Sep 1, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next two to three months

Budget Range: 1000-12000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School, Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences:I would like to use Intel CPU and Nvidia Graphics Card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768 or higher

Additional Comments: I would like it to be quiet and not have to worry about heating issues. Also I would like advice on the parts in using.


Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Black Interior and Four Blue LED Fans-1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 200mm top fan, 1x 200mm side fan, and 1x 230mm front fan

Power Supply: LEPA B850-MA 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC 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

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Total: 1,193.90
Thank you for your input it is much appreciated!
- 850W is overkill even if you get another GTX 560Ti, this would be more than enough power:

- Crucial M4 is probably faster and more reliable than the Vertex 2 and it costs less.

- That case is pretty expensive, i think you would be better with something a bit cheaper like the HAF 912, HAF 922 or Storm Scout so you can get a GTX 570 or something. Or if you want something quiet, the Fractal Design Define R3 is nice.

- I would get the low profile version of that RAM so you can install a CPU cooler in future, that RAM won't fit under most coolers.


Aug 1, 2011
@ jmsellars

How are RAM and CPU Cooler related? I've read somewhere that 1.65V rams burn SB processors.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K $220
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $30
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $130
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $55
GPU: HIS IceQ Turbo H697QT2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $370
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $60
SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $80
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $110
Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M ATX Mid Tower : $100

Total : $1175
Vengeance is 1.5v and it is tall, it means it won't physically fit under a lot of CPU coolers.

Heres a super quiet high performance build:

i5-2500k - $219.99
8GB Corsair Vengeance LP - $52.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 - $124.99
MSI Twin Frozr III GTX 570 (Fermi) - $369.99 EDIT: (If you can find the Gainward Phantom version it may be quieter and cheaper.)
Crucial M4 64GB - $89.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
Antec P183 - $139.99
Antec CP-850 850W - $129.99
Samsung DVD Burner - $19.99

$1207.91 before shipping (no rebates)

Slightly over the budget but should be extremely quiet and more powerful then your original build.