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December 18, 2011 11:59:25 PM

Hey everyone,

First of all, I've never built a computer before. I'm new to this.

Currently I'm in the process of buying new parts for a gaming build, with RPG games such as Skyrim and Witcher 2, and Blizzard games, i.e. Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 in mind. I want to max these games out at a decent resolution, preferably 1080p.

So, I've already bought a few parts. I'll mark the parts I've already boughten with a *

Here's what I'm thinking:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 ($160)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Quad-Core ($210)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) ($43) *

Video Card: GIGABYTE GTX 560 OC 1GB ($150) *

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($90)

Optical Drive: Lite-On Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($18)

Case: NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-Tower Case ($50)

Power Supply: Corsair CX600 600-Watt ($70) *

I'm also considering buying a cheaper motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 ($120), and a cheaper CPU, the Intel Core i3-2120 ($130) if by some chance I fall short in funds. Hopefully I can raise the extra $100 for the better parts, but I thought I'd mention these alternatives, so you guys can critique with them in mind.

What I've listed above is everything I plan to (or already have purchased) buy. How does it look? Am I missing anything crucial?

I realize that I do not have a CPU cooler listed.

BTW, I'm getting most of my information from this site: http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/index.html It seems pretty thorough to me, but I'm interested in what you all think about it.

Thanks a lot for the help :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 12:24:19 AM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

First things first. Grab a GTX 560 Ti, not a 560.
Second: This mobo! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Third: If you don't like overclocking, i5-2400 FTW. If you do grab the 2500k.
This HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60.
PSU: CX500 $51 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: HAF 912 $55 (shipped) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: HyperX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36

Boom!

EDIT: I see now alot of the things I suggested you've bought already. :/ 
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December 19, 2011 1:40:29 AM

I can't afford to upgrade all the way to the GTX 560ti, not yet anyways. the GTX 560 OC will serve my purposes for now, I think, although I do plan on upgrading when I can afford to do so.
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December 19, 2011 1:52:47 AM

I see that the RAM you suggested is basically the same as what I've purchased. I've been led to believe that corsair is a good brand, correct? is there any reason why I should have gone with your suggestion?

Also, I like your hard drive suggestion - it's significantly cheaper. Will it suffice for my gaming needs?

The mobo has about the same if not the same specs as the one I've been considering, but is $35 cheaper. I don't recognize ASRock, and I wonder if the quality will be good? Will it compare to a Gigabyte mobo?

AS for what processor I should choose... it seems that the i5 2400 and the i5 2500k only differ in price by $20. I'm not sure how to overclock, and I'm not positive if I will be doing it. However, I have read that the game Skyrim benefits from an overclocked CPU. Still, I don't really understand the OCing concept (aside from the fact that it makes the CPU or GPU faster), and I have no idea how to do it.

BTW thanks for the help man, I appreciate it :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 2:19:47 AM

Corsair is a lovely brand! This stuff is just cheaper :) 
Yup, the hard drive will work. An SSD would be better but you can't afford to drop $200 on one, haha.
ASRock is an excellent brand. They are the current leaders in value. (in my opinion) They used to be part of Asus but split off to forge their own identity. I'm on an ASRock board right now and have used 2 in the past. I'm a big fan of them.

I'd grab the 2500k.
Overclocking is really just the act of pushing a current through the chip faster. The faster the current, the faster the processing times. The downside is more current=more heat. Tame the heat and you are good to go.
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December 19, 2011 4:34:49 AM

Thanks or the help! You've saved me a good $70.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 12:32:50 PM

No problem. Any other questions? You've done an excellent job selecting parts. If you want to know anything else don't be afraid to shoot me a PM, that's why I'm here ;) 
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December 19, 2011 1:16:28 PM

-Does future SLI an option?

-If OC is not that important you could stick with i5-2300. It should serve you well.

-All the non 'k' cpus from intel (i3-2100, i5-2300, i5-2500, etc.) do NOT need a CPU cooler, stock one is enough

-If you go for regular non 'k' cpus, you can go for mobo with H67 chipset. It's usually cheaper than Z68
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December 19, 2011 9:55:32 PM

Best answer selected by goaskalice00.
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