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Need help and suggestions on my first pc build. Thank you in advance!

Last response: in Systems
November 12, 2011 7:17:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of November

Budget Range: $1800 - $1900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming to editing pictures and movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: the best in performance and reliabilty
Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: thanks in advance for your help!

Hello everyone,

First time posting here on tom's but i have been an avid reader for quite some time now. I have been trying to build a gaming rig for about 3 years now but was always hesitant on spending the money. But now my 6 yr old hp is dying on me and i can afford to spend $1800 on a pc since my budget cleared up a little bit. I have been reading up about different components for my new pc for a couple of months now and i have finally decided to get the following for my first ever gaming computer build.

CPU: i5 2500k of course!]


CASE: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I


PSU: XFX PRO 750w --> switched to SeaSonic X750 thanks to 9_breaker


RAM: 8gb CORSAIR VEANGEANCE 1600 ( 2 x 4gb )

STORAGE: x1 WD 500gb



I am going to be adding 2 more 200mm fan for the top and side panel of the case and swapping the rear 140mm with another fan as well.

2x COOLER MASTER 200mm Fans :


I am also going to do a push and pull config with the CM 212+ evo cpu cooler with 2 120mm fans. And using ARCTIC COOLING MX-4 as thermal paste.


2x COOLER MASTER 120mm fans

I was also wondering if 64gb for an ssd is enough for my OS / Norton / MW3? If not then i'll just wait for the price of 128g m4 to come down.

As you can see i am going with the blue led to match the case. I really like how the MK-I looks and i think it will have good airflow. ( it better be! i'll be putting a lot of fans in there! lol )

I am only planning on using a single monitor ( 27" LED. hopefully i find a good deal this black friday! :??:  ) I'm eyeballing this at a local bestbuy right now

Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated. I am a novice when it comes to building a gaming system. I have only been reading and watching vids to help me pick these components so please enlighten me.

Thanks in advance guys! ftw! :D 

November 12, 2011 7:51:09 AM

everything looks good so far . you could use a different psu for future sli and the psu you selected has a lot of bad reviews.
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November 12, 2011 11:02:35 AM

Thanks a lot! im switching the PSU to Seasonic x750.

I don't plan on going with dual video card. I'm just planning to build me a better system that will last me up to 5 yrs without being too far behind the new stuff that are gonna come out.

I think im going to stick with the asus v-pro mobo. i've read better reviews on it having lower vCores. And it has 2 extra usb 3.0 slots for the MK-I's front panel.
November 16, 2011 6:18:34 AM

thanks for the suggestions guys. but i think i'm going to stick with a single gtx 580 for a couple of years. i can try to overclock it down the road (hopefully 2-3 yrs) when it's not running games that good anymore.

also, the recommended psu wattage for my setup from the newegg PSU calculator is 586 watts so i was thinking of just going for a 650 watt psu. i picked the seasonic x650.

it's gold certified and fully modular.what do you guys think?

i also wanted to know if i could go ahead and use a 128gb sdd as my main storage for now because i checked my current hdd and i only have a total of 96 gb used with all my media and games in there.

i'll buy a hdd in a couple of months after i save up again. i was just thinking about my budget for right now. or maybe even another 128gb sdd if it goes on what do you guys think?