Need advice on mid-range budget gaming PC

(Sorry, forgot to include this part)

Approximate Purchase Date: Late June/Early July

Budget Range: $800-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, monitor, and OS

Preferred website for parts: I used Tigerdirect, but Newegg would work fine too

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences, as long as they work well together

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not in the forseeable future

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, probably 1600 x 1200

Additional Comments: I just want a gaming rig that works great with any game I choose. I don't really need max graphics on every imaginable game ever, but I do want to run them well.


Parts:

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Intel P67 - $189.99
Comments: To be perfectly honest, I know very little about the fan connectors. All I saw was that my case had 4 fans, and this motherboard was compatible with everything I had along with 4 fan connectors, so I picked this one.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7343079&Sku=A455-3035


Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 Solano 1000 Full Tower - $119.99 ($20 rebate)
Comments: Not much to say here. I have no idea what to look for in a case, so I picked something with a good amount of fans.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41023&CatId=1510


HDD: Western Digital WD1502FAEX Caviar Black - $99.99
Comments: 1.5 TB seems like enough for me. Also, I have a 7200 RPM in this laptop, and it's fast enough for me.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=158499&CatId=4357


RAM: Kingston HyperX 6GB DDR3 1600MHz - $98.99
Comments: I'm still not sure whether I want 6 or 8 GB. I have 4 in this laptop, and there haven't really been too many problems, but I feel like I should be getting as much as I can get.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5394488&CatId=4534


Video Card: Zotac ZT-40102-10P AMP GeForce GTX 480 - $299.99 ($20 rebate)
Comments: Benchmarks seem to point to this card as a good balance between value and performance.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=136234&CatId=3669


Intel Core i7-2600 BX80623I72600 - $299.99
Comments: If there's anything I'll have to go cheaper on due to funds, it'll be this.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073160&CatId=6991


PSU: Diablotek PHD750 750w ATX - $59.99
Comments: Power consumption was about 670w, so I went over a bit to compensate for any error. I read somewhere that chassis fans should connect into the PSU, but I have no idea about fan connectors, so I'm hoping for some advice on those...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4844031&CatId=2533


Final Price - $1170 ($40 rebate)
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  1. Sorry about that, I noticed that thread almost immediately after I posted. Did I fill everything out alright?
  2. For gaming, ditch the 2600 for a 2500k. Use the extra money to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock it. (I know you said no overclocking, but just do it, it's mind numbingly simple and safe, you'll thank me)

    Ditch the GTX 480 for an HD 6950, and save $50 while doing it.

    I don't trust that PSU, grab a Corsair something or other.
  3. cuecuemore said:
    For gaming, ditch the 2600 for a 2500k. Use the extra money to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock it. (I know you said no overclocking, but just do it, it's mind numbingly simple and safe, you'll thank me)

    Ditch the GTX 480 for an HD 6950, and save $50 while doing it.

    I don't trust that PSU, grab a Corsair something or other.

    Sounds like some pretty sound advice. Since I'm overclocking, will 750w be enough? Or should I go a little higher?
  4. Sorry to double post but I'm going to do it so you see this.

    Save some money on your mobo with one of the best ones out there:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Gives your potential for SLI/CFX down the road.

    And for the P67 you need 4GB or 8GB. Grab these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    or these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231444
  5. A *quality* 750w PSU like this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    will handle a heavily overclocked 2500k and TWO overclocked 6950s if you eventually decide to go down that road. The 2500k only pulls 95w at stock, it's ridiculously low power.
  6. since you wont oc or sli/cf in the forseable future i think this board is right for you- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157235&cm_re=asrock_h67-_-13-157-235-_-Product

    the i5 2400 is the best processor for you

    get duel channeled ram the 1155 boards only have duel channel 8gb for 85$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&cm_re=gskill_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-314-_-Product

    also check your resolution online there is a few websites that show your resolution

    Get this card 285$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613&cm_re=gtx_570_evga-_-14-130-613-_-Product -cooler more efficient quieter and a better performing card all around

    that psu is crap 65$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044&cm_re=antec_650-_-17-371-044-_-Product - this one will last more than 5 days
  7. The 750w should be enough even if you overclock your CPU and SLI/CFX your video cards ( 6950's that is ).

    Like suggested before, going with a quality PSU from a reputable brand such as:
    Corsair TX750 V2 at 109(99 with rebate) will give you good efficiency and clean power.
  8. hey guys he wont oc
  9. Thanks for all the good advice, guys.

    I didn't look into overclocking, because I had heard that it was bad for the longevity of your parts. Since this system has to last at least 3-4 years, I didn't want that. After looking around, it seems like it's not a problem if I keep the temperature regulated.
  10. yup thats right
  11. One more question: It's about fan connectors. I'm sure it's an easy question, but I've never read anything about it before. There are 4 fans on the case. Where do those connect to?
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