Midrange Gaming Rig - First Time Builder

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to build a midrange gaming pc in the price range of about $1300 US. After doing some research I've been thinking about something along these lines:

Monitor: I currently own a 23" one that has a 2048 x 1152 native resolution

CPU: I was thinking of an i7 processor

Case: Cooler Master Elite 310
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=2920

Preferred Site: Newegg Canada (although I dont really care)

GPU Preference: Nvidia

OC: Maybe

SLI: Not Sure

OS: 64-bit Windows 7

Although I have some other rough ideas, I would very much appreciate suggestions. Thanks in advance for all your help!

-zoolake
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    If you relly want Nvidia use a GTX 275 but i think the 4890 is a better deal ATM

    GL
  2. thanks for the help niklas, is there any reason you suggested the case you did over the Elite 310? Also would there be significant added cost/benefit to a 10,000rpm or a solid state hdd? Additionally, would anyone suggest any changes to niklas' build?

    Thanks again for your help!
  3. From what I get out of reading post and reviews is the WD 10,000 are old school and small. The WD blacks are larger and almost as fast. I guess a better bang for the buck.

    You could buy 2 and setup raid 0 and have 1.5 TB vs. 150 gigs

    SSD I don’t know much about but heard they are good if you like to spend a lot of money for it.
    I guess you could buy a 80 gig SSD run the OS off it and buy 2 WD blacks and be set, but this will put you over your 1300 < price for the PC 

    On the case I think it looks better has more room and better cooling a little more well built Ford pinto to a ford mustang
  4. Hmm for far less than 1.2k i personally feel one could pull the trigger elsewhere and get better frames hehe
  5. ^ did you miss the Newegg Canada part?
  6. TS stated price range region of 1300 USD and didn't care if it was NewEgg.ca hehe
  7. He did say tho

    CPU: I was thinking of an i7 processor

    Tryed to build around that
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