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January 30, 2012 4:53:58 AM

Hello everyone, I am looking to build my first Gaming PC. I have never built a computer before so im just going off of some research I have done myself. Would really apreciate any Input and advice you all have.


Approximate Purchase Date: Feb - march most likely

Budget Range: $1000 -$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but anything will work I suppose.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I am pretty much set on the i5-2500k and some type of the Geforce GTX 560. Also a moniter 21- 24 inch.

Overclocking: Maybe depends if it is easy enough and worth it.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is the good standard now yes?

Additional Comments: I am looking to get the best build for the price range im looking in. This will be a gaming computer that I hope to be able to use for at least 4 years to come and hopefully upgrade later on if I must.

I have some idea on what parts I would like and have put together a list. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated from everyone, would also like to know if there is anything else to shave down and some suggestions on the moniter and case selection. I am open to change anything though as I do not entirely know what I am doing.

Here are the parts I have selected so far:

Case:Cooler Master HAF 912 Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:ASRock 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...

GPU:GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Disk Drive: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 Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Moniter:Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



My total for those parts was 1007.90 so far before shipping, tax etc.Thank you very much in advance everyone.
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January 30, 2012 4:59:03 AM

You are absolutely on the right track .

Save some money on the psu . Even a 650 watt unit is overkill for that build if you wont SLI

The new Antec 300 two is an alternative case with USB 3 front ports
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January 30, 2012 6:19:59 AM

You have chosen good parts there natey!
1. I agree, without SLI plan, an 750W PSU is way an overkill you will need only somewhere between 550-650W. You can save a bit of money here.
2. You might want an SSD to come along in your new PC. Let say Crucial m4, Samsung 810 or Intel :)  You will really like the SSD, I guarantee :) 
3. You might also consider to get a BR-Burner too :) 
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January 30, 2012 8:12:15 PM

Thank you very much fr your input, I decided to go with a 650W CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650. I figure I will have a good amount of power for later on if I need to upgrade. What does the SSD Drive do exactly? Is it just an extra/ faster HD basicly?

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January 31, 2012 3:46:08 AM

It loads the OS super fast, applications super fast, and maps super fast (in games). It is worth getting.

Also, I do not recommend the OCZ. Too unreliable.
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January 31, 2012 7:24:44 AM

azeem40 said:
It loads the OS super fast, applications super fast, and maps super fast (in games). It is worth getting.

Also, I do not recommend the OCZ. Too unreliable.



I can always add it in later to the computer correct? dont know if thats in my budget range right now
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January 31, 2012 8:02:39 AM

well you need it as where you install your OS, so if getting it later means you need to reinstall everything (OS) at least and then install games on that SSD, just put the games you normally play, in my case i have BF3, MW3, Hon,Lol, scII then my OS
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February 2, 2012 6:11:50 PM

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