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Old March 6, 2012, 10:43 PM
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Default Building new rig, need advice

1. Tons of gaming, occasional movie streaming and listening to music. I really just want to be able to run The Witcher 2 well and stream things for friends.

2. $1000-$1100

3. United States

4. I've got a soft spot for nVidia and Intel

5. I have a 750GB hard drive I might hook up but I'm not real attached to it and it's slow by today's standards

6. Yes but not many

7. Default speeds, overclocking scares me in ways nothing should

8. Three weeks from now? Before May in any case

9. I don't have a current monitor outside this laptop (1366 x 768) and I have no idea what monitor I'd like (but man would I love suggestions) and I don't want to factor in the price for one into this build.

This is a build from techreport.com with a different case, basically

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Silver - $99.99

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA - $137.99

GPU: EVGA SuperClockedGeForce GTX 560 Ti - $249.99

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W -$79.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $224.99

RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM -$42.99

HD: HITACHI Deskstar 750GB 7200 RPM - $99.99

Disk Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $20.99
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Old March 7, 2012, 12:06 AM
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This is a pretty popular monitor at a good price. 24" 1080p

ASUS VE247H 23.6IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 10M1DC HDMI DVI-D VGA Speakers - ASUS - VE247H
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Old March 7, 2012, 12:36 AM
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+1 for that monitor I just got one and so far I find it great. Although it was pretty blinding at first because it was so darn bright. But yea I like it just don't expect much from the built in speakers they aren't the most powerful out there. I'll be picking another one of those monitors up on thurs to replace my philips so I have a matching set. Also you can get them a little cheaper here: Canada Computers | LCD/LED Monitors | Asus VE247H, 23.6" Widescreen LED Monitor, 1920x1080, 2ms(GtG), 10,000,000:1 (ASCR), 300cd/m. Or at least try and get it price matched to that price.
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Old March 7, 2012, 11:13 AM
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I recommend a twin frozr or hawk instead of the superclocked, works out to be cheaper after rebate, and the hawk has a higher stock OC but both cards are awesome for OCing

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choices look pretty solid.
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I do not like the cost of the gtx 560 ti's right now, especially considering that nvidia is dropping the gtx 6XX series in April. Id try to hold off on the gpu until the new cards come out. Unless you can get that card for under $200 then roll with it. Failing that the radeon 6870 @ $150-160 is the best bang for the buck right now.
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Old March 7, 2012, 11:06 PM
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Cool, cool, cool.

I'm definitely going to get that Asus monitor you guys recommended.

And yeah alright I'll stick it out to see the 6xx series unless I see a super great deal on a 560

Thanks guys, you helped a ton!
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You have a 750 GB hdd but spec'd a newer one?
Get yourself an ssd instead of a second hdd.. Unless you think the current one is on it's last legs.

Personally, I'd look at the 7850 from ATI if you can't wait for the new Nvidia's (have a 560 TI and am reasonably happy, would be happier with a slightly larger card though as I like to bump up the msaa)
Also even at 1080, the 1 gb ram on a 560 TI (currently sufficient) is quickly becoming slightly low if you want it to last a few years.
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