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Gaming Build Advice

Approximate Purchase Date: Less than a month
Budget Range: $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: mouse,keyboard,monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com

Country: Caribbean

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 32" hdtv

Additional Comments: First gaming build, wants to get as much performance as possible given the budget while making sure everything is compatible to avoid issues

GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6950 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card GV-R695OC-1GD $239.99
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-GV-R695OC-1GD/dp/B0056GJL26/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327969335&sr=1-1

ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V/GEN3 $179.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-V/dp/B005UDITT6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327969268&sr=1-1

Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-750TXV2 $94.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Compatible-platforms/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327969210&sr=1-1

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $229.99
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327969084&sr=8-1

Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2 $179.95
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327970339&sr=1-1

Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black) $89.85
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327970219&sr=1-1

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $24.24
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327970179&sr=1-1

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $49.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327970104&sr=1-1

Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP $64.99
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-SH-B123L-BSBP/dp/B003XIM3QK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327970057&sr=8-1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack $99.99
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=++Windows+7+Home+Premium+SP1+64bit+%28Full%29+System+Builder+DVD+1+Pack&x=0&y=0
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    That's a really good build actually. If you don't have a secondary storage option I'd suggest looking into one but you should at least buy one when the prices drop.

    If you want a couple of case suggestions the HAF X is good (I really like the 912) but there's a couple I really like as well:

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007 (best new vendor per Newegg's annual awards this year)
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    Also - watch the tall heat sinks on the Vengeance - a lot of people don't like them for installing aftermarket coolers. They do make a low profile version: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744455&CatId=4534
  2. Looks like a solid build. I would say you can go a bit cheaper on the mobo unless you are dead set on asus (which makes a great board). You can look into the ASrock and the gigabyte boards for z68, there are some good choices for 120-140

    Another suggestion- upgrade the video card. You have a good enough budget where you may be able to get a gtx 580
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    That's a really good build actually. If you don't have a secondary storage option I'd suggest looking into one but you should at least buy one when the prices drop.

    If you want a couple of case suggestions the HAF X is good (I really like the 912) but there's a couple I really like as well:

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007 (best new vendor per Newegg's annual awards this year)
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    Also - watch the tall heat sinks on the Vengeance - a lot of people don't like them for installing aftermarket coolers. They do make a low profile version: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744455&CatId=4534



    Mostly went with the case i chose since every review i found on it spoke about the space inside and since im new at it figured better safe than sorry and i am getting a hdd just waiting for prices to drop
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