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First time build, $1000 gaming PC

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June 25, 2011 8:10:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 Months

Budget Range: around $1000, give or take a hundred

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online gaming, storing music and videos, surfing the interwebs.

Parts Not Required: I'm just looking to build a tower right now so no monitor, keyboard, mice, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I used newegg.com for everything.

Country of Origin: Doesn't really matter

Parts Preferences: Nothing really, as long as its all good and compatible

Overclocking: Not too familiar with it so sure, why not.

SLI or Crossfire: Same as above.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am not familiar with SSD's at all so if you think that it would be better than go ahead and recommend it. I was also recommended getting some thermal paste, but I figured that the kind didn't really matter that much so I didn't include it in the build here.




Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU/Processor: 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

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power Supply Unit: NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Optical Drive: 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 price before shipping and tax: $1,070.91

Like it says in the title, this is my first time attempt at building a computer. I would love and appreciate any and all feedback concerning this build!

Thanks again for looking!

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June 25, 2011 10:41:04 AM

I find the links are broken .
Here's a built with OS (before MAIL-IN-REBATES):

CPU : $220- i5-2500k( Same as yours )

Motherboard : $145-Gigabyte GA-Z68X (Cheap and supports SLI and Crossfire at 8X/8X)

Case : $90-Cooler Master RC CM690 II(Your choice)

Cooler : $30-Xigmatek Gaia. However if you want Cooler Master Hyper 212 which is priced higher at Newegg, get it from Amazon

HDD: $60- Seagate Barracuda 1TB. If you want Samsung spinpoint f3 which is priced higher at newegg, get it from amazon.

RAM : $75- (2X 4GB) Gskill Ripjaw. If you don't find it in stock then get this.

Power Supply : $110- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 or a silver rated power supply

Optical Drive : $19- Lite On

OS : $100-Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Video Card : Answer a question first. Will you get another card worth $250-$270 in the next couple of months?
If yes then get HIS 6950 2GB, add another later. CrossFire of 6950 2GB scales better than SLI of 560Ti, especially at high resolution and anti-aliasing enabled.
If you still want 560 Ti, no problem even they offer amazing SLi performance.
$250- HIS 6950 2GB or $240-560 Ti
Crossfire Performance of 6950
Total (with 560 ti and OS) : 1089 USD

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June 25, 2011 11:12:06 AM

Ah crap, I didn't notice that the links sucked. I'll get that fixed as soon as I can! In regards to your question, I don't really plan on upgrading for some time after I build this. I'll be on a short budget so this comp will have to last me for some time before needing an upgrade.

EDIT: I fixed the links so they will work now.
June 27, 2011 9:35:00 AM

Check mah sig :) 
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