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~$600 First Gaming Build, need input

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December 30, 2011 3:26:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor 19", speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024. I will upgrade to a higher resolution monitor in the future.

Here are the parts below I'm considering for my first build.

CPU: $188.99 after coupon
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500

Motherboard: $74.99
MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM: $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Graphics: $164.99 and $20 rebate
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive: $84.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: Please recommend me a case around $40 or less which would work with these parts.

PSU: $54.99 after coupon, $20 rebate
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Optical: $16.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

This is my first build, so I'm not sure if all of this is compatible. I was trying to base it off of the $600 gaming build on the front page. I want to make sure all of these parts work together and are good quality. Is a 500w psu sufficient for this build? Is there anything I can change to make the build cheaper, but not sacrifice on quality? I would appreciate any input on these parts. Thanks for the help!

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December 30, 2011 3:54:05 AM

They all work .

Personally I'd spend a bit more on a case . You may use it for several computers .
These are decent units worth considering
Coolermaster HAF 912
Antec 300
Coolermater Elite 430
Bitfenix Outlaw

500 w is more than sufficient .
December 30, 2011 3:57:57 AM

Looks like a solid build, you're good to go.
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December 30, 2011 6:48:01 PM

I noticed the HIS 6870 is $149.99 and includes free shipping, while the Sapphire 6870 I chose is $164.99 and $7.56 shipping. I compared the two and didn't see any major difference. Does anyone have experience between the two?
December 30, 2011 8:12:42 PM

Just get the HIS 6870 then, both are about the same.
December 30, 2011 10:06:46 PM

The HIS has a better cooler .

Some versions were highly OC'ed
December 30, 2011 10:09:37 PM

Oh... You're referring to after rebates.
December 30, 2011 10:34:34 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I think I might get the Cooler Master Elite 430. Also, will this build be able to play games such as: Crysis,Starcraft II,WoW,Star Wars TOR,Batman AA,etc with max or near max settings and fps >= 30?
December 31, 2011 7:33:15 AM

Max settings w/o AA/AF probably you'll get at least 60 FPS.