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Is this a good build for a first pc?

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January 5, 2012 11:02:06 PM

I am looking for something I can play games on with a good fps (not a god computer, but still good) just something that will last me a long time/easily upgarded. Here are the links to what I was thinking, if I overlooked a compatibility issue please tell me!!


Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - 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=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (not sure if this thing is a little more than I need or not please recommend/criticize!)

RAM - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OR
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=N82E168...

SSD - OCZ Onyx Series OCZSSD2-1ONX32G 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 5, 2012 11:10:40 PM

What is your budget?

I would consider getting a more powerful graphics card, at least GTX 560 or HD 6870.
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January 5, 2012 11:11:34 PM

Wrong motherboard for an Intel CPU. Assuming you're going to use the SSD for the "C" drive, it's barely big enough. 64GB would be better in my opinion.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2012 11:12:08 PM

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Motherboard - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131636


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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/Prod [...] 6819115072


Can't use this CPU with this motherboard. Plus the NVIDIA 980s are really old and outdated chipsets. :lol: 

This would be a better motherboard for the money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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SSD - OCZ Onyx Series OCZSSD2-1ONX32G 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227510


OCZ isn't the most reliable SSD maker on the market. And 32GB is not a lot of storage space. If you're going SSD you will almost always need a secondary mechanical HD for storage as a 16GB Windows install will take up half the drive. So if you do this get a 64GB Crucial M4 and pair it with something like a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB.

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Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130625


If you can afford it the 560TI would be a better option, the 550 won't last you too long playing games on any sort of high settings.

Other than that most of your components look pretty good. I'd go with the i5-2500K over the i7-2600K though. Be sure to get a good fan if you do any sort of OC'ing.

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Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147153


I'm not a big fan of this manufacturer - for the same price the Cooler Master HAF 912 would be a better bet, or the Antec 300.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2012 11:47:09 PM

mtrotchie said:
MY budget is hopefully no more than $925 and I will be buying the parts over the next 2-3months
Sorry about the motherboard, I don't really know much about those so please suggest a good one!
and how about this SSD?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Is that $925 without monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS? Because that can affect what you're able to buy dramatically.

And yes that is an excellent choice for SSD - it's the same one I have.

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January 5, 2012 11:53:52 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Is that $925 without monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS? Because that can affect what you're able to buy dramatically.

And yes that is an excellent choice for SSD - it's the same one I have.

yes it is wwithout, I have the keyboard/mouse/monitor and I will buy the OS separately
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January 6, 2012 12:11:43 AM

that asus is a micro atx board, i'd recommend a full size atx board, but it is a good board that would work with your build
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 12:20:07 AM

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this is a good gigabyte board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128506


Yeah same board I have - it's been quite excellent so far.

If that's your budget I'd actually get a mechanical drive now, then get the SSD later on as an upgrade. If you already have a mechanical HD then you can definitely use that and get the M4 as your primary.

OK try this then:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $29.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC12800 MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99

Total: $973.81
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January 6, 2012 12:24:43 AM

g-unit1111 said:

OK try this then:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $29.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC12800 MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99

Total: $973.81



This is a perfect $1000 build. just make sure you don't plan on adding a second graphics card or the PSU will be too small. Nice work g-unit1111
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 12:51:12 AM

ebola28 said:
This is a perfect $1000 build. just make sure you don't plan on adding a second graphics card or the PSU will be too small. Nice work g-unit1111


Yeah I agree if you're adding a second GPU then you should up the PSU to 750 or 850, but that will run a bit more.

I have almost this exact same computer except I use the i3-2120. I'm contemplating purchasing the i5-2500K but I'm waiting to see what IB will bring, even though I'm not expecting much. :lol: 
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January 6, 2012 1:15:24 AM

The way this guy started this thread proves he needs nothing pertaining to a "K" model or aftermarket aircooler... Lower his cost more and give him a 580... He will jump for joy for sometime. OR, lets this be the perfect guy to go with a X4 970 amd paired with a 6970 and throw in a 120gb ssd and he will panic seeing his system boot lol
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January 6, 2012 1:36:33 AM

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 @ 59.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W @ 99.99
MB: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X @ 149.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz @ 169.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB @ 44.99
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA @ 149.99
Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner @ 19.99
GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III @ 294.99

$989.92

Ofcourse without shipping and rebates... However, ps will allow for future additions and the SSD will make ur system show the best gains. Plus, you should totally wait till Mechanical HDDs come down in price before you invest into that crap. Buy the items with the rebates now and when you get the rebates back begin to purchase the rest. The above brands, I believe 3 of them have rebates have been spot on in the past with actually sending them to you.

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