Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Will this build work for a $1,200 build for mid-gaming???

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 14, 2011 6:45:59 PM

Hello everybody! I need help building my very first gaming computer so I'm wondering if you guys can help me out. I am a beginner on getting the components but please bare with me because I know absolutely nothing!


Approximate Purchase Date: I would like to buy my build this December.


Budget Range: $1,000-$1,200


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing, college work, gaming, and gaming


Parts Not Required: Just the Windows 7 Software


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would like to buy my parts from Newegg since I was influenced by them also TigerDirect, but if you have other places to buy from please let me know.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
CPU: I would like the CPU to be ONLY Intel, please no AMD.
Graphics Card: The GTX 560 Ti - 900 mhz is the main graphics I would like to buy, but if there is a similar one for a cheaper price please tell.
Motherboard: I would like EVGA, Asus, or Gigabyte. I have heard such good reviews from them, but if you can convince me to get any other motherboard please do.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes Indeed (2 way SLI in the future)

Additional Comments: The games I would like to play are from Skyrim, Witcher, Borderlands, Mass Effect, and many others. Please help me out on what parts to get that can be good for a mid-gamer. Thanks!


Here is my build that I think will work : /

1.)
TOWER (COMPUTER CASE)-----HAF 932 ((((NOT SURE IF I SHOULD GET A LESSER ONE OR SMALLER ONE!!!)))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($130)))

2.)
MONITOR------Viewsonic 24" Widescreen LED
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y3BJ7S/ref=ox_sc_a...
((($170)))

3.)
GRAPHIC CARDS-----NVIDIA 560 Ti - 900mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($220)))

4.)
HARD DRIVE-----SAMSUNG 2 TB 7200 RPM (((WHY ARE HD GOING FOR $200!??!!?))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($80)))

5.)
CPU------Intel Core i5 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($220)))

6.)
COOLER-----COOLERMASTER (((NOT SURE ON THIS ONE EITHER!!!!)))
((($40)))

8.)
PSU------CORSAIR 650W (((NOT SURE ON THE WATTAGE AS WELL SINCE I AM GOING TO GO SLI IN THE FUTURE)))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($100)))

9.)
DVD WRITER------LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($21)))

10.)
MOBO-----ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 ((STILL NOT SURE ON MOTHERBOARD!!!!))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($200)))

11.)
RAM------CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
((($8)))
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 14, 2011 8:04:43 PM

Quote:
HARD DRIVE-----SAMSUNG 2 TB 7200 RPM (((WHY ARE HD GOING FOR $200!??!!?))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152245


Floods in southern Thailand have shut down factories for the most part. Western Digital has one back up and running but they've still got a long way to go before they're fully recovered. What you could do instead is go for a 1TB HD and a 64GB SSD to allow for faster boot times.

Quote:
PSU------CORSAIR 650W (((NOT SURE ON THE WATTAGE AS WELL SINCE I AM GOING TO GO SLI IN THE FUTURE)))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005


650 will be plenty to start with, to be on the safe side you might want to go 750 - 850 if you plan to SLI and overclock. Corsair is an excellent choice but you might want to check out Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling (OCZ) and a few others but avoid Diablotek, Ultra, and Coolmax.

Quote:

Motherboard: I would like EVGA, Asus, or Gigabyte. I have heard such good reviews from them, but if you can convince me to get any other motherboard please do.


If you can afford it I'd recommend the EVGA Z68FTW - but that will set you back some $300. Otherwise I'd recommend the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4, that will set you back ~$200.

Quote:

MOBO-----ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 ((STILL NOT SURE ON MOTHERBOARD!!!!))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131702
((($200)))


Go with a Z68 - it's a bit newer, will flash to allow you to use Ivy Bridge easily and has room for up to 32GB RAM (P67 has max 16GB RAM) and allows you for better SLI and some overclocking options (I hear P67 has better OC options but I'm not sure how credible the source I read is :lol:  ).

Quote:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would like to buy my parts from Newegg since I was influenced by them also TigerDirect, but if you have other places to buy from please let me know.


Newegg has a much better selection on parts and maybe a hundred brands that Tiger Direct doesn't like Seasonic, Antec, Cougar, Thermalright, Asrock, G.Skill, Samsung HDs, Fractal Design, Plextor, Mushkin, Xigmatek, and a whole slew of others. Plus Newegg has the easiest RMA system on the planet to use and if something goes wrong they'll offer you a replacement or something equivalent at little or no charge.

Quote:

MONITOR------Viewsonic 24" Widescreen LED
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
((($170)))


Viewsonic makes good products in general but you might want to consider Asus as they have the best color depth of any sub $250 monitor outside of professional Apple and NEC displays.

Quote:
COOLER-----COOLERMASTER (((NOT SURE ON THIS ONE EITHER!!!!)))
((($40)))


The Hyper 212 and its' newest sibling the Hyper 212 Evo are great choices. There's other fans I could recommend if you're interested in them..

Quote:
1.) TOWER (COMPUTER CASE)-----HAF 932 ((((NOT SURE IF I SHOULD GET A LESSER ONE OR SMALLER ONE!!!)))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119160
((($130)))


The HAF 932 is a HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE case. Maybe try the Corsair Carbide 400R and see if that suits your needs.
Related resources
December 14, 2011 8:21:04 PM

Thank you g-unit for looking at my build. Can you send the links of the parts that you would recommend for me? I would really appreciate it!

Best solution

a c 247 4 Gaming
December 14, 2011 9:04:40 PM
Share

Quote:
Thank you g-unit for looking at my build. Can you send the links of the parts that you would recommend for me? I would really appreciate it!


No problem. Try this:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston Hyper X Blue 1600MHz 1.5V
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $108.99
HD; Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $18.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99

Total: $1246.63
December 14, 2011 10:13:28 PM

Stealing my case :) 
December 14, 2011 10:18:35 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Quote:
Thank you g-unit for looking at my build. Can you send the links of the parts that you would recommend for me? I would really appreciate it!


No problem. Try this:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston Hyper X Blue 1600MHz 1.5V
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $108.99
HD; Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $18.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99

Total: $1246.63



That's awesome g-unit! The only thing I won't need is the SSD btw. It's something I do not need and I can handle the wait. I am a patient person!

For the case, would the HAF-X 922 be better than the one you picked or would this case be better?
As for the Graphics Card, I have been thinking about it really hard and I was wondering should i go for the ATI 6950 or the GTX 560 Ti - 900 mhz? I am now leaning on the ATI because I know you can just overclock the 6950 to become a 6970, right? Thanks!
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 14, 2011 11:19:13 PM

Quote:
That's awesome g-unit! The only thing I won't need is the SSD btw. It's something I do not need and I can handle the wait. I am a patient person!


If you don't need one now you can always add one later - and if you can spend the difference on getting a better video card like the 6970 or 570TI. The nice thing is when you load Windows you'll be back up and running in like 10 minutes.

Quote:
For the case, would the HAF-X 922 be better than the one you picked or would this case be better?


The HAF 922 is a nice case for sure, but I really like the design of the Arc MIDI - it's very simple, elegant, and minimalist - nothing too flashy. You could try the Corsair Carbide 400 or 500R if you want a good alternative.

Quote:
I am now leaning on the ATI because I know you can just overclock the 6950 to become a 6970, right? Thanks!


That's true for some 6950s you can flash the firmware and it will be just as fast as the 6970 but that's not true for all 6950s on the market. Tread carefully if you do attempt this because if something goes wrong it will void your warranty.

The 560 TI certainly isn't a bad choice either, and EVGA has an excellent warranty program - one of the best on the market actually.
December 14, 2011 11:36:12 PM

No u can unlock it to 6970. or not. That case is the beast. U can use money from ssd towards mobo like asus p8z68-v pro/ gen 3
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 15, 2011 12:04:49 AM

madchemist83 said:
No u can unlock it to 6970. or not. That case is the beast. U can use money from ssd towards mobo like asus p8z68-v pro/ gen 3


Personally I'd put the money into getting a better GPU instead of motherboard but that's just me.
December 15, 2011 12:20:38 AM

The only difference between P67 and Z68 is the SSD Caching and Quicksync features (other than the integrated GPU on the CPU die that you can use with Z68). Quicksync boost your video encoding time and SSD caching allows you to use a small size SSD (32 GB or less) as a cach drive for a bigger size regular HDD without the need to go full size SSD (60-120 GB). If you dont' use either of these features and I can see you don't certainly use the integrated graphics onboard the CPU, Z68 is the same as P67 in terms of overclocking potential and performance.

Both Z68 and P67 can be bios updated to support Ivy Bridge in the future. I would go for the cheaper of the 2 provided that they have identical features.
December 15, 2011 12:50:42 AM

Thanks for the update guys. I think I will go with the ATI 6950 for a good price because I do want to end up Crossfiring in the future.

If its dealing with the case I will stick with what said g-unit.

MONITOR: Viewsonic 24" Widescreen LED-----------((($170)))---------------http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston Hyper X Blue 1600MHz 1.5V
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $18.99
Video Card: ATI 6950 - (Around $230-$280)

The total will be around $1,300 but I am ok with that.

P.S: Can you guys help me pick a good ATI 6950 for my build and if I am to Crossfire, will 750W be sufficient enough? Thanks!!!
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 15, 2011 1:01:56 AM

Quote:
P.S: Can you guys help me pick a good ATI 6950 for my build and if I am to Crossfire, will 750W be sufficient enough? Thanks!!!


750 will be plenty for Crossfire - at least two-way. If you want to do anything beyond two-way Crossfire you'll need an 850 or 950.

Quote:
Thanks for the update guys. I think I will go with the ATI 6950 for a good price because I do want to end up Crossfiring in the future.


Yeah I have an SLI setup and from my experience what you pay for dual, lesser GPUs you can get a single GPU of a higher model for the same money.

Quote:
Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99


I love that case. I'm planning to swap my HAF 912 for the Arc MIDI, but it probably won't be until after the first of the year.
December 15, 2011 1:18:38 AM

I was looking into the cases g-unit and now you brought me to a stand still : /

I am now thinking of getting a Corsair 400r or 500r or the Fractal Design Arc MIDI...

As for the Graphics Card, are you suggesting I get a better graphics because I bet the 6950 will last me a LONG time because this macbook I has lasted me already four years : D
December 15, 2011 1:42:27 PM

Which is a graphics card for the ATI 6950, and also my previous question of the Corsair 400r, 500r, and the Fractal Design Arc MIDI?

December 15, 2011 1:57:38 PM

My 5 cents :
for the GPU i would recommend Sapphire RADEON HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition - 2 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM, you get a free game with it.
As for the case, i think the 400R is a perfect fit for you, as you seem to be more a install and forget guy than a professional tweaker : finish is perfect, interior paint is awesome, cable management is excellent as well regarding the short list of hardware you have...
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 15, 2011 3:19:00 PM

Geeksire said:
Which is a graphics card for the ATI 6950, and also my previous question of the Corsair 400r, 500r, and the Fractal Design Arc MIDI?


Well they're both awesome cases... I have the Graphite 600T and I can't praise that case enough. The Carbide is a much slimmer model than the Graphite is and it looks quite awesome in white (the 500R). I love the design of the Arc MIDI too - pretty much take your pick.

As far as 6950 cards, I highly recommend Sapphire (they're the Radeon equivalent of EVGA in my opinion). Check this out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quote:
My 5 cents :
for the GPU i would recommend Sapphire RADEON HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition - 2 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM, you get a free game with it.
As for the case, i think the 400R is a perfect fit for you, as you seem to be more a install and forget guy than a professional tweaker : finish is perfect, interior paint is awesome, cable management is excellent as well regarding the short list of hardware you have...


I can agree with both of these recommendations.
December 15, 2011 5:51:56 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions guys I will think between the three cases (primarily the Corsair 400r and the Arc MIDI.)

And one last question before I go upon and build this rig (with the help of you guys,) will the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99 be enough to keep my case cool (since I am going to go Crossfire in the future?) Thanks!
December 15, 2011 6:29:15 PM

Cooler is for cpu not the case. You can always put more fans in
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 15, 2011 10:11:43 PM

Geeksire said:
Thanks for all the suggestions guys I will think between the three cases (primarily the Corsair 400r and the Arc MIDI.)

And one last question before I go upon and build this rig (with the help of you guys,) will the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99 be enough to keep my case cool (since I am going to go Crossfire in the future?) Thanks!


The Hyper 212 is a CPU cooler and it's one of the best on the market for not a whole lot of money.

What you'll need to keep your case cool is extra fans and you'll have to route those correctly, but wait and get your case first before you go buy a bunch of fans.
December 15, 2011 11:40:44 PM

Thanks G-unit and chemist. I was just wondering on how hot it will get in my case? Will it be all right or would I need to buy some more fans to install if I go Crossfire?

(I am leaning on the Arc MIDI since it looks better in my opinion : D)
December 15, 2011 11:50:13 PM

for cf u'll need extra fans for sure .. but like g said .. wait for ur case to see what kind of temps u getting and then get fans .. for which I suggest Cougar
December 15, 2011 11:51:27 PM

it is also about flow and pressure
for best cooling and minimal dust u want slightly positive pressure
meaning a little more air gets sucked in then exhausted
December 15, 2011 11:56:40 PM

I see--let me get my build up and do the math. After that is done, you tell me what needs to be corrected and I will buy immediately on the dot unless I should wait for it to be cheaper (if you are psychic : D)

MONITOR: Asus 24" LCD Monitor-----------((($190)))--------------- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Tpk=N82E16824236154&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=5359877&SID=]]]]]]]
Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $119.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $175 (((I looked into this mobo and it is actually $175. Should I get a combo of the RAM or what?)))
[[[I have just come across this combo, is this all right: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...]]]
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: Including with the Motherboard
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $18.99
Video Card: ATI 6950 - (Around $230-$280)

[Dealing with graphics card, I really see no difference in performance or am I blind?
It is between these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($260)
and the other
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($240)
]]]]]]]]]

TOTAL IS....$1,348
December 16, 2011 4:58:03 PM

*le bump*
December 16, 2011 5:21:11 PM

drop down PSu to corsair or something like that ..save $20
go down to 500Gb HDD ..save $60
December 16, 2011 5:29:34 PM

I forgot to mention! If I am going to do Crossfire with two 6950's later including some 120 to 140mm fans should I up-the-ante on the PSU to the Corsair you were saying like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks again chemist.

P.S: What's the difference between those two graphics card I posted?!?
December 16, 2011 6:36:56 PM

Well yeah. But it'll let u do sli and oc and still be under 80% load
a c 247 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 6:58:27 PM

Geeksire said:
950W!!! Is not that a lot of wattage for my build?


I'm planning to get the same PSU at some point.
December 16, 2011 6:58:36 PM

madchemist83 said:
Well yeah. But it'll let u do sli and oc and still be under 80% load


Thanks for that chemist. Really do not want to overclock, but this will come in handy if I change of heart.
December 16, 2011 7:14:55 PM

Also it has 7 year warranty so it'll let you take it through years without problems
December 16, 2011 7:24:49 PM

And just one last question on PSU's before I go chemist. Is it pointless to have 950W because I bet I will use about 800W once I get Crossifire and some fans in the case, or will it come in handy for heat exhaustion and less electricity?
December 16, 2011 7:30:09 PM

Just the load on ur psu will be lower that'll help u have better efficiency
December 16, 2011 7:38:27 PM

All right chemist thanks.
December 16, 2011 7:38:48 PM

Best answer selected by Geeksire.
!