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~$1200-1500 Gaming PC (First time build)

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January 21, 2012 2:25:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 months (I know, not exactly "approximate", but I could decide to build in the next week or wait, if that would be the better option).

Budget Range: $1200-1500. The closer to 1200 the better, but also willing to go a little over 1500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3/Skyrim/Witcher/SWTOR/GW2), Browsing, Music, etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Win 7 64-bit).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Eventually, maybe. Not 100% sure yet, though.

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not at first, but potentially in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Basically, I'm looking for the best "bang for my buck" and a setup that will last me a solid few years before becoming... obsolete? Heh.

So far this is what I have picked out, but am definitely looking for opinions/suggestions/changes:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz-$230

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W-$90

GPU: Radeon 7970 3 GB-$550

Note: Really looking for opinions here. Not sure whether I should wait for the 7970 or go with something else.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB-$134

MoBo: ASRock Z68-$122

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB)-$50

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB-$80

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212-$30

DVD: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive-$24

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T-$170

Total: ~$1500.
January 21, 2012 2:54:45 PM

everything is good.i would suggest HD 7970 from MSi,asus,gigabyte ,xfx or sapphire.
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January 22, 2012 12:32:08 AM

Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4
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January 22, 2012 1:59:31 AM

cronos are good too.
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January 22, 2012 5:12:28 AM

jeremyp1979 said:
Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4


What is the problem with OCZ??

+1 for Crucial SSDs. They seem to be the pick at the moment.

Samsung 830 series are getting some good rep at the moment too!
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