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Hey everyone, my pc died out a few weeks back and I'm looking to build my own. It will be my first time, and I'm looking for advice mostly on how to keep the cost of this build as low as possible without sacrificing any performance. My goal is to build a mid range gaming pc on a budget of 1000-1300$, less if possible. I've picked out a number of components that I believe to be of good quality, but my main concern is spending $ on a name rather than the actual component. I'm at least 5 weeks off from even hitting my budget limit, but I'd like to get an idea of what to shoot for ahead of time. Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 5-8 weeks

Budget Range: 1200-1300$

System Usage: Gaming... Will likely be used 5-8+ hrs per day almost exclusively for gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I'll be using a 720p 42" LCD HDTV


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Parts Preferences: I'll trust the advice of anyone with experience when it comes to which brands to go for.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I plan to pick up a second gpu in the near future.

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would prefer something on the quiet side.


My build as it stands

Case

Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1236139

Motherboard

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1236139

CPU

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

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

CPU Fan

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

GPU

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443

PSU

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

Memory

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568

SSD

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

HDD

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236244

DVD Drive/ DVD Burner

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

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

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total Cost: 1333.89$

I will likely overclock my CPU so I'm wondering if I should use faster RAM. If anyone sees flaws or ways to make this build more cost effective I'm open to any advice, thanks.

Also, I plan to install my OS onto the SSD and use the HDD to store all other data.
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    Hey everyone, my pc died out a few weeks back and I'm looking to build my own. It will be my first time, and I'm looking for advice mostly on how to keep the cost of this build as low as possible without sacrificing any performance. My goal is to build a mid range gaming pc on a budget of 1000-1300$, less if possible. I've picked out a number of components that I believe to be of good quality, but my main concern is spending $ on a name rather than the actual component. I'm at least 5 weeks off from even hitting my budget limit, but I'd like to get an idea of what to shoot for ahead of time. Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 5-8 weeks

    Budget Range: 1200-1300$

    System Usage: Gaming... Will likely be used 5-8+ hrs per day almost exclusively for gaming.

    Are you buying a monitor: No, I'll be using a 720p 42" LCD HDTV


    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

    Parts Preferences: I'll trust the advice of anyone with experience when it comes to which brands to go for.

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I plan to pick up a second gpu in the near future.

    Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

    Additional Comments: I would prefer something on the quiet side.


    My build as it stands

    Case

    Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1236139

    Motherboard

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1236139

    CPU

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

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

    CPU Fan

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    GPU

    GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443

    PSU

    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

    Memory

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568

    SSD

    Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

    HDD

    Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236244

    DVD Drive/ DVD Burner

    LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

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

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total Cost: 1333.89$

    I will likely overclock my CPU so I'm wondering if I should use faster RAM. If anyone sees flaws or ways to make this build more cost effective I'm open to any advice, thanks.

    Also, I plan to install my OS onto the SSD and use the HDD to store all other data.

    Your CPU is last generation an i5 3570K is warranted. The PSU is a poor brand. 16GB is overkill for gaming but may be used in video editing.

    Look at this build
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NvZT
  2. Yeah, I'll definitely go with something closer to the build you provided, if not copy it completely. Thanks for the input. Will a 550w psu be sufficient if I plan to add a second gpu?
  3. Athurs1990 said:

    Yeah, I'll definitely go with something closer to the build you provided, if not copy it completely. Thanks for the input. Will a 550w psu be sufficient if I plan to add a second gpu?



    No. It is either 750 of 850 to CF those 2. I have the link at work but I don't go back til Thursday. Maybe someone else here knows the exact suggested
    If you don't get an answer ask again on Thursday
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