First Custom Comp

Hey I'm kind of a noob when it comes to building computers I've always just used my laptop for games but am having trouble running the newer games. I've decided to build a desktop as my new project. Looking to build one in the 1000-1500 range and be pretty sweet gaming. Built for college and media/gaming (mostly gaming). Anybody have any recommendations mobo, cpu, graphics card, case, etc. wise. Advice is always appreciated!

What I was thinking of Building:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1

Mobo: GIGABYTE G1.Assassin LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

Mem: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model
F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

Graphic: EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

LIke i said any advice or comments are appreciated!
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  1. CPU: i5 2500K

    MoBo: AsRock Extreme3 Gen3

    GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2GB

    PSU: Corsair TX850

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R or 500R

    CPU Cooler: Corsair A70 (or the H80)

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3

    RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance @ 1600MHz (Low Profile if you get the A70)

    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

    Total: $1300 ($50 less with the A70; $40 less with 400R)

    You can use the extra money to add an SSD (at least 60GB) or a monitor if you need one.

    Your suggested build has a few issues. The LGA 1366 is pretty much an obsolete socket as the LGA2011 has replaced it. It doesn't have any upgrade path either. The i5 2500K can and has beat it quite easily. With a large budget, you can get better than a GTX 460. Aim for at least a GTX 560 Ti.
  2. X58 was a good base to build on a few years ago, but not today.
    In your budget range, a 2500K and a Z68 based motherboard are as good as it gets.

    Get a 8gb kit of ddr3 1.5v 1600 ram(2 x 4gb) which should be $45. 1.5v ram does not need fancy heat spreaders.

    For gaming, spend a bit more on the gpu. Look for a GTX560ti or GTX570.

    WD caviar black is faster. get a 1tb drive, even if you don't need the space. The denser platters make it faster.

    Better yet, see if you can't get a 60-120gb ssd for the os and some games. They really make a difference.

    If you love the case, get it. But, an Antec 300 illusion will do just as well at less than half the cost:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Do get an aftermarket cooler up front. A Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper 212 is only $30 or so.

    Get a quality psu. My short list of quality brands will include Seasonic, Antec XFX, Corsair, and PC P&C.
    You will need a 500w unit for a GTX560ti, or a 600w unit for a GTX580.
    It is not wrong to overprovision the psu a bit.
  3. ya i have the Z68 in my other scenarios, do you think i7 2600k is even worth it gaming wise? or should i take it down to i5 2500k and put the extra into the gpu?
    geofelt said:
    X58 was a good base to build on a few years ago, but not today.
    In your budget range, a 2500K and a Z68 based motherboard are as good as it gets.

    Get a 8gb kit of ddr3 1.5v 1600 ram(2 x 4gb) which should be $45. 1.5v ram does not need fancy heat spreaders.

    For gaming, spend a bit more on the gpu. Look for a GTX560ti or GTX570.

    WD caviar black is faster. get a 1tb drive, even if you don't need the space. The denser platters make it faster.

    Better yet, see if you can't get a 60-120gb ssd for the os and some games. They really make a difference.

    If you love the case, get it. But, an Antec 300 illusion will do just as well at less than half the cost:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Do get an aftermarket cooler up front. A Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper 212 is only $30 or so.

    Get a quality psu. My short list of quality brands will include Seasonic, Antec XFX, Corsair, and PC P&C.
    You will need a 500w unit for a GTX560ti, or a 600w unit for a GTX580.
    It is not wrong to overprovision the psu a bit.
  4. Fatanarexic said:
    ya i have the Z68 in my other scenarios, do you think i7 2600k is even worth it gaming wise? or should i take it down to i5 2500k and put the extra into the gpu?


    Absolutely!

    Few games use more than two or three cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 2600K will go mostly unused.
    The value of the extra cache on the 2600K is unknown.
    The 2500K will OC to about the same levels as a 2600K, so the extra $ 100 you save will definitely pay better dividends if applied to a stronger graphics card.
  5. Thanks! i took your advise and scrapped the case. I think im going to stick with HAF 992 and save a little money
    geofelt said:
    Absolutely!

    Few games use more than two or three cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 2600K will go mostly unused.
    The value of the extra cache on the 2600K is unknown.
    The 2500K will OC to about the same levels as a 2600K, so the extra $ 100 you save will definitely pay better dividends if applied to a stronger graphics card.
  6. OK so heres my updated rig:

    Mobo: ASRock Z68 Professional Gen3 LGA 1155
    PCU: i5-2500k Sandy
    Mem: Any Ideas? Right now i have Ripjaws 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
    Case: HAF 922
    HD: WD Caviar Black 720GB
    CD: Samsung 12x BD ROM combo
    GPU: SuperClocked gtx 570

    anybody have any input on this? anything is helpful. Like i said im pretty new to this so not sure how this system will run...
  7. for RAM go with 8GB (2x4GB) dual channel 1.5V G.Skill has some on newegg for $45
  8. +1 on the 8GB (2x4GB) RAM.
    Too much RAM can cause instability and voltage issues.

    As for the PSU, a Corsair TX850 (the newest one) is fine, especially if you add a 2nd GTX 570 (you will have about 200 to 250W of headroom at max load).
  9. ya wasn't really sure how many watts id need for this setup, i was hoping someone would chip in who knew what they were talking about haha thanks!
    lola213 said:
  10. So im thinking of swiching up the mobo with the ASUS Maximus Extreme-Z, any input that mobo rather than the Professional Gen3?
  11. You mostly paying for the higher overclocks, brand, color scheme, and the extra goodies that come with it. I would still go with the Gen3 instead, as it's practically the same thing, has PCI-E 3.0, and is Z68 (the Extreme-Z around the same price is P67). The only problem is the shorter warranty (only 2 years, while other brands offer +3 years).
  12. Ok so here's my updated rig. Thanks for everyone who put in some input, let me know what you think of this

    Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 1155 or Extreme4 not sure what the difference is

    CPU: i5 2500k Sandy

    GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 5970 (Already Bought)

    RAM: G. Skills Sniper Low Voltage 8gb (2 x 4gb) 1600

    Case: Cooler Master 932 Advanced (Already Bought)

    SSD: Samsung 830 Series 64gb (Already Bought)

    CD: Blu Ray Burner (Any ideas?)

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200rpm

    Monitor: ASUS 24'' 1080p LED

    any input? How do you think this system will run bf3 or skyrim? Looking for a sick gaming rig to run pretty much ultra easily
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