$1200 Gaming Build

Hello all, I have been perusing the forums for months now trying to figure out my first build. I hope you guys can help me out. My laptop of 4+ years died on me a few months ago, and I have been computer-less ever since (It's been horrible). instead of buying yet another crappy stopgap, I have decided to take the plunge into building my own dream machine.

Approximate Purchase Date: Nowish-Cyber Monday

Budget Range: $1300 delivered to my door

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, Total Wars, RPG's) Excel, Web, possibly Music recording/editing(pipe dream)

Parts Not Required: OS, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: none really (basing build off i5-760 from micro)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Plan to run 2x 1920 x 1080 .... eventually (no eyefinity)

Additional Comments: This may sound trite, but no red LED lights (mouse is blue and the clash will aggravate me to no end.)
I would also like a SSD, I know the next generation is supposed to come out soon, but I can't really wait much longer and would prefer to get everything in place during the initial install (not terribly tech savvy).

PARTS: (INCOMPLETE) This is a current list of parts i feel comfortable with and would like to use. Feel free to make suggestions on these.

Core i5 760 Processor

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)(low profile)


Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD
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  1. Thanks for the reply. I really like that nzxt case. I am a little worried about the RAM however, It doesn't have the best reviews and I need to make sure the head spreaders are not too tall for my heat sink. Also, is there any downside to having RAM at 1.65 volts as opposed to 1.35?

    If I get a mobo, that is SATA III, would it be worth it to get a C300 SSD as opposed to the vertex?

    On a side note, It appears that there is very little in the way of combo deals at this time, disappointing.
  2. ^ RAM - If you get the settings right, then I doubt you would get any issues...
    But if you are still skeptical, then get this RAM - $10 off w/ promo code EMCZZYX22, ends 11/15
    As for the voltage, I doubt there are any downsides running the RAM at 1.65V compared to the 1.35V...

    SATA 6GB/s - Crucial is also a very good option...If you dont mind rebates, then get the Crucial, but with rebates that OCZ is a better buy...
  3. Exact same monitor mosox just listed... but it's $25 cheaper! + no shipping if you order it from Buy.com ( I ordered it last week for my build). (You can get it for $144.99 flat. Buy.com currently has a $5 off of $100 dollars coupon for new customers.)

  4. Somewhat trivial, but you might as well spend the extra $1 and get a DVD burner as opposed to DVD ROM, for $1 you it's worth having just in case, even if you never see yourself using at. Also, get a SATA model as opposed to IDE. Your choice of brand off newegg for $19.99 usually.
  5. Thanks for all of the replies. That monitor from buy.com is really tempting. I am now looking closely at the GPU's, and ideally I would like to get that Asus DirectCU 6850, but they are out of stock. I am not really sold on the 6870, due to it's apparently poor overclocking ability and it being available only in reference designs. I am also very partial to the 460gtx, I should have snagged one when they were cheaper.
  6. Now i am really tempted to bump up to an i7 platform with the 950 @ 200 bucks.
  7. GPU - IMO this is a better deal -
    MSI Cyclone

    CASE - Another option -

    Also as for i7, you should know that for gaming, it wont offer any significant advantage over the i5
    And if going with a single powerful solution for graphics, then again the i7 would be of no use...
  8. Not to mention mobos and memory get expensive with the i7...

    If you stay with the i5, take a look at this memory, slightly higher voltage, but you shouldn't see a performance difference. Mushkin is as reputable as G.Skills. $13 cheaper though. (I am currently building a machine very similar to your current build with 2 gtx 460's)

  9. Thinking about springing on the Monitor and GPU + Mobo tonight, so if anyone has any advice, that would be super.
  10. ^^ Some suggestions -
    CASE + PSU
    CM HAF 912 + CM Silent PRO 600W(This can even handle GTX 580)

    Or a Mix of these parts in combos
    HAF 912 + Samsung F3

    PSU + RAM
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