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December 30, 2011 5:30:21 AM

This will be my first attempt at building a {gaming} computer and not just settling for a pre-built machine from best buy.
Being my first time, I'm not entirely sure how everything will fit together or if the pieces I've selected will even be completely compatible.
By looking up "good cheap gaming computer parts" and comparing as many of the specifications as i could understand to find better deals, I've come up with this 'rough draft' of the computer I think will be good for me.

Case: RAIDMAX Skyline ATX-948WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: 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=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

On to the less important things

Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: NZXT Technologies AVATAR S Gaming Mouse (AVATAR S BLACK)
http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-AVATAR-Gaming-Mouse-...

Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA3550RB 68 watts 2.1 Black Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Headset: RAZER ORCA 3.5mm Circumaural Headphone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If there isn't any technical problems involving the case, mouse, keyboard, or speakers i'd like to keep the ones here because of their blue LED lighting.
Please let me know if there are any issues with what i have here, and possibly suggest how i could fix those problems. I would like to keep the cost under $1200 if at all possible. The current price with all the items listed here is hovering just below $1100.
Thanks for the help!

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December 30, 2011 12:15:47 PM

You might want to seriously consider moving up to an i5-2400 processor instead of the 2100 series.

I would also suggest you change your RAM to one of these part numbers instead

CT2KIT51264BA160B
BL2KIT51264BA160A
BLT2KIT4G3D1608DT1TX0
CT2KIT51264BD160B

Both will likely add to the cost, but it should still be well under $1200.

The system should perform much better and you will avoid potential RAM problems that you might have with other makers.
December 30, 2011 7:29:00 PM

Raiddinn said:
You might want to seriously consider moving up to an i5-2400 processor instead of the 2100 series.

I would also suggest you change your RAM to one of these part numbers instead

CT2KIT51264BA160B
BL2KIT51264BA160A
BLT2KIT4G3D1608DT1TX0
CT2KIT51264BD160B

Both will likely add to the cost, but it should still be well under $1200.

The system should perform much better and you will avoid potential RAM problems that you might have with other makers.




I made the change to the i5-2400 processor like you suggested and I picked the BL2KIT51264BA160A RAM. Thanks for the suggestions.
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