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Building my 1st gaming computer. How does it look?

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June 17, 2011 2:53:06 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow or Saturday

Budget Range: $1500 before rebates

System Usage: Gaming. I plan on playing the newest and best, such as BF3 and Skyrim.

Parts Not Required: OS, speakers, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, but open to others

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel and NVIDIA. G.Skill for RAM. That's about it.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future)

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a case/parts with lights, but if there is a problem with something I have and there's something better for around the same price/cheaper, I would consider it. I have a $50 gc to Amazon, so I would like to order at least one item from there, and I also have a Prime account there for shipping.

Case: $119.99 Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: $109.99 GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: $314.99 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

GPU: $339.99 EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: $89.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL

PSU: $59.99 RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

HDD: $59.99 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Wireless: $19.99 Rosewill RNX-N180UBE IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter (1T2R) / 5 dBi External Antenna / Up to 300Mbps Wireless Download Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA(TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)/WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)

Keyboard: $160.99 Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: $44.99 RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

Monitor: $149.99 Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Total: $1480.89

TIA for the help.
June 17, 2011 2:59:39 AM

Save a $100 and get the i5 2500k if all you are going to be doing is gaming. Dont need the 2600K unless doing video editing and save and put the extra $100 towards a better gpu or mobo. You could also move down to the 560ti @900mhz in sli and pretty much get the same performance as 570's in sli
June 17, 2011 3:03:48 AM

so with the i5 you save $100
go down to 560ti's (asus 900 mhz model) &264
that drops your gpu card price down $75
so in total you would have 175 saved to put towards another 560ti and would get better performance. Also 160 for a keyboard sounds rediculous. Also your psu isnt even 80 plus bronze certified. That psu claims to be sli/cf ready but only has 1x6pin and 1x6+2 pin. You need 4 pcie connections for sli. Somebody correct me if im wrong. Look at this psu...more expensive but better in long run....non modular to if that matters

If your going to sli 560 you should move around to the 800-850 psu since overclocking...might still be to high but nothing wrong with that in case you need the upgrade head space later on....

If you wanna stay with just one 570 then you should be goof between the 650/700 watt range....

like i said if u plan on overclocking cpu and gpu you should add extra wattage
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June 17, 2011 2:49:12 PM

Thanks for the help and suggestions. I followed some of your advice, and here are the new parts.

CPU: $220 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

GPU: $250 EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: $110 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Because of some bundles I can now get, my total is $1,315.89 before rebates.

Anybody else have any suggestions, including maybe a good, cheaper gaming keyboard and maybe a cheaper/better case? Again, TIA.
June 17, 2011 3:20:27 PM

if you're talking about an enthusiast level keyboard, toms did a roundup of $100+ and the tech behind em recently, article here

I've had a G15 for probably 5, 6 years now, had to clean it a couple times and replace the USB cord when my son pulled it out the wrong way, but it still works. the logitech setpoint software is pretty crap, but the hardware is solid.

Probably what you're looking for is something along the lines of a Razer Arctosa, Logitech G110 or Microsoft Sidewinder, all in the 30-50 dollar range, so one of those would probably do you good.

Edit around 100 bucks is about the least i'd spend on a gaming case, you start to get too much plastic and pot metal below that.
June 18, 2011 2:56:30 PM

I think I'm going to go with the Logitech G110. Can somebody recommend a mobo for me though? Since I'm going with the GTX 560i now, the plan is to eventually get a second to run in SLI. The board I have doesn't support SLI. I would prefer not to spend more than $150 on a mobo. Thanks.