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January 22, 2011 11:23:18 PM

This is my first time building a computer, I know very little. I would like to know if these components will work together and if I should make any substitutions. This computer will be mainly for gaming - my main goal is to be able to play most/all games that come out in the next 2 years. Budget is $1000 - $1200.

Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor

Overclocking: If I can figure out how to.

SLI: No

Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

What I have so far:

CPU: i5 2500k - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Video Card: GeForce GTX 470 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Samsung 1TP Spinpoint 7200 RPM - http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 1333 4x2gb (8gb total) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD drive: ASUS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Roswell challanger - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Win 7 home premium

CPU Cooler (Do I need one?): COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless network card: Any recommendations?

This all comes out to about $1200.

I really appreciate your help.

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January 23, 2011 12:21:11 AM

Why not go for 2x4GB? Basically the same price, greater resale value and/or easier upgrade in the future. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(I like these mushkins as they're a bit cheaper and are less likely to interfere with CPU coolers.)

As for the CPU cooler, the stock one would be fine, but the 212 will give you better cooling (ie higher OC) and/or less noise, and only costs $30 or so, so I'd go for it.

PSU is good. This one's not as good but is still decent, and is a fair bit cheaper. Should be fine for your system since you don't plan to go SLI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like the CPU / MB / HDD.

Radeon HD 6950 is a better card than the GTX 470 and can be had for cheaper than the one you picked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 23, 2011 1:22:51 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $123.99
ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $238.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $82.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off with promo code HARDOCPX119A, ends 1/26
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

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ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 012-P3-1570-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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $184.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $174.98
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS PCE-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WI-Fi alliance WPA, WPA2

Total: $1,140.89 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc..
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January 23, 2011 1:30:29 AM

Thank you both for the replies.

This is what I've decided to change:
- motherboard - Asrock Extreme4 P67
- video card - Radeon HD 6950
- RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4gb...Which one do I want?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- PSU - Corsair 600W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Case - maybe coolermaster 922 haf, not sure if i want to spend the extra money.

Edit: Changing my mind again...
Thanks Why_me for the combo deals, that'll save me some money.
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January 23, 2011 1:30:47 AM

shinobs posted a nice link there check it out

Now on to my suggestions:
CPU- good choice ($225)
Mobo- it might be nice to have the option of adding a second video card to continue play games on max in order to have this option you need an SLI enabled board the asrock p67 extreme4 is the best choice for your budget http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($153)
GPU (vid card)- don't get a 6950 for 1920x1080 you don't need 2gb of memory the card you chose is a good deal and will be excellent once overclocked later for maximum frames add a second card before this item is deactivated though ($240 AR)
HDD (last D for Disk)- good choice ($65) buy this from newegg amazon has some packaging issues with HDDs
RAM- If this is for gaming 4gb is the way to go get this mushkin silverline set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($40)
DVD drive- good choice ($17)
Case- the challenger is great for this budget ($55)
PSU- If you want to run dual power hungry 470s later an 850w is the way to go this xfx is highly reviewed and is cheap http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($110 AR)
OS- look at this link http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/d... if you don't qualify get a friend/family member/mafia contact to buy it for you ($65)
CPU cooler- good choice buy from amazon though ($25) the price fluctuates daily buy it when it hits 25 dollars, use stock cooling for a while if you have to SB runs cool
Wireless network card- rosewill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($22) RMA it if it doesn't works it is important with these cards to get the drivers all installed from the website and do it correctly otherwise reception will be horrible.

Total: $1017 (might want to check if I forgot something seems a bit low hmm)
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January 23, 2011 1:38:22 AM

Bassriff said:
Thank you both for the replies.

This is what I've decided to change:
- motherboard - Asrock Extreme4 P67
- video card - Radeon HD 6950
- RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4gb...Which one do I want?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- PSU - Corsair 600W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Case - maybe coolermaster 922 haf, not sure if i want to spend the extra money.


Go with the 4gb I posted before no need for 8gb with games only for heavy rendering/editing
Vid card- strech for the gtx 570 why posted or go for your original choice the 6950 isn't the best for 1920x1080 the nvidias offer better upgrade quality because they scale better

PSU- if planning to add a second card in the future get the 850w I posted if not go for the Asrock why posted with the 650tx (better quality)

If not going for a second card why_me's build is the best if you want the expandibility mine would be perfect with a HAF 922, the challenger will need more fans if it is to run dual 470s
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January 23, 2011 1:38:54 AM

Why not get the 6950 for cheaper than the GTX 470 he spec'ed though? It's a better card all around AND costs less. If he wants to save money, at that resolution he could go for a GTX 460, but that 470 doesn't make sense to me...

And yes, a nice 750W or 850W PSU would be good for SLI, but the OP mentioned that he wasn't going to do SLI. No point in running an 850W PSU at 300W peak and never hitting its highest efficiency.
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January 23, 2011 1:46:07 AM

The 6950 doesn't cost less before or after rebates at least according to the link you posted.

The reason the 470 makes sense is that it's being sold for pretty cheap these days it can be overclocked a bit with the non-stock cooler msi provides and it scales well in SLI

If the OP isn't going to do SLI I recommend this gtx 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... yes palit has a stupid warranty but the non-stock cooler allows this card to run at close to gtx 580 specs if you really keep your cards for more than two years get the evga gtx 570 soc
get 650tx
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January 23, 2011 1:46:24 AM

Ok, I'll go with the 4gb RAM then. With the money I'm saving with the combo deals and student version of Windows, I guess I can go for the gtx 570.
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January 23, 2011 2:34:32 AM

Bassriff said:
Ok, I'll go with the 4gb RAM then. With the money I'm saving with the combo deals and student version of Windows, I guess I can go for the gtx 570.


I'm not quite sure why there are so many reply's to your thread...especially ones mentioning gtx 460's when I just posted a build under your budget with a gtx 570. And the odds of anyone actually grabbing a second vid card for SLI after the first few months of purchasing are slim at best.

It's a rule of thumb ... 1 good vid card now > 2 so so vid cards later on. As far as the memory goes, better to have something with low heat spreaders so you don't have problems with applying your after market h/s. So if you want a possible SLI build...this is what has to change on that build I posted.

First off the mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Then the psu so you can run two of those 570's if you choose to add another one later on...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Then to save some $ here's the 2x2 gig version of that RAM...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585

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January 23, 2011 6:07:21 AM

joelmartinez said:
The 6950 doesn't cost less before or after rebates at least according to the link you posted.

The reason the 470 makes sense is that it's being sold for pretty cheap these days it can be overclocked a bit with the non-stock cooler msi provides and it scales well in SLI

If the OP isn't going to do SLI I recommend this gtx 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... yes palit has a stupid warranty but the non-stock cooler allows this card to run at close to gtx 580 specs if you really keep your cards for more than two years get the evga gtx 570 soc
get 650tx


Ah FFS again you're right and again I missed the MIR. I'd still choose a 6950 over a 470 though, even if it's actually $30 more. :)  Or, as you say, go up to the GTX 570 if he wants a bit more performance.
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January 23, 2011 7:03:39 AM

The 6950 is a better choice not because of pricing or whatever, but because 2gb actually DO help in higher resolutions like 1920x1080. Just saying.
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January 23, 2011 7:39:22 AM

6950 is way better..It only consumes 1/2 the power of a GTX470.Even if its slightly costlier than a GTX470, you can save more from energy bills. If you are looking for a higher GPU option, GTX570 is the way to go
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January 23, 2011 8:57:06 AM

Well, I don't know that you can say you save ALOT on power bills, maybe like 1-2$ vs the 470. But I do know the performance is a lot better. But yes the better GPU would be the 570.
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