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$1200 Gaming System - Improvements?

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August 31, 2011 11:44:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week

Budget Range: About $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Just gaming

Parts Not Required: Peripherals and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere online, really, and there is a Microcenter near me

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Boot Drive: ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD: LITE-ON 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 iHAS124-04 - OEM

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely will start with a single video card and upgrade to the second if I feel like I need to

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: This is my first build ever. I started out researching boutique shops that could build a custom gaming pc for me but none of them were exactly right. I ended up deciding that it would be cheaper and probably faster to do it myself and with all the information out there, I’m pretty sure I can handle it. I put together a list of parts I think will give me the most performance for my price range, but I know enough to know that there may be something I’ve missed so I thought I’d ask:) 
September 1, 2011 12:40:52 AM

The only criticism I can make of your computer is that at that resolution you could max out any game for a little over half that budget
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September 1, 2011 1:58:34 AM

@Outlander_04

That was a mistype on my part. I'll actually be using 1920 x 1080. Not sure if I'll be using the HDTV I already have or a monitor, but either way, not 1280x1024 . Sorry about that!

@mjmjpfaff

Great tips, thanks:) 
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