Need Help For Building Gaming PC

Hi,

I am trying to build PC for gaming. My budget Range is $1200 - 1500. In this, I am going to build only CPU as I'll be using my old monitor for now.
Till now (after reading lot of reviews), I found following things good for my budget:

Processor: Intel 2nd Generation i5 2500K 3.30 GHz
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 Version 3.0
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Dirt3 Edition.
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM

Now I am looking for RAM, Power Supply, Computer Case and very much confused which one should I buy (dont mind if some questions are very basic):

RAM: Thinking 8GB RAM will be sufficient for me.
DDR3 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 MHz. Which one to buy and which brand is good?

Power Supply: How much supply will I need? Any suggestions for brand?

Computer Case: Which case will be able to hold this motherboard and will offer good air flow.

CPU Cooler: I read somewhere that stock cooler with i5-2500k is not good when overclocked. Any suggestions for good cooler.

Also if there are suggestions for cpu, motherboard, graphics card, HDD please suggest.
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  1. change that mobo to pro-v/gen3 z68.8gb DDR3 1600 is a good choice.corsair,kingston,gskill etc are good choices.
    you wont need more than 750w for 6950 crossfire.corsair has good quality and
    low price ATM.
    rosewill thor V2 is a fantastic case for price.
    212 EVO is a good choice.
  2. I busted ya budget by $44 but ya got extremely well reviewed parts (see review links) ..... jonnyguru 9.5 performance rated PSU, SLI that produces 40% more fps than a $500 580 GTX, ....a top tier SSD, $40 off on the HD and a kick butt cooler (5-7C cooler than 212) and Blue Ray player for movies. The 900 Mhz twin 560 Ti's will give ya 862 fps outta the box in Guru3D's game test suite compared with the factory OC'd 6950's that do 759. If ya thinking to flash the 6950's, the twin 6970's 825 fps still comes up short of the 560 Ti's and neither has the OC headroom (up to 30% over reference speeds) that the 560 Ti has.....review links provided for each item

    Case - $ 115 - Corsai5 Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=5
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=217
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-p8z68-v-pro-review/24
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4
    RAM - $ 46 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17
    HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    $40 off w/ promo code EMCJHJE29, ends 12/21
    SSD - $ 184 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
  3. I second previous tips...

    8GB DDR3 1600 is plenty (2x4GB)
    Corsair 750w is plenty if you plan to crossfire a 6950. If not, 650w will be better.

    For the case... that is a matter of personal preference.. I would buy something like a Fractal Design R3.

    And finally... I would NEVER consider to build a 1000$ or more expensive PC without an SSD.
    Something in the 115-128GB range would be adequate. No need to buy the latest and greatest... something like a OCZ Vertex 2, or Corsair Force series will be ok.
    Once you have tried one, you will never go back to a mechanical hard drive for you OS.
  4. +1 for above thing.crucial m4 is also a good option IMO.
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    I busted ya budget by $44 but ya got extremely well reviewed parts (see review links) ..... jonnyguru 9.5 performance rated PSU, SLI that produces 40% more fps than a $500 580 GTX, ....a top tier SSD, $40 off on the HD and a kick butt cooler (5-7C cooler than 212) and Blue Ray player for movies. The 900 Mhz twin 560 Ti's will give ya 862 fps outta the box in Guru3D's game test suite compared with the factory OC'd 6950's that do 759. If ya thinking to flash the 6950's, the twin 6970's 825 fps still comes up short of the 560 Ti's and neither has the OC headroom (up to 30% over reference speeds) that the 560 Ti has.....review links provided for each item

    Case - $ 115 - Corsai5 Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=5
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=217
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-p8z68-v-pro-review/24
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4
    RAM - $ 46 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17
    HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    $40 off w/ promo code EMCJHJE29, ends 12/21
    SSD - $ 184 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247



    Thank you very much for the quick reply...

    I searched the specs of Asus P8Z68-V Pro motherboard you suggested. It is good motherboard too. But in what way it is better than Asus Sabertooth P67. If you can specify that, it will be really helpful.
  6. sosofm said:



    Hi,

    I will go with power supply and RAM you suggested. They are good. Thanks.
    But I have little problem with Case (COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1).
    I am buying a Radeon 6950 (may be 6970) which is nearly 11 inches long.
    This card hardly fits in that case. If you have any idea of Mid Tower cases for this card, please suggest.
  7. well that case(912)can fit 5970(longest gpu)so 6950 is not a problem in that case.that case is good.
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