1st time build advice on a new $12-1300 gaming PC

This is my first time building from scratch, and I’d like to ask the community’s advice. I don’t know whether all the parts I’ve compiled are compatible or not or whether they can handle graphics-intensive games at high settings, and would appreciate any advice you’d care to offer.

Approximate Purchase Date: Week of 1/15-1/22
Budget Range: $1200-$1300 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet usage, watching movies
Parts Not Required: Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com is preferable due to previous good experience, but any website is fine
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe – never done before but might in the future
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, but if necessary I could
Monitor Resolution: I don’t have a monitor yet but am looking at 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I am looking to build a PC that can play games like BF3 and Crysis 2 without being crippled by the graphics settings being turned on Medium-High.

I have compiled a list of possible parts, but I am unsure whether they are all compatible:

ASUS LCD monitor

Rosewill CHALLENGER black gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDRS PCI Express 2.1 x 16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR Profesional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Kingston HyperX T1 Black Series 12GB (3x4GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3T1BK3/12Gx

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5” Internal Hard Drive – Bare Drive

DVD Drive:
MSI 22X Internal Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DH-22AP

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

Total: $1,198.91

Once again, any help would be appreciated.
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  1. Looks good except for the RAM, 12 Gb is way overkill, 8 Gb is more than enough. Also for the Heatsink i recommend the Hyper 212 plus. I also noticed that your HDD comes with a DVD drive already, so no need to buy another one.


  2. Thanks for the help ultra
  3. Yep. 12G (3x4G) is for triple channel, like the X58 chipset. You need 2x4 for 8G or 4x4 for 16G.

    I saw that the MSI DVD drive is free with the Seagate HD, but it is an IDE drive. Don't get an IDE drive! Spend another $20 for a SATA DVD drive.
  4. Ahh, my bad i didn't read the description. You should definitely spend the money for a sata drive.
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