First Time Build, Any advice? Parts?

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  1. Welcome! Use this format:

    It would help if you named the parts with your links, it's easier for us to digest and then spit out advice.
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: would like to finalize order this weekend.

    Budget Range: $1200 max

    Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly

    Parts Not Required: Monitor

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: None really.

    Overclocking: eventually but not right away

    SLI or Crossfire: not sure what this is even asking.

    Additional Comments: need to have wifi connectivity.

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $50

    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $ 90

    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300 $185

    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD316G1333ELK $240

    EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $135

    ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card $82

    Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $160

    LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM $18

    Linksys WMP600N Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI WEP, WPA & WPA2 Personal, WPA & WPA2 Enterprise $50

    MASSCOOL 5-Port USB2.0 PCI Card Model MTU25 $15

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100

    There ya go :)
  3. If gaming is the goal, 8GB of RAM is pretty much the most you would need. If you insist on 16GB, for goodness sakes don't spend $240 on it. You should be able to get good RAM for $80-$90 for 16GB kit.

    Also, you need a motherboard. Lose the sound card, especially if you plan on using those speakers. Lose the USB card, the case has front headers and the MB will have many ports.

    An i5 2500k would be a better processor for gaming, and unlike the i5 2300 can be overclocked significantly. With your budget you can easily get a much better GPU like a 560 Ti.
  4. can you please repost my list with your changes? im kinda a n00b at this so that would be really helpful!

    Oh and i meant to delete those speakers. not plannin on gettin any just gonna use my turtle beaches.
  5. Here we go:

    Intel i5-2500K + Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler = $244

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard =$115 AR

    Corsair TX750 Power Supply + Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) 1600Mhz Low Profile RAM = $135 AR

    ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card = $310 AR

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = $130

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner = $19

    TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps = $19

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM =$100

    Total so far is $1072 after rebates + coupons.

    That leaves you with $128 for case which is highly subjective to your tastes.

    Note that the CPU cooler is huge so make sure that the case is wide enough and the graphics card is long so make sure the interior can fit it.

    If you want to stick to the blue theme, I'd suggest the Blue edition Cooler Master 922 for $115 shipped:

    Or the red, less shiny version for $90 shipped:


    SLI or Crossfire essentially refers to using multiple video cards to improve performance. SLI is the term used by nVidia - Crossfire for AMD. I prefer a single card though.
  6. You are awsome!
  7. do i not need a network interface card? and i need more usb ports on the back because my mouse and keyboard are usb. please reply.
  8. No, the motherboard has onboard LAN. And the motherboard has 4x USB 2.0 ports and 2x USB 3.0 ports, which I believe is more than most people would need...
  9. Sweet so if i buy all the parts you listed+ keyboard and mouse i have a complete comp. are there any cables i should buy?
  10. Yes, you'll be ready to go.

    What monitor are you using?
  11. All the cables you need should come with the motherboard.
  12. i'm just gonna use a 28" TV i have laying around extra... it has the vga port thingy like the back of a normal dell monitor or something like that does.
  13. The video card comes with a DVI to VGA/D-sub adapter. So, I guess the only thing that won't come with any of the parts is a cable to hook up the PC to your monitor.

    If you have a VGA cable lying around or from someone who has one not in use, then you are set.
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