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Old February 26, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Hi guys,
I have a budget of about $1350. I want I PC that I can game on and overclock.
So far I have decided on these parts. If you have any suggestions please feel free to leave them below.

CPU: i5 2500k
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Plus
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 EVO
GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
RAM: [ Ripjaws-X ] F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
Storage: 1* Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb (Sata 3)
PSU: Silverstone SST-ST75F-P Strider Plus - 750 Watt
Case: Cooler Master 690 II LITE Midi-Tower - Window Edition
Case Fans: 1* Xigmatek XLF-F1454 Blueline LED Fan 140mm (For roof) 1* Prolimatech BLUE VORTEX 140MM (for window)
CD Drive: I have one lying around at home...
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

The reason why I have selected such a large PSU is because I might put another GTX 560 in SLI later on down the line. I am living in Switzerland and that is where I am ordering the parts from.
I am open to any suggestions so please feel free. Thanks
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Old February 26, 2011, 11:30 AM
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try the 912 for case
psu is a bit overkill for a single card but hey if you think within 6 months youre 100% sure youll drop another 560 in there :)

also, maybe get a smaller ssd for boot and one green drive for storage? else the black will do just fine.


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Old February 26, 2011, 11:36 AM
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Thanks, can you get the 912 with a window? SSD is out of my budget, i think i'll be fine without one. Maybe i'll upgrade later. Two things i forgot to ask, will the cm 212 plus clear the ram? and is the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 better than the 212 plus?
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Old February 26, 2011, 12:10 PM
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i think the advanced one but dont bother.
the 212 is pretty much the best bang per buck you can find, and you can find it around 25 or so bucks price matched.
good question about clearance. if you want peace of mind get something shorter. its all the same :) or turn the cooler around.
i usually go for regular height when possible so the cooler choice mustn't rely on ram height :p
dont think you need the extra fans, you wont have gtx 580 sli in there lol
it comes with two front fans, 3 pin connections. you can take one and use it in the back or on top.
theyre not loud, even at 12v. at top rpm, though, they tend to have a little 'bumpin' noise lol, so pick up
a cheap fan controller if you wish.


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regular height. dont buy those because i linked them, but to give you an idea. always look for the lwoest voltage possible, but dont spend 50 extra on green ram lol
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Old February 27, 2011, 12:51 AM
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You could get an SLI ready motherboard for less. Asus P67 Pro or Gigabyte UD4. Good luck.
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Old February 27, 2011, 01:51 PM
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Looks great.

The CM 212 will fit with the RAM/mobo you've picked. Unless your ram sticks have very tall heat spreaders, clearance isn't an issue. The only time I heard/saw the 212 not clearing ram slots was on select AMD mobo's. The height will also clear with the 690 II case.
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