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January 21, 2012 9:51:18 PM

Hi guys... this is my first post on here as i have just now started building my first gaming pc ever. I recently moved out of my parents house to my first apartment, i use to use their computer for gaming and it was not good at all. Haha. Now i am stuck with my 2011 sony vaio.. which dont get me wrong is an amazing laptop but not good for gaming. I just bought my first purchase today and now i want to ask you guys a possible good setup for me. I bought an Asus P8Z68- V Pro off of newwegg today. All i do is hardcore gaming and watch movies... nothing else. I know the asus mobo that i bought probably is more than good enough but my brother also builds his own gaming desktops and he has very good luck with asus so i decided to use them to. I plan on putting an intel i5 2500k processor in it.
This is where im lost.... any suggestions on what to get for the rest of the stuff:

Power Supply
Ram - Thinking i want 8 or 16gb corsair
Graphics Card

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Im only 18 but cost isnt a really big issue... just dont suggest anything to outrageously priced. Haha

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January 21, 2012 10:02:08 PM

Especially what your budget is.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 21, 2012 10:06:48 PM

Filling the info would be good as the budget is quite important part for example.

The basics anyway:
CPU: i5 2500k
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ or better $25->
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V ( you have )
Memory: 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz corsair, gskill, kingston or mushkin
GPU: Radeon 6870/6950/6970/7970 or NVidia GTX560Ti/570/580 depending on your price point from about $150(6870) up to $550(7970)
560Ti/6950 are about equal and produce good results at 1920x1080.
SSD: At least a boot drive would be good, but heavily depends on your budget from about $100 up depending on size
HDD: Expensive currently, but you can get 500GB to 1TB between $100 and $160.
Case: Something solid with good airflow starting from about Rosewill Challenger U3 and Antec 300 ~$60 mark
PSU: Antec/Corsair/Seasonic/Silverstone/XFX quality model in the respective size generally 650W+ 750W+ if you intend to SLI / Crossfire later.
Dependant heavily on the GPU selection
DVD/Bluray: Generally a DVD burner will do fine, but if you want bluray they are available as well $20/$60+
January 21, 2012 10:09:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: mobo purchased this week, rest of components need advice on

Budget Range: 800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: movies, games(lots), internet, music

Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard*

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebay, amazon, newwegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Asus motherboard, Want an Intel processor, corsair ram preferred but not a must, rest of components i dont have a preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Want it to be quiet, cool running.
January 21, 2012 10:10:28 PM

Sorry about the bad first post guys..
Ooo yeah and my monitor is a HP 23'' Led
January 22, 2012 1:04:35 AM


CPU Cooler









I chose this list thinking that you don't count the motherboard in your $800 budget.
Also i chose intel SSD because I rather not recommend an OCZ ssd because of their failure rate.

Also linked the Ram because you said you preferred Corsair ram, but i don't know about the ram cpu cooler clearance.

$677.93+tax/shipping (without motherboard price)
January 22, 2012 3:58:01 AM

leeno has a good build but scratch the $99 SSD. Loading Windows in 15 or 20 seconds isn't worth the outlay. The Seasonic is a very nice PSU but this will do quite well for future expqnsion.
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $100 $85 after mail in rebate free shipping. Not modular but your case can hide the extra power and SATA cables.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $47 free shipping. Will clear the HSF.
It's a toss-up on the GPU. The Nvidia 560TI has a lifetime warranty and unless you are playing at higher res than 1920X1080 2GB of video ram isn't going to show much. BTW, the Nvidia is $20 cheaper.
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $250 $230 after MIR Free shipping
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $55 $5 shipping
$820 incl. shipping not incl. rebates.
Keep the I5 2500K and the CM Hyper 212+ and the HDD.
Also leeno's build is closer to $1,020, not incl. MB.
January 22, 2012 1:32:13 PM

Thanks a lot guys! One more question... if the case has usb 2.0 plugs on the front panel, is there anyway to convert them to usb 3.0??
a b 4 Gaming
January 22, 2012 2:01:19 PM

Some manufacturers offer new front panels, but not very many.
You can either get a separate converter for a 3.5" or 5.25" slot, or then get a case that comes with the ports.
Rosewill Challenger U3 for example does, has nice airflow and costs only around $50.
January 22, 2012 4:53:00 PM

Ok another question... What is the best way to setup ram??
For example is 8gb of ram better as 2 x 4gb or 4 x 2gb??
Is 16gb better 2 x 8gb or 4 x 4gb??
January 22, 2012 5:05:29 PM

Also what ram is the best..?
For example DDR3 1333 or DDR3 1600??
a b 4 Gaming
January 22, 2012 7:12:15 PM

For P67 and Z68 based mobos DDR3 1600 has the best price performance ratio.
If you want to get 16GB you can get it cheapest for 4x4GB, as 8GB sticks are still pretty expensive. But getting 2x8GB does give you to option to upgrade up to 32GB total. But you should really be more concerned about price than that.

As to which is better, it's hard to say. For normal use there is very little difference.
As for overclocking can't really say which is better, basically i would say 2x4GB is better due to having less chips that can cause issues.
But overall you will do fine with 2x4GB, more than 8GB is rarely used.
January 30, 2012 8:03:03 PM

Ok so now onto another question for you guys....
This is the build i am planning... i already purchased some of the things so far..
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68- V Pro Already Purchased
CPU: Intel i5 3.3Ghz
Graphics Card: Radeon HD Sapphire 6950 Already Purchases
Case: Antec 900 Two V3 Already Purhchased
HDD: Seagate 500GB
SSD: Intel 40GB or 80GB???
Ram Corsair 8GB
DVD: Asus 24X Reader/Writer
PSU: Corsair Silver 750W
Ok so with that build in mind how long could i expect that to be up-to-date with the latest games?? My monitor will be 1920 X 1080, Mainly gaming, some videos, but only games really. I will overclock as well.
a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2012 5:30:56 AM

I would get the bigger SSD, the 40GB is a tad small.

It looks good and it should work ok for a year at least probably more.

Get an after market CPU cooler such as Cooler Master Hyper 212 (+ or EVO) $25-35
The one that comes with the CPU is not really up to par with cooling it OC'd.
And of course the sound profile with the bigger fans is much better.