Purchasing parts this week for first time gaming build!

Approximate Purchase Date: This week (Possibly Monday or Tuesday)

Budget Range: Around $1000-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Internet Videos/streams/movies, Web surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Speakers, OS, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Leaning more towards Nvida cards but I'm open for anything! Intel CPU.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future (thus the larger PSU )

Monitor Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: Will be playing Starcraft 2, Dragon Age, Battlefield 3 when it releases, TF2, CSS, etc.


Hi, I am putting the finishing touches up on this new gaming build. I will be purchasing this build ASAP! This is my first ever build and I need you guys to help me make sure all the parts are compatible and that I'm not missing anything (or any last minute changes you may recommend)! My budget is around $1000 USD (I've gone a little bit over :na: ) and I added in a new monitor (doesn't really count in the budget).


Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068


HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER


GPU: EVGA GTX 570 $340 - $25 MIRB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W $120- $20 MIRB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011


CPU+Mobo: I5 2500k + MSI Z68 LGA 1155 Mobo $375 - $20 MIRB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.674899


CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233081


Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428


CD Drive: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238

Total = 1145
-65 MIRB
=1080


Monitor: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
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  1. Can anyone tell me if this will work?
  2. Yes it will work, and I can't see anyway to improve it.
  3. This is solid man. You did some good research :)
  4. Tigerdirect has a 2 TB HDD for only 80 dollars and one for 75. I would recommend getting that instead of your 1 TB. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7192141&CatId=4357

    It does have a lower RPM, but you get more storage! :D

    Or, you could get 2 of the reference HDDs and possibly RAID those.
  5. klaykid said:
    Tigerdirect has a 2 TB HDD for only 80 dollars and one for 75. I would recommend getting that instead of your 1 TB. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7192141&CatId=4357

    It does have a lower RPM, but you get more storage! :D

    Or, you could get 2 of the reference HDDs and possibly RAID those.


    The Samsung F4 would be faster, but not as fast as the F3. Seagate has really fallen in quality in the last several years. Their older drives were top-notch from what I hear though.
  6. Silvune said:
    Yes it will work, and I can't see anyway to improve it.


    He could easily use a cheaper case. That NZXT is overpriced. Just get something like an Antec 300.

    Also why are you using water cooling? Are you determined to overclock as far as you can? Do you live in a country with high room temperatures? If you aren't overclocking or don't plan to push the limits of your CPU then just get a Hyper 212+ since it will perform perfectly for a standard gaming rig and allow some fairly decent overclocking. Probably save you a bit of money too.
  7. mekunekud said:
    He could easily use a cheaper case. That NZXT is overpriced. Just get something like an Antec 300.

    Also why are you using water cooling? Are you determined to overclock as far as you can? Do you live in a country with high room temperatures? If you aren't overclocking or don't plan to push the limits of your CPU then just get a Hyper 212+ since it will perform perfectly for a standard gaming rig and allow some fairly decent overclocking. Probably save you a bit of money too.


    Im not water cooling, that was actually cheaper than the hyper 212. I like the phantom case haha :D. I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082 instead.
  8. Quote:
    He could easily use a cheaper case. That NZXT is overpriced. Just get something like an Antec 300.

    Also why are you using water cooling? Are you determined to overclock as far as you can? Do you live in a country with high room temperatures? If you aren't overclocking or don't plan to push the limits of your CPU then just get a Hyper 212+ since it will perform perfectly for a standard gaming rig and allow some fairly decent overclocking. Probably save you a bit of money too


    The Phantom is actually a very well priced full tower case. The Antec 300 is a very basic mid tower. I wouldn't recommend the 300 for a second with this build and that budget. The features and space gained from a full tower are SO worth the extra $70-80, and it'll cool better.


    Quote:
    Im not water cooling, that was actually cheaper than the hyper 212. I like the phantom case haha :D. I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233082 instead.


    The Hyper 212+ is usually cheaper on Amazon, but the price on newegg jumped up to ~$50 since it became so popular. The Gaia should work very well. Sandy Bridge CPUs don't get very hot :)
  9. boiler1990 said:
    Quote:
    He could easily use a cheaper case. That NZXT is overpriced. Just get something like an Antec 300.

    Also why are you using water cooling? Are you determined to overclock as far as you can? Do you live in a country with high room temperatures? If you aren't overclocking or don't plan to push the limits of your CPU then just get a Hyper 212+ since it will perform perfectly for a standard gaming rig and allow some fairly decent overclocking. Probably save you a bit of money too


    The Phantom is actually a very well priced full tower case. The Antec 300 is a very basic mid tower. I wouldn't recommend the 300 for a second with this build and that budget. The features and space gained from a full tower are SO worth the extra $70-80, and it'll cool better.


    Quote:
    Im not water cooling, that was actually cheaper than the hyper 212. I like the phantom case haha :D. I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233082 instead.


    The Hyper 212+ is usually cheaper on Amazon, but the price on newegg jumped up to ~$50 since it became so popular. The Gaia should work very well. Sandy Bridge CPUs don't get very hot :)



    Cool ^_^ . So I dont really need to change anything then? I already changed to the gaia over that loki cooler.
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