$1500 SB build

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  1. graffex

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    Hey guys, I'm finally prepared to replace my 6 year old home built computer that has been driving me nuts for the past 3 or so years. My price range is around 1500 but can be a bit higher if needed. I'm going to be using this computer for mostly gaming, but also music storage, editing, and photoshop type stuff. Included in the build is a new case and all new internals. No keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor included.

    I will be replacing this 21" CRT very shortly though more than likely after this new system is built and running. My monitor is great it is just too small now, I'd like to get a 24" or possibly a 27" LCD, but performance with games, mostly FPS's, can't be sacrificed. So I'd also like some opinions on good monitors.

    As for the build I've been researching some and think I have come up with what I'm looking for. I will only use Intel cpu's, and Nvidia gpu's, and will be using on board sound. I want a computer than can run everything on high into the foreseeable future without and major upgrades short of a graphics card or maybe motherboard for 2-3 years. Here is what I've come up with so far, I'd like some opinions on this build:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

    i5 2500k
    Newegg.com - 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

    Asus P8P67 Evo
    Newegg.com - ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    G.Skill DDR3
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

    EVGA GeForce GTX 580
    Newegg.com - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

    CORSAIR HX850
    Newegg.com - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Which brings me to $1,419.42
     
  2. Sourtop

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    Switch out the HDD for a Western Digital Caviar Black 6 GB/s 64 MB cache. You also left out an optical drive (unless you already have one) and Windows 7 will run you an extra $100.

    Also, G.Skill doesn't seem to be that trusted of a brand on this board. Go for Kingston, Crucial, or Corsair.
     
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    I'd did forget about the optical drive, I will need one. I already own a copy of windows 7 so I don't have to worry about that. From the reviews I've seen the Ripjaws memory is supposed to be VERY good. What specific memory modules would you recommend based on my needs, I'd like to have 8gigs.
     
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    G.Skill memory seems to be less reliable than other brands. A lot of people still use it though. Any 2x4 GB DDR3 1333 or 1600 ram from Corsair, Crucial, or Kingston would be fine. There is little performance increase from overclocking your memory so if its not important to you then don't bother with the ram with heat sinks like the Corsair Vengeance.
     
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    I'm not going to be doing any overclocking at all, I forgot to mention that in the original post.
     
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    You should be fine with some Corsair XMS3 2x4 GB 1333 ram then. As for optical drives - just grab whatever is on sale at the time on newegg. 64-bit Windows 7 I assume? You'll need that to take advantage of the 8 GB memory.
     
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    Its good ram, but the only advantage it has is its meant for the overclocking crowd. It will still work for your build no problem though. One nice feature on them is you can remove the heat sinks if you end up putting a low-profile aftermarket heat sink on your cpu (like the nh-d4 for example).
     
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    No overclocking, no dual video cards? Save a few bucks or apply the savings to a i7-2600. No need to get the K series unless you will be using the onboard video or overclocking it.

    Motherboard: P8P67 LE or P8P67.
    PSU: Corsair HX650 (assuming you want a modular, if not, TX650).
    Ram: 1600 speed Vengeance, 1866 is a waste. Note that the heatsink design is garbage. You WANT 1.5 volt ram for best stability.
     
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    I def not ruling out SLI, so I definitely want that feature, I'll probably add another 580 down the road.I went with the 2500k because there is no reason not too when it is only 15 dollars more. The i7 is a 100 dollars more and has the same performance. On the memory, I don't know much about memory so I need some help with that, I was just basing it off corsairs memory finder app for the the mobo.

    Edited for memory tweak:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Asus P8P67 Evo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131704

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147

    EVGA GeForce GTX 580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    CORSAIR HX850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106346

    Total: $1,504.41
     
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    Okay - save a few bucks and get the P8P67 Pro instead of the Evo. It's the lowest priced Asus that will run 2 slots at X8/X8. If you want to run both slots at X16/X16, you need to step up to the WS Revolution.

    The HX850 isn't enough for two 580's - the only Corsairs that are certified for 2 of them are the TX950, HX1000, and the AX1200.
     
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