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January 29, 2012 6:52:06 PM

Hi everyone, this is the first time i build my own computer, so i just want to make sure that it will work. ANY advises, opinions or problems that i need to aware of, are much appreciated. And this is my build...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tripp Lite TLP604 6 Outlets 720 Joules 4' Cord Protect It! Surge Suppressor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 29, 2012 7:06:45 PM

It's all compatible but it's not a very well rounded system. The gtx 550Ti is NOT a good graphics card at all. I would not recommend anything lower than the Radeon 6870 with an i5 2500k, and i would really rather recommend at least the gtx 560Ti. If you must, I recommend you go with the i3 2100 CPU and a gtx 560Ti for a better performing PC than a i5 with 550Ti.
You can then upgrade the CPU later if you wish or if you know you don't want to upgrade, then go with an H61/H67 motherboard. If you really want a 4 core CPU, then the Phenom x4 line of CPUs are decently priced and give great performance but the i3 still beats it.
January 29, 2012 7:47:30 PM

I could downgrade the mobo to ASRock P67 PRO3 SE LGA 1155 Intel P67(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), the i5-2500k to i5-2500(since i do not plan on overclocking) and upgrade the gtx 550Ti to 560Ti. Do you think this is ok? I build this one is for gaming purpose, at the same time i wanna keep it under $1k too.
January 29, 2012 8:10:22 PM

Go with the i5 2400, it has similar performance but is also cheaper. Otherwise, it looks good.

This is the build I would go with under $1000:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k $225
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-250...
The i5 2500k is a great CPU and you never know if you will want to overclock...maybe to learn when you're about to trash this build?

Graphics: EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 core $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The gtx 560Ti 448 core is a weakened gtx 570, it is a GREAT gfx card for anyone who doesn't have the money to buy the gtx 570 but want something better than the gtx 560Ti.

MoBo: ASRock Extreme 3 Z68 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great motherboard with a lot of features for the price it is at. It includes 2 PCIe 3.0 slots for CF and SLI in the future, which will benefit greatly.

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a 750W PSU that is capable of SLI in the future and also for mild overclocking if you wish. Antec is a great brand that is pretty trustworthy.

Case: HAF 912 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same case, includes a $10 rebate, making the overall cost $50.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same drive as the one you picked.

RAM: Team Elite 8GB Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8GB of RAM is more than enough for your system and Team is a great company. The ratings on NewEgg are good too.

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0
We can go with the stock fan for now since you don't plan on OCing, the stock fan will keep the i5 2500k at around 38C at stock speeds, and it will be perfectly capable of cooling the i5 with a mild overclock.

DVD-ROM: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The DVD RW is for the OS and also for an DVDs you might want to watch.

OS: Win 7 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is obviously to load onto the HDD :lol: 

Total: $1013
Notice: This is $13 over your budget, but with rebates, it should come down to around $980...if you can't buy a build this expensive, go with the gtx 560Ti instead of the 560Ti 448:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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