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October 22, 2011 1:02:12 AM

Hello,
I'm looking into building a new pc mainly for gaming. This will be my first build ever. My budget would be around $1500 and would include a monitor, keyboard, mouse. Thanks for the input.

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

Graphics: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

MONITOR: ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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a c 83 B Homebuilt system
October 22, 2011 1:22:44 AM

All of the selections look appropriate to me; don't change a thing.

1) I suggest you add an aftermarket cpu cooler. It will keep your cpu quieter and cooler. If you oc a bit(and that's why you bought a "K") you can oc easier and higher. One need not be expensive. A Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper 212 will be about $30. Also, their backplane mount is mech easier than the Intel pushpins to mount, particularly for a first time builder.

2) You need a power supply. A GTX580 needs a quality 600w psu with 42 +12v amps at least. My short list of quality psu's would include Seasonic, PC P&C, XFX, Corsair and Antec.
This PC P&C 650w unit is $70 after rebate, it is silver certified efficiency:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) If you can find room in your budget, get a ssd for the os and some apps. Use the 1tb drive for backup and overflow.
A 60-120gb ssd would be fine. Intel and samsung seem to be the most reliable today.

4) Go to a local store and check out the keyboards and mice. They need to fit your hand and eye.

5) Take the time now to download and read the case and motherboard manuals. Cover to cover. Many questions will be answered.

--------------good luck-------------
October 22, 2011 1:28:23 AM

ok what geofelt said but otherwise it looks good :p 
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October 22, 2011 1:49:39 AM

Thanks guys. I changed and added the following. Let me know what you think.

Changed the case to: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

Power Supply?: Mixed between the CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 and the GTX580 you mentioned.

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

SSD: What are the benefits of them? Didn't really research anything about them yet. Also, how are they to install for a newbie?
October 22, 2011 2:09:45 AM

Done, thanks.
October 22, 2011 2:29:30 AM

Yeah that build looks great, most of the new mobos can OC your CPU and components to run at stable temps and with the 580 you will be happy at that res with all games for a long time. . . . DX12 may change that but with all games being ported to consoles I wouldnt worry.
a c 83 B Homebuilt system
October 22, 2011 6:27:28 PM

fartinkarol said:
Thanks guys. I changed and added the following. Let me know what you think.

Changed the case to: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

Power Supply?: Mixed between the CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 and the GTX580 you mentioned.

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

SSD: What are the benefits of them? Didn't really research anything about them yet. Also, how are they to install for a newbie?


A SSD is 50x faster in random I/O vs. a hard drive, and 2-3x faster in sequential.
Everything you do will seem much quicker. The only negative is their cost per gb; expect $1.5 to $2 per gb.
They are sata drives, and install just like any other sata drive. They perform better if you specify the sata mode as AHCI vs. ide or raid.

The corsair HX850 is a fine psu, but stronger than what you need for one GTX580.
If you are planning on sli GTX580, then 850w is ok, stronger is better.
Here is a PC P&C silencer 910 which is a stronger psu for less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 24, 2011 8:40:42 PM
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