First Time Builder [Updated]

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $800-$1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required
: mouse, keyboard, and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preference: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments : Need a good computer that will be able to run the latest games on relatively high settings. Monitor suggestions would be appreciated as well as any suggestions to lower the cost of the system.

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

DVD: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Heatsink: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

Total: $954.91
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  1. Why would you like to have 8 gigs of RAM ?
  2. Looks pretty good, but do yourself a favor and skip the mid-tower case for 89.99 and instead get a full tower.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41023&CatId=1510

    I just recently built my first gaming PC and I'm already wishing I would have coughed up a little more for a full tower case with better cooling.

    I do love the HD 6870 and plan on cross-firing two of them once I get a new case, but if you're going i5 k processor, match with an nvidia card -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130652
  3. DJB769-

    This is very similar to a build I just put together (CPU, GPU, PSU & Case) so I can give you some advice - change your case or your GPU. I love my Storm Scout case's features and looks, but the 6870 I originally bought for this build did not fit so I had to go with the 6850 instead. Since I had already installed everything I just got a different GPU, but if I had known ahead of time, I would have gone with a deeper case to accomodate the 6870.

    Learn from my rookie mistake :)
  4. You are going to hurt yourself only using 4GB of RAM. I would highly suggest 8 or more at this point. Windows uses around 2GB(2.2 in my case) so you are essentially leaving less than 2GB for the game you are playing. This is really cutting it close and definitely won't last all that long.
  5. HippieMagic said:
    You are going to hurt yourself only using 4GB of RAM. I would highly suggest 8 or more at this point. Windows uses around 2GB(2.2 in my case) so you are essentially leaving less than 2GB for the game you are playing. This is really cutting it close and definitely won't last all that long.



    DX9 games use exactly the same amount of system RAM as there is VGA RAM . In the case above thats ONE gig

    DX10 and 11 dont have that exact limitation but the situation is very similar .

    Try opening task manager while you are running a game . You dont need 8 gig for gaming

    And windows should not be using 2.2 gig of RAM . If you have windows 7 it may be holding data , but thats only because it is pre fetching and thinks you might want that loaded in the future .
    If you are using Vista , you have set your computer up very badly and allowed all sorts of programs to load . Use MSCONFIG to stop the programs starting with windows
  6. Windows 7 won't utilize as much RAM while you are in-game, 4GB should be just fine. I have several old builds running on 4GB of RAM, heck I even hae a C2D on Win. 7 64 w/ 2GB RAM and it runs must lower end games great. (i.e. minecraft, Half-life 2, Portal, TF2...) I would look for a larger size mid-tower case (Not all mid-tower cases are created equal) I have a Thermaltake Soprano and it is a bit tight but that's because it has a lot of extra stuff few others would have. (2x TV Tuners, 2x Large Graphics Cards, Audio Card, Extra PSU cables, 7 HDD's and it goes on)

    Don't spend the extra on a Full-ATX case. They simply are not worth it for the average PC builder. I've worked in a Corsair Obsidian and it is great, as is the Thermaltake Armour Full ATX but, they simply are not worth it unless you plan to stuff a lot in them. Full ATX are expensive and take up a lot of space. Yes, I have some and they are great but I don't use them for most builds because of their size, physically and financially.

    Good luck and take what everybody on here says at face value, and with a grain of salt. It is your build, make it your way, not the way of somebody else.
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