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$1500 First Gaming PC / Need tips+insight. Thanks!

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September 14, 2010 5:28:49 AM

HEY PPL OF TOMS! :hello: 

I'm currently building my first PC, and I need some input! I would really like to spend under $1500. (BEFORE SHIPPING AND TAX)

Also, these items i currently DO NOT need - Monitor/Accessories/OS

My Prefs:

"I will be shopping purely from Newegg.com"

"This will be used for almost pure gaming/simple listening to music/web browsing"

"I would like this system to last quite a while for what I'm spending"

"The things ive seen/heard about the gtx460 are amazing, I'd like to stick with that as my gpu"

"I know the benefits of an SSD, but i prefer just a simple internal HD because of the price"



This is what's sitting in my Newegg shopping cart ATM (COMBOS INCLUDED PLEASE) Also feel free to perfect anything I may have slipped up, as I am a first time builder. ~

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

~$79.99

Processor/Cpu Cooling (Combo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i7-950

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

~$359.98

Motherboard/Memory (Combo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

~$304.98

Video Card(s): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB (2x SLI)

MSI "Pick Your Poison" Free Game Coupon x2

MSI Gift Game - Metro 2033 x2

~$499.98

(I know these are a more expensive model, but i couldn't pass up the offer of a free copy of Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, AND 2 copies of Metro 2033, one for me and one for a friend. Id go with the Cyclone, but it comes with a shitty SC2 trial, and i already own the game haha.)


Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX

~$129.99

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA

~59.99

CD/DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


~$23.99


Subtotal: $1,458.90 (Before shipping/tax)




Thanks for taking the time to review my current build, please give insight!


September 14, 2010 6:05:50 AM

^ you would know that even an i5 760 would be very good for gaming and once overclocked, would leave no reason to go with the i7 9xx series...
But its your call though...

As for the parts,
Get this HDD + Mobo combo -
Faster HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And this RAM + CASE combo - Newer case with more features
CM 690 Advanced(With Free shipping it would cost similar to the vanilla version) + GSKillz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU Cooler - Big air would perform better than small water...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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Anonymous
September 14, 2010 6:22:25 AM

Ahh dude thanks for the help. *btw i guess i should have stated that I'm still in high school haha, still got lots to learn*

But like i said I'm a first time PC builder, but I'm new to PC gaming as well (switching from consoles), so my judgments are based off of mainly forum posts/videos/tests/benchmarks/articles/etc.

If there is no reason for the i7 9 series, whats my next best option for gaming?

Also is the rest of the build solid?


Thanks again!
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September 14, 2010 6:24:50 AM

i agree with gkay09. my gaming rig has a i5 750 and its amazing. if it was me i would go....

i5 760
scythe mugen 2 cpu cooler
4 gb ram
and with the saved money get a ocz vortex 2 60gb and upgrade your storage to a black hdd
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September 14, 2010 6:40:42 AM

^ If it is only going to be a gaming PC, then the i5 760 + ASUS P7P55D-$ Pro would suffice...That board has both SLI/ Crossfire support...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair 750TX + Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also when are you planning to buy the PC?? Dont mind waiting till say Q1 2011??
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September 14, 2010 6:52:37 AM

Oh cool, thanks again.

Well as far as the date of purchase, im not sure... but it was prob gonna be sooner than Q1 of 2011, because i wanted it mainly for COD:BO/MoH/Cataclysm/Other but more graphic intensive games coming out next year. *Currently don't have a gaming comp*

What exactly is coming out next year though? Im sure price drops.
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September 14, 2010 6:57:10 AM

Q1 2011 brings in more than price cuts -
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/31/intels-sandy-bridge-...
http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/13/intel-sandy-bridge-c...
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/24/amds-bobcat-and-bull...

If you are really not in a hurry to build the PC, then waiting till Q1 2011 will really be good...
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September 14, 2010 7:05:04 AM

gkay09 said:
Q1 2011 brings in more than price cuts -
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/31/intels-sandy-bridge-...
http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/13/intel-sandy-bridge-c...
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/24/amds-bobcat-and-bull...

If you are really not in a hurry to build the PC, then waiting till Q1 2011 will really be good...


Oh yes, just read about those earlier today...

It really does seem that it'd be a better idea to wait. Hrmm.

Looks like i will be back Q1 2011!


Thanks for the tips/info.
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September 14, 2010 7:07:17 AM

Best answer selected by SiphonFilter.
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September 14, 2010 7:08:35 AM

^ Yup, like I said if you are not in a hurry now to build the PC, then the Q1 2011 is the best time to build one...
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September 14, 2010 5:39:45 PM

Don't let anybody talk you out of the bigger PSU. You should always use the biggest QUALITY PSU you can afford and the one you picked is good. Overworked PSUs cause more trouble than most people realize. BTW, it's nice to hear of a high school student that doesn't think he knows it all. Stay humble.
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September 15, 2010 3:54:35 AM

^ I dont think the 750TX is a small PSU, also you could do with a 650W even for GTX 460 SLI, so that 750W PSU has enough headroom...
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