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First build ever ($1000 Mid-High Gaming PC)

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May 30, 2011 4:51:03 AM

Well, I'm building a mid-high range gaming PC for the first time, and would like some part suggestions.

UPDATE: Using an AMD build instead. Also changed a few parts

Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (this week, hopefully before Memorial Day sales end)

Budget Range: <$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet use

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, possibly Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular; currently using an AMD build, but not completely decided

Overclocking: Not now, but maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Uhh, what's the best resolution for a 19" Widescreen TV?

Additional Comments:
- Quiet
- Sturdy (will be moving in and out frequently)
- Case w/ side windows and (blue) LED preferred

These are the parts I'm looking at right now:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Also, a few questions:
1. Sound cards: Do I need one?
2. The HD I'm ordering doesn't come with its own SATA cables. Will this cable do the job?
3. Should I get a USB 3.0 port?
a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2011 8:16:10 AM

Sadly building an AMD system today is a waste of money in this price bracket .

The intel i5 2500k is far ahead of the Phenom.
Have a look at the $1000 build in the system builder marathon .

The good news is that AMD will introduce a new range of processors in the next week . They should be competitive with the intel processors and might be better .
Wait a week , and in the mean time google " amd bulldozer"
May 30, 2011 3:26:32 PM

Right, I did hear stuff about that.

Anyway, changed a good part of my builds.

Also, will I ever need 8GB of RAM?