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1st Time Gaming Build Help - $1000 budget

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February 2, 2012 9:04:46 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware,

This is my 1st build and I was looking to get some critique and suggestion for it.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the weekend.

Budget Range: Around $1000, can go a little higher.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Interent, School

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer Newegg, but anywhere else is fine.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: The only parts of what I've picked that I am sure I want is the i5 2500k and the GeForce 560ti. Would prefer to lower the cost but want to keep those two parts.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Additional Comments: The reason for the smaller HDD is I have a 2TB external with all my Music/ Movies/ Schoolwork. Also, I'm undecided on including a SSD.

Parts Picked Out So Far:

Case - COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb

Monitor - Asus 21.5" VE228H

GPU - GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Optical Drive - Samsung SATA Drive

PSU - SeaSonic S12II 620W

RAM - G.Skills Ripjaws Series 8 GB (4x2)

MOBO - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 1155 Intel

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz

Also, if I'm missing something let me know.
February 3, 2012 5:44:10 AM

That power supply is of excellent quality, but not really made for SLi, especially two 560 Ti's. This one would be a much better bet, and it has all the connectors you would need for SLi. No adapters needed. The brand is XFX, but for all intents and purposes, it is really a Seasonic. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the motherboard, cannot really recommend Asrock, Especially that one which is listed in numerous forums as problematic. Spend a little more and get an ASUS or Gigabyte z68.

Other than that, it looks like a pretty good rig to me.
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