$1100 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Near the end of February.

Budget Range: My max is $1150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States.

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I need tips for a first time builder. I would also like to be able to upgrade without buying a BUNCH of new parts. So like future proof.

So any suggestions would be great!!

Here is what I am currently looking at!

Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

SAPPHIRE 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

So give me your opinions on what you think!! And honestly I don't care if I go AMD CPU or Intel CPU!
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  1. The Intel Core i5-2500k CPU would be a better choice along with an ASUS or Gigabyte z68 motherboard. You would have a better upgrade path as well. Note Tom's CPU hierarchy chart. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking,3077-5.html

    In either case, you would need a good aftermarket CPU cooler like this one. The Stock Intel fan is not bad, even for moderate overclock, but the AMD fans are generally whiny and not good for overclock. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    The ram you selected will interfere with most aftermarket coolers due to the tall fins. They are mainly there for looks anyway, not superior performance. This would work just as well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    Most benchmarks show the 1gb 6970 to be slightly better than the 2gb version. Feel free to research this.

    Other than that it looks fine.
  2. Thanks for Replying!!
    Do you think I should get a 560 over a 6970?
  3. The 560 is well below the performance of the 6970. The 6970 equivalent on the Nvidia side would be GTX 570. AMD draws a good bit less power also. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    I should have mentioned also that XFX would be a better deal on the power supply. Also very good quality and better price with rebate. The extra 100 watts will not hurt anything. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
  4. Ok, so I pretty much changed my entire build.

    Here it is.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

    ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

    XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel

    I'm not to sure on the motherboard though.. Soo?
    Tell me what you think on that build
  5. This HAF case is a little less expensive(note rebate) and very popular. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Other than that, I would build that sucker if I had the money!
  6. Thanks for everything!! You helped alot! In the future will that motherboard support sli 570's?
  7. Yes, the motherboard will support up to Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX.
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