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$1000 Gaming first build

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January 13, 2011 4:01:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(mainly), surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: eventually (I plan on buying the CPU fan and Therm when the need arises)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I am a one card user so I do not plan on SLI/Crossfire any time soon. I would appreciate some help in selecting a motherboard for my setup, The one I have listed below I simply choose with my limited knowledge and because it seemed most used with setups like mine.

Current setup

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.neweggcom/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
(I know there is free shipping in amazon but I have dealt with their free supper savings shipping before and its incredibly slow, I rather have the case arrive close to the parts)

GPU: GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P8P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS Black 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
+(Combo)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Subtotal after rebates: $959.92

I would like to know if this setup is compatible and any help in component selection would be appreciated. Comment or no this community has been great help for a first time build.

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January 13, 2011 5:07:52 AM

Thank you for the quick reply and alternatives, they all seem good. I will take up that CPU+MoBo combo, to bad I already own the game or else it would be more savings.

I was trying to stick with Corsair PSU's but if your suggesting Cooler Master I guess it can not be bad. I am assuming the 600W will be able to handle overclocking the 570 and CPU when I get to that.

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January 13, 2011 5:30:50 AM

^ Some of the CM PSUs are very good and it is one of those,... But as you will be overclocking both the CPU and GPU, IMO it would be better to stick with the Corsair 650TX as it would have little more headroom,... Or this XFX 650W - It is as good as the Corsair or even better and is modular would cost lower after rebates,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 13, 2011 6:32:35 AM

I Will definitely pick up the XFX 650W then.

Current Build:

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
(I am sure the 912 is enough but I love the look of this case)
GPU: GeForce GTX 570
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3
Optical: ASUS Black 24X DVD
CPU: I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W

Subtotal after rebate: $904.92

I seem to have put my budget to high for my own taste

I will probably put the rest of the budget towards improving my external equipment (mouse, keyboard) as the above build looks pretty solid to me.

I appreciate the help



January 13, 2011 4:01:16 PM

If you plan on overclocking, I would suggest getting an aftermarket heatsink for your CPU. If you're on a budget, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is pretty good, and is not massive.
January 13, 2011 4:09:08 PM

Sequences said:
If you plan on overclocking, I would suggest getting an aftermarket heatsink for your CPU. If you're on a budget, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is pretty good, and is not massive.


If you are on a budget, there is no need to get an aftermarket heatsink, as that cpu can hit 4GHz on the stock cooler.

But if you have the extra money, and want to push your cpu to the limit, then getting an aftermarket heat sink is a good idea.
January 13, 2011 4:36:14 PM

amk did a good job describing my logic for not throwing a heatsink in there. since I am on budget I will save the heavy overclocking when I get the CPU fan and therm later.
January 13, 2011 8:32:47 PM

recon5000 said:
amk did a good job describing my logic for not throwing a heatsink in there. since I am on budget I will save the heavy overclocking when I get the CPU fan and therm later.


Good call sir.
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