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*Read 4th post for most recent build.*

I have a friend that has a pretty good build but I want a few opinions.

Budget = $1000-1500 USD


Oh and I'd prefer the heatsink to have the sticky stuff on it already.

And if possible fit some SSD on it...whether to boot from or a larger one to use for a whole hard drive.

ALSO I'd prefer to monitor to have speakers on it already seeing as I never actually use speakers and don't want to waste money on them; and USB on the monitor would be preferred for mouse and keyboard (how my desk is setup, my orochi usb wouldn't be able to reach the tower)

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ok actually I did some work myself:

thoughts/corrections?



CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&Tpk=i5-3570k

$240

Can be had for cheaper at Microcenter

MOBO:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

$120 + $8 s&h


THERMAL PASTE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

$12
fine here.

GFX CARD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687

$320
Really don't need this much VRAM. But it's ok.

CASE FAN:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999199

$8
The case you chose doesn't support 80mm fans.

64 GB SSD FOR BOOT:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

$80

Going to need a desktop mounting kit.
Samsung 64gb SSD with Desktop Kit <-- this is better

500 GB HD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795
$100
RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

$47
1600MHz really doesn't make a difference over 1333Mhz but RAM is so cheap it doesn't matter.

CASE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

$100


PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

$60
530W
Can save some cash.. don't need 630W for this build. Won't hurt though.


OPTICAL DRIVE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

$20
doesn't really matter.


WIRELESS ADAPTER:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

$22



MONITOR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

$155
This is out of stock trololololol.



MECHANICAL KEYBOARD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114012

$100
Blackwidow has reliability issues. Don't get it.

This is more expensive but a lot better.


total, with rebates, around $12-1300


Also, you didn't add a CPU heatsink.

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For CPU I'd actually consider the older model 2500k (since I'm an overclocker). It has roughly the same price/performance, but the older model overclocks way better than the 3570k. Just something to keep in mind.

For GPU I'd never even consider the GTX 500 series. AMD/ATI crushed the opposition in that series (with their HD6000 series), so if you're considering getting an older GPU then you should go with ATI HD6870 or HD6950(the 6950 is almost the same card as 6970, you can basically bios change your 6950 into a 6970). Best price/performance.
If you want a newer GPU on the other hand; go for GTX680, GTX670, HD7850 or HD7970. I heard there were heavy driver problems with the GTX cards a few weeks back, but they may be resolved now.
Remember, the GPU is the heart of any gaming rig. Don't be scared of spending money here (but ALWAYS keep price/performance in mind).

For SSD I'd go with the 128GB version instead. It costs 50% more (50$ more) but has double the capacity. Way better price/performance. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134

Same thing with HDD. Get 1TB or 1.5TB or even 2TB. They're waaaaaay more cost effective than 500GB. I think 2TB is the most cost effective. (remember: price/TB is important)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 - double the size, same cost.
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834 - quadruple the size, 20% higher cost.
Or just take a look yourself.

You can't mount the filters properly in that case (unless you don't mind using duct tape, lol). You'll have to mount them inside the case, but they're kinda useless that way, so don't bother.
You don't really need them anyways. Sure, your case will be filled with dust eventually, but it's pretty easy to clean out(you can use some kind of blower/vaccumer, but make sure the fans you blow at don't spin too much), and you won't notice a difference unless you're overclocking like a madman.

For optical drives you might wanna consider getting a USB DVD drive instead. I NEVER use my internal drive. Seriously, I haven't used it in 3years. So I just disconnected mine because it made a little noise (and consumed power). This one seems good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106356

There's always this screen if you don't mind losing the speakers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236176
It's basically the same screen, just without speakers.

Mechanical keyboards are usually pretty high(the one you mentioned is), so you'll probably want a wrist support for optimal comfort. The Qpad MK-50 PRO includes one and it's a very similar keyboard to the SS 6Gv2 you listed. If you still want the 6Gv2 you should get a wrist support too (I know I can't "live" without one).
You might wanna read up on mechanical switches, so you make sure you get the one that suits you. Gamers generally want Black or Red ones, but Brown ones should work well too (the 6Gv2 you listed has Black, and the MK-50 has red).
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Oh and don't get any extra fans if that's the case you're getting. You don't need them. The 4 included ones do the job many times over.

Also, set them on low, they get noisy at high/medium.
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yea I have read up on them. I want da black :o

How do I clean the fans? Do I use one of those compressed air cans?

also how do you set the fan speed? DO you just do it on the thing itself or...

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the older cpu that you speak of; is that sandy bridge?

also I heard there were issues with the barricuda, I guess I'll do the 1tb caviar. $35 more.

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I doubt there's much difference in RMA(returned broken stuff) numbers between WD and Seagate. I'd still recommend getting one of the 2 I mentioned.

Yes, that is Sandy Bridge. Same CPU, just different manufacturing size.
There's often heat problems with Ivy Bridge CPUs when you increase the voltage on them.

The Black and Red switches are VERY similar. You'll like both if you like one of them.

Yes, you can clean the fans with some kind of compressed air-blower. I do it the manual way though; compressed-lung-air :)

All the fans have a small "controller" attached with a cable. There are 3 settings. Low, medium and high. Go low, all da way.
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so I was reading up on the gpus and apparently gtx 570 beats the 6970...

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