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First Budget Gaming Build

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May 27, 2011 3:06:10 AM

Hey guys, building my first ever Budget Gaming Build. Really nervous and trying to make sure I can get the best build for the money.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Less than 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and gaming, Movies, Music, Programming, etc...

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tigerdirect, and amazon. OR ANY other place that's cheap.

Country of Origin: USA!

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I want the best bang for the buck so don't care at this point.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Future?)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Best performance per dollar. I want it to play SCII on Ultra at 50 fps or more (if possible).

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May 27, 2011 3:17:05 AM
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2011 3:29:03 AM

^ You forgot the CPU.
i5 2500K

I'd get this 560 Ti instead, it'll OC better plus it's already stock the OC'd and the cooler is just great. Plus! Great MIR, cheaper off Amazon.

The Samsung F3 is also cheaper off Amazon.

Great cooler, if you want to save a little though. Here is a great deal on Amazon. It's the Hyper 212+, 28$ at the time of posting.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2011 3:29:26 AM

Overall, your build looks fantastic though!
May 27, 2011 7:59:22 AM

Just found out about nucrocenters deal for the ii5-2500k

Any more suggestions/deals/compatibility issues I missed? Thanks for the help!

Here's how it's looking like. Can I SLi AND Overclock the CPU and GPU?

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99

CD: LG $19.99

CASE: HAF 912 $59.99

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $61.34

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 $229.99

PSU: Antec Green 650W $64.99

RAM: 8GB GSKILL SNIPER 1866 $74.99

Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 $129.99

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $29.51

Total: $863.84 After MIR
May 27, 2011 12:55:25 PM

You probably meant microcenter.
May 27, 2011 4:18:46 PM

I've been looking at the MSI P67A-g43 too. I have found one minor problem with it.

As far as I know the problem has not been fixed. What this means is that the MSI P67 mobo's might not work with certain GSkill ram. Including your 1866 ram! It's stupid if MSI doesn't resolve this issue as GSkill is some of the most popular ram.

I would either choose another brand of ram or, better yet, another mobo. Because of the ram issue I've been looking at for around the same price and features.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
May 28, 2011 1:41:13 AM

To, saoood can you reword that to make it a bit more clear. I want to go with the GIGABYTE z68, but it has one PCI Slot.
a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2011 4:18:10 AM

Why are you guys recommending these boards if OP wants to SLI? Boards running 16x/4x DO NOT SUPPORT SLI. Only CF. Only boards running 8x/8x or 16x/8x or 16x/16x can support SLI!