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June 13, 2011 4:22:53 AM

Hi, I'm a first time builder. I am looking to build a gaming rig between $1000-$1300 with monitor, keyboard, and mouse. After mail in rebates, I am just squeaking under the $1300 mark.

I would like to know if all the parts I have selected are compatable with each other and will fit in the case selected. I've read up on everything and checked, but since this is my first time, I'm afraid I might be missing something that is obvious to the rest of you.

I am also looking for suggestions for alternative parts that may reduce the cost of the build, without neglecting too much quality.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before or on June 21, would like to start building June 30.

Budget Range: $1400 max before rebates, $1000 - $1300 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, word processing (school), internetting (surfing/watching streaming video), watching HD movies

Parts Not Required: printer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com (free shipping), microcenter.com (6% tax but still is sometimes cheaper with in store pickup)

Country of Origin: Maryland, United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Parts list:

Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Core i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GPU: PNY GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital WD5002AALX Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: CoolerMaster HAF912
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse:Logitech 920-002565 MK120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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

(Edit: updated RAM, ask for help format)

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June 13, 2011 5:29:34 AM

Everything fits and everything works .

You can save a little money though , if you want .
You dont need a 950 watt psu
650 watt would be plenty for that build

The Ram you have chosen looks good but is only average quality . If you look at the details you see the timings are 9-9-9-24 . RAM is better with LOWER timings
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June 13, 2011 1:09:20 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Everything fits and everything works .

You can save a little money though , if you want .
You dont need a 950 watt psu
650 watt would be plenty for that build

The Ram you have chosen looks good but is only average quality . If you look at the details you see the timings are 9-9-9-24 . RAM is better with LOWER timings


I'll look at other RAM.

I'm going with the 950W psu because I think I'll want to SLI in the future when I have more money. It also ends up being cheap after mail in rebates and promotions. I've read that 750W should be able to SLI 2 GTX 570s, but the $110 after all rebates on the 950W is comparable to some 750W psus. Also, the deadline for the mail in rebate on the 950W psu is coming in a couple days, so I may end up pulling the trigger on that part fairly soon.
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June 13, 2011 3:07:09 PM

Update:

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

According to intel.com, the i5 2500k supports DDR 1333/1066, not 1600. That could have been a boo boo no? The timing on the new RAM is 7-7-7-21.

*Edit*

I just found Ripjaws series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 with timing of 9-9-9-24 for $30 less, but I would have to order today. Would that be worth getting?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 13, 2011 4:55:43 PM

Meetho said:
Update:

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

According to intel.com, the i5 2500k supports DDR 1333/1066, not 1600. That could have been a boo boo no? The timing on the new RAM is 7-7-7-21.

*Edit*

I just found Ripjaws series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 with timing of 9-9-9-24 for $30 less, but I would have to order today. Would that be worth getting?

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





the ripjaw ram is what I'm considering buying with my build. seems like a good deal/decent component. Ram is basicly ram right?
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June 13, 2011 5:08:19 PM

I'm using a i5 2500k and 8 gigs of G skill ripjaws x 1600 ram :D 
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June 20, 2011 1:56:36 PM

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