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Please review my build before I purchase

By fish8590
Sep 11, 2011
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  1. What are you going to use the PC for? Gaming, CAD, Movies, Internet
    How much is your budget? The build I've come up with is around 1100 or so. I want to stay close to this

    Where are you located? Pennsylvania

    Are you willing to buy online? Yes, preferably

    Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? No

    Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? Need a monitor.

    Have you already bought any parts? No

    Do you have an Operating System (OS)? No, I can get windows 7 professional 64 bit through my school for free

    Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a water cooling setup? Getting a CPU cooler

    Here's my build, Thanks for looking! (sorry about the links, it wont let me post them until have 5 posts)

    CPU
    219.99
    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


    CPU Cooler
    changed to this one instead of the 212. Supposed to be a little better and for the same price
    40.24-10MIR=30.24
    ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler



    GPU
    264.99-20.00MIR=244.99
    SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


    Motherboard
    124.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    RAM
    52.99
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9


    PSU
    109.99-20.00MIR=89.99
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply


    HDD
    59.99
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    CASE
    79.99
    LIAN LI K60B Black CECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


    MONITOR
    Getting this one instead, Looks better, great reviews and a little cheaper
    176.99-15.00MIR=161.99
    ASUS ML238H 23-Inch Wide Ultra-Slim LED Monitor (Black/White)
  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    looks pretty good. I would probably go with the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s hard drive If I was building it but the hardware you selected is fine. Those are mostly personal preferences. I've always preferred gigabyte motherboards although I've heard most of the newer ASRock boards are decent (ASRock is owned by ASUS). The HDD I listed should improve performance since it has 64 mb cache and supports SATA 6gbps although it does cost $30 more.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    At what resolution do you intend to game? For most purposes the HD 6950 1 GB would suffice. As for the case, I strongly suggest that you pick up a Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced.


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