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January 26, 2012 1:50:04 AM

Hello all,
You may have seen me on this forum over the past few months asking about a gaming computer I plan on building. Well I'm happy to say that I will soon be able to afford the build. However, I'm still having a few doubts about certain parts. I was wondering if someone could look over what I have so far and recommend any ways to cut money or make it more efficient. I want to keep the option of OC'ing open with the possibility of SLI or CrossFire in the future. Also, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a decent gaming monitor for between 100 and 200 dollars. Thank you.

**insert standard dvd drive**

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill card reader

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
windows 7 pro 64 bit oem

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8Z68-V LE-i've heard P67 is better for OC? Any truth in this and do I really need Z68?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel I5 2500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600 low profile- i'm going low profile to avoid spacing issues. Also, there appear to be a few of these with various voltage(ex 1.5, 1.35, 1.65) What voltage should I get?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit
I'm not entirely sure on the graphics card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache- Flooding in Thailand has not made picking a HDD easy -_-

Looking at several cases including:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Things I still need help picking: keyboard(doesn't have to be great), wireless card(my computer is far from the router. usb vs pci) monitor(again 100-200 dollar preferred, not sure about lcd or led backlighting, 22-24 inches)

Over these past few months I have gotten a lot of advice from the Tom's Hardware community and have found them very insightful and friendly. Thank you!




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January 26, 2012 2:29:53 AM
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What do you plan on spending total? Has a lot to do with it on what you should and shouldn't get.

Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Can have a look at Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (budget and features come into play for mobo)

Memory: Ill let someone else chime in on voltages

PSU: is good if you don't change anything, you could probably even go lower, but I like to have headroom.

GPU: Here is where your budget comes into play. What do you plan on playing and how well do you want it to look and at what settings?

HDD: yeah prices suck right now, gotta do what you gotta do heh

Case: Thats a big price difference between the highest and the lowest. If it were me, i would go for one of the Corsairs or Cooler masters. The 600T is good in my mind or any of these:
Corsair 400r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 500r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Coolermaster 932 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 650d http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 26, 2012 2:57:08 AM

I'm sorry, I totally forgot to post my budget. I'm hoping to get all of this done at around 1-1.3k(lower the better)

I was looking at the ASRock but I've heard they're shaky and that their warranty policy is terrible and thats big for me. for the more fragile components.

As for the GPU, well I'm hoping to be able to play everything out now at least at medium settings. while i do enjoy better graphics, i would rather have decent performance. If I can get a better GPU for about 200, i'll be happy. I can always upgrade this later if I need an upgrade.

So you think I'm good on the HDD?

Hmm I'm still unsure on the case...


Additionally, does anyone have any good guides for a first time builder? I've been researching things here and there but I want to make sure I have something I can study and reference to make sure I don't make a complete mess of things.
May 20, 2012 8:24:47 PM

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