Need Advice/Opinions on Parts Selection Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: January 14, 2012 10:39 PM in Systems Share fleezy January 14, 2012 6:50:36 PM Approximate Purchase Date: Already started purchasing parts Budget Range: Want to stay under $350 for Video Card, Case, and RAM System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet Parts Ordered So Far or Already Have: Processor: Intel i5-2500k Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe SSD: Crucial 128GB m4 OPTICAL DRIVE: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner AD-7280S-0B-OEM HDD: Maxtor 320GB, 8 MB Cache PSU: OCZ ModXStream PRO 600W Modular Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open but have ordered from Newegg.com quite a bit and have $275 in Best Buy gift cards Country: USA Parts Preferences: Open Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road Monitor Resolution: Not Sure yet, Will probably use 32” Samsung LCD until I order a dedicated display. Additional Comments: Prefer a cool, silent machine, Need advice on Video Card, Case, RAM, and possible build issues More about : advice opinions parts selection Raiddinn January 14, 2012 9:24:17 PM PSU isn't so great, but it should do. Same for the Maxtor HD. Sony DVDs aren't the lowest fail rates in the industry but it should be ok. If you will have a 64 bit OS then look for this RAM CT2KIT51264BA1339 or this CT2KIT51264BD1339 (preferred) Case - Look for HAF 912 or Antec 300, they are both good and low'ish prices. Those things should both be obtainable for less than 100 online. That would give maybe 250 for the video card which is HD 6950 or 560 TI territory. - Edit - With a 32 bit OS, get one of these instead CT2KIT25664BA1339 CT2KIT25664BD1339 (preferred) fleezy January 14, 2012 9:33:58 PM I got the PSU and DVD in a package deal on Newegg so I had a feeling they weren't top of the line. Oh well. As far as the hard drive, it was just sitting around . Figure i would wait to buy a decent drive if and when prices start to dropi think I will go the 560 Ti route. Any preferred manufacturer? Was also thinking of a Corsair Carbide 500R. I know its more but i do have a $15 Newegg card or can use my Best Buy gift card Related resources Desktop Replacement advice/opinions - Forum 1st time new build, need advice/opinions - Forum Airflow advice/opinions - Forum ~2500 Gaming PC ( Advice/Opinions ) - Forum Advice/Opinions on Sub-$500 Build - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer tlmck January 14, 2012 9:40:32 PM Nice PSU choice! Mine has been excellent so far. For ram I am assuming you'll be running Windows 7 64 bit, and as such will be wanting the current gaming rig standard of 8gb. If so, this stuff is very good and very popular. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I also have a very good case that is quiet if you change out the fan. Works very well with that PSU also. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... You might get two fans. I only need one due to my low end video card with it's own excellent cooling. That leave about $238 for a video card. Any one of these up to the budget limit would be nice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... fleezy January 14, 2012 10:09:03 PM I know I'm blowing my own budget by I think I may be leaning toward a GTX 560 Ti 448. Any recommendations on which card manufacturer? tlmck January 14, 2012 10:39:27 PM EVGA or MSI(Twin Frozr) are the best. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumNew build advice&opinions ForumAdvice/opinions on new build much appreciated! :) ForumAdvice/Opinions SSD and IDE HDD vs. Single SATA HDD ForumAdvice/Opinions on $1200 Gaming Rig ForumFirst Time Build - Advice/Opinions ? ForumI5 3570k @ 5ghz "stable" : Need advice/opinions ForumNeed help on final parts for -$1500 game rig ForumNeed advice/opinions on a build ForumHelp Building $700 Gaming PC ForumNew system, need help with power Forum[Solved] Need comments on this gaming build ForumMy Dell i620 desktop is freezing up... Need help ForumLooking for Advice on Animation Build ForumNeed to build a power efficent desktop for gaming ForumNeed Help Building Graphic Rendering Computer More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !