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Gaming PC - First Time Builder

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January 13, 2011 1:36:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks.


Budget Range: $1000-1400


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Internet, Entertainment, Word Processing/Office


Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, & Mouse,


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or wherever I can find things cheaper


Country of Origin: US



Parts Preferences:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper N520 Mirror Finished Copper Base Aluminum Fins 5 Heatpipes CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Finished-Aluminum-H...

Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost: A bit over 1100 before shipping/rebates. I haven't calculated the exact total.




Overclocking: Probably, when I learn more about it


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if I need too


Additional Comments: I've never built a PC from scratch, so I'll take any and all advice. I'm not particularly attached to any one part either (except the case maybe...), so please let me know what you think.


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January 13, 2011 2:10:23 AM

^ Good build, some good alternatives,...

CPU + Cooler
i5 + CM Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS + Corsair AX750 Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - You should take a look at this one,... NZXT Tempest EVO - Very similar to 900, but has more fans, all black interiors and good performance and cheaper too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
$15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU + Free Pen drive and a $ off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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January 13, 2011 8:24:12 PM

I like the case and HDD you suggested gkay... I will probably swap those out in my build above...

Is the PSU you linked any better than the one in my original build, or is it just a convienient combo? I liked the 850W over the 750 just so I'd have some extra expansion possibilities down the road.

Also, is the CM Hyper 212+ any better than my original build? I'm not exactly an expert on either PSU or CPU cooler (or really anything else for that matter)...

Thanks for the suggestions :) 
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January 14, 2011 2:18:34 AM

^ As for performance, Yes the AX750 is better - higher efficiency 80+ Gold, and for HD 6950 Crossfire, it can handle no issues,... But if you are still skeptical, then stick with the 850,...

CPU Cooler - The Hyper 212+ is one of the best budget air cooler out there,...
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January 14, 2011 2:23:09 AM

I know this is probably bumping my own post, which I feel bad about... but I wanted to update my parts list and check one more time for feedback... I'm probably going to buy this system this weekend, and I've looked at gkay's comments above, and he had alot of good stuff to say, so I wanted to give the Tom's community one more chance to look at my build.

If anyone has anymore feedback on my build, I'd love to hear it. This is a first time, first attempt; so I'd love some advice, and I'd like to know I'm spending the money on a system that will do what I'm paying for.

Thanks again, :) 



Updated Parts List...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.587645

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131682

XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150518

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139011

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145296

NZXT Tempest EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146062

Cooler Master Hyper N520 Mirror Finished Copper Base Aluminum Fins 5 Heatpipes CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151175
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January 14, 2011 2:27:40 AM

Thanks again gkay, you posted just as I was updating my list.... If you're confident in the CM Hyper 212+ then I'll swap it out for my original.
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