$1300 computer system build needs to be reviewed

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few weeks, a month max.
Budget Range: 900-1350
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing
Parts Not Required: See below
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe down the road
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 See below

Case=COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196) 89.99

CPU=Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz-
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072) 224.99

(http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702) 232.98

Video Card=EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130565) 207.55

HDD=Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136697) 79.99

Memory=G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314) 58.98

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135224) 16.98

PSU=Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021) 79.99

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191) 52.95

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired
Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders OEM
Total Price = 1327.36

Now with all the specs laid out, a few things i can get windows 7 from my college,but in a year i will graduate and the license will be pulled. I know the motherboard is a little over kill, but as of right now i'm open to any suggestions, i just want one that will last a few years before i have to do a huge overhaul. The entire system is being build to play video games, more specific MMO'S (SWTOR.. and beyond). I am open to any suggestions (this is my first computer build).

Thank you for all you inputs in advance needhelp1989
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  1. Welcome Newcomer,

    Your overall configuration is well balanced, compatible and reasonable for your needs.

    Was going to recommend a less expensive motherboard, but the selection is slim to begin with, and several models are sold out. In fact, the Sabertooth is not available either. Wonder if the Japanese crisis is contributing to the lack of supply. Would you consider switching to an HD Radeon instead of the GTX 460? It is much easier to Crossfire than to SLI, so the selection is better there, at least for the moment. You should be able to save $50 on the motherboard if you switch.

    Here is a larger, cheaper hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB for $60 after promo code (buy before 3/30).

    For you RAM, recommend 8GB instead of 4GB: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB for $65 AR

    Your DVD was also sold out, but there are lots of those: ASUS Black 24X DVD for $26

    Finally, not sure what deal you get though school, but would it not make sense to defer the cash flow on the Windows license for another year? Who knows, the price may go down between now and then.
  2. What would you guys recommend for a different motherboard something like this?


    Cause i know the mother board i picked was a little over kill, and i have time to wait for any out of stock parts to come in, because this build is going to before the SWTOR mmo release some time this year ( all i know is Q1-Q2, and no system specs are out, but the dev's say they are trying to make it playable for majority of computers, also by the look of the closed beta graphics its not going to be too intense.

    also what the differences in mother boards, and does it really matter for a mid-range gaming pc?

    Also to the response that the tsunami has disrupted the supply of computing parts, its true the price of anything with Japanese materials jumped up, but the price and supply chain should be able to come back to a regular norm with in a few weeks, (Japanese are rebuilding plants, and other manufacturers (South Korea) are upping production of materials. I'm a college student and we are studying it as of right now so. Also i get a free version from my college of windows 7 at anytime, but the licenses is renewed every year, and i will be graduating in a year so i would have to buy it anyways might as well have the disk with me, also i don't know how to down load windows 7 on a computer with no operation system so that would be a challenge
  3. That is the one i was looking at. It still might be overkill - you are paying for the extra PCIe slots to be able to run multiple cards. You generally pay a premium for boards that run multiple nVidia cards (SLI). There are also extra features to modulate power, enable overclocking and such.

    You indicated these were nice to have features, and if you use them, will enable significant gains in your ability to game at the high end.
  4. If you do not have any OS installed, you typically load it through some other boot device - usually a DVD disk, possibly a usb drive.

    Interesting that academia is predicting supply recovery in weeks. There must have been excess manufacturing capacity before the tsunami. I am a bit skeptical still because the nuclear situation has not yet stabilized.
  5. With is mother board, what kind of graphics card do you recommend, cause it frees up some cash, and in the future I'm hoping to just slowing overhaul as my income grows, so i'm looking for a mother board that will last for awhile 1-1 1/2 years before i have to replace/upgrade also do i need a sound card or does this MOBO come with standard sound, if so what would u recommend

  6. This build is set up so you can add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI.

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=023780 $89.99
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP)

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=26415&vpn=CMPSU-750TX&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1302 $89.99 CAD Savings Code 26415-1302. SAVE $25.00 off our regular price of $114.99 if you buy today! Special price ends 03/30/2011
    Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59093&vpn=P67A-GD53%20%28B3%29&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar $150.14 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $130.14 CAD
    MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3 Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58303&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1302 $249.99 CAD
    MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_612&item_id=026157 $45.88
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_210_212&item_id=030967 $64.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black (WD6402AAEX) 640GB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM)

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_61&item_id=029356 $24.99
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM

    Total: $932.96 CAD *not including mail in rebates, shipping, monitor, Windows 7, etc..

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=530&item_id=026488 $99.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_700_705&item_id=027209 Our Price$169.88 Mail-in Rebate -$15.00 Sale Price$ 154.88
    Asus MS238H, 23" Ultra Slim Widescreen LED Monitor, 1920x1080, 2ms, 10000000:1(ASCR), VGA, DVI-D, HDMI (Retail Box)
  7. Why spend $65 on a 640GB caviar black vs. Spinpoint F3 1TB for the same price? Often the F3 even dips down to $55.
  8. BADGJ31 said:
    Why spend $65 on a 640GB caviar black vs. Spinpoint F3 1TB for the same price? Often the F3 even dips down to $55.

    I'm guessing you didn't notice the OP is from Canada. Now go to newegg.ca, find that Samsung F3 ...look at the price, and then next to it look at the shipping charges. After you factor in shipping and taxes on that h/d it's not such a great deal. I like that F3 and I recommend it in just about every build I post on here, but for Canadians it's not such a great deal.
  9. Also i know i'm asking alot but can anyone make sure that what i have is compatible with each other, and that much PSU is high enough to run everything. sorry to ask this but with my current computer building knowledge i want to be safe.
  10. Why_Me said:
    I'm guessing you didn't notice the OP is from Canada. Now go to newegg.ca, find that Samsung F3 ...look at the price, and then next to it look at the shipping charges. After you factor in shipping and taxes on that h/d it's not such a great deal. I like that F3 and I recommend it in just about every build I post on here, but for Canadians it's not such a great deal.

    Oh I see. Yea I missed that - have yet to venture outside the US shopping network.
    @OP - Why_Me has a pretty good suggestion for your build. The PSU in your original post would power your setup just fine. However, the build that Why_Me has suggested would allow you the added benefit of being able to add an additional graphics card to your system at a later time. He's also included a much better graphics card right out the door and all for a lesser price.
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