$1200 First Build.

Hey guys i am a new rookie builder and i am looking to build the best gaming computer for roughly $1200 and would like some help on a few routs to go.

This is one i have so far that i feel would be good.

Case- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Mobo- ASRock P67 EXTREME4- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K

This is mainly for BF3 but also other games.

Video card- Thinking GTX 560 Ti but open to suggestions.

I need help with the rest so what would be the best for the money to be a reliable and pretty great system.
Thank you everyone.
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums!

    Take a look at Corsair Modular PSUs such as HX850 or the HX750
  2. If your budget is $1200, I would upgrade to the i7-2600K. It will be much faster and is only $100 more. The graphics is good. You want minimum 8 GB RAM. G.Skill makes good RAM. Hard drives are easy but you have to decide what size.
  3. You will not need the i7 for gaming, use that 100 dollars for a better gpu or ssd (ssd also not nesecary for gaming, but they are nice to have for the system as a whole)
  4. Thanks for the info guys. Here is what i have so far. Tell me what you guys think and if im missing something.

    Case- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Mobo- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Ram- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    HD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K

    CPU Cooler- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Video Card- EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130657

    CD drive- Sony Optiarc - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118040

    PSU-CORSAIR Professional Series HX750- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    I think that is it. Sorry for such the long post i just want to get this right haha. Any thing else i need? Also in for suggestions on Monitors- preferably 1920x1080.
    Thanks again Guys.
  5. Rockstar5889 said:
    Thanks for the info guys. Here is what i have so far. Tell me what you guys think and if im missing something.

    Case- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Mobo- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Ram- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    HD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K

    CPU Cooler- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Video Card- EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130657

    CD drive- Sony Optiarc - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118040

    PSU-CORSAIR Professional Series HX750- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    I think that is it. Sorry for such the long post i just want to get this right haha. Any thing else i need? Also in for suggestions on Monitors- preferably 1920x1080.
    Thanks again Guys.

    That case is going to be a super tight fit for that CM h/s. That and you don't need a $140+ psu. Look at Corsair TX 750w modular, or XFX 750w modular and get a better and larger case. Something like the Corsair 400R.
  6. Why_Me said:
    That case is going to be a super tight fit for that CM h/s. That and you don't need a $140+ psu. Look at Corsair TX 750w modular, or XFX 750w modular and get a better and larger case. Something like the Corsair 400R.

    Ok. Thanks for the info. How is this case ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009 and i decided to go with the TX 750w like you suggested and how does the rest of my setup look?
  7. Anybody else have more suggestions? Also do you think i can max Battlefield 3 on this?
  8. Rockstar5889 said:
    Ok. Thanks for the info. How is this case ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009 and i decided to go with the TX 750w like you suggested and how does the rest of my setup look?

    That's a nice case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319667788&sr=1-5 <---- save $10 on that case here

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020003-NA/dp/B005E98FVS/ref=sr_1_11?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319667881&sr=1-11 <---- modular TX 750 here
  9. Why_Me said:

    Thank you very much. Does everything else look worth it? I am mainly trying to max battlefield 3 but also with an ability to upgrade also am i missing anything since im fairly new to all of this.
  10. Rockstar5889 said:
    Thank you very much. Does everything else look worth it? I am mainly trying to max battlefield 3 but also with an ability to upgrade also am i missing anything since im fairly new to all of this.

    Everything looks fine but the board. You want the new Gen3 version of that board. Same price, same board other than it has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 <---- that's it there

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 <----- another look at it there

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

    Also that EVGA card is at amazon for $10 less and free shipping.
  11. ok Thank you again for your help. Do i need a sound card or any of that?
  12. Rockstar5889 said:
    ok Thank you again for your help. Do i need a sound card or any of that?

    I doubt it. Unless your a hard core audiophile, chances are onboard sound will be fine. I haven't used a sound card now in years and I haven't regretted it.
  13. I'd recommend the following build:

    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 TUF Edition ($200)

    or if you want to future proof get the PCIE 3.0 mobo

    CPU

    Intel Core i5-2500K Unlocked Processor ($220)

    RAM

    Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) (Unknown)

    Video Card

    ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti ($250)

    Sound Card

    Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium 7.1 ($85)

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black (7200RPM, 64MB cache) ($140)

    DVD Burner

    Asus Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($25)

    Case

    Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Mid-Tower Case ($100)

    Power Supply

    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750-Watt ($105)
  14. pcdinesh said:
    I'd recommend the following build:

    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 TUF Edition ($200)

    or if you want to future proof get the PCIE 3.0 mobo

    CPU

    Intel Core i5-2500K Unlocked Processor ($220)

    RAM

    Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) (Unknown)

    Video Card

    ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti ($250)

    Sound Card

    Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium 7.1 ($85)

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black (7200RPM, 64MB cache) ($140)

    DVD Burner

    Asus Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($25)

    Case

    Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Mid-Tower Case ($100)

    Power Supply

    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750-Watt ($105)

    Is there a big difference between that GTX 560 and the one i chosen?
  15. i upgraded to the GTX 570 instead. is my power supply ok?
  16. if your still at 750 you are fine, you don't even need that much, but it never hurts.
  17. Alright. Thank you all for the help i will be making my order tomorrow.
  18. Rockstar5889 said:
    Alright. Thank you all for the help i will be making my order tomorrow.

    No waiting for Black Friday? It's less than a month away!
  19. Rockstar5889 said:
    Is there a big difference between that GTX 560 and the one i chosen?


    The cooling is better on the ASUS 560 and you get better overclocks
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