monitor - Asus 21.5 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD - $150 + $15 MIR

HDD + CD/DVD Combo - Seagate 500GB 16MB Cache SATA 6gb/s + Sony CD/DVD Burner - $54

Total - $910 + $75 MIR

It's really only a $750 rig because I need a monitor, but it is what it is.

I don't plan on doing any overclocking, because I want my hardware to last as long as possible, but I'm still undecided on that. I have a little bit of Amazon credit to buy a good keyboard/mouse + aftermarket heatsink (if needed), and I already have Windows 7 and speakers, so I don't need those. I also plan on doing SLI later down the road when my GPU can't play games on a 1920x1080 monitor anymore (hence the motherboard and 750 Watt PSU)

Do you guys see anywhere I can cut costs and still get the same (or close to) production out of this desktop? I really can't go higher than the price I have now, and if possible, I'd like to trim some fat (if the dropoff isn't big), but I can stay at this price if I'm getting the best bang for my buck.

Thanks for the help
 

dandrews

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would you recommend this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

or this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

They are both the same thing, only one is 24 inches, and the other is 23.

I wouldn't mind a 24 inch, but I'm afraid it be too big for comfort. If I got the rebate back, would it be worth saving 50 by going with the 23" over the 24"?

BTW, here's the PSU I was thinking about switching to if I got a bigger monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

I think I'm going to keep the same motherboard. $95 is pretty damn cheap with that thing. ($40 off with i5 purchase). I can always put a tv tuner card into the 2nd pci-e slot.
 

jason gran

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i agree with mosox. If you have an electronic store nearby. look at the screens. LED have much clearer picture. aim towards those screens. only problems i have is..

1) airflow. that case has 2 fans. 1 exhaust and 1 intake. you're building with high end parts that have more heat that normal ones. id upgrade the case.
2) for 70$ you can get an f3 spinpoint and asus dvd/cd drive
3) modular psu give you the options of which cords to use. also looks cleaner/better airflow may want to consider that. however your psu looks good
 

amk-aka-Phantom

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Looks good. 560 Ti is a great card, maxes out everything, even Crysis 2 with a new DX11/high-res patches. Why not expand the RAM all the way to 8 GB? It's cheap, and definitely won't hurt. I also suggest Asus ML238H, same as the ML228H you chose, but it's 23'' and not 21.5''. Or go with a VH238H suggested above.