Need help with choosing parts!

Approximate Purchase Date: probably around christmas or later

Budget Range: around 1000 (computer only)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: i want it to be capable of gaming but not like a complete gaming computer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: probably new egg but if theres better ones, please recommend!

Country: U.S.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Explain what it is?

Monitor Resolution: idk about resolution but around 22 to 24 inch

Additional Comments: itd be nice if it was quiet cuz im gonna put it in my room..and id like a window...

heres what i got so far:
Graphics card-EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1372-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video card - $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130696
RAM-CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145313
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 - $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
SSD (Will probably buy an extra hard drive later on if i need one)- Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F180GB3-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233220
Power + case -CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active and Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.775878

Can u guys recommend anything that i should cut down on and what to get for motherboard? And do sound cards make a lot of difference when listening to music (not gaming)? if so, can u guys recommend one based on my budget?
I would like any recommendations and whether the stuff listed will work together, thanks! :)
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  1. Well with the parts you listed your already at $1175.00. I'd look at this GTX 460 at tigerdirect- $159.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6623379&CatId=3669
    Corsair Force Series 3 (why spend $80 on 60 more gbs) $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206
    And you should choose your motherboard before the memory and make sure the memory is compatible with your mobo. A lot of the "New Build, No Post" threads wouldn't exist if they'd made sure of Board/Ram compatibility. I won't recommend a specific board but I will recommend going with a Z68 board with UEFI bios.
  2. tinmann said:
    Well with the parts you listed your already at $1175.00. I'd look at this GTX 460 at tigerdirect- $159.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6623379&CatId=3669
    Corsair Force Series 3 (why spend $80 on 60 more gbs) $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206
    And you should choose your motherboard before the memory and make sure the memory is compatible with your mobo. A lot of the "New Build, No Post" threads wouldn't exist if they'd made sure of Board/Ram compatibility. I won't recommend a specific board but I will recommend going with a Z68 board with UEFI bios.


    I found ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    will this be compatible with everything...
    and also i might have to go over my budget a little...

    and for the power supply, theres are two deals with this power supply
    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W 80+ Bronze
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7195038&CatId=2533
    ($265 with the case)
    and CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.775878
    ($330 with the case)
    the more expensive one is gold and 850 w and the other is bronze with 750 w...which do u recommend?
  3. sli or cf is when you connect two or more video cards together for improved performance.
    seems like gtx 460 is a little low for your budget
    also 2600k only required if you run alot of multithreaded progs
    and your PSu is way overkill for your system
  4. madchemist83 said:
    sli or cf is when you connect two or more video cards together for improved performance.
    seems like gtx 460 is a little low for your budget
    also 2600k only required if you run alot of multithreaded progs
    and your PSu is way overkill for your system


    what do u mean gtx 460 is a little low? does that mean i should get a better or cheaper one?

    Theres another deal where the case comes with this psu
    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W 80+ Bronze
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7195038&CatId=2533
    ($265 with the case)
    is this more suitable?
  5. yes get better video card
    that PSU is great but I would suggest getting cheaper case and putting money towards better GPU
    what is ur resolution?
  6. madchemist83 said:
    yes get better video card
    that PSU is great but I would suggest getting cheaper case and putting money towards better GPU
    what is ur resolution?


    is GPU graphics card?
    what card would u recommend then?
    im thinking of 1920 x 1080 and 22 or 23 inch
    something under 200 like ASUS MS236H or Samsung SyncMaster B2230...any suggestions?

    btw with the current choices so far, would i be able to run battlefield and MW3 well?
  7. yes GPU is video card
    depending on your budget for 1080p resolution u want at least 560Ti / HD 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236095
    yes u can run it but not at high settings
  8. madchemist83 said:
    yes GPU is video card
    depending on your budget for 1080p resolution u want at least 560Ti / HD 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236095
    yes u can run it but not at high settings


    wait can i run it with the gpu i picked? and the 560ti is a little out of my budget tho...
  9. yes but not on high settings
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