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$1000 PC, first time build advice

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June 20, 2011 2:36:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few weeks (early-mid july)

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching videos, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably newegg, maybe amazon as well

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer intel/nvidia, but if there is an obvious difference I can go either way

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely for the next few years, but I'd like for the mobo to be compatible

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I want to be BF3 by the fall, and I want to be able to play games on high preferably with 50+ FPS.

Here is what I have so far....
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive COMBO

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K + ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard + FREE Codemasters Operation Flashpoint: Red River PC Game - Gift COMBO

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM

Total right now is $1084.95, including the OS. I want to try and get that under $1000 if possible. A few parts I'm a tad unsure about, is a 750W power supply a bit overkill for this build? Would I be better off with a 650W? Also, is there a better motherboard I could get or is the current one alright? And also, I'm a tad unsure of a case to get, I don't want to get one that's really cheap and hampers airflow, but at the same time I don't want to pay for an very expensive and giant case.

And probably the number one priority is to make sure everything is compatible, as this is my first time building a computer. Thanks for the help. :]

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June 20, 2011 4:31:56 AM

You got a decent set of parts there, perhaps with only improvements to specific models and brands.

Look at the $1000 build in my sig. It packs a HD6950 and gets under $1000 including OS.
June 20, 2011 4:34:59 AM

650 watt will be plenty for now

so will 4 gig of RAM
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June 20, 2011 9:55:23 PM

Will this corsair 650w be compatible with my build?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, about the motherboard, could I go cheaper than what I currently have selected. If so, what would I lose out on? And also, is there a reason to buy the z68 chipset over the p67 for my needs?
June 21, 2011 2:20:43 AM

I think I'm going to go ahead and go for a slightly cheaper ASrock motherboard rather than the ASUS one. Based on the reviews I think it'll be able to suit my needs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I've heard some good reviews about the MSI Twin Frozr GTX 560 ti, it's a little bit more expensive then the current EVGA one I have listed right now, but is it worth it to go for the MSI one? Not too sure on the different brands, again this is my first time building a new computer.
June 21, 2011 2:39:46 AM

Also I think I'm going to go for a slightly cheaper and a tad bit smaller case.

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

Is this case compatible with my current components and does it have good enough ventilation? I don't want to go too cheap on a case and hamper ventilation for all my components...
June 21, 2011 4:58:34 PM

Anyone? :/ 
June 21, 2011 5:13:56 PM

its a great case, but its not like youre saving all that money ($4 including shipping, before $10 rebate).

twin frozr + i5-2500k combo (if you go with the asrock mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

be aware that the cost of crossfire (mobo + psu) is near $100. if its really going to be a few YEARS before you do it, id skip the idea entirely.
June 21, 2011 5:18:38 PM

I suppose I won't need SLI/CF support, I didn't realize it would cost $100+ more on the mobo and PSU for it to be compatible. Could you recommend an alternative motherboard and PSU if I don't go for SLI?

Oh and thanks for that combo, haven't seen that one.
June 22, 2011 12:32:46 AM

im guessing you didnt used the 15% off promo code. could always cancel the order and do it again
June 22, 2011 12:38:11 AM

genghiskron said:
im guessing you didnt used the 15% off promo code. could always cancel the order and do it again

Tried, said it didn't apply to the order. I'm guessing it was because I used the new customer code, or perhaps it just didn't apply to the gskill ripjaws for whatever reason. The new customer discount was still more off than the desktop memory one though. (by a quarter :D )
June 24, 2011 8:17:09 PM

I'm trying to finalize my build, probably going to order everything tonight. Here's what I have so far.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$455 (combo)

HDD: (2x) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...
$120 ($60 each)

PSU: Antec 550w semi-modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55

MOBO: ASRock P67 Extreme4 (B3) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$160

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws (2 x 4) 8GB 1600Mhz
$55 (already acquired)

CASE: Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19

CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
$30

PASTE: Generic Thermal Paste
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$4

OS: Windows Pro Upgrade
$30 (already acquired)

Total: $943

One piece I'm still concerned about is the GPU, I've read some negative reviews of the MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti saying it starts to have problems about 3 months in, should I be worried? Should I switch to an EVGA Gtx 560 Ti or even go for a Sapphire Radeon 6950 1gb?

And also, am I correct in assuming that the PSU will be enough to adequately power my system?

Thanks.
June 24, 2011 9:22:25 PM

Everything looking good?
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