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Trying to buy a gaming system around 1200$

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March 29, 2011 6:51:16 AM

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to build my own system (first one!!!), and did some research, but thought that it would be more wise to ask the opinion of more experienced folks :)  I am trying to build a gaming rig, and I hoping it will last me for a while(1 year+). I would appreciate if you could tell me if anything in my build is bottlenecking anything/is not compatible/waste of money etc. Also I am planning to OC, but nothing really extreme(obviously). I am sort of flexible with my budget, but would definitely prefer not to go higher than that (even less if possible, I am sure I did not find the best deals out there).

I was thinking of doing gtx 570 SLI after a while, when prices of 570's will go down ;) 
I will be updating my list as I progress in my journey in confusing computer world. ;D

Here is the form:

Approximate Purchase Date: mid-April

Budget Range: 1100$-1200$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Have only mouse;)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country of Origin: No Preference

Parts Preferences:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 188.99$
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO 199.49$
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB(2x2GB) kit 1600 MHz 1.5v 54.99$
Power Supply: Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt 89.99$
HardDrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 59.30$
Video: Asus GTX 570 DC II 1280 mb 349.99$
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) 84.99$
Cd-rom: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) 22.99$
Keyboard: Logitech Wired Keyboard K200 15.70$
Monitor: ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor 189.99$
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 29.99
Total: ~1287$

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080(or lower if I end up getting a 19 inch)

Additional Comments: I am okay with a 19 inch monitor, however I wasn't able to find a good one(with HDMI port), so if someone could suggest one it would be nice.


Thank you.

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March 29, 2011 8:30:05 AM

Looks like a good build. However, you don't really need HDMI unless youre planning to use the speakers on your monitor which i doubt youd want to do. VGA/DVI can carry HD signal, they just don't do sound. Although if you want HDMI for some other reason, my suggestion is to buy a TV instead of a monitor, most LCD/LED TV's nowadays do the same sorts of resolutions etc and work great as monitors.
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March 29, 2011 8:35:11 AM

I wanted sometimes use it for my XBOX360 :) 

On the side note, do I need a cooler for the CPU for OC'ing? or the one that comes with it is good enough?If yes is there a way to buy the CPU without the stock cooler?
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March 29, 2011 8:35:40 AM

Another thing, i'd advise against a wireless keyboard and mouse, especially the mouse. I had some and sometimes the cursor would be a bit jittery and unresponsive, it wasn't much but it was enough to piss me off while playing games, while surfing and stuff you don't really notice it. Also, this is purely personal preference because that build looks great but i would get a GTX 560Ti and cheap out on the keyboard and possibly the motherboard to get a SSD. (A cheaper P67 motherboard would still overclock fine, you just wouldn't be able to use SLI.)
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March 29, 2011 8:37:55 AM

Yeah you can buy a CPU with OEM after the product title, that means it doesn't come with a cooler. I'm led to beleive that you should be able to hit 3.8-4Ghz on that CPU with the stock cooler. (with good airflow) If you want to get higher than that then yes i would suggest an aftermarket cooler.
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March 29, 2011 8:41:44 AM

danisoltani said:
Hi Everyone,

I am trying to build my own system (first one!!!), and did some research, but thought that it would be more wise to ask the opinion of more experienced folks :)  I am trying to build a gaming rig, and I hoping it will last me for a while(1 year+). I would appreciate if you could tell me if anything in my build is bottlenecking anything/is not compatible/waste of money etc. Also I am planning to OC, but nothing really extreme(obviously). I am sort of flexible with my budget, but would definitely prefer not to go higher than that (even less if possible, I am sure I did not find the best deals out there).

I was thinking of doing gtx 570 SLI after a while, when prices of 570's will go down ;) 

Here is the form:

Approximate Purchase Date: mid-April

Budget Range: 1100$-1200$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Have only mouse;)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country of Origin: No Preference

Parts Preferences:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 209.99$
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO ??? ~200$
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB(2x2GB) kit 1600 MHz 1.5v 54.99$
Power Supply: Coolmax 700W Dual Fan 59.99$
HardDrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 59.30$
Video: Asus GTX 570 1.2gb 1280 mb 349.99
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) 84.99$
Cd-rom: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) 22.99
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Keyboard K250 (Dark Fleur) 29.99$
Monitor: ASUS VE228H 21.5-Inch Wide (16:9) 5ms Response Time LED Monitor 159.99$

Total: ~1232$

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080(or lower if I end up getting a 19 inch)

Additional Comments: I am okay with a 19 inch monitor, however I wasn't able to find a good one(with HDMI port), so if someone could suggest one it would be nice.


Thank you.


That link for the CPU takes you to an i5-2500, not i5-2500k. The i5-2500 isn't good for overclocking. (Sorry for spamming your thread >_<)
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March 29, 2011 8:45:36 AM

jmsellars1 said:
That link for the CPU takes you to an i5-2500, not i5-2500k. The i5-2500 isn't good for overclocking. (Sorry for spamming your thread >_<)

Fixed. And there is no need to say sorry:)  Every bit of help is really appreciated. Thank you.1
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March 29, 2011 8:46:07 AM

A BIG definite NO on that Coolmax power supply. From a review of a different, but similar Coolmax power supply.

"Conclusions

We can’t understand how a manufacturer label a 450 W power supply as a 750 W and get away with it. We thought we had already got rid of this kind of thing here in the US, but we guess we were wrong.

Even if Coolmax CUL-750B could deliver its promised wattage it would still be a bad product, since its cables are short and it has only four SATA power connectors."

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Coolmax-CUL-750B...

Buy a good quality (Corsair, Antec,Seasonic,XFX,OCZ etc..) power supply and check reviews at www.jonnyguru.com or www.hardwaresecrets.com . Pay a bit more, but don't take a chance of instability or frying your system.
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March 29, 2011 12:15:42 PM

danisoltani, check your messages, i sent you a message.

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