First Time Gaming Build 1000-1400 USD

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=N82E16811129100

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

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=N82E16813157251

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=N82E16814130604

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

COOLER: Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

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=N82E16827151232&cm_re=bluray_drive-_-27-151-232-_-Product

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Current Total:
Around 1200 USD
Err, hopefully I didn't miss anything. Once again thanks for any help you guys can give.
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  1. 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=N82E16820231460&cm_re=g.skill_1866-_-20-231-460-_-Product

    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=N82E16813157229&cm_re=asrock_p67-_-13-157-229-_-Product It's a bit more, but worth it IMO.

    Everything else is just peachy. Nice job.
  2. GFX - Faster and $2 cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

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

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=19

    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=N82E16835185142&Tpk=scmg%202100

    RAM - Corsair 8Gb $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

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

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=142

    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.
  3. 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
  4. Thanks for the input guys
  5. that asrock pro3 wont allow you to sli/cf in the future go with the asrock p67 extreme4 if you will
  6. ***UPDATED BUILD***

    CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    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=N82E16813157229

    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=N82E16814130651

    PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

    COOLER:Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    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=N82E16827151232&cm_re=bluray_drive-_-27-151-232-_-Product

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Current Total:
    Around 1200 USD
  7. there we go
  8. the only thing is that psu sucks not even 80 plus bronze rated go with the tx750
  9. The tx750 isn't bronzed rated either.
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