First time builder

Approximate Purchase Date: Week or so

Budget Range: $800ish

System Usage: Gaming,basic everyday stuff

Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: I am in the U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel processors, Nvidia cards

Overclocking: First time getting into hardcore gaming. Not sure

SLI or Crossfire: Again first time, not sure

Monitor Resolution: I don't know.

Comments: This is my first time building a computer and it is mainly for gaming. I want to be able to run future games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite, and future games on very high settings. Around 800 for a budget

Thank you!
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  1. Just want to agree with what p07h34d said, I've read some good reviews on the Dirt 3 edition card and am planning to get one for my build in the next couple of weeks.
  2. 800$ Intel

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k $220 [$180 in Microcenter with 40$ Intel Mobo]

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 212+ $29 or $32 from Newegg

    Mobo: MSI H67MA-E35 after $75 after MIR

    Ram: G.Skill DDR3 1333 2x4GB $55

    GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II after MIR $225

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60

    Case: NZXT Apollo Black $67 after Shipping

    PSU: Antec HCG-620 620W $50 after MIR

    Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner OEM $20

    If you're going to overclock your CPU, you will have to opt for a p67 or Z68.
    The 2500k is a boss already so it's best if you just keep it the way it is but
    it's purely up to you. You can find a different case if you hate the LED lighting.
    The GPU listed is overclocked, I believe it's 880MHz core clock with 1760 shader clock.
    This will damage your wallet around.. $801 :)!
  3. Thanks for all your help so far! But I was just thinking tonight, would AMD work for me or is intel still the best?

    I want to run future games very high settings in the future but since I am still learning about computers, overclocking, crossfire is not for me right now.

    I just dont want to spend extra money for stuff that I might never fully utilize

    Thank you!
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