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Gaming PC Budget 1100~1350

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December 19, 2011 3:34:48 AM

:hello:  Hi Everyone,

This is my first time building a PC and I am no expert when it comes to this. I need your help and your suggestions would be appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: (December Or January)

Budget Range: (1100~1350) I can increase the price by at least 150

System Usage: (Gaming, Web/Work, Movies)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard,Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg)

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: GPU: Geforce,(AMD as long as its a better bang for its buck)
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:p ossibly

Monitor Resolution: Asus VE248H Black 24" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1, VESA Compatible (1920x1080) The monitor doesn't add to the budget range. I am just open to suggestions for monitors as well

Additional Comments: Open to suggestions. Able to play BF3,TOR,Skyrim,etc. Also possibly to upgrade in the future.

Parts Found So Far...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Open to suggestions...larger power supplies as long as its reliable, Bronze~Gold and of similar price)

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

MoBo:ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Open to suggestions)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case or COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 \
Is it worth the little extra?

GPU: Looking at EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Open to suggestions)

Disc Drive:

Parts Missing: Hard Drive at least 500 GBs

Again Im open to suggestions as long as theyre a better bang for the buck. I am also open to slight price changes. Also the lower the price the better as long as it doesn't detract from the quality of the parts.

1) Am I missing anything? Please point it out and thanks!
2) Any issues you can see and is everything compatible and future proof for upgrading.
3) Would I be better off with another item replacing any of those?
4) Anything else would be appreciated.

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December 19, 2011 2:39:22 PM

Only thing I see missing is an optical drive but that is less than $20 unless you want blu ray. The build is solid, my only change would be z68 extreme3 gen3 motherboard instead of the p67.

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December 19, 2011 3:23:25 PM

Drop the PSU + RAM for this Corsair combo:

Get the updated version of that motherboard with the CPU in this combo:

You will want a second 200mm fan on the top of the HAF X (it only comes with one on top).

I'd suggest an SSD for OS for commonly used apps/games. Crucial M4 is a popular choice.
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December 19, 2011 3:25:53 PM

SLI/Crossfire possibility adds a beefier PSU and mobo.
If you decide to not go for SLI/Crossfire route you could get a cheaper PSU and a cheaper P67 mobo.
December 19, 2011 3:45:30 PM

I'd go with an ASUS Z68 mobo and get an Antec power supply, even one rated at a lower wattage will probably provide more useable power and be more stable.
December 29, 2011 6:32:26 AM

Best answer selected by DannyP2011.