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Building a gaming computer w/budget of $1000-$1400

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1000-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Watching movies,Surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse,Keyboard,Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys/Newegg.. but preferably Frys because there is one nearby

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel Processor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The problem I had with my previous computer was that it got too hot. So I'd like to keep this thing cool.
Also, is it hard to build a computer? It's my first time so I'm a bit nervous
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  1. i5 2500k- http://www.frys.com/product/6487382?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 215$

    gigabyte z68 motherboard- http://www.frys.com/product/6672554?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 170$

    corsair 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.frys.com/product/6552683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 52$

    asus 24x dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 20$

    antec 900 mid tower case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 60$

    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.frys.com/product/6473452?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 60$

    corsair h60- http://www.frys.com/product/6556993?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 60$ another good option is the hyper 212 plus

    gtx 560 ti x2- http://www.frys.com/product/6519023?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 450$ buy 1 here- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 only 1 because there is only 1 mail in rebate per customer

    windows 7 home premium 64 bit- http://www.frys.com/product/6028088 80$

    750w power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 90$

    Corsair HS1 Analog Gaming Headset- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-Headset/dp/B004IZN3NY/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311446707&sr=1-2 64$

    Total=1331$

    if you want an ssd here is one- crucial m4 64gb- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768798-REG/Crucial_Technology_CT064M4SSD2_64GB_m4_SSD_2_5_.html 113$

    you can save some money by changing your cpu cooler to a hyper 212 plus or changing your psu to this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049
  2. Best answer
    Here's a case that has 3.0 USB ports and a 2.5" SSD cage.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-SGC-1000-KWN1/dp/B004WK3KKQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1309650281&sr=1-6 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048 $69.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689150 $129.98 save: $35.00 FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662488 $674.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $654.98 FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code NEGTX581, ends 7/24
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1311298228&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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=N82E16832116986 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    Total: $1,159.40 *not including mail in rebates and promo codes


    Here's an additional case fan for the top of that case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=3038 <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews
  3. So I'm not exactly good at building computers so the parts I'm listing might not be compatible/etc
    I was originally going to buy a computer from CyberPower but I heard mixed reviews from them and I heard building a computer is more fun so I decided to go down that route. I took the parts that I liked from the CyberPower PC and I'm gonna list them here. I know Im missing a DVD Drive..etc, and a cooling system so if you guys could please give me some advice for that, I'd appreciate it. Thanks again :love:


    Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
    CORSAIR Professional Series 750W SLI 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ATX Power Supply CMPSU-750AX
    EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower
    Windows 7 Professional 64bit
    (Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD

    Thanks again :)
  4. I disagree with the power supply.
    You're not even going to CF/SLI so you don't need a 750w power supply and certainly not an overpriced one.

    As for the motherboard, you're not CF/SLI so you don't even need the Asus Z68-Pro. What Why_Me recommended was fine.
  5. Ok, so I've replaced the motherboard with the one that Why_Me recommended. What power supply should I get?
    So far I have..
    -EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
    -SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F2 ECOGREEN 1TB SERIAL ATA/300 5400RPM 32MB BUFFER HARD DRIVE - HD103SI
    -Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
    -Windows 7 Professional 64bit
    (Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD
    -Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower

    I think I still need a PSU,Memory,better cooling.. and that should be it
  6. AsianLisp said:
    So I'm not exactly good at building computers so the parts I'm listing might not be compatible/etc
    I was originally going to buy a computer from CyberPower but I heard mixed reviews from them and I heard building a computer is more fun so I decided to go down that route. I took the parts that I liked from the CyberPower PC and I'm gonna list them here. I know Im missing a DVD Drive..etc, and a cooling system so if you guys could please give me some advice for that, I'd appreciate it. Thanks again :love:


    Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard
    CORSAIR Professional Series 750W SLI 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular ATX Power Supply CMPSU-750AX
    EVGA GTX570HD SC 1.2GB
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Flagship Mid Tower
    Windows 7 Professional 64bit
    (Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD

    Thanks again :)

    overall this isnt a good build. look at why_me's or my builds for reference. 2 560 ti's would be more powerful than a 580. the 912 only has 1 fan you should add more
  7. AsianLisp said:
    Ok, so I've replaced the motherboard with the one that Why_Me recommended. What power supply should I get?

    why_me's board does not allow sli
  8. mjmjpfaff said:
    why_me's board does not allow sli

    Of course it doesn't. Check out the OP's original post. :)
  9. Why_Me said:
    Of course it doesn't. Check out the OP's original post. :)

    oh damn i usually never do that
  10. Get a Samsung F3 1TB and also you only really need a 650w at most. I think the PSU Why_Me had was fine. This is also an option, IMO a better one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
  11. Any good recommendations for cooling?
  12. Hyper 212+ would do.
    Get it off amazon it's cheaper.
  13. It's not gonna overheat or anything right? Cause I plan to OC this thing
  14. A 212 plus should be able to get you to 4.5 Ghz easy.
  15. Best answer selected by AsianLisp.
  16. I've finalized on Why_Me's build. Thank you so much for the help dude.
    Just one question though, is Liquid cooling any good or is it something I should skip?
  17. AsianLisp said:
    I've finalized on Why_Me's build. Thank you so much for the help dude.
    Just one question though, is Liquid cooling any good or is it something I should skip?

    Skip it. It's not need with these Sandy Bridge cpu's unless you have a $300+ board and your out to set a record for over clocking.
  18. Ok,awesome.
    So those 2 fans should be enough to keep it cool yes?
    Thanks again for the help. I really appreciate it. I'm new to this computer building thing so I'm completely blind to all of this.
  19. AsianLisp said:
    Ok,awesome.
    So those 2 fans should be enough to keep it cool yes?
    Thanks again for the help. I really appreciate it. I'm new to this computer building thing so I'm completely blind to all of this.

    Yep. Add that additional 200mm case fan I posted and that gives you 2x200mm fans, and 1x120mm fan. Your good to go. :)
  20. Why_Me said:
    Yep. Add that additional 200mm case fan I posted and that gives you 2x200mm fans, and 1x120mm fan. Your good to go. :)

    I think I love you :love:
    Everything will fit in the case though right? Seems like a lot of crap ;_;
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