First Budget Gaming Build

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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  1. Overall, your build looks fantastic though!
  2. 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
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    CD: LG $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    CASE: HAF 912 $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $61.34
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 $229.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JLNZXU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    PSU: Antec Green 650W $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

    RAM: 8GB GSKILL SNIPER 1866 $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

    Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $29.51
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Total: $863.84 After MIR
  3. You probably meant microcenter.
  4. I've been looking at the MSI P67A-g43 too. I have found one minor problem with it.

    http://www.gskill.us/forum/showthread.php?t=8076

    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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product for around the same price and features.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  5. ScrewySqrl said:


    Cup would lose any ability for future SLI/Crossfire (*8,*8). If sli options are not that important, though it would make a better choice I think.

    Also, the MSI G43 board sells for the same price on Amazon, BUT it has free shipping!
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-P67A-G43-B3-Intel-Motherboards/dp/B004QOAIA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1306527471&sr=8-1
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495
    i would use this it is z68 and it has three pcie slots the only thing it's missing is the pci slots
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
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