Proofing and ideas on my first Custom PC

Hey Tom's Hardwares users,

This will be my first time making a computer, but I been lurking and researching/learning about Custom PC making. So after a month of researching, I think I finally set on a build for battlefield 3. ANYWAY, let move on to the template supplied.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (1000-1500/1000-1500) Before / After Rebates Max should hopefully be 1500 dollars.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming,Productively, and daily things ie Internet browsing )

Parts Not Required: (OS, Mouse, keyboard)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: (US)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Very open minded about this.)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920 x 1080)

Additional Comments: (This is my first sets, I was hoping for proofing and ideas for cheaper with the same level or better than the component I have now)

Now, let over the pieces I selected.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Out of all the computer compoent, I found that the case was the hardest one to pick. I was juggling between Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB, and the current one I got.

To be honest, I really like the Rosewill Blackhaw, so I was hoping for more inputs on which of the 3 cases is suited.

MotherBoard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

For the Mobo, I had 2 Mobo in mind to get, this one and the more expeive one: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS.

For the Mobo, I felt that z68 would be a better choice in the long run, but I really wouldn't know, hahaha.

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

For CPU, I really didn't think I will need anything more powerful than an i5 and I saw that this i5 is very popular.

VGA EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

I plan on getting another VGA sooner or later, but for now, I'ma get one 560 ti.


Man, PSU is like the 2nd hardest thing to pick, I'm really clueless on area. I got quit a few on mind such as RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power.
Feel free to point me to a better PSU if there is one.

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL

Same thing with ram, there so many choices. I didn't know if I should get the 2x 4gb or get 2 4 gb ram instead like the one I have now.

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL40GB-DX 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Uh, this would be my first time hearing about SSD, and I heard it was ideal for OS/Programs as well for games, so I managed to squeeze one in within my budget. If you know a better one for cheaper and around the same size or bigger, feel free to tell me about it.

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cheap and look fair to me. If you know a better one, feel free to throw in your inputs.

DVD Drive: TEAC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD-ROM Drive Model DV516E/B/S

Uh, I needed a decent DVD drive, so I figured this will do.

Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

I really like this type of Monitor. I guess this is me being lazy and picking what I like. I did get 2 of these.

The main products I selects grand total will be about $1,519.89 with no taxes or shipping.

Well, I think that it.
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  1. Motherboard: You do not need a $200 motherboard, and an ugly one at that. I would recommend Asrock or MSI Z68 in the $150 range, such as Extreme 3 Gen 3 or GD 55 respectively.

    GPU: I would recommend a dual fan GPU such as MSI Twin Frozr III. Much better temps and overclocking.

    RAM: Get 2x 4GB of ram to run in dual channel. Make sure it is 1.5 volts and not 1.65

    SSD: Crucial M4 is likely the most recommended SSD. Get 64gb or 128gb depending on your needs.

    Everything else looks good. Cases are entirely up to your own preference; I prefer full tower ATX such as HAF 932. Very good PSU selected, highly recommend Corsair HX.
  2. Could you explain more on why Asus have a "ugly board"?

    Also, I changed the ram accordingly.

    As for the SSD, I think a 64 GB would suit me perfectly.

    I think I will go with Rosewill case.

    I also would like more information on the mobo tho. What make asrock or MSI better than being cheaper?

    Also, that VGA is quite costly. Does having 2 fans improve the overall ability? Is the overclock ability worth the price?

    Thank for the input, Ares.

    Sorry about the late reply.
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