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Building my first budget gaming rig

Last response: in Systems
January 16, 2012 6:21:04 PM

I'm building my first custom rig. I want a semi-budget gamer. Not including any peripherals, I'm shooting for a sub-$1200 PC that'll keep current games with 60-ish FPS at a 1900x1080 resolution. Here's my current plans. I'd love any feedback, hardware quirks you know of, or suggestions to optimize for price.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k (Tom's typical advice for gaming CPU)
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950
HDD: 1TB - perhaps Samsung Spinpoint (willing to wait for prices to drop back down a little)
SDD (perhaps): a 60GB boot drive, looking at OCZ and Samsung equipment
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
Mobo: MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Case: not sure yet, but a $100-ish case with USB 3.0 on the front is all I want - not too specific
Cooler: either stock or a sub-$30 third party
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W
Cheap DVD reader/writer

By my calculations to this point, I'm sitting between 1100 and 1200 with this set including reasonable shipping costs. I'm just looking for feedback on anything I'm doing wrong. Should I consider adding the boot SSD later (or is this even possible) to get something else now? Any expert opinions would be much appreciated.
January 16, 2012 11:53:46 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Tecmo34
January 17, 2012 12:59:30 AM

Good case: Just buy a front plate for case that converts the USB 2.0 to USB 3.0.

Good CPU Cooler. If you want, you can get the EVO for $14 more.