First Time Builder - Gaming PC $700-1000

Ok, I have never built a pc before, but I'm looking to get a new one soon and I'm feeling like building will give me the best bang for my buck. I have very limited experience installing any type of pc hardware, but i'm a quick learner when it comes to technology and it seems like there are great resources on the internet (including this site). I'm looking to do some gaming on it, not Crysis but Skyrim when it comes out this year. I've selected some parts on newegg, but I am definitely open to suggestion or critique. I prefer to deal with reliable manufacturers and parts that won't give me a ton of trouble. Also, I have a tv tuner in my current HP that I would like to put into the new system if possible.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or within a month or two


Budget Range: $700-1000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Surfing, Occasional TV watching


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor - I'm using a new LG 23' 1080p


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I'm leaning towards an AMD cpu for cost effectiveness. I don't really want to spend the bulk of my money on a processor, as I am looking to upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out. I'm very open to suggestion on everything else, just really want reliability.


Overclocking: Probably over my head


SLI or Crossfire: Wasn't planning on it


Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


Additional Comments: Want to move my current tv tuner over to my new system if possible.


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This is what I picked out on newegg. I tried to read reviews and make good selections, but definitely open to suggestion.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231358

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145520

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW Black IDE Model DVR-118LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129043

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,come with Four Fans-2x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan,1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan,Support up to 7 Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147108

I'm a complete noob to this, so if I made a stupid choice somewhere or left something out, try not to be too harsh on me. I look forward to any advice :)
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  1. Cut the ram down to 2x4GB since the triple channel kit selected is meant for LGA1366 Intel systems (8GB is plenty for gaming). Other than that looks reasonable and you have got an AM3+ board so you are Bulldozer ready when they release.
    If you are going to overclock add a after market cooler like CM 212+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  2. SlingboxEnthusiast said:
    Ok, I have never built a pc before, but I'm looking to get a new one soon and I'm feeling like building will give me the best bang for my buck. I have very limited experience installing any type of pc hardware, but i'm a quick learner when it comes to technology and it seems like there are great resources on the internet (including this site). I'm looking to do some gaming on it, not Crysis but Skyrim when it comes out this year. I've selected some parts on newegg, but I am definitely open to suggestion or critique. I prefer to deal with reliable manufacturers and parts that won't give me a ton of trouble. Also, I have a tv tuner in my current HP that I would like to put into the new system if possible.

    Approximate Purchase Date: This week or within a month or two


    Budget Range: $700-1000


    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Surfing, Occasional TV watching


    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor - I'm using a new LG 23' 1080p


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com


    Country of Origin: USA


    Parts Preferences: I'm leaning towards an AMD cpu for cost effectiveness. I don't really want to spend the bulk of my money on a processor, as I am looking to upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out. I'm very open to suggestion on everything else, just really want reliability.


    Overclocking: Probably over my head


    SLI or Crossfire: Wasn't planning on it


    Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


    Additional Comments: Want to move my current tv tuner over to my new system if possible.


    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    This is what I picked out on newegg. I tried to read reviews and make good selections, but definitely open to suggestion.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231358

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145520

    Pioneer CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW Black IDE Model DVR-118LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129043

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

    Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,come with Four Fans-2x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan,1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan,Support up to 7 Fans
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147108

    I'm a complete noob to this, so if I made a stupid choice somewhere or left something out, try not to be too harsh on me. I look forward to any advice :)


    You have an IDE drive up there....you want SATA and not IDE. Also with that psu you have...it's not really enough for two of those cards, yet it's over kill for a single one of those cards. For one of those cards look at the Antec TGH 520w on sale at newegg, for two of those cards look for a 750w psu.
  3. Here's an Intel build worth checking out. It allows you to over clock yet doesn't break the bank. That and nobody knows if Bulldozer is going to be a hit or a flop.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.683497 $259.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,come with Four Fans-2x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan,1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan,Support up to 7 Fans
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371047 $58.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Z68A-D3-B3-Intel-Motherboard-GA-Z68A-D3-B3/dp/B00518M78O/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312110977&sr=1-9 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3-B3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427 $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S-0B/dp/B003MRHOQG/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_2 $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312081809&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=N82E16814261108 $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $668.93


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $29.49 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
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