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Old September 7, 2011, 02:25 PM
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My budget (as the title so obviously says) is $1400, but that includes a keyboard and mouse hopefully. This is my first build, and I'm hoping it will all go smoothly. I've done a ton of research over the last month and a half or so, and I've narrowed it down to these parts. With a Logitech G9x and a Saitek Cyborg v5 Keyboard, the cost is actually $1,399.78 USD... I'm going to use it for gaming and video editing (mostly HD content) as well as the usual everyday stuff. I would like to overclock, but not sure if I should since I'm a complete nub to PC building. I know it's safe done properly, but it would be a waste to have a X68 board and a 2500K and not OC... I don't really have much of a brand preference, but I like the styling of the CM and Corsair cases. Oh yeah, I'm American, and will most likely order from newegg.

  • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
  • Intel Core i5-2500K
  • Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB Low Profile)
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w
  • EVGA Superclocked GTX 560Ti (Lifetime Warranty)
  • Cooler Master HAF X
  • Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink/Fan
  • Patriot Memory 60GB Sata III SSD
Reused Parts:
  • 750GB Seagate Barracuda 7,200 RPM HDD
  • 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green 7,200 RPM HDD
  • LG Lightscribe Optical Disk Drive
Does anyone see any obvious flaws here, besides the future-proofed 1000w PSU? I'm not entirely sure what case I want, a 650D, a HAF X, or a 600T. I don't really love the HAF X's looks, but I think it's easy enough to look at, and has good cooling. Of course, the 600T White is a sexy beast, along with the 650D, but the cooling doesn't seem to be all that great between the two. :|

EDIT: I have a 27 or 28" monitor (not sure which, lol) I can use, also.

EDIT 2: Found an old Logitech USB 600DPi mouse, so all $1400 can go towards the computer. :D I'm now thinking a EVGA GTX 570 SC..

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Old September 7, 2011, 04:09 PM
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looks good as far as I know, but the case is overkill. The cheap end HAF, the HAF 912 would do just fine, and be much cheaper. Same with the PSU, 750W would work out with nice headroom, but if you are reasonably sure you are going to dual GPU at some point, then I guess the 1000W isn't a bad idea.

If you have extra cash lying around, put it into a better GPU.
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Old September 7, 2011, 04:37 PM
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case is way over kill. i would only use that if i were water cooling. if you want a haf case i would go for a 922. just not a hafx. complete waste of money. invest in a better gpu since your running a 27 inch monitor. stretch for a 6970 or 570 maby even a 580 if you can cause thats a lot of pixels to render on a 27 incher like 2560x1600 thats a lot.
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Old September 7, 2011, 06:30 PM
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case is way over kill. i would only use that if i were water cooling. if you want a haf case i would go for a 922. just not a hafx. complete waste of money. invest in a better gpu since your running a 27 inch monitor. stretch for a 6970 or 570 maby even a 580 if you can cause thats a lot of pixels to render on a 27 incher like 2560x1600 thats a lot.
Well, it's an old HDTV. The only reason it's usable is because the screen is so small. In all reality, it's only a 1920x1080 at the most. I did upgrade to the GTX 570 and downgrade to the 650D, since I really doubt I would water cool a 2500K and a 570. It really doesn't need it. lol

And in all reality, monitor is a 1920x1080 HDTV, so I'm not really worried about that. But there is a chance I would upgrade it when I do go SLi in the future. So... yeah.

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  • Corsair 600T
  • GTX 570
  • Cooler Master Silent Gold 1000w
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
  • Intel Core i5-2500K
  • Noctua NH-D14
  • Patriot Pyro 60GB Sata III SSD
  • Dual Red 12" Cold Cathodes (Why? Who cares? :D)
Look any better?

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Old September 8, 2011, 10:14 PM
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one thing you might want to check on the tv is the response rate, especially if you are gaming.

600T is a great case. I like that one and the 650D tbh. But if I had to make a choice it would be the 650D.

Also with power supplies, I would probably go with the Corsair AX1200. I did just check newegg.com and its about 80$ more expensive so might not be in your best interest. I've always just used Corsair, never ever had a problem, and they have fantastic customer support.
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Old September 8, 2011, 11:34 PM
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I looked at the power supply and my jaw just completely dropped. Even if you were going SLI you wouldn't need 1000w considering the two cards would produce a max load of 500w you'd be best going for a 800w.

Edit: 500w? What am I saying They produce 300w in SLI, the rest of your components would produce 200-300watt? Just depends on whatcha go for. I'm not experienced with processor power consumption etc. But yeah, 1000w is overkill.
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Old September 9, 2011, 12:02 AM
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are you doing a lot of video editing? If so you might want to opt for the 2600k with the HT.
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