I5 Build $900-1000. Purchasing tonight!

Approximate Purchase Date: = The 25th

Budget Range: 800-1000 (willing to go over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preferences. Just want the best parts that fit my budget range.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Uhm?

Monitor Resolution: Highest

Additional Comments: >21 year old user. I am not trying to win any style points. I am looking to have the best quality parts for my price range. Never built a PC before, so advice regarding components would be great.

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Debating which case I should buy? What would you go with and why?

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I have NO clue what motherboard I should go with and what brand. Looking at customer reviews, mixed opinions are making me wonder?

VIDEOCARD: EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Does it matter 1GB or 2GB? Is it worth the extra $?

Power Supplies: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

I believe this is sufficient for now correct?

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

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

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Wireless: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bits WEP WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)

This brings me to a final dollar amount of $1,083.00.

What components should I change?
Do I need any cooling? If so.. what should I get, because I have no idea.
Any other tips are welcome. I am in the process of learning how to build a new computer so this is a good learning experience :)

Kind regards!
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  1. highest isn't a monitor resolution :P Assuming you aren't using a 30" monitor at 2560x1600 then you'd only need a 1GB graphics card.

    The rest of your components are great, no problems with them.

    You'll only need air cooling for your cpu and a simple heatsink like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $35 free shipping and provides all the cooling you'd need for an overclock.
  2. I will be purchasing a 24 inch ASUS screen. So switching to the EVGA 1 GB video card would be better?

    I am worried about my MOBO. Is it the right choice? Should I spend some more $ on another MOBO?

    Has anybody had a positive experience with this case? Are the cheaper Antec cases better for my build? I like to save money when possible :)

    Buying the Coolermaster 212 will do the job correct?
  3. That mobo is fine. A lot of people have been going with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 since it's cheap and has PCIe 3.0 compatibility

    Your case is great. You can get a 912 if you want to save $20.

    For a 24" monitor you can use a 1GB card.
  4. Last question before I hit the purchase button:

    I'm thinking about getting the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS. Will the extra dollars be worth it?


    I don't need a sound card correct and the 650 Power supply is sufficient?
  5. Check the $1000 build on my sig as well :)
  6. Will the ASUS MOBO P8Z68-V PRO linked above be better for my build?

    Who are the leaders among motherboards? For some reason Gigabyte is not giving me a good feeling.....
  7. Yes, that asus will do everything you need to do as well. don't fear the gigabyte :P I've owned 3 gigabyte motherboards and all have been good to me. Their dual bios feature has come in handy >.>
  8. Gigabyte is a good brand.
  9. Gigabyte is a great brand, especially with respect to MOBOs. ASUS has always been a fav of mine, although in my most recent build I used the up and coming Asrock's extreme 3 gen 3 that crewton linked.
  10. +1 for the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3
  11. +213476123 for the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3
  12. What makes the ASUS MOBO more expensive than the Gigabyte and the ASROCK extreme 3?
  13. The Asus board above compared to the ASRock that everyone's talking about... Nothing much really except the ASRock one has even MORE features like PCIe 3.0.
  14. I'd second the ASRock board as well. Only reason it's not in my build in that it's not available on Amazon, which is sad.
  15. I think I will go with the ASRock one then...
    However I am scared, because its new and fairly cheap vs other mobos?

    Also a ASrock user said this about the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus.'' it will fit if you use low memory sticks,will not work with ripjaws had to go with some silver mushkin enhanced sticks.''

    I have the cooler master evo + ripjaws in my build what should I do?
  16. I have the asrock mobo and ripjaw x's in my rig along with the 212 evo and it fits just fine. A little snug, but not awful.

    If you are that concerned though, just go with something that has a lower profile, like these:

  17. Put the RAM in slots 2 and 4 instead. The fan covers the first ram slot so you either have to get low profile RAM or just use the other slots.
  18. crewton said:
    Put the RAM in slots 2 and 4 instead. The fan covers the first ram slot so you either have to get low profile RAM or just use the other slots.


    The MOBO manual will tell you everything you need to know, including where to put your ram if the first slot is covered. In this case, in slots 2 and 4, as crewton stated.
  19. Or you can fill up all slots with ram and grab an "H" series water cooler ;)
  20. Is this HDD good enough to start out with? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    Im thinking about buying the seagate 1 TB for 50 dollars more. Is seagate a trusted brand?
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