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First time builder - Gaming computer 2200 dollar budget

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January 9, 2011 10:01:12 AM

Updated a bunch of items -

Looking for advice about the parts I have selected for a new computer. Never built one before, been reading tons of guides and watching videos. Still really intimidated about it all but everyone says it is worth it! I am comfortable replacing single parts in a computer but it is much easier when you already knew where they went. :D  Ok, here is the break down thing asked for the in the sticky -

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks, maybe sooner.


Budget Range: 2200-2300


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, watching movies on Netflix and dvd

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Been shopping around Newegg and would prefer to buy all the parts from one location if possible.


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: I like Intel and Nvidia but open to suggestions. Want a tower with a lot of space for upgrades.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1680 X 1050


Additional Comments: I want a computer that will not need upgrades for a couple years, other than possibly buying a second monitor and I want it to run any game coming out at max.

Parts I have selected are -

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229

Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...
$99

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140 (2 sets for 8 gigs, if it will fit fine. I know people said 4 was suitable for gaming, but it is cheap and would like more)

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$239

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$224

XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

TEAC Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE/ATAPI DVD-ROM Drive Model DV516E/B/S
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$32

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$370 (Out of stock, hoping it comes back quick) (Are 2 required or can I grab another one down the road and not have trouble now?)

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39

ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189 (Has good reviews and is slightly cheaper than the Samsung mentioned)

Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16

MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$5

Total without OS and 1 graphics card -
1850

Is the 2600k a big enough jump from the 2500k cpu for the 100 dollar price increase? Will swap it in if it is.

I am willing to drop the blu-ray drive. I also don't know what fans to go with.

Do all of these parts match up? Is the power supply strong enough for it? I have a 1000w power supply in my current computer but I don't know the make/model, just from Dell in a premade computer from them.

For operating system I was looking at Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. The way I understand it, the other versions can only handle 16 gigs of ram and I want to have this one last awhile.


Is there anything I am forgetting? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 10:21:14 AM

You don't need to spend 2200 for a build of that monitor res that is for sure. For that matter the 480 isn't the best choice as of now. Runs hot, eats power, and is pretty loud. A better option for that resolution is getting two 6850s in cf or two 460s in SLI. Or a single card solution would be the 6950 or the 6870 (most likely the 6870).

Also the Sandy Bridge series is coming out soon, the i5 2500K is only 200$ and will out preform your 290$ i7 950. I'm not sure if you were aware of this. Also the mobo isn't going to work fyi as SB is its own socket. 1155. I'm not going to post links since I'm typing this on my G2 but just research it. Pleanty of links on Toms alone. Suprised you never heard of it, the buzz of intel at CES.

Finally, your HDD I recommend Samsung Spinpoint F3s cheaper and faster as from 6 Sata to Sata 3 there isn't a difference and that WD is just more expensive for the same performance. I don't believe F3s come in 2tbs but they come in 1tb. Oh I didn't look carefully but you don't seem to have an SSD. I think getting one for boots would be a good idea, that being and new Sandforce controller. IE Vertex 2 or a Mushin Callisto
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 4:29:38 PM

running 1680 x 1050 with a gtx 480 is insanity you need to buy a new monitor get this nice samsung http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PX2370-23-Inch-Widescreen... 1920 x 1080 LED screen looks beautiful ($280)

Okay now to revise your build:

Case: HAF 922 instead bigger than you need get from amazon for free shipping http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow... the haf x is only if you need water-cooling ($100)

RAM: your RAM is incompatible with the chipset get this instead which is only 4gb you only need 4 for gaming http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($70)

Mobo: put more money into your mobo at this budget get the maximus IV when it comes out for ($250)
CPu; good ($225)
PSU: this xfx 850w is a better quality cheaper (with MIR) psu read some reviews on johnnyguru http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($110)
HDD: good choice ($70)
SSD: at this budget an SSD is essential get this vertex 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($200) after MIR
ODD: no blu ray but a great basic drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($20)
GPU: go for the red team and unlock the 6950 to a 6970 google it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($285) with MIR
you don't need anything below that
optional (for overclocking): hyper 212+ amazon for cheaper price, 2 fans, free shipping http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ... sometimes it will go to ($25)
Total: $1635 w/o os get7 home premium 64 bit w/os 1735
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 4:39:49 PM

It does look at my suggestion before posting please it really annoys me
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 5:32:48 PM

He just hasn't updated his build don't be hatin'
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 5:41:37 PM

what the heck, now you be hatin' on me just because I'm newer to this forum than you just pipe down and wait for the OP to reply. btw I have contributed more to this thread than you, you're in the background
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 6:26:44 PM

As was said, that RAM set if for a 1366 based system.

Sound card wholly unnecessary these days w/ quality of on board sound.

No need for a network card, it's already on board

Have included a monitor since your resolution is so low and budget allows

TX series PSU not really suitable for high OC's and twin GFX.... Could use an HX850 but CP-850 is it;s performance equal, it's quieter than the HX and is much cheaper.

Having recently built with both, recommending the DF85 over the HAF-X (air filters, hot swap SSD baf, full fan speed control).

The 570 and 6970 are pretty well matched, more so than any competing cards from ATI amd nVidia in years. But with factory overclocked version of the 570 at same price as the stock 6970, that's enough to swing it for me.

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $240 - ASUS P8P67 Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $330 - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $70 - 2 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $190 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Cost $2,339 w/o any combo discounts

Add aother DVD writer if ya think ya have a use for it ....I havent done a build w/ twin opticals in over 3 yearts tho

DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As an alternative, ya can get one 580 now and save adding the 2nd one for the future , however ya will wanna swap the PSU out for a CP-1000 .... system price then is $2,139

Finally, consider Win 7-64 Pro as XP mode provides additional compatibility w/ older programs and games.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 9:56:57 PM

Welll I think that he doesn't really need to use ALL 2200$. OP still hasn't replied yet but I really think 1500$ is really the most a computer even needs. Even at 1920x1080. SLI or CF 460/6850 can handle that at a low price or the 6950 as a single card solution.
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January 10, 2011 1:34:04 AM

Swapped out several items and added a monitor. I think picking the parts might be more stressful than putting them together! :D 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2011 6:05:34 AM

Meh if you really haven't built one before it is. Once you have, you'll have an idea of what kinda buiild or parts you want in your computer. You really don't need to spend 2200 to build a computer. I will tell you right now, if you didn't include your monitor, 1500 could max out any game now a days at 1680x1080. It would also run PS5 at 1500$. So 2200 for me would've added water cooling already. Course you don't have to do that.
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