$1300 or less Build advice

Alright so this would be my first build. I'm a little nervous that i'm going to screw something up but hey i'm still going to give it a shot. :D

Alright so I wanted to put together a good rig for gaming, but I am on a budget. Not interested in overclocking or Xfire/SLI. Trying to keep this thing somewhere around $1300 or less. I'm really in no rush to get this PC but I plan on purchasing it sometime in the next couple of weeks. Here are the parts i've chosen so far:

CPU: i5 2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

MOBO: MSI Mobo H67 B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130569

RAM: G SKILL Rip Jaws (4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

PSU: CoolerMaster 800w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

HDD: Samsung 1 TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

GPU: EVGA GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

Case: Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Monitor: Asus 24 inch Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

Optical Drive: Samsung CD/DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

All together it comes to about $1,264 (might be less using rebates). Your advice and part suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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  1. That board takes 1333 RAM. Also that psu is way over kill for that build. Here's a few idea's to take a look at.

    This psu down below is semi modular and it's more than enough to power a single 570.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.612608 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $159.98
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620739 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $429.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $419.98
    MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092 $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    And here's an LED Back Light monitor with 2ms response time...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112 $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)
  2. Thanks for that. Yeah I was going to use that PSU incase I decided to add another card in the future, but I think by the time i'm ready to upgrade, i'll just buy another good single card instead of dual.

    I switched out a couple of things I originally had for the changes you suggested, Why_me. This is also a nice monitor. With rebate, it will only be 179.
  3. PacFan7 said:
    Thanks for that. Yeah I was going to use that PSU incase I decided to add another card in the future, but I think by the time i'm ready to upgrade, i'll just buy another good single card instead of dual.

    There's no way to add a second card with that mobo. It's a single card board (single PCI-E slot).
  4. Gotcha.

    Any other suggestions you may have? The current price is $1,296 and it should be about 20-30 cheaper with a couple of rebates(not including shipping).
  5. PacFan7 said:
    Gotcha.

    Any other suggestions you may have? The current price is $1,296 and it should be about 20-30 cheaper with a couple of rebates(not including shipping).

    It all looks good. That rig should rock when you get it put together. :)
  6. PacFan7 said:
    Any other suggestions you may have?
    If you find a way to fit a P67 board and the "K" CPU (i5-2500K), it would allow you to OC. I know you said you are not interested in that, but seeing how easy it is to OC a Sandy Bridge CPU, I find it's a shame not to do it, even mildly; some people reported they just had to switch multiplier from 33 to 40 to get this thing to 4GHz, didn't even need to change voltage. If you don't want to OC right now, you can also see it as an "upgrade path", a way to prolong the usable life the that CPU for minimal investment in 1-2 years.
  7. Zenthar said:
    If you find a way to fit a P67 board and the "K" CPU (i5-2500K), it would allow you to OC. I know you said you are not interested in that, but seeing how easy it is to OC a Sandy Bridge CPU, I find it's a shame not to do it, even mildly; some people reported they just had to switch multiplier from 33 to 40 to get this thing to 4GHz, didn't even need to change voltage. If you don't want to OC right now, you can also see it as an "upgrade path", a way to prolong the usable life the that CPU for minimal investment in 1-2 years.


    Would the 2500k run cool enough while OC'd with the stock cooler?
  8. PacFan7 said:
    Would the 2500k run cool enough while OC'd with the stock cooler?
    I think you will be able to OC a little bit with the stock cooler if you got a well ventilated case (Antec 900 is good), probably between 3.5-4Ghz, but a 30$ cooler could allow you to reach close to 5Ghz (this requires more effort like voltage tweaking), but I'm sure you could find those settings on the web.
  9. Alright so here's a little something I put together with some of the advice I got from you guys.

    I decided to go ahead and go with the 2500k over the non-K version. The price is a little bit more but the money will be well spent. I will overclock a bit, but not to crazy. Atleast for now :)

    I also went with the 560 over the 570 to squeeze in the 2500k in my budget. I also made sure to get a Mobo where I could SLI later on and add another 560 when I choose to do so.

    This build comes out to $1,366.65 with shipping(rebates not included in the price). So how does this one look?

    CPU: i5 2500k

    MOBO: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Case and PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE and Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Monitor: ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor

    OS: Windows 7 Home
  10. Yeah I saw those combos and they were sold out at the time. The next time I get paid(next week), i'll be able to purchase it. Just hope I don't screw anything up putting it together!

    Thanks for the help guys.
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