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September 8, 2011 6:01:45 AM

Hello, I'm trying to build a computer that is mainly for gaming, but I have never built one before.
I will take any advice and tips you guys will give me!
I am building it this week.
I'm hoping for a price range around $950.
I don't need speakers, keyboard or a mouse.
I've been using newegg.com to find everything.
Overclocking? No.

Okay here is what I have so far.

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core i5-2500k.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- ASUS P8P67.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2 x 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or a SSD thats on the cheap side?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD- Sony Optiarc AD-7260s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Cooler Master HAF 912.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD. I'm open for cheap monitor recommendations.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 8, 2011 6:23:42 AM

Thank you.
That case looks awesome.
And it does look like it will provide strong cooling power. It's a little pricey, but I may have to just go with it.

[EDIT]
Actually I just measured the space it would be fitting into and it would be too tall by about half an inch.
However I did find the Cooler Master HAF 912, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it looks like it will suit my needs. Thank you for leading me to the Cooler Master brand.
I am still open for case recommendations though.
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September 8, 2011 7:35:18 AM

I think 912 will be ur best bet
the other one is CM storm scout a bit more expensieve
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September 8, 2011 7:36:02 AM

Best way to pick a case is literally just jump on NewEgg, search for a mid-Tower ATX, limit the price range, and see what you like the look of :) 

Almost any mid-Tower case will fit everything you need inside, and if your unsure, just ask :) 
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September 8, 2011 7:39:48 AM

PSU is fine. Very good quality.
check if u have microcenter close by
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September 8, 2011 7:47:37 AM

oo also ive just noticed the ram you listed is 1333MHz. Its probably worth paying a few $$ extra for 1600MHz ram and make the most of XMP.
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September 8, 2011 7:53:33 AM

Thanks madchemist83 and AdrianPerry.
I'm thinking the HAF 912 is going to be perfect for me!

I'm glad the PSU is good so I don't have to get one with higher wattage, because I'm pretty much at my budget now.

As for the micocenter there is one about a 40mins away. I'll have to check out their website.
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September 8, 2011 8:07:00 AM

oh do check out .. u can pick up i5-2500k for 180 before tax ... and as I can see u don't want sli u can get combo with mobo I think only z68 chipsets and u'll get 40$ off
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September 8, 2011 8:12:26 AM

Nice combo, just be aware you'll never be able to SLI/Crossfire with that board.
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September 8, 2011 8:17:46 AM

yeah but if he wants sli/cf he better get diff PSU so will be over budget
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September 8, 2011 8:20:00 AM

Also a valid point.

In the long run however its cheaper to buy a new PSU for SLI, than have to buy a PSU and motherboard.

The ASRock Extreme3 GEN3 has been suggested alot lately. Its very good in terms of price + features. PCI 3.0 support, SLI and Crossfire Support on a z68 chipset too.
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September 8, 2011 8:30:57 AM

Hrm I think I will definitely go for the i5-2500k for $180.
I'll stick with the ASUS P8P67, I will have to get a new PSU if I decide to SLI, but I plan to slowly upgrade this computer as time goes on anyways.
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September 8, 2011 8:32:10 AM

u can't sli with ASUS p8p67
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September 8, 2011 8:32:57 AM

StealVictory said:
Hrm I think I will definitely go for the i5-2500k for $180.
I'll stick with the ASUS P8P67, I will have to get a new PSU if I decide to SLI, but I plan to slowly upgrade this computer as time goes on anyways.


i5-2500k and SLI/Crossfire Capable P67 motherboard is a good choice then :) 
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September 8, 2011 8:38:12 AM

Yeah I was just looking at the pro version.
And with the cheaper i5-2500k that madchemist83 showed me I should still be in my price range.
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September 8, 2011 8:39:43 AM

If you're worried about keeping it cool replace the stock CPU cooler with one like the coolermaster hyper 212 plus only $30. I'm using the haf 912 with the two stock fans and the 212 plus and running at 4 ghz, and only getting max temps of 45 degrees using prime95 stress testing. Idle temp is usually mid 20's.
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September 8, 2011 8:44:10 AM

lbugg2 said:
If you're worried about keeping it cool replace the stock CPU cooler with one like the coolermaster hyper 212 plus only $30. I'm using the haf 912 with the two stock fans and the 212 plus and running at 4 ghz, and only getting max temps of 45 degrees using prime95 stress testing. Idle temp is usually mid 20's.


At 4GHz you may as well use the stock cooler :) 

Hyper 212+ is for more like 4.5GHz+

Temps anything up to about 80 degrees on the i5 are considered "fine". Under 70 ideally though unless your really pushing the OC for performance.
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September 8, 2011 8:49:34 AM

Yeah this was my first attempt at overclocking and my first build I am planning to go more and with my temps it seems it wouldn't be an issue thanks
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September 8, 2011 9:03:43 AM

lbugg2 said:
Yeah this was my first attempt at overclocking and my first build I am planning to go more and with my temps it seems it wouldn't be an issue thanks


What motherboard are you using? Most come with auto-overclocking features which will push at least 4.4GHz with a good cooler :) 
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September 8, 2011 9:13:23 AM

Biostar ta870 u3+ with phenom ii x6 1100t I will probably be upgrading my mono soon to the am3+ socket board just to future proof it a little the preset overclock for my mono presently though only got up to 3.7 ghz I believe may be a little off
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September 8, 2011 9:14:41 AM

lbugg2 said:
Biostar ta870 u3+ with phenom ii x6 1100t I will probably be upgrading my mono soon to the am3+ socket board just to future proof it a little the preset overclock for my mono presently though only got up to 3.7 ghz I believe may be a little off



Oh sorry ignore all previous posts then. I presumed you were on about the i5-2500k
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September 8, 2011 9:18:38 AM

No worries thanks though
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September 8, 2011 9:36:31 AM

StealVictory said:
Hello, I'm trying to build a computer that is mainly for gaming, but I have never built one before.
I will take any advice and tips you guys will give me!
I am building it this week.
I'm hoping for a price range around $950.
I don't need speakers, keyboard or a mouse.
I've been using newegg.com to find everything.
Overclocking? No.

Okay here is what I have so far.

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core i5-2500k.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- ASUS P8P67.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2 x 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or a SSD thats on the cheap side?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD- Sony Optiarc AD-7260s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Cooler Master HAF 912.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD. I'm open for cheap monitor recommendations.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Change your mobo to MSI P67A GD55 AND graphics card to msi 560ti hawk, for cpu cooler i would recommend you cm hyper 212 plus
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September 8, 2011 9:36:33 AM

StealVictory said:
Hello, I'm trying to build a computer that is mainly for gaming, but I have never built one before.
I will take any advice and tips you guys will give me!
I am building it this week.
I'm hoping for a price range around $950.
I don't need speakers, keyboard or a mouse.
I've been using newegg.com to find everything.
Overclocking? No.

Okay here is what I have so far.

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core i5-2500k.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- ASUS P8P67.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2 x 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or a SSD thats on the cheap side?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD- Sony Optiarc AD-7260s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Cooler Master HAF 912.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD. I'm open for cheap monitor recommendations.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Change your mobo to MSI P67A GD55 AND graphics card to msi 560ti hawk, for cpu cooler i would recommend you cm hyper 212 plus
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September 8, 2011 6:34:26 PM

or get Asrock Z68
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