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1st time building, mostly gaming (SWTOR, Skyrim, Diablo III ETC)

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October 27, 2011 7:34:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About 2 weeks

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD movies, music, making home movies.

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, GPU, PSU


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg, Amazon, Tigerdirect, any reliable merchent

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None, still fairly new and not sure whitch brands are the best


Overclocking: Eventually

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1080p HDTV

Additional Comments: This is the first time I have built a computer, so while I have been studing up I am still not 100 percent on everything, I do want this to last a few years, so I am going for upgradability. I already have a Radeon HD6850 and plan to use that until Southern Islands comes out, and upgrade to the equvilent of a 6950 or 6970. However, this is not until later so it does not factor into my budget as of now. I was going to get bulldozer but after seeing the reviews I have decided to go with sandy bridge, perhaps with a mobo that supports ivy bridge? Here is what I have picked so far.


Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This motherboard seems pretty good, it is Ivy Bridge ready and comes with a lot of other extras in the package.

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seems to be the best CPU in its price range, and I would like to OC eventually.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The RAM is probably the part I am most unsure about, the price is right but I am not familar with timeing and whether or not this one would work well.

Case:
NZXT Phantom (Black)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Love the way it looks, seems plenty roomy for all the stuff I eventually want to put in it.

SSD:
Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD's are also new to me, so I am not sure if this one would be best or if I should get another.


HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price is good, and have heard seagate is a good brand, but m open to suggestion.

Optical:
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not familiar with the brand but the user reviews seem good, any other things I need to buy since this is an OEM drive?

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Already have:

GPU:
XFX Radeon 6850 1 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Really like this card, do plan to replace later though, but not now.

PSU:
Corsair CX600 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Only question here, is would this be fine for OCing? When I upgrade my graphics cards next year, I will be getting a new PSU as well, but will this suffice for now?
November 22, 2011 5:29:50 AM

Posted this a few weeks ago, did not get any replies but it was kind of a mess. Fixed it up and changed a few things. Plan to get this soon.
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