My first build

Approximate Purchase Date: feb 2012
Budget Range:~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


Country: US


Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No


Parts Preferences:
case: NZXT 410
8gb RAM
PSU: 750w prolly corsair
GPU: thinking GTX 560Ti

My big questions are which
i7 2600k or i5 2500k? i see everyone going i5
thinking SSD(120GB) to boot with HDD for data(500GB), but how much SSD will i need for gaming
Mother board is really confusing me
and should i go with liquid cooling(my first build and noob) or traditional fan


This PC i want to last a minimum of 5 years in terms of not having to upgrade anything to play a game. Not interested in overclocking.

anything im forgetting?
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  1. No such thing as a 5 year old gaming PC. 3 years is pretty much standard.

    Since you are not going to overclock or do Dual cards, a 650w Corsair will be fine. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    i5 2500k with one of these motherboards. The less expensive are just as good as the high dollar in quality. Just pick the one that fits your budget and features desired. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=280&Description=&Type=&N=100007627&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&Manufactory=1315&Manufactory=1314&PropertyCodeValue=717%3A140053

    Very good ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

    Without over clock, the CPU/Fan that comes with the processor will be fine. If you do overclock, this is a decent cooler. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Your hard drive choices are fine. This article will help set it up. http://www.pcworld.com/article/237496/the_best_of_both_worlds_an_ssd_and_a_hdd.html
  2. 2500k and 2600k are almost the same in gaming.
    Air cooling is good and cheaper than water cooling.
    I made a build for you with 2500k, your 750w Corsair modular, your case, 120GB SSD for OS and games,500GB HDD,8GB RAM Corsair Vengeance LP, EVGA 560tI.
    MOBO : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623
    RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139030
    HDD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701
    SSD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    DVD-RW : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    CASE : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085
    CPU COOLER : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    TOTAL : $1,205.90 without rebates.
    If you don't plan to SLI buy this Corsair 650W : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031 is more than enough for your build.
    If you don't want to upgrade soon your pc , then buy an 570GTX is 100$ more than 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130622
  3. GEt 1600 RAM. For the GPU go with a 6950 or 6970, they are much better than a 560Ti.
  4. 6970 eats 570 for breakfast
  5. I think an i5-2500k and the cooler mentioned above is a small additional cost that will make you system perform noticeably better when/if you OverClock. Do it when you build your computer as it will be a pain to do it later.
    -Bruce
  6. Because this is your first build, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
    Build it yourself:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems

    And I recommend breadboarding a new build:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboarding

    It doesn't take long, and it lets you test your parts before you install them in the case.
  7. guys thank you for all the help!
    im not comfortable overclocking especially if i build i will not have a warrenty, and i hear that overclocking shortens lifespan, ill checkout the OC forum.


    very helpful forum!!
  8. when buying online should i get an extended warrenty? or is the limit manuf. good?
  9. think i have everything squared away except the MOBO, all the reviews worry me, i might just go into a store and pick whatever they say, and dont look back.

    may also change to a corsair graphite case, and looking into OCing
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