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Old October 17, 2011, 04:45 PM
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I am looking to build myself a new computer to play (mostly) play games on, such as Skyrim and TOR.

Budget: I don't want to spend more than $1200. However, if I can't quite get what I want I can go a little bit over. I would like my budget to cover everything and shipping. Rebates are considered to be negative money.

I live in the US, so Newegg will probably be the best site. However, I will split up the items if I can get a better price.

Things i Want:
Core i5 2500k
GTX 570
7200 rpm 1 TB HDD
8 GB ram
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
~ 20" 1080p monitor
keyboard

I am pretty sure that I will only be using 1 GPU for the time being. Will probably not be doing SLI, and do not want a SSD.

I have a cheap mouse atm, so I just need a decent but cheap keyboard. I will probably spend money on both next semester if I skimp on it this time.

I have looked at the combo items offered on Newegg and have some ideas, they are a great way to save money but it is hard to find what I need in a combo.

So, here is what I have so far.
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Old October 17, 2011, 04:58 PM
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Looks solid to me, though I know not much about cases. Can't quite make it out, is there a power supply included w the case?

**IF** you plan to overclock, don't go Gigabyte, their voltage handling implementation is poor for overclocking on the 67/68 chipset- nothing wrong with them at stock or low overclock, just won't get you anything spectacular. If you're looking to run it up highter than 4.5-4.6, go ASUS or Asrock.

Also, get them to confirm that the cooler will mount above the RAM - some are a tight/non fit, sometimes you have to go to low profile RAM or a different cooler.
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Old October 17, 2011, 05:08 PM
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As of Saturday the 15th I got these 2 items at Micro Center (combo deal) for a total of $398.92...
Micro Center - ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard 505917
Micro Center - Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor 179499

You will have to pick up in store though as the i7 2600k does not ship.

BTW what's the wattage on your PSU?

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you can also buy used, core i5 2500k indeed seems to be the CPU of the moment for games, but if you game you might want a SSD, or at least a fast hdd like a velociraptor. Make sure you get a good PSU, at least a 80plus bronze certification.
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Old October 17, 2011, 06:23 PM
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you can also buy used, core i5 2500k indeed seems to be the CPU of the moment for games, but if you game you might want a SSD, or at least a fast hdd like a velociraptor. Make sure you get a good PSU, at least a 80plus bronze certification.
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Old October 17, 2011, 09:06 PM
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Looks solid to me, though I know not much about cases. Can't quite make it out, is there a power supply included w the case?

**IF** you plan to overclock, don't go Gigabyte, their voltage handling implementation is poor for overclocking on the 67/68 chipset- nothing wrong with them at stock or low overclock, just won't get you anything spectacular. If you're looking to run it up highter than 4.5-4.6, go ASUS or Asrock.

Also, get them to confirm that the cooler will mount above the RAM - some are a tight/non fit, sometimes you have to go to low profile RAM or a different cooler.
Yes, the case includes this power supply. It is a 700watt Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus RS700. Since it is bundled with the case (and they both are Cooler Master Brand) I get like $45 dollars off the entire price. Also, I avoid $4 shipping.

Oh, and I probably should have just typed out the list and added hyperlinks, as a picture isn't much good. I will include the list at the end of the reply.

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As of Saturday the 15th I got these 2 items at Micro Center (combo deal) for a total of $398.92...
Micro Center - ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard 505917
Micro Center - Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor 179499

You will have to pick up in store though as the i7 2600k does not ship.

BTW what's the wattage on your PSU?
700 watt. However, I am already right at my budget, so I don't really want to spend more on a slightly faster processor if I am already over budget. However, I will see what motherboard combo's I can get with that particular motherboard.

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you can also buy used, core i5 2500k indeed seems to be the CPU of the moment for games, but if you game you might want a SSD, or at least a fast hdd like a velociraptor. Make sure you get a good PSU, at least a 80plus bronze certification.
I am fine with kinda long load times.

Okay, the list.

Case/ PSU/ OS: Cooler Master Storm Scout + Cooler Master RS700 + Windows 7 Home Premium x64
$214.98

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$54.99

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
$149.99 - $20 MIR = $129.99

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB
$329.99 - $10 MIR = $319.99

CPU/ Cooler: Intel Core i5-2500K + CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
$248.98 - $20 MIR = $228.98

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Now, as for the motherboard. I don't plan to go crazy with an overclock. Maybe a slight over clock, or maybe even leave it at stock. I will not need something extreme.

Now, knowing that, which mother board should I get? I looked at the one that you recommended...
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
and here is the baby brother of that motherboard...
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Knowing my position, should I go with the cheaper one? Do I even need the features added by the more expensive one?
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