Gaming Computer Build

This is my first computer build and I am looking towards playing videos games and possibly overclocking.

I don't quite understand how overclocking works though...

My dad is giving me $1500 if I am able to build a computer and make it work. If I can't before February 1st my upcoming birthday I have to pay him back.

This is what I have come up with for the parts... If anyone has any input to give please do so. I believe all the components are compatible for I have done quite a bit of research but if I missed anything please inform me. THANK YOU! :)

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel
MoBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz 8MB
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
HDD: Seagate barracuda 7200 1.5TB
GPU: Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit
Audio: Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit
PSU: Kingwin LZG-850 Gold 850W
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
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  1. Total Cost Currently with all items in cart from Newegg.com = ($1,338.87)
  2. ^ February 1st right ?
    Then here is a config -

    CPU -
    Intel Sandybridge - i5 2xxx - Jan 1st week is the release date of the new Intel CPUs that would replace the current LGA 1156 CPUs

    Mobo - ASUS/ Gigabyte/ MSI P67 Chipset mobo

    RAM - I would rather get 2x 4GB as it is easier to set higher speeds when less RAM slots are populated

    Graphics card - Definitely ATI HD 69xx series or Nvidia GTX 570 or 560

    Sound card - First check if the onboard sound works for...then get a sound card...Onboard these days have improved a lot...

    SSD - For that budget, definitely a SSD as a boot drive for OS and apps

    Rest can be decided later...
  3. I have until February 1st but with my dad he would like to see results sooner than later so most likely not be able to wait until January 1st but I will keep that in mind if things change.

    I will change the RAM to 2x 4GB which I considered.

    The graphics cards I don't really know much about if you could give me more detail on why I should pick those... Would it be more worth its money or something or just overall better?

    I won't buy a sound card until later which is probably smart

    Also I will research in which SSD I should get.
  4. ^ Graphic card - The HD 6xxx series and the GTX 5xx series are the improvements of the current HD 5xxx series and GTX 4xx series cards and hence are overall better in performance...
    So choose the card which give you more for the money and just dont go by company preference...

    I could give you a complete list of the parts, but 2 months is a lot of time and things could change very soon, so the parts which are good now, might have a better alternative then...
  5. Okay so forget about my time limit. Say I wanted to buy a computer by the end of this weekend. Would there be anything else recommended, possibly upgrading any parts besides the graphics card? or is that mainly the only problem...

    Also I couldn't find any ATI HD 69xx... only ATI HD 68xx...
  6. Things I would change -
    1. CASE - Check out these - IMO the 1200 is kinda old now, also these Mid Tower have sufficient room for Crossfire/ SLI
    Lian-Li K62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239
    CM HAF 922
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    NZXT Tempest EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146062

    2. PSU - You wont need more than 750W even for HD 5870 Crossfire
    Corsair 750HX
    $30 off w/ promo code EMCZZZT54, ends 11/22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    3. Video Card - HD 6870 - It is faster than 5850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909

    And like I said, maybe a SSD for boot
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226151
  7. Thank you this has been alot of help. Since this is going to be my first computer build. I have seen tutorials on how to put computers together it seems basic to me but is there anything I should know. Cause if I mess up its gonna cripple me :(
  8. Thank you. You have been alot of help. I will let you know how everything goes. :)
  9. ^ Good Luck :)
  10. Building a PC is amazing easy - just take your time and have a second PC available for when you need to google or youtube any issues.

    Make sure you've got a large work area, free of any obstructions - such as a big dining table (try not to scratch it so your parents don't murder you), and be careful to unbox parts slowly, and be methodical with how you go.

    Otherwise is just Lego for nerds. :D
  11. DF-85 replaces the 1200. Air inlet filters take 8 minutes to clean on the 1200. 8 seconds on the DF-85.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

    Antec CP-850 over the no name kingwin. it's made specifically for the 1200 / DF-85 cases and gets 10.0 performance rating at jonnyguru
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Sabertooth seems better fitted to the rest of your build over the P7P55D-E Pro. Do you need more than two GFX card slots ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601

    8 GB of RAM will not benefit gaming and will require looser RAM timings. These CAS 7 DDR3-1600 will allow for up to a 50% OC w/ standard memory multiplier.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

    No need for a separate audio card. On board sounds fine.

    The 470 GTX is an easy choice over the 5850.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549

    Scythe SCMG 2100 over the 212
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15

    OS - I'd get the pro version.
  12. Weird my birthday is February 1st too
  13. I only followed like half the stuff you said.... JackNaylorPE

    You practically saying to change everything... haha. I will check it out :)
  14. The New Build.... Give me your imput!


    Case: Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case
    MoBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz 8MB
    RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    HDD: Seagate barracuda 7200 1.5TB
    SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC
    GPU: UNDETERMINED.... HD 5xxx or GTX 5xx
    PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power
    DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    HSF: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    P.S. GPU is still undetermined... I have 300 dollars to spend on a GPU what is the best I can get for my moneys worth...
  15. First build here too.....looking for input.

    i7-970
    Antec 1200
    Windows Ultimate 64 bit

    These three have cost me around $410. What I'm looking for is a full tower high end gaming rig. Aside from these three, which part should I be looking at next?
  16. JackNaylorPE said:

    8 GB of RAM will not benefit gaming and will require looser RAM timings.


    That's what I've been thinking, but did you read the review on the homepage? They were suggesting 8GB minimums for gaming now because it helps with details in games.
  17. jeffrey90 said:
    First build here too.....looking for input.

    i7-970
    Antec 1200
    Windows Ultimate 64 bit

    These three have cost me around $410. What I'm looking for is a full tower high end gaming rig. Aside from these three, which part should I be looking at next?

    Start your own thread, thread jacking is frowned upon.
    :non:
  18. edwardcuevas94 said:
    The New Build.... Give me your imput!


    Case: Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case
    MoBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz 8MB
    RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    HDD: Seagate barracuda 7200 1.5TB
    SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC
    GPU: UNDETERMINED.... HD 5xxx or GTX 5xx
    PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power
    DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    HSF: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    P.S. GPU is still undetermined... I have 300 dollars to spend on a GPU what is the best I can get for my moneys worth...


    This is a gaming computer for $1500, HD 5xxx shouldn't even be an option.
    GTX 510 or radeon 6870.
  19. Oh man my bad I did not know about thread jacking.
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