Need help with parts check

Brandoncfried

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Sep 27, 2011
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Approximate Purchase Date: By the 16th of october. Planning to do multiple purchases over a couple weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 maybe a little over if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, and doing schoolwork.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, ASRock or Gigabyte MOBO,

Overclocking: Yes, when i learn how to.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI definitely in the future, but just a single card setup for now.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I already have an NZXT Phantom case that is all black.

Planning on using this for bf3. but so far this is the list i have come up with.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

MOBO: either the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373373
or the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366192

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

HDD: Samsung spinpoint f3 500gb 7200 rpm http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340804

PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 800w http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0339915

GPU: Either the EVGA GTX 560ti DS Superclocked http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365382
or the MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560ti http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0355794

DVD: LITE-ON 24x SATA DVD burner OEM http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0322335

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case fan: NZXT 140mm performance case fan http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358070

Total = $975 with ASRock and EVGA card
Total = $937 with Gigabyte and MSI card

Let me know what you guys all think. I'm up to any suggestions. Thanks
 

rvilkman

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The twin frozr is actually a very good and quiet cooler, so i would go with the MSI card for GPU.

The Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 is a very good mobo, I would choose that one as it is somewhat more future proof with the Gen3 support.

For PSU 750W would be sufficient ( for OC and 560Ti SLI ), but the $119.99 for that is not a bad. PC power & cooling Silencer 760W would work out great.
And it comes with a 7 year warranty. $89.99 ( before $20 MIR ) so would be a pretty sweet deal.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB would be a better choice for HDD, but not available in microcenter so you would have to get it elsewhere.

Generally the build is looking good.
 

rvilkman

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Seems that what they have done is modified the base so that they removed the spacers between the different heatpipes on the bottom, making for a flatter surface.
More copper contact to the CPU. Should work better than before, but not sure how much better.

Both are still excellent choices :)
 

AdrianPerry

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The fan is also supposed to be better pushing more air.

For $5 more, you cant really go wrong.