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First Time Building, NEED HELP!! gaming build

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March 20, 2011 7:01:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 3 wks

Budget Range: trying to aim for less than 1k before rebates/taxes/shipping, but looking unlikely (can be a little over 1k)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Watching Movies, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: will be needing everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: i would like it to be a intel system, keep the monitor i have chosen

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure

Additional Comments: it'd be nice to have a better looking case, but unnecessary

here is what i have so far:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Combo Price: $246.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Combo Price: $134.98

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Now: $49.99

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
Now: $89.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Now: $159.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
Now: $17.99


Total before taxes/shipping/rebates: $934.90

i'm looking for the right mobo.

As I've stated, this is my first time building a comp. So I may have made compatibility issues with this build. Please correct any of my mistakes.

any help is appreciated, thank you!

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March 21, 2011 2:26:08 AM

Total $937 w/o monitor but well worth the investment ... the 560 900Mhz is just a bit below the 570 / 6970. The CAse and PSU can handle two of them as can the MoBo. Adding another GFX card down the line will extend system life 12 - 18 months. P8P67 Pro isn't back on newegg yet but shud be in next week.

Total w/ Monitor = $1,017

Case - $55 - Antec 300
PSU - $110 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM - $30 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $260 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED

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March 21, 2011 3:00:48 AM

If your not going to overclock, I see no reason to get the K series CPU. $35 separates it from the 2400 which is only 200 MHz slower; that money could then be invested towards better graphics (like the GTX 560 Ti suggested above).
March 21, 2011 8:28:38 PM

what mobo do you guys recommend??
March 21, 2011 9:14:25 PM

As far as motherboards go, you won't be needing anything extensive since you aren't overclocking.

I've had a GIGABYTE and an ASUS board and while they were not top of the line, they still performed well (with heavy 24/7 OCs). I knew a friend of a friend who's had an ASRock for a few months and it's still running with no problems (no OCing). I don't pay too much attention to brand names; generally you get what you pay for.

Anyways, you can probably get away with a cheap motherboard since you won't need the higher build quality (VRMs, chokes, etc) associated with an OCing board.