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Looking to get back into PC Gaming and building my first rig

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January 26, 2012 2:19:27 AM

Hi all,

New to the site and have been doing alot of research on here on different hardware. The system will be used soley for gaming. Would like do SLI and OC in the future once the system starts to show it's age and prices drop a little on the GPU. Here is what i've been thinking of putting together and would like any advice as to compatability or other items i should consider. I have no vendor preference but for unitformity am just using newegg for the post. The build was going to be soley for Diablo 3 when ever it is released but I feel i'll probably shelf the 360 once i get back into pc gaming and I dont want to do this again to run higher demanding games.

Mobo Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 $121.99
CPU Intel i5-2500k $229.99
GPU EVGA GTX 570 2.5gb $394.99
PSU Antec HCG 900 $129.99
Mem Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3 1600 $49.99
Mon Dell U2412m $359.99
Case Cooler Masters HAF 922 $79.99
CPU Fan Cooler Masters 212 Evo $34.99
HDD Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA 3 $184.99

Total: $1,585 or about, any advice is appreciated.
January 26, 2012 3:45:25 AM

Seems good, but I would steer clear of any Dell products, they are known to fail as soon as the warranty expires. That SSD may be nice but I really don't see SSDs as a main storage device. Why not downgrade to 64Gb and get a 500Gb Hard drive, the price would roughly the same, you get large storage times and your system will boot wicked fast if you use the SSD as a boot drive.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 26, 2012 10:15:44 AM

Build looks solid, although I believe AMD 6970 benches a little higher in games like BF3 than the 570 does? As they are a similar price point, a 6970 might be worth your consideration.
January 26, 2012 12:53:45 PM

z_4 said:
Do look into this monitor. It's cheaper and offers same features sans IPS technology
$210- Asus VS248

Do look into combos to save some money.

Case & RAM: $122- CM HAF 922 & Gskill RAM

PSU & GPU: $563- Corsair Enthusiast TX850 & Asus GTX 570

The 2412m was getting pretty good reviews on this site as well as some others and I also liked the higher resolution 1920x1200 vs 1080. Is there any other monitors in this price range i should look at with the 1920x1200 res? The higher res was one of the reasons i was looking at the 570 2.5gb for future sli vs the standard 1.25. Ill have to do some more reading on the 6970. There is no rush to get this build done since there isnt even a release date for D3 yet, but if I get the itch to start building I'll prob pick up Skyrim and BF3.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 26, 2012 5:07:38 PM

Whether you buy 6970 or GTX 570 it's your choice. You won't regret it. For a resolution of 1920X1200 or 1920X1080, aGPU with 1.5 GB or 2GB buffer memory is more than enough. However if you plan to do do multi-monitor gaming with smooth frame rates with all the eye candy turned on a more powerful GPU setup will be needed.

For monitor there are very few monitor for that 1920X1200 resolution . Here are the possible one's