Sandy Bridge - 1st time builder Gaming Enthusiast

I'm looking to build my first desktop PC. I typically play WoW and SC2, but haven't been able to play either at high levels. Been a long since I played a first person shooter, with the right computer I could pick it up again.

Thank you very much for the help and opinions. I usually get a new computer ever 2 years. ________________________________________________________________
Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to order in the next week

Budget Range: about $1,000-$1,300 if I have too. I would prefer to stay in the $1k range if I can.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly a gaming machine, surfing the net.

Parts Not Required: I have a keyboard, mouse, and a Dell monitor 17-19"? laying around. I'm looking to pick up Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or TigerDirect.

Country of Origin: NY, NY USA

Parts Preferences: Not that experienced, this is my first build.

Overclocking: Not initially. I am open to overclocking towards the end of the life of the computer to squeeze more time out of it.

SLI or Crossfire: No Preference

Monitor Resolution: ?? 17" Flatpanel

Additional Comments: Wife wants a quiet computers. She's also an avid digital photographer and probably would love to hijack my machine to do photo-edits.
CASE: CM-690 II $89

Friend is using this case. Really likes it.

CPU: Intel I7 -2600k $328

MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $99.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 $109

Not sure if I overdid it with 750Watts.

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $255

HDD (2): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99@ $130 total

CD\DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R $25

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $29.99

Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $9.99


I really want to make sure everything is compatible and that I'm getting the most bang for the $1k-$1.3k spent.

Thanks for your help
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  1. Hello sc94;

    Good job. You're on track to turn your WoW & SC2 performance around in the other direction.
    With a 17" LCD you're screen resolution is probably 1280x1024 or possibly 1440x900.
    Any plans to upgrade your monitor? The HD 6950 (excellent choice) is more video card than you need if you're not.

    To nudge that budget into your preferred range there are a couple things you can do.
    Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz + CPU cooler combo deal $242
    + CM Hyper 212+ cooler Has it's own thermal compound included.
    ASUS P8P67 P67 motherboard ~$150
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 RAM $85
    LITE-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner $18 & free shipping
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD & Win7 combo deal $160 - Can you do 1 now and 1 later when you need it?
    + Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card $245 & $20 rebate
    CM Silent Pro M600 600W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply $70 sized for a single video card system
    CM RC-690-KKN1-GP Case $80 & $10 rebate w/ free shipping
    ~$1050 before rebates, taxes & shipping.

    I think you were looking at ~$1378 previously with Windows 7 added in.
    Using the Asus P8P67 motherboard & CM Silent Pro M600 video card means your video card upgrade path would be selling your HD 6950 video card in 18~24 months and getting a next gen +2 video card. And probably overclocking your CPU from 3.3Ghz to 4.2Ghz about the same time.
  2. Thanks!

    Maybe I can use some of the savings for a good screen?
  3. sc94 said:
    Maybe I can use some of the savings for a good screen?
    A smart move IMO.
    SUS VH238H Black 23" 1920x1080 LCD Monitor $190 & $10 rebate
    or in the 21.5" size Asus VE228H 21.5" 1920x1080 LED LCD $160 & $10 rebate
  4. Couldn't find the mobo: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) on NewEgg or TigerDirect in Stock. What other boards will work with my components? Or should I just wait?
  5. A week ago there were only five MBs listed @ NewEgg. 21 at last count but they're moving out fast. You have a fair chance of snagging a board in the week ahead.
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 $135 is available (at least at this moment) and pretty much the equivalent of the ASUS P8P67.
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