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1k Gaming PC first build

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June 21, 2011 2:19:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: soon as I can

Budget Range: about 1K (currently a little under)

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I made another thread before, but it was late at night and I did not read the stickies. I'm remaking this one in the proper format, so I already have all the parts(listed below)

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC602 600W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

They should all fit together nicely. Im thinking that since I'm abotu $150 under my limit, I should upgrade on the video card, but I have no idea which one to get.

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June 21, 2011 2:59:11 PM

since you dont want to overclock or use dual graphics cards, you should switch to something like this below (note the i5 promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this ram is the same and cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i would go with a more reputable power supply brand like antec, xfx, or corsair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the money you save, you should have enough cash to afford a much more powerful graphics card like a gtx 560ti, hd6950, gtx 570 and still have money left over for a 22-24" 1080p monitor, which i would highly recommend.
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June 21, 2011 11:40:44 PM

It seems like everyone is recommending a get a better GPU, but some are saying that I should get two and some say 1. Im not really sure what to go with: Should I get 2 or 1, and if so, which one should I get?
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June 22, 2011 5:09:48 AM

I did some more looking at RAMs based on what genghiskron said. This page compares my current RAM (on the left), genghiskron's suggestion in the middle and one I found on the right. It seems like the one on the right is better than the other two because the Cas and timings are lower. If this is the case, then why is it cheaper than the one I already have? Shouldn't it be more expensive? Is this just a great deal I should jump at?

And Im still very clueless as to what video card to get :/ 
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June 22, 2011 6:40:29 AM

Look at the $1000 build in my sig. It amounts to $900 without OS and packs a HD6950 which would be plenty for your resolution.

Also, pointless getting a 2500k if you dont intend to OC.

That memory usually costs $90. So the $75 deal is definitely one you should take.
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