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First Time Build, Any advice? Parts?

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December 10, 2011 7:33:41 PM
December 10, 2011 7:51:31 PM

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 :) 

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December 10, 2011 7:57:38 PM

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.
December 10, 2011 8:00:04 PM

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.
December 11, 2011 1:44:14 AM

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.
December 11, 2011 2:52:08 AM

You are awsome!
December 11, 2011 2:59:53 AM

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.
December 11, 2011 3:10:29 AM

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...
December 11, 2011 3:16:22 AM

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?
December 11, 2011 3:21:39 AM

Yes, you'll be ready to go.

What monitor are you using?
December 11, 2011 3:22:18 AM

All the cables you need should come with the motherboard.
December 11, 2011 3:28:19 AM

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.
December 11, 2011 3:35:18 AM

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.