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October 18, 2011 4:58:38 AM

Hey everyone, I've been looking for awhile for a gaming rig that I would be comfortable with for awhile, and I believe I found most of the essentials needed. However, this would be my first rig ever made, and consequently, I have no "know how" on how to check if parts are compatible, or any possible problems i'd have, which I why I came here. If anyone could possibly look over the list for me and let me know what I would need, or any suggestions/opinions you have, that would be amazing. Thank you.


Approximate Purchase Date: End of November 2011.

Budget Range: $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing (After Effects, Premiere)

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Links added

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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Here's the list:

IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
$64.99


OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$89.99


LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04
$17.99


Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler
$24.99


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$154.99

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$144.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
$89.99


ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 VGA Cooler
$34.99


EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$319.99


AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
$219.99


SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99




The total comes in at just over $1000.

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October 18, 2011 5:04:33 AM

Intel otherboard and AMD CPU are incompatible.
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October 18, 2011 5:12:59 AM

jsc said:
Intel otherboard and AMD CPU are incompatible.

Oops, didn't even notice that, thanks.
I replaced it with an AMD motherboard.
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October 18, 2011 5:28:27 AM

you need some serious help brother.no worries!!i'am here.welcome to TOMS.let's talk about your build.
i am not sure about in win cases,but antec 300 and HAF 922 are very famous for their
quality,cooling,space,expandibility and price to performance ratio.
a 750w corsair enthusiast PSU is a better option.dont compromise on PSU.Corsair is one of the most highly recommended brand.change the cooler to hyper 212+.
change the mobo to this one-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
z68 is better than P67.you dont need 16 gb RAM.8 gb is more than enough.get ripjaws x series 1600mhz 8gb kit.
dont waste money on VGA coolers.if you want good cooling and low noise,then get this one -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
no offence to EVGA but msi cards run cooler and better in comparison to EVGA air cooled cards IMO.
you cannot use AMD CPUs on Intel motherboards.a 2500k beats bulldozer in almost every bench(very sad to say).
your hdd is very slow.for good speeds get spinpoint f3 1 tb hard drive.
all the best.
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October 18, 2011 5:38:03 AM

I would cut that ram down to 8gigs. No point in having 16gigs when Win8 probably uses less resources.
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October 18, 2011 5:40:40 AM

You have a mini tower case, which only supports micro ATX motherboards. The motherboard you selected (GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard) is a full ATX board and will not fit inside that small case.
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October 18, 2011 5:55:32 AM

i5 2500k is better for gaming almost universally compared to bulldozer. $210
A good z68 or p67 motherboard is about $125-150 depending on features
You probably want a larger case if you have the room as it allows expandability and ATX form mother boards, so about $100
Your PSU is good so $90
And if you are buying a 570 and an additional cooling system just upgrade and get the Twin Frozr II OC 570 from MSI for about $340-350

That is total of $900, good 8gb of ram is 40 dollars and a nice Hitachi or Samsung drive is about 60. And an aftermarket CPU cooler, like the Cooler Master 212+ is another 30.

That's a total of about $1030 plus tax.
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October 18, 2011 6:14:00 AM

Best answer selected by Mithix.
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October 18, 2011 6:14:59 AM

Thanks for the help, I think I got it from here, if I need anymore I'll try to consult with you two who provided the most support, however, thank you to everyone who helped out with this.
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October 18, 2011 6:26:59 AM

thnx for best answer.my pleasure to help you out.BTW please click on More information
tab under my name.
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October 18, 2011 6:52:27 AM

hellfire24 said:
thnx for best answer.my pleasure to help you out.BTW please click on More information
tab under my name.

^_^ Quite savvy for a 15 year old, and it seems you're a dedicated person in this community, you have a sizable amount of posts. :p 
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October 18, 2011 6:59:11 AM

I know this thread is marked as solved, but if you forget the idea of overclocking or SLI'ing, you can get a seriously better system right out of the box for cheaper, that can max out almost anything thrown at it @ 1080p.

For about the same price, you can also get an awfully better SLI system right outta the box. Your present system is a bit of a waste of money tbh.

I'm not gonna spend my time, energy and bandwidth posting on a dead thread. If you're interested, start a new thread and post the link here.

P.S- At least your parts are compatible now :p 
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