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$1,000 Gaming PC Build(I'm a noob!)

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November 30, 2011 5:45:26 PM

Hey, I am completely new to building comps but after a few hours of research I think I've selected good parts that fit in my budget that are compatible and will work well but I'm not sure. Any tips/tweaks are very much appriciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: A week or 2 after christmas.

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is #1(WoW, SC2, Battlefield 3, Steam games) Playing media is #2(Watching/Burning Movies and shows, Music production with Ableton live 8/FL Studio)Surfing the web is #3

Parts Not Required:Keyboard, mouse, Speakers/Audio Equipment, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Overclocking: Maybe but probably not

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution:1400x900

These are the parts I have selected.....

Case: Antec Lanboy Air Red

Mobo: ASRock Fatal!ty LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video card: ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K

Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB SSHD

Optical Drive: ASUS SATA DVD Burner

Power: Either-- Thortech Thunderbolt 650W ATX 12V--or--COOLMAX CU-700B 700W ATX 12V v2.2

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Additional comments: I just didn't know if paying the extra $45 for the Thortech Thunderbolt power supply is worth it.

Calculated wattage with the newegg power supply calculator to be just under 600 but I thought if i upgrade in the future I might need a little extra wattage.

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December 1, 2011 5:15:28 PM

Power: Either-- Thortech Thunderbolt 650W ATX 12V--or--COOLMAX CU-700B 700W ATX 12V v2.2

I would *NOT* recommend either of those choices for PSUs. You do not want to trust any new system to a no-name, non-rated PSU. Drop the case to something less and invest that difference in getting a solid, reliable, well made PSU. It will make a huge difference - trust me.

I don't know much about Zotac cards - try EVGA they're a highly reputable brand when it comes to NVIDIA as that's really all they make.

But you're using an HD meant for laptops in a desktop build - that's fine - you can use 2.5" hard drives in a desktop as long as you have adapters for it.

I like the Lanboy but it's kind of overkill.

Do you need OS? I didn't see that listed.

Try this:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $129.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $25.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $21.99
Video card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560 - $249.99

Total: $1090