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Building first gaming computer ($1,500)

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August 28, 2011 12:45:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early September

Budget Range: $1,000-$1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I'm not sure if too get a Intel or AMD. Gonna add some more things in comments section.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know much about this... But I heard it's good for gaming... so maybe?

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Okay... so, I want a case that lights up with a window... either green or blue... About the Processor, I was looking at the Intel i7 Sandy Bridge... but I don't know if it's worth it... considering it's price. The Video Card.. I was looking at the GeForce GTX 580, but again... LOL, I think it's a little too much... Anyways the main reason about this is because I don't know if it's compatible and if I'm paying too much... Below is what I picked when I looked around the website... I don't know if I'm missing anything... or have something I don't need...

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor comes with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

~Thanks in advance.
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August 28, 2011 1:08:01 AM

Better case, 120GB SSD, a board that just came out a few days ago with the new PCI-E 3.0 slots for the new generation vid cards due out whenever, and a psu that will push dual gtx 580's in SLI. That psu down below is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA and it's top of the line. That Seasonic you have up there also top of the line, but it falls short wattage wise to push two gtx 580's.

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Mid-Tower-Gaming-Hundred-V3... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Mid-Tower Gaming Case Nine Hundred Two V3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.99 - $459.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,455.40 *not including shipping and rebates

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- A better look at that Asrock board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html
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August 28, 2011 4:36:16 AM

i5 2500k & Scythe mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 257$

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 138$ shipped

Corsair 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=s9_simh... 52$ put the sticks in the 2 & 4 spots of the motherboard so it doesnt hit the cpu cooler

PC Power and Cooling 950w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 156$ shipped

Adata S511 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 190$

PNY gtx 580- http://www.amazon.com/PNY-NVIDIA-GeForce%C2%AE-PCI-Expr... 457$
or MSI gtx 580- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 493$ after promo case and shipping

Samsung f3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

Sony DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S... 19$

Corsair Carbide 500r- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... 126$ not in stock right now but it will be soon (it is new)

total=1455$/1491$
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August 28, 2011 5:19:06 AM

I heard from the E3 coverage the Battlefield 3 will need a GTX 570 for 60fps on high settings at 1080p resolution, so to answer your question, a GTX 580 is not too much.

The components you picked are very good and it seems that you know what you're doing. Don't go SLI now, you can get a second GTX 580 later if needed.

Also get a SSD for storage. Vertex 3 and other Sandforce based controller drives are the fastest right now, but many would also recommend the Intel 510 series for reliability. I would personally recommend the Intel 510 and 320 or Samsung 470 over any sandforce drive. I had a Corsair F3 series (Sandforce) that would also BSOD if the computer was put to sleep.

The Z68 chipset motherboard also supports SSD caching with regular spindle drives. It is a very cool feature giving you the speed benefit of an SSD and the storage capacity of a traditional magnetic platter drive. The Z68 manages both the SSD and HDD automatically so the Windows system sees only one drive. You can use any SSD (usually 40GB or smaller) or buy this mSATA SLC ssd from intel that wont ever wear out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 29, 2011 3:24:14 AM

First of all... Thanks for all the input and quick responses.

Okay... from all the responses and some more researching, I've updated the parts.

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory AND Processor combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan/Heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can you tell me if this is better than the ADATA you recommended?)

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This all adds up to around $1,646.94. I was wondering if anything could be done to get it lower like a hundred dollars? And would there be a big gap if I were to buy cheaper parts? It would help a lot... Also, If I need to add or subtract anything, please say. Sorry that I don't know much... I'm learning as I go. :D 

~Thanks everyone, Wesley
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August 29, 2011 3:55:46 AM

wesmman1 said:
First of all... Thanks for all the input and quick responses.

Okay... from all the responses and some more researching, I've updated the parts.

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory AND Processor combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan/Heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can you tell me if this is better than the ADATA you recommended?)

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This all adds up to around $1,646.94. I was wondering if anything could be done to get it lower like a hundred dollars? And would there be a big gap if I were to buy cheaper parts? It would help a lot... Also, If I need to add or subtract anything, please say. Sorry that I don't know much... I'm learning as I go. :D 

~Thanks everyone, Wesley

ya you can get it lower. look at my build that i posted. amazon probably has a better return policy than newegg if you were worried about buying from there (no questions asked free return shipping). and you will get free shipping if you buy from there. the PNY card i posted has a lifetime warranty like evga. the adata we posted is better because it is MUCH FASTER. for the case i would get a full tower like this- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ this has better cooling than the HAF X thanks to its unique design.
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