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First time build, $1400 Gaming PC, Advice?

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May 14, 2011 6:53:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Wednesday

Budget Range: $1400 before rebates and after taxes and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, movies, internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions, but please have a good reason for choosing the part

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: One thing i'm uncertain of is the case, I dont know if everything will fit in there nicely or if it will be a little tight. I've done quite a bit of research while looking for parts to build this PC, but seeing as this is my first time doing this I figured a some advice wouldn't hurt in the least.

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAZER Arctosa Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System

APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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May 14, 2011 7:51:00 PM

MoBo - Can't do SLI / CF so no upgrade possibilities
CPU - 2600 offers you HT, none of your stated uses need HT, save $100 and get the 2500k which will OC to 4.8Ghz w/o heat issues.
Case - I know you like it but you don't put $1400 worth of components in a $35 case ... you get what you pay for
PSU - 2nd tier PSU, undersized for future addition of 2nd GFX card, recommended one is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru rating)
GFX card - weak selection for a $1400 build
RAM - Avoid the tall heat sinks which are present for looks only.
HD - Equivalent SATA II drive from Samsung is $20 cheaper and SATA III isn't helping you any on a mechanical drive.

Here's my typical $1400 build ....

Case - $120 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $160 - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - $62 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $35 - Logitech MX-518 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 14, 2011 8:37:19 PM

This M/b is a better pick for you since it is the newer z68 chipset and can run crossfire all for the same price as the one you have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is not as good as the one that JackNaylorPE suggested though

Like the other person said the gamma case is targeted for low budget builds and I'm not trying to knock it cause I own one. But the steel is very thin and I've read that aftermarket cpu coolers won't fit when top case fans are installed.
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May 15, 2011 1:02:56 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
MoBo - Can't do SLI / CF so no upgrade possibilities
CPU - 2600 offers you HT, none of your stated uses need HT, save $100 and get the 2500k which will OC to 4.8Ghz w/o heat issues.
Case - I know you like it but you don't put $1400 worth of components in a $35 case ... you get what you pay for
PSU - 2nd tier PSU, undersized for future addition of 2nd GFX card, recommended one is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru rating)
GFX card - weak selection for a $1400 build
RAM - Avoid the tall heat sinks which are present for looks only.
HD - Equivalent SATA II drive from Samsung is $20 cheaper and SATA III isn't helping you any on a mechanical drive.

Here's my typical $1400 build ....

Case - $120 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $160 - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - $62 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $35 - Logitech MX-518 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for gathering the information and addressing some problems in my build.
The only problem I have, is that I only have $1400. After the taxes and shipping this build is over the price that I can spend(I don't have the funds to spend a little extra and wait on the rebates).
I don't need a monitor so I left that out.
I looked over some other GFX I could purchase and came across
GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
If you would be willing to give me your thoughts on this card or suggest a cheaper alternative that would be much appreciated.
Aswell as an alternative PSU as the one you provided is sold out and I'm looking to purchase everything by next Wednesday.
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May 15, 2011 2:04:33 AM

GTX550 is not worth the money; the GTX460(1gb) is worth it. Drop the bogus 'gaming keyboard' and 'gaming mouse', and you can afford it.
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