Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

First time $900 gaming build

Last response: in Systems
Share
October 14, 2011 11:25:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 6 months.(trying to get enough money for it.)

Budget Range: $900 - $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing, movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard & mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com (or another recommended site, but I don't want to pay shipping from multiple sites.)

Country of Origin: North America(Georgia)

Parts Preferences: Nvidia Video Cards, downloading drivers from their site is much simpler than AMD.(for me at least)

Overclocking: Not immediately, but it would be nice to have the option later on.

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, but again, would be nice in case I want to down the road.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

This will be my first build, I've done some looking already and I came up with this:

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N56GOC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the monitor I have no idea :ange: 



That all came to $938(After mail in rebates, not including shipping)

Thoughts?

Is there anything you would change that might lower the price(or a change in general)? I'm fine with it going up a bit(not too much) if there's something I missed that would be necessary to add.

Also, some questions:

1. What does a "bare drive" mean?
2. Is there a significant difference in size with a "mid-tower" and "full-tower"? There's about a $60 price change between them.
3. Would there be anything else(other than a monitor) that I need to add to this purchase?


Thanks :) 

/walloftext

More about : time 900 gaming build

October 15, 2011 12:34:37 AM

Yeah that is a good build, but do not depend on rebates. Sometimes they do not work out. First of all, you do not need over 750W of power. 550-650 is more than enough. Just make sure you buy it froma a good company (Corsair, XFX antec)
I would lower your hdd, unless you will be downloading plenty of games. 500G is enough and you can even go lower than that to 250 if you want. I would recommend 500.
You can change your operating system to Windows 7 Home Premium for about 50 less. <----make sure it is 64 bit though, because 32 cant handle 8g of ram. Also, 8g is alot of ram. I would stick with 4 or 6, thats plenty, and you can always upgrade anytime you want. You have a really good gpu but if you really want to go lower in price, get a radeon 6850 or 6870. They work very well, and are cheaper I think. Sandy bridge is a wonderful processor, but it is not necessary for hardcore gaming. AMD processors are made for gaming, well intel processors are made for more intensive work like vide game producing. I would go with AMD Phenom ii x4 955 Black edition, or maybe Phenom ii x6 Black edition. That will fullfil your needs. If you decide to change that, you must get a socket am3/am3+ mobo. Just search it on newegg. Hope I helped ! :D ! and yes, even with all the changes, you can play games like Crysis and Metro 2033 and Bf2.
m
0
l
Related resources
October 15, 2011 12:35:59 AM

Dude, in 6 months a lot of things change. Ask again in 5months and 3 weeks.
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 12:36:52 AM

Everything look good other than that 1.65v RAM you have up there. That old school RAM is known to play havoc with the controllers on these 1155 boards. All the manufactures recommend low voltage RAM for these 1155 boards as in 1.5v or less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----any of those sets of RAM there.

Also I would look into a cpu h/s like the CM 212+ or the CM EVO for a nice moderate over clock.
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:04:14 AM

nsahawks7 said:
Yeah that is a good build, but do not depend on rebates. Sometimes they do not work out. First of all, you do not need over 750W of power. 550-650 is more than enough. Just make sure you buy it froma a good company (Corsair, XFX antec)
I would lower your hdd, unless you will be downloading plenty of games. 500G is enough and you can even go lower than that to 250 if you want. I would recommend 500.
You can change your operating system to Windows 7 Home Premium for about 50 less. <----make sure it is 64 bit though, because 32 cant handle 8g of ram. Also, 8g is alot of ram. I would stick with 4 or 6, thats plenty, and you can always upgrade anytime you want. You have a really good gpu but if you really want to go lower in price, get a radeon 6850 or 6870. They work very well, and are cheaper I think. Sandy bridge is a wonderful processor, but it is not necessary for hardcore gaming. AMD processors are made for gaming, well intel processors are made for more intensive work like vide game producing. I would go with AMD Phenom ii x4 955 Black edition, or maybe Phenom ii x6 Black edition. That will fullfil your needs. If you decide to change that, you must get a socket am3/am3+ mobo. Just search it on newegg. Hope I helped ! :D ! and yes, even with all the changes, you can play games like Crysis and Metro 2033 and Bf2.



Thanks for the advice! Is there any significant difference in the Phenom ii x6 vs the x4? also, what would be the best mobo for that?
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:05:40 AM

Why_Me said:
Everything look good other than that 1.65v RAM you have up there. That old school RAM is known to play havoc with the controllers on these 1155 boards. All the manufactures recommend low voltage RAM for these 1155 boards as in 1.5v or less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----any of those sets of RAM there.

Also I would look into a cpu h/s like the CM 212+ or the CM EVO for a nice moderate over clock.



Thanks for pointing out the issue with the RAM, would this work?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:09:39 AM

Also, about the power supply.

I was going to go with a 650w Cosair(link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

But then I saw there was a 750w Antec for only $5 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Is there something that I'm missing?

(Sorry for triple posting)

EDIT:

Is the mobo I listed fine or would there be something better for about the same price?

And also the question about the cases has been answered, but what case is recommended? As in, would a larger case be better since this is my first build?(More room to work with things, ect.)
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:33:13 AM

Derp_ala_cake14 said:
Also, about the power supply.

I was going to go with a 650w Cosair(link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

But then I saw there was a 750w Antec for only $5 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Is there something that I'm missing?

(Sorry for triple posting)

EDIT:

Is the mobo I listed fine or would there be something better for about the same price?

And also the question about the cases has been answered, but what case is recommended? As in, would a larger case be better since this is my first build?(More room to work with things, ect.)

Look for RAM with lower heat spreaders so they don't impede any after market cpu h/s you plan on using. Those Corsair up there have really tall heat spreaders and a lot of peeps ran into problems with that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBX

This psu down below is fairly new on the market, and has gotten great reviews across the net. It's a bargain at that price and has more amps than that Antec 750w.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping 10% off your order (max $10) w/ code: HOOT, ends 10/17
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:36:34 AM

nsahawks7 said:
Yeah that is a good build, but do not depend on rebates. Sometimes they do not work out. First of all, you do not need over 750W of power. 550-650 is more than enough. Just make sure you buy it froma a good company (Corsair, XFX antec)
I would lower your hdd, unless you will be downloading plenty of games. 500G is enough and you can even go lower than that to 250 if you want. I would recommend 500.
You can change your operating system to Windows 7 Home Premium for about 50 less. <----make sure it is 64 bit though, because 32 cant handle 8g of ram. Also, 8g is alot of ram. I would stick with 4 or 6, thats plenty, and you can always upgrade anytime you want. You have a really good gpu but if you really want to go lower in price, get a radeon 6850 or 6870. They work very well, and are cheaper I think. Sandy bridge is a wonderful processor, but it is not necessary for hardcore gaming. AMD processors are made for gaming, well intel processors are made for more intensive work like vide game producing. I would go with AMD Phenom ii x4 955 Black edition, or maybe Phenom ii x6 Black edition. That will fullfil your needs. If you decide to change that, you must get a socket am3/am3+ mobo. Just search it on newegg. Hope I helped ! :D ! and yes, even with all the changes, you can play games like Crysis and Metro 2033 and Bf2.

what are you talking about amd is for gaming, and intel is for more intensive work? look at the benchmarks, i5-2500k crushes everything amd has, including bulldozer. while it doesn't make a huge difference while gaming, the i5 is still a ton better
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 1:51:16 AM

Why_Me said:
Look for RAM with lower heat spreaders so they don't impede any after market cpu h/s you plan on using. Those Corsair up there have really tall heat spreaders and a lot of peeps ran into problems with that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBX

This psu down below is fairly new on the market, and has gotten great reviews across the net. It's a bargain at that price and has more amps than that Antec 750w.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping 10% off your order (max $10) w/ code: HOOT, ends 10/17
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K



Huge thanks :D 


Just a few more questions:


1. What would be a good monitor for around $150?
2. What one of these cases would be best?

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks again and sorry for all the questions :) 
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 2:07:56 AM

Derp_ala_cake14 said:
Huge thanks :D 


Just a few more questions:


1. What would be a good monitor for around $150?
2. What one of these cases would be best?

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks again and sorry for all the questions :) 

The CM HAF 912 has a lot more room to work with for larger cpu h/s, longer cards, etc...and you can add god knows only how many fans to that case. It's a bargain imo.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 2:09:53 AM

morgoth780 said:
what are you talking about amd is for gaming, and intel is for more intensive work? look at the benchmarks, i5-2500k crushes everything amd has, including bulldozer. while it doesn't make a huge difference while gaming, the i5 is still a ton better

+1
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 2:50:08 AM

Last question(I think):

What is the main difference between home premium and pro? And what would be better for gaming?
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 4:01:54 AM

Sorry but... bump. Trying to get this sorted soon.
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 4:19:02 AM

I have an Acer v223w, its a great monitor, I got it for $130. It is 1680x1050 which seems to be the sweet spot for a GTX 560, though a 1920x1080 monitor is also quite viable for your GPU.
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 4:35:33 AM

It is good that you have assembled and created a good build, but keep in mind ivy bridge (intel cpu) will probably out in six months so will the 600 series (for nvidia) gpus, and the 7000s (for amd). So the build will still be good but you will be able to get more in six months than you could now.

It is still a good build, but your question will inevitably will be asked again, which is also a good thing.
m
0
l
October 15, 2011 5:03:38 AM

thesnappyfingers said:
It is good that you have assembled and created a good build, but keep in mind ivy bridge (intel cpu) will probably out in six months so will the 600 series (for nvidia) gpus, and the 7000s (for amd). So the build will still be good but you will be able to get more in six months than you could now.

It is still a good build, but your question will inevitably will be asked again, which is also a good thing.



I figured that those would be too much out of my budget when they first come out, and also when they come out the price on current things would also drop.


Thanks for all the help everybody :D 
m
0
l
!