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First Timer Gaming Rig Build ($1000ish) - Opinions/Suggestions Needed

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April 28, 2013 2:22:47 PM

So I hear it's a pretty rewarding experience to build your own computer and I'm a bit of a nerd so I think it is about time. I'm looking to build a computer that can handle pretty intense games. I'm hoping to play titles like Arma 3 and Battlefield 3 with the highest setting possible for a price point around $1000. I've done some research and put together a shopping cart on amazon, but I'm not going to press checkout til I have some second opinions. I've researched similar "First time 1000 dollar gaming rigs" and I've taken components from all of them to try and come up with some kind of starting point. If something is obviously wrong or you see areas where I can save a little/spend a little more for relatively similar/huge jumps in performance, respectively, please feel free to chime in. I'm here to learn.

Thanks in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within the week

Parts not needed:

System Usage (Priority Order): Gaming, Browsing, Music Editing

Location: San Diego, California, USA

My Parts List (as of now)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K
Storage: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX
Video Card: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express Graphic Card GV-R795WF3-3GD
Case: CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports (SGC-1000-KWN1)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series AX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX750)
Optical Drive: LG Electronics 12x SATA Blu-Ray Disc Combo Internal Drive with 3D Playback and M-DISC (Black) UH12NS29
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor

I've got this list to about $1350 right now.

Also, If you could steer me in the right direction as to what else I'll need to physically build the computer, I would really appreciate it.

-Eric
April 28, 2013 2:32:31 PM

There is nothing I would change. Oops I lied, get a TX650 v2 instead. Then it's good.
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April 28, 2013 2:44:15 PM

completelyrandomname said:
There is nothing I would change. Oops I lied, get a TX650 v2 instead. Then it's good.


Thanks, I appreciate the input. I figured I could save a bit in regards to the power supply.

As far as the build, is there anything that you would suggest I invest in to make the build process that much easier? (screws and ties, thermal paste, etc.)
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April 28, 2013 3:03:17 PM

A '+' head screw driver. Time. Everything else is great.
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