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November 24, 2011 2:38:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, hopefully Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

First time builder here, looking for some advice. I don't really have much hardware experience, but hope to be able to accomplish my first build with online guides/videos.

I came up with a list of parts on newegg.com, let me know what you think and would change. As I said, I'm a complete newb at this, so let me know if I made a rookie mistake like picking incompatible parts. Also, is there anything else not listed that I need? Thanks for all the help.

Processor: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: XCLIO A380COLOR Fully Black 1.0 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 24, 2011 4:21:24 AM

The 1156 platform is last gen. If you are looking for a full build ground up, it doesn't make any sense to go that way any more. The following build is gonna be so much faster for the same price-

CPU: $215 Intel Core i5-2500K

Board: $100 ASRock Z68 PRO3 - You may save ~$50 odd on the CPU+Mobo if you don't want overclocking. But keeping that option open is worth it IMO.

RAM: $45 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

HDD: $95 Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s. I'm trying hard not to recommend 320GB drives at $100 :ouch: 

GPU: $350 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570

HSF: $25 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

ODD: $20 Samsung DVD+-RW with Lightscribe-OEM

Case+PSU: $70 Shell Shocker: Antec Neo Eco 620+Antec 300

Total: $920 (After rebates) Plus shipping. Get the Shell shocker combo now and check the PSU immediately in a current system of yours or a friend's.
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November 28, 2011 4:36:49 PM

Adjusted a few things, due to feedback and some parts being sold out. Trying to finalize my order today. Please let me know if there are any compatibility issues with the list below, or any final changes I should make.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Board: ASRock Z68 PRO3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: XCLIO A380COLOR Fully Black 1.0 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: AMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Samsung DVD+-RW with Lightscribe-OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the feedback.
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November 29, 2011 12:24:22 AM

1. RAM: Drop the RAM down to 8GB. Gaming barely needs 4. You won't see any performance gain from 16. The kit in my link will do great. It's also faster than the one in your link.

2. HSF: You need aftermarket HSF only for OC'ing. Since you don't intend to do that, drop it. The stock Intel HSF should be plenty good even for minor overclocks. Don't even bother with the aftermarket one.

3. HDD: $60 Seagate Barracuda 500GB - Much faster 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s drive. The one in your link is a slower 'green' 5400RPM SATA 3Gb/sdrive. Wait for this $80 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB drive to re-list if you want a 1TB drive.

4. GPU: Your budget can easily fit at least a GTX 560ti. You'll see better performance and better longevity from that especially at 1920X1080 - $230 (After rebate) EVGA AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - with lifetime warranty.

5. PSU: Since you're not going with the GTX 570, it makes no sense to go with an overkill $75 620 watt PSU for the 560ti. This $55 Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W will do just fine.

CPU: $220

Mobo: $100

RAM: $45

HDD: $60

ODD: $20

GPU: $230

PSU: $55

Case: $100

Total: $810+Shipping (After Rebates). Well within the lower end of your stated budget, yet much faster. I had listed the GTX 570, because that would have cost you $120 more and it would have still been well within the 1000 dollar budget cap (~$930).

PS: If you're sure you really don't want to overclock, you can decrease your expenditure even further without taking any performance hit whatsoever.
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November 30, 2011 11:22:26 PM

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December 1, 2011 4:33:06 AM

Cheers :) 
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