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    Olgierd builds a computer

    Right, so I built my current rig four years ago now and it trucked along just fine thus far, with zero upgrades believe it or not; but it's beginning to show its age and I got a bonus at work, so it's time to dig up the ol' wrist strap. I am keeping the same Dirktooth case that I bought back then, but everything else is getting replaced.

    Seeing as how I haven't upgraded literally anything in this rig since four years ago, I'm not really on the up-and-up with current hardware (my world at work revolves entirely around servers). So here's what I am planning to buy, yes I am splurging a bit, please let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Also, does it make more sense to buy from Amazon or Newegg these days? It seems like Amazon's prices can compete with Newegg pretty well...

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Processor: Intel i7 2600 $320
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 $205
    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) $150
    Heatsink: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 $90
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) $125
    Video Card: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB $370
    SSD: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III $365
    Storage HDD: [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...WD1001FALS 1TB $160
    Blu-Ray: Sony Optiarc Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X $85

    Total damage: $1870 (friggin' ouch).

    If I'm overkilling in places or could do better on prices, please tell me.
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    That's some expensive RAM. Unless you can think of a usage scenario where you need more than 8GiB, just buy 8 gigs of DDR3-1600 for $50.

    Also, if you ever feel like overclocking, get the 2600K instead of the vanilla 2600. It looks like you are, with that heat sink, but I'd look to the NH-D14, the tower-style heat sinks seem to have a big edge over the traditional fan-down heat sinks like the one I'm using right now. For that matter, if you want a good cheap heat sink that's probably better than the one you've got there, look to the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+.
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    If I were you I would wait just a few more days to see what the 7950 will cost.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/159417/Mu...in-Europe.html

    Also you could save some money on:
    ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233143
    psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151095
    and do you really need 256gb ssd?

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    Are you just gonna game on it?
    If so, scrap the i7 2600 and get the i5 2500.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233190
    Cheaper ram if you absolutely need 16GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104239
    If you're only gona game.

    Cheaper HDD, same performance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136767

    LG Blu-ray drive, faster than the Sony you listed.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136232

    Good heatsink, it'll keep you good for when you're overclocking
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099

    i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

    Any particular reason you're going for 256gb SSD? It's overkill in my opinion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227780

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    I don't really think you can call a 256GB SSD overkill, sure it cost twice as much as 128GB (surprise) but overkill, not really. granted 128GB is "enough" for Windows 7, your games and programs. I guess if you compare to spending the money on other parts in the system, making them better, the money is better spend there.
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    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    Thank you guys, great advice all around.

    What will I do with it: I will game but I will also run a couple VMs on it from time to time, for development stuff.
    Why the huge SSD: I like to have space for multiple games and apps, too much ADHD and not enough Ritalin...

    I'll take a look at all other parts. Thanks!
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