Building my first Gaming PC, $950 budget.

Well im building my first gaming pc. and i already have some parts picked out but i would like to see what else i should get. thanks.


Purchase date: next 2-3 weeks.

Budget: 900-950 $$$

Uses: Gaming, Movie watching and basic web browsing.

Parts not needed: mouse, keyboard, monitor

preferred website: Newegg

Country USA

Part preferences: I prefer an Intel cpu, a ASUS or a GIGABYTE mobo, and a EVGA video card with 2gb of memory

Overclocking: MAybe

SLI: Maybe

Other: I do not want an ssd in my system

Here are some parts i have already selected: CPU: i5 2500k, RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104242,
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

Feel free to change some of my parts i have already selected if you can find a better deal. please stick to my budget. I AM PLAYING ON A 1080P monitor and i would like to play games like skyrim, Bf3, CS:GO.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - $219.99
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 - $29.04
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502 - $129.99
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 - $29.99 - $10MIR
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233 - $17.99
    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912 - $49.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 - $84.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051 - $94.99
    Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593 - $339.99
    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $996.96 - $10MIR

    or swap out the gpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738 - $289.99
    EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: 946.96 - $10MIR
  2. This is a solid build.
  3. Drunkducki,
    will the HAF-912 be big enough to fit my components and will 16mb cache memory in my harddrive be enough.
  4. Do You need an OS? Since you did not mention that you did not need it, I'll assume you need it. Then, your build looks like this:

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

    $59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99

    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    $114.99 -$3.00 Instant $111.99

    GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    $219.99 -$10.00 Instant $209.99

    Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...

    $79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

    $219.99 $219.99

    Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA160A

    $49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    $99.99 $99.99

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B

    $19.89 $19.89

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    $99.99 $99.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler

    $25.99 -$6.00 Instant $19.99

    Subtotal: $941.80

    Why do you not want an SSD? It is CRUCIAL for any computer built today. Do you have one already?
    If you do not already have an SSD and have no need for Windows 7, swap out the OS for a 60gb SATA III SSD.
    This is the OCZ Vertex III 60GB- it will give you tremendous speed gains for everyday tasks.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227737

    The GTX 560TI included is enough to play Most games @ high @1080p. The next upgrade worth taking would be the GTX 560Ti 448 core edition. The EVGA listed in the previous build would be the best for the price.
    Rosewill's 550w HIVE 80Bronze power supply should provide enough power for most single card setups. A Radeon 6970 will fit in that power envelope.
    A Hyper TX3 heatsink is included with the i5 2500k for overclocking.
    Then, the ASRock Motherboard was chose because it has PCIe 3.0 for next generation video cards like the upcoming Radeon 7000 series and GTX 600 series video cards.
    Finally, 8GB of DDR3 1600 and a 750GB 7200 rpm hard drive were included for ample RAM and storage.
    I believe this build is better than the previous.

    However, if you can hold out a few months, Ivy Bridge Processors will come and so will the new graphics. Previous gen parts will become cheaper.

    If you are not overclocking, go with an i5 2400 and save $30 for retirement or buy 1/15 of an apple Stock. :O

    Personally, i would get the SSD. SERIOUSLY. GET IT...
  5. http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    Check that werbsite if you dont believe me about the PSU
  6. yes 912 is big enough
    16mb cache memory is enough, for your budget anyways
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