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Budget Gaming Computer Build Help

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January 22, 2012 12:33:39 AM

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LE ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$132.99

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 02G-P3-1559-KR Video Card
$169.99

PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W Power Supply
$59.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$209.99

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$39.99

Case: HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming
$39.99

Grand Total: $652.94


I've already got the hard drive and optical disk drive. This is pretty much my budget, but maybe I could do $700 if the performance increase would be worth it.

I was hoping that everything here would be compatible with each other as this is my first computer build.

I'm open to suggestions on better parts to choose for the money. Trying to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on Ultra settings.

If it helps I don't plan on doing any overclocking at all. I know i5 for sure, but I'm not sure what motherboard or graphics card I should get.

I'm coming here for you experts to provide suggestions on if I'm going the right direction.

January 22, 2012 1:39:58 AM

The 560 ti is worth the extra $50.
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January 22, 2012 4:29:26 AM

I'm going to try and order these parts this weekend. Is there anything else I'd need to be able to complete this build when the parts arrive later next week? Cables, screws, etc.

I'm still not sure on the motherboard either. It seems there might be cheaper options that are better.

Also is this the PSU that I should get for the price?
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January 22, 2012 4:32:43 AM

The only thing you will need is a screw driver. I recommend a Phillips Head Screwdriver. The motherboard comes with all the cables and screws.

The Rosewill PSU is fine, but I recommend a Corsair.
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January 22, 2012 4:45:07 AM

Is it true I could save money on the motherboard by going with the other chipset since I don't need onboard video?
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January 22, 2012 4:49:01 AM

Yeah, you can.
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January 22, 2012 4:53:28 AM

Can you recommend anything that I could replace it with? Thanks for your help. I'd still like a board with IDE on it so I can use my older hard drive.
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January 22, 2012 5:00:36 AM

You can use an IDE to SATA cable to do that. :) 
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January 22, 2012 8:33:32 PM

Thanks. -- I think this is the parts list I'm going with.


Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W Power Supply

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) GV-N560UD-1G Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX Intel Motherboard

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory


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