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First Time Gaming Build 1000-1400 USD

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May 28, 2011 3:28:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late June - Early July

Budget Range: Under 1400 USD Before Rebates

System Usage: Primarily gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts
: www.newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:
No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:
I have never built a computer before and really need criticism on my current build and possible suggestions. I am unsure on what to go with for motherboards and GPUs. I'm currently not sure if an SSD or sound card would be worth it.

I am unsure about overclocking, but from what I have heard it is not too hard, so I may dabble in it.

All in all, I want a really good gaming PC for under or around 1400 USD. Thanks for your input.


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CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER: Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DISK DRIVE: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Total:
Around 1200 USD
Err, hopefully I didn't miss anything. Once again thanks for any help you guys can give.
May 28, 2011 3:46:24 AM

Well, thats an amazing build. So good, I wouldn't even change much. The only things are swap the ram to this, it's faster/cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The other thing is, why that huge cooler? Unless you are doing some SERIOUS OCing, you don't need such a huge cooler.


The last thing is that the mobo you selected does not support crossfire. I would get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's a bit more, but worth it IMO.

Everything else is just peachy. Nice job.
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May 28, 2011 3:48:07 AM

GFX - Faster and $2 cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Scythe Mugen 2 beats the Noctua by 1C for half the price

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Quote:
Cogage Arrow 28.80°C over ambient
Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000 29.00°C over ambient
Zalman CNPS10X-Performa 29.71°C over ambient
Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ 29.80°C over ambient
Thermolab BARAM 29.84°C over ambient
Noctual NH-D14 (2x 140) 30.09°C over ambient


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair 8Gb $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Not putting the CP-850 in an Antec 1200 would be insanity.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Quote:
It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

Read the conclusions on the above page .... the 1200 and CP-850 were actually "made for each other". Yu can not put a better / quieter PSU in that box.


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May 28, 2011 3:59:06 AM

asrock p67 extreme4
go with the corsair ram it is also very good
scythe mugen 2 cpu cooler
and i agree with JackNaylorPE's gpu pick
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May 28, 2011 2:59:21 PM

that asrock pro3 wont allow you to sli/cf in the future go with the asrock p67 extreme4 if you will
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May 28, 2011 3:09:10 PM

***UPDATED BUILD***

CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD:ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER:Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DISK DRIVE: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Total:
Around 1200 USD
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May 28, 2011 3:23:24 PM

the only thing is that psu sucks not even 80 plus bronze rated go with the tx750
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May 28, 2011 3:42:48 PM

The tx750 isn't bronzed rated either.
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