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First Time Builder( Gaming Pc)

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October 15, 2011 9:46:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks.

Budget Range: $1000-$1050

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: As the title says, this will be my first time building a computer. I have been experimenting with builds online, but I thought I might ask for some advice. I was hoping to make a build that would be able to max out current games. (I am also hoping I will be able to Max out BattleField 3 and Skyrim when they come out.)
Here is what I came up with.

CPU- (i5-2500)($210)
Motherboard- (ASUS )($105)
RAM- ( G-Skill 8GB DRR3)($52)
Harddrive- (Seagate 1TB) ($55)
Powersupply- ( Rosewill650W)($80)
GPU- (GTX 570) ($325)
Case- (Cool Master HAF 912) ($60)
Disc-drive- (Asus DRW) ($19)
OS- (Windows 7 64 Bit) ($100)

Total comes to $1023 after shipping and before any rebates.
Let me know if I forgot anything.( Please bare with me as I am still learning). Also, any advice as to what I should keep and switch out is more than appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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October 15, 2011 10:17:33 PM

2500K is actually cheaper atm. (and even if it wasn't would be worth the extra $10)
Why H67 over H61 or P67?
Go for a WD Black or Samsung F3 HDD, not a Seagate.
I'm not familiar with that particular PSU, but if you are buying from someone other than seasonic, xfx, etc there is some extra HW to making sure it isn't garbage.

October 15, 2011 10:39:59 PM

Oh I didn't notice it was. Yeah I will switch out to that one.

Could you please explain the difference between an H67 and the H61/P67
Would this be a better alternative to the motherboard I originally selected?

I am thinking about switching the PSU, possibly to CORSAIR, as I hear they are reliable.

Thank you for the advice by the way.
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October 15, 2011 11:13:22 PM

The 2500K allows overclocking. That lets you go >4.0 with simple overclocking. >4.5 takes work.
A nice boost if or when you might need it.

To overclock you need a P67 or Z68 motherboard. The H61/H67 do not allow overclocking. Considering the minimal price difference, I would pick the Z68.
In addition to being able to OC, you get smart cache, which allows a small SSD to be used as a cache to speed up your hard drive.
Here is the cheapest one I see, a GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 Only $80. No usb3.0 or sli, but those are not really necessary.

A GTX570 needs 550w with 38a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.
This XFX Core Edition PRO550W will do the job @$55 after rebate. Note that this unit has 44 +12v amps vs. the higher wattage rosewill @46.

I think you should get an aftermarket cooler up front.
It will be easier to install, and it will keep your cpu cooler and quieter.
The XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 is only $30:

As a suggestion for a first time builder, take the time now to download and read, cover to cover the motherboard and case manuals.
October 15, 2011 11:29:03 PM

H61 is cheapest
H67 adds SATA3 and some extra PCIe Lanes
P67 adds ability to overclock

MSI isn't my favorite brand, but some prefer it. I see no problem in using it.
October 15, 2011 11:34:20 PM

Thanks for the help. I feel a bit more comfortable with my build after the advice I have gotten from you guys here. I really appreciate the help.

Now, I am curious if I would need a better PSU if I were to get the super-clocked version of the GTX 570?

October 15, 2011 11:39:45 PM

KidRetro said:
Thanks for the help. I feel a bit more comfortable with my build after the advice I have gotten from you guys here. I really appreciate the help.

Now, I am curious if I would need a better PSU if I were to get the super-clocked version of the GTX 570?

No, the superclocked does not consume a meaningful increase in more power.
I like the superclocked EVGA units, they tend to come with better coolers.
October 15, 2011 11:44:16 PM

Awesome. I was looking at the benchmarks for the GTX 570 superclocked and I was impressed on how well it performed, especially against the Radeon 6970. I just hope it is in stock by the time I order my parts.

Sorry for all the questions, but are there any sites I can start to read up on(In addition to what you already recommended) for building a computer. I just want to make sure I don't mess anything up when I am building my computer, it would be a shame to ruin one of the parts due to a stupid mistake.
October 16, 2011 7:06:07 AM

Sorry for bumping this, but I re-did the build a bit.

Motherboard has been changed to the following
GPU has been changed to the following:
PSU has been changed to the following to meet demands for this GPU

Everything else has been left the same. I am just wondering if I am running into any issues with these changes? (Like will the GPU fit on the motherboard and so on.)

Again, I apologize for all the questions, I am just trying to make sure that I am doing everything correctly. (I have been doing a lot of research as well, I just felt asking questions on the forums would be beneficial.

Once again thank you very much for the help, I really appreciate it.