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First Time Build Advice - $1000 Gaming PC

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August 2, 2011 6:49:58 PM

This is going to be my first build, and any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated. Primary use will be for flight simulators (DCS A-10C, Microsoft FSX).

I would like to allocate $1000 to the build of the actual PC. I am also interested in a new monitor, but it is not immediately required.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.


Budget Range: $1000 US for the Computer. However, any money saved is great, and could be put to other new items (monitor, flight stick, etc). I do not need a fancy case, just one that will support my needs.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet browsing, school work.


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (although I would like to replace my current one in the near future).


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, or Microcenter.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: One card for now, but would like the ability to do this in the future.


Monitor Resolution: Not sure. Would like to replace my current monitor with something ~24"


Additional Comments: Quiet is good.

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*CPU and MB already purchased
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99
GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $114.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Need input here. Looking along the lines of GTX 560Ti or an ATI 6950. I'm not partial to either company. I would like one card for now, with the ability to add a second later. I've never overclocked before, but would be open to it for increased performance.

Boot Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Need input. I'm not sure what features I need. I do not care about aesthetics or glass windows, just something that will be functionally sound.

Power Supply: Need Input. Would like something that could support future Xfire or SLI use.
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70 AR

Cooler: 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 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $11.

Optical Drive: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 $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Please let me know if I left anything off that I would need. Would I need to purchase additional cables, or would all necessary cords be included?

I am also open to monitor suggestions.

Thank you for the help!
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August 2, 2011 7:53:00 PM

the haf 912, antec 300 illusion, and rosewill challenger are the go-to cases for cheap functionality, although there are plenty of others.

the hd6950 2gb and gtx 560 ti are both great cards and there are strong arguments for either. The card mj linked would be my 6950 2gb choice as well. For gtx 560 ti, id probably go with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for its low price, dual fans, 900mhz factory overclock, and EVGA brand name.

the hyper 212+ includes thermal paste. its a great cooler for the price, but if you are looking for even lower temps, get a better cooler, not paste.



the antec hcg-750 and corsair 750tx v2 are both excellent power supplies, the antec is cheaper.
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August 2, 2011 9:15:59 PM

I appreciate the feedback given.

I am leaning towards the haf-912, the 9650 2gb, and the Antec hcg-750.

Should I upgrade to a better cooler? I'll scratch the thermal paste off the list. Do I need to upgrade fans?
edit: I do plan to overclock the cpu, and would like to control the excess heat as necessary.

How does this monitor look for gaming?
LG E2441V-BN Black 24" 5ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 5,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks!
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August 2, 2011 9:52:41 PM

i dont know about that motherboard but you can usually control it through some tuner the motherboard comes with

the haf 912 has only 1 fan

get the asus 2ms screen i showed you. 5ms is a little slow for a gaming monitor
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August 2, 2011 10:21:58 PM

ok well there is always the antec 300 illusion which has 4 fans and is 49.99$ after mail in rebate free shipping
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August 2, 2011 10:28:48 PM

you can also snip the LED's on the illusion's fans, to give it a more modest look, which is what i did, and i am quite pleased.
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August 3, 2011 2:28:17 AM

Made the majority of the purchases this evening. Here's the lineup so far:

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179
GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $115
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm
CASE Haf 912
PSU Antec htg-750

The total is around $700 so far, excluding a video card.

After some more research, the main game I am looking to play (DCS A-10C) is reported to run better on Nvidia GPUs. I am now trying to decide 560ti or 570.

Again thanks to everyone for the help and input!
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August 3, 2011 4:52:14 AM

genghiskron said:
you can also snip the LED's on the illusion's fans, to give it a more modest look, which is what i did, and i am quite pleased.

i might try that ive got a 300 illusion. oh i just recently took some electrical tape to my dvd burner over the white lettering and it looks great! it doesnt even look like there is any tape over it
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August 3, 2011 4:53:22 AM

Chris1091 said:
Made the majority of the purchases this evening. Here's the lineup so far:

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179
GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $115
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm
CASE Haf 912
PSU Antec htg-750

The total is around $700 so far, excluding a video card.

After some more research, the main game I am looking to play (DCS A-10C) is reported to run better on Nvidia GPUs. I am now trying to decide 560ti or 570.

Again thanks to everyone for the help and input!

get the 560 ti since your psu u just bought cant sli 570's
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August 3, 2011 12:38:26 PM

the white lettering can be also be sanded off with an extra fine grit sandpaper. looks great on my asus dvd burner (cant tell it was ever there), but it may not work as well with a textured surface.
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August 3, 2011 1:53:47 PM

The GTX 570s do have enough power for most games excluding Metro 2033 (thats an evil game to run). I have one GTX 570 and it is plenty of power to run all of my games (Crysis, BFBC 2, STALKER, etc @1080p)
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August 3, 2011 3:53:37 PM

genghiskron said:
the white lettering can be also be sanded off with an extra fine grit sandpaper. looks great on my asus dvd burner (cant tell it was ever there), but it may not work as well with a textured surface.

ya mine is textured....but i might try it
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August 4, 2011 10:51:57 PM

For anyone wondering, here is my mostly-finished build. Thanks again to the members who helped advise this build!

(parts from Micro Center)
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179
GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $115 + 15 MIR

(parts from Newegg)
PSU ANTEC 750W HCG-750 RTL $95 + 25 MIR
CASE Cooler Master HAF 912 $59 + 10 MIR
SSD Crucial M4 64gb SSD $119
HD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb $59
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $49
COOLER COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29

(parts from Directron)
GPU MSI 560gtx ti Twin Frozr 1gb $219 + 20 MIR

Total: $956 - $70MIR = $876.

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August 4, 2011 11:59:10 PM

looks awesome! should be great.
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