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First Time Gaming PC ($1500 range)

Hello.

with my current desktop hitting the 5 year mark, its time to invest in a new system soon.

Approximate Purchase Date: Month of February 2012

Budget Range: 1000-1500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, streaming, recording fraps, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: monitor, os, optical drives, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or bestbuy ( i have some best buy gift cards/ gift certificates)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: no preference im open for comment

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: future yes

Monitor Resolution: right now i have 1600 x 900 but might look into something with higher res later on.

i mainly want to use it for gaming and have been doing some research on what to get. the range I am looking at is around 1000- 1500 dollar range. here are the pieces im looking to get so far and any and all input on it will be appreciated. i do want to try overclocking. im planning on getting an ssd for the os and maybe a few programs and a hard drive for the rest. i just wanted to make sure this setup is decent. thanks!


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Professional Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.49)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($214.99)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($193.95)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($277.86)

Case: Antec DF-85 ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98)

Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99)

Total: $1436.22
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  1. Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $189.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $159.99

    The read/write speeds are a lot faster on this Corsair SSD and it has a nice rebate.

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $184.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    You can save a few bucks with this motherboard and it also has the pci-e 3.0 slots.
    The savings from these two parts will let you get a better video card , maybe a 6970 or a GTX 570
  2. inzone said:
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $189.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $159.99

    The read/write speeds are a lot faster on this Corsair SSD and it has a nice rebate.

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $184.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    You can save a few bucks with this motherboard and it also has the pci-e 3.0 slots.
    The savings from these two parts will let you get a better video card , maybe a 6970 or a GTX 570


    thanks for the input, def nice to save a few bucks for a nicer video card. will looking into the motherboard and ssd :)
  3. Best answer
    I'd say aim even lower for the motherboard. Extreme 3 Gen 3 for $125. Check the $1500 build in my sig, it has a i5 2500k + HD7970.
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 Same price, much better PSU(made by Delta)
  5. Zero_ said:
    I'd say aim even lower for the motherboard. Extreme 3 Gen 3 for $125. Check the $1500 build in my sig, it has a i5 2500k + HD7970.

    thanks for the input. i like how u have a 7970 in that build. might have to look into it some more. nice thing is a i have a few weeks to research.

    @jeremyp1979
    thanks, will look into the psu !
  6. Certain items like motherboards and cases have diminishing returns in terms of performance after a certain price point. It's upto you to decide if you want better performance or other features unrelated to performance.

    Eg: The motherboard you picked costs $150 more than the one I picked. Performance difference? NONE.
  7. yea im realizing i can cut some cost on the motherboard and invest in a better video card. thanks zero for the advice.
  8. This is my current setup as of now, ignore the prices just wanted to see if this will be good for overclocking before i start buying parts. thanks :)

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98 @ PC Mall)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.58 @ Amazon)
    Hard Drive: Kingston HyperX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($588.17 @ CompUSA)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($160.20 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: Silverstone 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($183.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1683.36
  9. Are you planning on getting another 7970 video card?

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $179.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
    $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

    The Corsair ram is 1600hmz which seems to be the sweet spot for ram and it working seamlessly with all MB's it also has the XMP profile wich can be activated in the bios.
    The Corsair SSD has just about the fastest read/write speeds of all the SSD's. I have three of the 180gb in my computer and they are great.
    Seasonic makes the best psu's and are known for that , Silverstone is a good psu but Seasonic is better and 850w is sufficient for one or two 7970's.
  10. yes i plan on getting another 7970 eventually.

    as for the ram, a friend of mine got the 2133 sticks for me, so i was wondering if it will work with my setup. if not i can always give it back to him and buy myself one, but he gave it to me as a gift after finding out i was building.

    i might look into the seasonic power supply, and step it down to 850W.
  11. Best answer selected by djbrooks06.
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