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First time pc build, will it all mesh?

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April 11, 2011 5:10:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: some parts on their way, some yet to be ordered


Budget Range: 1000-1300 but flexible


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, everyday school/internet stuff

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card (gonna go with the oem audio chipset for now, see how it works)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirct, mcmelectronics, any other good ones


Country of Origin: US


Overclocking: probably eventually


SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050

The first group here are the parts I plan on getting yet still haven't ordered.

CPU: Core i5-2500k Unlocked http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive: WD1002FAEx Caviar Black 1TB. 7200rpm. SATA 6BG/s. 3.5". http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Ultra LSP 750W. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: Thermaltake VM600M1W2Z Dokker Mid. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The following parts are en route already and if they don't sync up with the rest hopefully adjustments can be made. If not and these parts aren't at all compatible or just junk I suppose I can always return them.

Video Card: Radeon XFX HD 5850. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Memory: 2X Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Rev 3.0. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Hannspree 22" 1680x1050. http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/58-14920


That should be everything. Am I missing anything? Also, that PSU comes with a 135mm fan whereas the specs for the case say its meant to fit 120mm fans. Since, I'm guessing, these are referring to optional fans will this be a problem? Also, if any of this gear is overkill for what I have or am looking for, that's ok. At some point I imagine I'll be upgrading and my plan was to have that option to later on. Thanks for taking the time to look this over!

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April 11, 2011 5:13:50 AM

Check out my 1000$ build. You'll get a lot more performance and more upgrade ability.

I'm not a big fan of Ultra, their PSUs suck compared to most of the bigger brands. Also that HDD costs wayyyyy to much get the Samsung F3 for similar performance but save 30$.
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April 11, 2011 5:39:42 AM

^+1 to both AznShinobi's suggestions. Ultra PSUs are not recommended when you can go with a top brand like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Enermax and Silverstone.

I also suggest you check out this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Best case in that price range in my opinion.
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April 11, 2011 6:39:14 AM

Great tips guys thanks. I'll definitely be switching up my psu and hdd. Probably get that other case too. And AznShinobi, in terms of higher performance with your $1000 build, is this mostly coming from the better gpu? The other specs seem fairly similar especially with hdd/psu upgrade tips you and anort gave me. With the 5850 will I still be able to play high end games with it? Hopefully shogun 2, crysis, fallout3 and such. Having to throw in a monitor pushes my budget more than I'd like so I'm hoping to stick with the 5850 as long as I'll be satisfied with it.
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April 11, 2011 1:53:45 PM

It can, I use it personally, but it was the top of the line. A year ago. It's aged and there are MANY cards that can top it. The 6870, the 560 Ti, the 6950 1gb/2gb. Any of the cards just listed would last you a long time.

I have the same resolution as you, and personally I already see the aging, It handles Crysis 2 @ moderate settings, but not with all the eyecandy. It's aging sadly :( 
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April 11, 2011 3:05:53 PM

^I was going to mention something about the monitor. It is just a waste to spend that much on a 1680x1050 monitor when you can get a full 1080p one at the same/lower cost.
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