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$1500 Gaming first build

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January 23, 2012 7:28:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3/COD/Wow/D3/Skyrim/SC2) Watching movies, surfing, light video editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, any other trusted site.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter

Overclocking: Maybe (would like to have the option for later)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Doesn't really need to be too fancy, and I would like for it to last a few years. Looking to get the best for the money I have to spend. Also it is my first time doing this so let me know if these products even work with one another.

On to the parts:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99

EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
$185.99

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
$30

NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99
or
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$349.99

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650 650W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply
$89.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
$49.99


Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$134.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
#19.99

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
$99.99


This brings me to around $1500 going the most expensive route with the more expensive case. My budget is pretty flexible but I would rather be under than over.

Once again this is my first time so any and all help is much appreciated.

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January 23, 2012 8:47:23 PM

A better PSU:
Rosewill Capstone 750W 80Plus Gold $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
More efficient, better voltage regulation, higher build quality.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
Even the Corsair 750TXV2 @ $110 is a better buy than the GS800.

Seeing as you don't want the option to SLI then you can reign in the PSU. 550W/650W are ideal IMO.
Rosewill Capstone 650W 80Plus Gold $90 (10% off promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think CAS8 RAM is worth ~$20 over CAS9 RAM on Sandy Bridge systems:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/sandy-b...

I would also go with sets without tall heatspreaders as they are unnecessary and just make it difficult to choose a tower heatsink.
Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.35V CML8GX3M2A1600C9W $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nice combo:
Intel i5-2500K & Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
($230)($50) Combo Price: $265 ($15 saving - effectively getting the RAM for $35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/17/thermalright_...
Shows the H80 leading in terms of temps, but good aircoolers aren't that far behind and are quieter.
You would have to get the Cooler Master HAF 912 (or other wide case) if you wanted to use the True Spirit 140 or Archon.
The Tempest 410 can supposedly take CPU coolers up to 170mm, which is exactly the same height as the TS140 or Archon.
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January 23, 2012 10:21:45 PM

Thanks for the answer.

I made a couple edits with the 650w PSU you recommended, as well as the smaller RAM and True spirit aircooler. Hopefully the build looks a little bit better now. Still unsure on the case.
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January 24, 2012 8:08:37 AM

Which True Spirit? The 140? If so then the CM HAF 912, Enermax Fulmo, Hoplite, Rosewill Blackhawk, CM 690 II are all cases below $100 that can fit coolers that tall.

Can I ask what you are unsure of about the case, hopefully I can address the issue a bit more succinctly then.
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January 24, 2012 8:36:03 AM

Yes the true spirit 140, and I am thinking the HAF 912 will be a good case for the price. Besides that does everything look good? I would like to have some confidence in the build before I spend a lot of money on it.
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January 24, 2012 10:05:15 AM

Yes it's a good build. All the parts are high quality, will perform well and last a long time.
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