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First-time build help: gaming pc 1500-2000

Hello All,

First off, thanks for helping me out with my first computer build. I've been wanting one for so long and can't wait any longer. I want a decent gaming pc for the price and could really use the advice! Bear in mind, my budget includes two monitors, and I could skimp on a crappy keyboard/mouse/headset for now and get better ones later. I'd like to be around 1800 but will go up if necessary/worth it.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week: 1/25/2012

Budget Range: 1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, skyrim), watching movies, streaming, browsing the web

Parts Not Required: N/A: I'm replacing a mac laptop and upgrading to a gaming pc :D

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, micro center (they have a deal on the 2500K right now)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe: not now but in the future possibly so just one video card but potential for easy add-on later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to run two monitors, have bluetooth, blue ray burner, two drives (SSD w/ at least 60gb as primary and ~1TB hard drive as secondary data drive), at least 8 gb of ram. I'm also not sure about the 2500k vs 2600k. I'm also not sure what GPU or MB to get… I appreciate your recommendations.


Parts I've considered

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

Sony Optiarc Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Half Height Tray Blu-ray Writer BD-5300S - OEM

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks again for you help!!
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  2. You should get an HD 7970 instead of that 570, since you have the money... Also, you could get a bigger monitor. 21.5" is kinda small... Also 5ms is kinda slow.
  3. You should also buy your Motherboard and OS at Microcenter. I believe they're still doing the deal where if you bundle a mobo with the 2500k, you get $50 off a motherboard, and if you bundle a windows OS with it, you get $30 off the OS.

    I agree with everything sosofm listed. The 570 is a great gpu, but you're well under budget and could either try an SLI/Xfire gpu combo or upgrade to something like the 7970. You may also want larger monitors for playing games, as 21.5 isn't huge.
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