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900-1100$ Gaming Build -- Need tips/insight/advice/etc

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October 7, 2011 7:39:21 PM

budget: 900-1100 before rebates
country: united states
buyer: newegg or amazon
old parts: psu, mouse, keyboard, headphones, os, monitor
gaming res: 1680x1020
use: gaming, recording gameplay, and music is what I'd probably spend most of my time doing on it

I've never built a PC before, so advice/tips/insights/etc would be greatly appreciated. I plan on recycling my (PSU) 750 Corsair TX from my current rig. I made another thread last night, and was directed to waiting out the end of this month. And I agree with that analysis, but I was wanting to at least to start making out the skeleton/shape of my new rig(well on paper anyways) I won't be able to order until late October or early November. However I figured I could get an idea of what memory, hdd, case, etc I could go with, and gain insight on possible upgrading paths.

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
60$

CPU
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
220$

CASE
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
160$

MOBO
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
135$

MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
52$

GPU
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
250$

HEATSINK
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
35$

cheap cd/dvd drive
20$

Total 936-ish$ I rounded some #s up to make them more even. My game plan was a 1000$-ish pc that would have a nice upgrade path for cpu/gpu. I'm not much of an OC-er. I can google and read the guides to change the values in an add-on UI(like Afterburner stuff), but I would probably never venture into the BIOS and tinker with things. I'm not a big fan of SLI/X-FIRE, and I'm worried of the heat and power problems because I plan on recycling my Corsair 750 TX. Plus I don't know if I could get adequate cooling without investing another 50-100$. I will probably be looking to upgrade it again possibly of March next year(CPU/GPU) if needed for all that nice eye candy when playing Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, The Old Republic, etc. I'm not a big fan of BF3 well I liked the game, but not battlelog and Origin, so it is unlikely I will purchase it.

Anyways any tweaks/suggestions would be great. I'm going to be afk for a while, I have a 8hr plane ride back home pretty soon. So I hope I gave enough details.
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October 7, 2011 8:16:10 PM

Get a Cheaper case and a better video card.
These are suggestions related to gaming. There is nothing wrong with your selections but you can have a better gaming experience with a better card.
Take the 69 dollars from case budget and apply to 560ti making it a 570
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October 7, 2011 8:50:51 PM

I like the Corsair one personally. IDK If I have a style, I care more about the longevity of the parts inside the case rather than how cool it looks.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 11, 2011 6:22:15 AM

Well any thoughts on the changes I put up ?
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October 11, 2011 11:11:07 AM

I like the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139008
case.

That frees up 50$, but I'm not sure if investing in a 580 would be wise considering I don't mind to upgrade later(March). I really want to avoid xfire or sli. I don't think a 6970 would be worth it either. I think the 560 Ti makes the most sense for me now. As a temporary card that can handle plenty of games, and wouldn't make my wallet hate me when I replace it in March or whatever.
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October 14, 2011 12:32:52 PM

bumpage just got my money, so I can order whenever. Any tips/ideas/comments on the build?
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October 14, 2011 2:35:55 PM

gaming res: 1680x1020

A 560ti should be able to handle anything you throw at it for that resolution.. down the road you could add a second one or pick up a newer-gen GPU when you need to upgrade.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 2:39:15 PM

SO TRUE
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 4:29:32 PM

Later if he needs more, he will already have it.
at 1100 dollars a 560ti is aiming low is for a Gaming PC at that price.
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October 14, 2011 4:44:33 PM

No need to spend more than what he has there.. I would personally keep the nicer case and not buy more GPU than he will use. The case will last for a very long time as long as its cleaned semi-regularly, and until the monitor is replaced, a 560ti should do everything at perfectly good fps
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 4:51:13 PM

Then why not get an p2 x4 its more CPU than he will ever need for gaming ? Right ?
It's two different classes and at 1100 bucks you can be sure if he wants to GAME than he will do that. Hey Im just spending other peoples money because I have enough money to get 560ti myself, but if it were possible to save another 120 id be getting the card I recommended.
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October 14, 2011 5:55:19 PM

The price difference between the 570 and 560ti is not worth it for gaming at 1680.. not sure what you're getting so upset about
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 6:17:29 PM

The value is more present in the card in place of the CPU,
you can get a p2 x4 955 @ 119 or 159 for the 970 for about 70 dollars cheaper
and it will put out the same amout of frames with the 560ti
so why put the money on a part that isn't going to improve gaming In a gaming machine ? Not mad bro just making sense.
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October 15, 2011 4:37:45 PM

"A 560ti should be able to handle anything you throw at it for that resolution.. down the road you could add a second one or pick up a newer-gen GPU when you need to upgrade."

That is kind of what I've been considering doing. I know it isn't cost efficient, but I have a friend who will buy my hand me down parts for a decent amount. I plan to upgrade the GPU/Monitor March-ish.


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October 15, 2011 8:21:39 PM

If you already have an outlet for the 560ti in March (it will still be a great card then) then that seems like the perfect plan for you
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October 17, 2011 9:33:09 AM

Best answer selected by _strive_.
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