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Hello all, thanks for looking at my thread.

I have been wanting to build a computer now for a long time, as I have always heard about the many benefits. I have been working for a while now researching, and trying to find some parts that will fit my uses. None the less I feel as though I could use a lot of help.

I am an avid gamer, and that will be the top priority for this computer. The main game I play is Starcraft 2, but also want it to perform well on Skyrim, and the modern first person shooters. I would also like it for basic schoolwork functions, excel, word, etc. I also watch streams frequently so I would like for them to run smoothly on 1080p. My budget for this project is around $800.

Here is a list of what my research has brought me to so far. Please feel free to change anything as long as in the end, I end up with a rig around $800.

CPU:

Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor

GPU:

ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GV-R687OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Galaxy 55NPH8HX4LXZ GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Motherboard:

P67A-GD55-B3 LGA 1155 P67 Intel ATX Motherboard
Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Z68 mATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Harddrive

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case

Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation VL90001W2Z
Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition with Docking Station (NewEgg Exclusive) SECC / Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Optical

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

RAM

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9



Also I found this pretty interesting package, if you feel this would be more worth it for me, let me know.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 V3 Black Barebones Kit - GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Board, Intel Core i5-2500K, 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 RAM, Radeon HD 6870 1GB, 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake V3 Black Mid Tower, 600W PSU


Thanks for looking over this, and I hope you all could give me some advice!
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Hi Contract Posted Image.

Please give a web link for the bare-bones kit.

From your other product list, Have you actually priced a build? Can you get a total of about $800.00?

You will also need an OS, we recommend window7 64bit.
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Hey, thanks for the response. Here is the link to that bare bones:

http://www.tigerdire...9689&CatId=4910

Also I have the operating system already so that is no worry.

Based on what I have above it all comes out to about 800. I am jsut more or less wondering if they will all go together, and for the ones with multiple items listed, which one would go best with my rig.

Thanks for the help in advance!
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The bare-bones kit. The Mobo is rev 1.0, also has no DVI, VGA or display ports so if you need to use the CPU inboard graphics you are limited to HDMI. only 1 audio out jack.

The case has only 1 fan, no washable filter I can see.

The PSU is not of good quality.

How does this stack up for pricing,source Newegg us.

Mobo. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157271 Better card with dual wide space PCI=E slots for possible futre second card.

CPU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115072

RAM. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231314 8GB total, better overall system performance.

GPU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150561 XFX, Same specs as the Powercooler you looked at but with lifetime warranty.

HDD. http://www.newegg.co...DLE630 (0F13179

DVD. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

PSU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371051 Your selected, Corsair, not Crossfire ready, Raidmax, poor quality.

CASE. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066 Great controllable air flow, washable filters.
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Also I have the operating system already so that is no worry.

That's great, as long as it not an OEM license that came with or was bought for another computer. Those are not legally transferable to new computers - ever. And as mentioned, it must be 64-bit.

Can we assume you have a keyboard, mouse and monitor - and speakers too?
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Thanks for the responses!

Yes I am set with everything else, mouse keyboard etc

I have updated my build a little. I have some of the recommendations you laid out for me. All of this comes out to about 820. If you see any flaws now in it please let me know!

Setup:

CPU:
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor

GPU:
Asus Radeon HD 6870 OR Asus 660 (not TI)

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

Powersupply:
OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Harddrive:
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Optical:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


I am still not sure about what gpu to get. I am looking at these 5:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121446

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102948

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127545

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814162074

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150561

I think I am pretty well off with everything else, if you all see any problems please let me know!
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You build is looking good.
Like the Antec Nine Hundred, (had not gone for that as it was dearer than the Three Hundred.)
These are you selected GPUs. best to worse performance.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814162074
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121418 out of stock.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150563 Just below the Asus but would perform better on a very large monitor due to 2GB memory..
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127545 Better cooling, more choice for VGA sockets.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102948
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If you had the extra money I would get the new Antec P-280 case $139.00 on Newegg I have the P-180 and P-182 one of each and an older 4400 and they have been good for years plus the P-280 comes with 3 fans very nice open case plenty of space and toolless design.
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