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

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January 15, 2012 2:56:43 PM

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: 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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January 15, 2012 3:30:37 PM

Thanks for the help ultra
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January 15, 2012 4:49:43 PM

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.
January 16, 2012 5:22:35 AM

Ahh, my bad i didn't read the description. You should definitely spend the money for a sata drive.