Best Possible Gaming Build @ $1350 ?

Hi! I'm thinkin about getting these within the next three weeks. I'm unsure which power supply I should get, and how many fans are sufficient! This is my first ever build so be gentle!

Place: newegg

Overclocking: Yes! (At least to 3.6-3.8)

Crossfire: Not yet, maybe next year!

Purpose: Massive gaming, crysis warhead, borderlands, wow, l4d2 etc.

Parts not needed: monitor (1680x1050), mouse, keyboard, speakers

Parts in mind:

i5 750 $200

Coolermaster Hyper 212 PLUS $30

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $115 (Cas latency 7)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $120

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $160

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit $105 (combo'd with 5850 for a deal)

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $90

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail $300

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM $26

MANY FANS in Haf 922:

2x on hyper 212 plus (1 stock + 1 Antec 761345-75027-1 120mm Tricolor LED Case Fan - Retail $15)

2x side intake 120mm fans: Antec 761345-75027-1 120mm Tricolor LED Case Fan - Retail $15 ea.

2x top exhaust 120mm fans: Rosewill RFX-120BL 120mm 2 Ball Bearing Blue LED Case Fan with Fan Controller Set - Retail $8 ea.

Front stock 200mm intake fan

Back stock exhaust 120mm fan

Bottom one 120mm intake: Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan - Retail $15

Is the fan amount overkill? Will the psu be alright for this amount?
The theme is red along the bottom, blue along the top, and multicolor in the middle side...
seems cool... literally. but I just want to be sure it's not too much, and that the psu can handle it, since i was recommended to get the 750w, but it's wicked pricey.
650 corsair seems sufficient enough. in search of feedback though, and must have modular. Thanks!

are dust filters recommended since the haf 922 skimps in that department and my room is rather dusty? case will sit on a wooden platform. which dust filters will i need?

is a velcro static wrist band required? i heard that was just a gimmick for extra money, and all you need to do is touch a plugged psu (off) before handling the computer parts. i'll be assembling on a hard plastic floor.

Also, the price comes to around 1350-1393-ish with shipping and tax, this is already above my initial budget, but I am unwilling to sacrifice the critically acclaimed quality parts such as the cas 7 latency ram, the power supply manufacturer, and others. This is my first build, and if I build it and something is dead inside (doa), I'll probably cry!

Thank you for your time! :hello:
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  1. Here's a i5 Build I put together. Answers to your questions in the next post.

    Element G $130.49 w/ $20 MIR

    Spinpoint F3 $54.99

    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 7-8-7-20 $109.99

    Asus P7P55D-E Pro USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 2 x PCIE x8 $189.99

    OCZ 700W and Lite ON $96.98 w/ $25 MIR

    Sapphire 5850 + win 7 Premium 64 bit OEM $384.98

    CPU/HSF i5-750 and Hyper 212 Plus $221.98

    Total $1189.39
    before $45 MIR and shipping.
  2. Best answer
    Ok Fan wise you're going way overkill there. What you want in an ideal case for best airflow is a large front intake, rear and top exhaust, and a side intake.

    Thestotal air moved by intake and exhaust should be equal or as close as.

    Generally, larger fans spinning at lower speeds is recommended. It moves the same amount of air, but with less noise and due to slower speed, the fans generally last longer as well.

    Normally, the HAF 922 would be an excellent case and is currently $90. However, since you seem to want tons of airflow, adding a side fan to a 922 is $20, which put it in the same price range as the Element G which is $110 after MIR.

    The G has a few extra features like a wireless side panel fan, filters, build in fan controller, as well as 3 LED case fans that you can cycle between many colors/color combination's or turn off.

    It also has mounts for 2 SSD's in case you ever decide to get one.

    That case will basically fulfill all your requirements, including lights and filters, without needing extra fans.

    The downside is the Element G is a bit smaller and will NOT fit a 5970 if you think you might want one down the road.

    The CM Hyper 212 Plus is fine with 1 fan. In fact, I keep my i5-750 and i7-920 rigs at a 3.6ghz on LOW speed with that HSF. Load is never above 50C on the i5 and never above 60C on the i7.

    i5 is in an element G, i7 in a HAF 922 w/ 200mm side fan.

    Wrist band is useless. Just touch anything metal, ie your computer case! before you work on parts.

    I assembled 4 rigs overs the last 3 months on carpet lol. Ok granted, it was on top a Table with carpet floors.

    OCZ is a perfectly fine PSU maker. But if you insist on Corsair, don't bother with the modular one. Both the HAF 922 and Element G have plenty of places to route and hide cables.

    Go with the 750 TX is you want it to be ready for Xfire w/o needed covnerter cables.
    $114.99 w/ $10 MIR

    Even the BEST parts will still sometimes come in DOA. Usually doesn't happen, but be aware there's never a 100% guarantee.

    One thing you can consider is getting a SSD. A good 40GB Intel X25-V is $129.99

    SSD's wont increase FPS, (then again a 5850 will play anything at those resolutions, so more FPS would be useless) however, in terms of system responsiveness and load and boot times, it's a HUGe difference, an order of magnitude is some cases.,2518-10.html

    Up to you if you think it's worth the money.

    Adding that SSD would push you total to $1319.38 before $45 MIR and shipping.

    That Element G case looks wicked sick! I think it's a winner! I hope it's roomy enough to work with, and provides room for an additional 5850 down the road! Also, I might just go with the 750tx, but that ocz combo looks enticing! I don't even know what an ssd is, so i'm not sure about dropping 140 bucks for quicker load times...

    Thanks for the response!
  4. Element G fits xfire 5850's fine. That's what I'm using atm.

    SSD's are flash based Hard drives with no moving parts. They have basically, instantaneous access to information.

    You can open an infinite number of windows or applications at once (well bandwidth limited, but it's infinite for general use purposes), and they will all be loaded as though they were the only program running.

    Think how ipods and iphones basically turn on and load things instantly. An ssd does the same for your computer.

    Eventually all Hard drives will be flash based, but currently it's very expensive $ per gigabyte.

    SSD's are basically at where LCD screens were 10 years ago. Not essential, but in every way better than CRT, just a lot more expensive.
  5. does newegg even charge tax? im in new york.

    niiice, newegg wont charge me taxes, that is sweet news! so my build is 1200 with shipping, and if i do the ocz power supply deal! we'll see, ocz just seems sketchy and cheap.
  6. Um OCZ is one of the top PSU makers.... it's like your saying Toyota is sketchy and cheap because there cars are great bargains.

    Then again with the new recall of theirs...
  7. there was an unusual amount of doas, and rebate complaints in the reviews, and i just got a sense of cheapness while looking at the price.
    how about the 750w evo_blue Thermaltake combo with the case?

    Thermaltake EVO_Blue W0308RU 750W ATX 12V 2.3 / EPS 12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
  8. If you're not gonna go with the OCZ just get a Corsair 750TX.

    Half of Newegg reviews are written by first build idiots.

    Example, half of the DOA hard drive complaints are idiots who plug in an OEM HD and thinks it's DOA because it doesn't show up.

    Ask then if they formatted it and they're all, how do I do that?

    If you want good reviews from experts, go to and read up their reviews of PSU's.
  9. Best answer selected by bababablazin.
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