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First timers $1300 gaming system

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January 9, 2012 9:12:43 PM

Hey guys,

Looking to build a new system from scratch. I have a good idea of what I want, but want to see if I have overlooked something. This will be my first computer I have built. I will mostly be using it to game and play around in Photoshop CS5.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, hopefully today if I get some feedback

Budget Range: $1200-$1300

Parts Required: building a tower from the ground up

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have been using tiger direct but open to suggestions

Parts Preferences: I think the i5 is the way to go for the cpu other then that no preferences

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if it is in price range

Monitor Resolution: 1440 X 900

This is what I thought would be a good build.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid-Tower
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard: Intel DP67BGB3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cpu: i5-2500k
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card: Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power supply Corsair 800w power supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Sound Card: Creative Labs X-fi Xtreme
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard drive Seagate 500GB 7200 rpm
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cpu cooler: Corsair H40 liguid cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Once again thanks for any feedback.





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January 9, 2012 9:15:12 PM

RAM: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance. Reason: 16 GB is overkill for gaming.
MOBO: ASUS/GIGABYTE/ASRock. Reason: more reliable.
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January 9, 2012 9:35:04 PM

^Good choice.

Drop the sound card unless you have a decent sound setup. Try onboard audio first and get sound card if needed.
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January 9, 2012 10:25:03 PM

Not really a good sound system just a small 2.1 setup. And thanks I honestly thought I wouldn't have sound if I didn't get a sound card. :) 
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January 9, 2012 10:40:27 PM

I would definitely suggest a different motherboard. Many people like ASUS and I have nothing bad to say about them.

Go with 8GB RAM. 16GB really is not needed for gaming. 8GB can be found for 40-50$.

So does your budget include purchasing Photoshop? ;) 

Well it looks like you still have some wiggle room in your budget. You may want to consider bumping the GPU up to a GTX 570 or looking into an SSD as a boot drive. This will make your build feel so much faster and can be the best single upgrade anybody can do.
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January 10, 2012 12:16:50 AM

Thanks for the info. Haven't looked into the SSD too much. Can a hard drive really make the system that much faster?
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January 10, 2012 12:46:24 AM

Captrain said:
Thanks for the info. Haven't looked into the SSD too much. Can a hard drive really make the system that much faster?


Absolutely! The read speeds of nearly any SSD on the market will kill the read speeds of any mechanical hard drive. The increased read speeds translate to anything in relation to reading data, such as loading a game, loading a large application, or loading the operating system (booting up). This means that with an SSD, all of those aspects will be much much faster.
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January 10, 2012 12:52:57 AM

Huh, I would never have thought the hard drive would boost speeds that much. Thanks!
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January 10, 2012 12:53:46 AM

Best answer selected by Captrain.
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