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$1300 gaming coumputer?

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September 8, 2011 1:34:41 AM

This will be my first computer and my first build.
My main interest is gaming.
I'm a little anxious about building the computer but I'll have friends to lend help and advise.
Ive done as much research as possible and have put together the following list.
All prices are from Newegg.
I'd appreciate any comments or feedback.
Any potential for the ability to upgrade in future would be prized.
Thanks


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$219.99

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$159.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
$50.99

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$329.99

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply
$79.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
$19.99

ASUS VE258Q Black 25" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR
$259.99

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 2:21:51 AM

It's a really good build. The only thing I would change is 1600 RAM instead of 1333 - they're about the same price and 1600 will perform better.

Also the board you picked is fine, but take a look at this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Supports x8/x8 in case you want to sli/crossfire later, supports PCIe 3.0 x16 in case you upgrade to Ivy Bridge, uses the newer Z68 chipset, and is cheaper.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 2:29:47 AM

For an extra $5 you can get a motherboard with the z68 chip ; ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would have to say you have a very nice build there , are you working with a budget price or is this just what you picked out. Not that it really matters but the prices of memory right now are extremely low and you can increase you ram size for really low amounts.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 2:44:22 AM

I made a mistake in an earlier recommendation. The case you picked has usb 3.0 on the front panel but the motherboard that I recommended (ASRock gen3 extreme3) doesn't have a usb 3.0 header. If you use that case with that motherboard, you won't be able to use those ports.

If you really like the board, though, we can help you find another case.

Also, I have use the motherboard that Inzone recommended (the ASUS P8Z68-V) and I like it a lot.

ervinelim said:
Ram 1333 is enough

http://techreport.com/articles.x/15967/8


I agree that it's enough, but 1600 ram is so close in price that 1600 is a pretty popular choice with sandy bridge.
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September 8, 2011 3:05:05 AM

danraies said:
I made a mistake in an earlier recommendation. The case you picked has usb 3.0 on the front panel but the motherboard that I recommended (ASRock gen3 extreme3) doesn't have a usb 3.0 header. If you use that case with that motherboard, you won't be able to use those ports.

If you really like the board, though, we can help you find another case.

Also, I have use the motherboard that Inzone recommended (the ASUS P8Z68-V) and I like it a lot.



I agree that it's enough, but 1600 ram is so close in price that 1600 is a pretty popular choice with sandy bridge.


Yeah, I guess you're right. The scrooge in me was acting up lol.
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September 8, 2011 2:30:03 PM

Hey all,
Thanks for all the feedback, I didn't pick these components for price, more from reviews and feedback I've read, I'm pretty flexible.
I don't want to spend more than what this system will cost, around $1,400.00 with everything needed.
I'll definitely look into upgrading memory, a diff. version of GPU & a MB to accept Z68.
If I could have use 3.0 usb on front of this case that would be nice but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. Any other case recommendations?
The only other thing I'll need are keyboard & mouse.
Thanks again...
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September 8, 2011 2:49:35 PM

OP - Depending on budget, I would recommend looking into an SSD to run your OS and any critical/highly used applications. It makes a HUGE difference. Look around for some deals and you should be able to find a solid 64GB SSD for around $70 after mail-in rebates.
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