$ 750 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Movies, Browsing, General Use

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, DVD Burner, Hard Drive( I have a 500 gb Western Digital HD I bought 6 months ago when my old one failed on my current pc)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: At first no, maybe later

SLI or Crossfire: At first no, maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB


GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

Additional Comments:
I mostly want someone to tell me that all my parts will work together correctly. If anyone thinks any of my parts are not good and can recommend anything better for about the same price I would love to hear it. Also I want to make sure there is nothing i'm missing, this is my first pc i've built in 15 years so I am a little rusty. Thanks for any help!
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  1. That CPU is very good but I would rather have the 2500k because it overclocks down the road $230

    That power supply brand is absolute crap. This one can handle a second GPU down the road and is modular. $110

    You'll need a copy of windows 7 $100 (not included in price) although I don't know if you have that or not.

    Your memory is good $47 (either is the same, just which one you like looks of better)

    In most cases the 560Ti out performs the 6950. Although I prefer this model $230 today $250 tomorrow

    For a case this one is better $60

    This motherboard is better $120

    The total is $797 today or $817 tomorrow. But you get $80 in rebates.

    Lastly, when you decide to overclock you will need a CPU cooler $30. I don't know if you want to get that now or later.
  2. Thanks for all the great input I don't know a thing about power supplies so I don't know what brand is good. I had one question on the motherboard however. I've seen a lot of people suggest getting a z68 motherboard, the one you suggested is a P67. Can someone explain which is generally better or if there is much of a difference. Thanks again!
  3. There isn't much of a difference. The Z68 motherboards allow you to use the intel graphics the P67 doesn't allow any intel graphics to be used. Since you will use a discrete card the intel graphics would be disabled anyways.

    For a power supply I only look at these brands. Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, SeaSonic, OCZ and XFX (in no specific order). Then you have modular and non modular PSUs. The difference is that modular PSUs have power cables that connect and disconnect so that you only have the cables you need attached. This allows you to have a cleaner looking build (if your case has a side window), but also gives better airflow (less obstructions) with no cables sitting at the bottom of your case.
  4. -Z68 is more equipped for gaming and overclocking.
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $108 I recommend this or the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3, awesome board equipped with 3.0x16 slot.

    -Intel voids your warranty if you have anything but 1333 and 1066 ram with 1.5V
    G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $37

    -Get 2500k, best gaming CPU out on the market and better OC.
    i5 2500k $230

    -Terrible PSU, get a Antec 750w
    Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire $85

    -Case is cheap. Tom's Hardware has a review of it.
    Cooler Master Haf 912 is awesome.

    -GPU GTX 560Ti outperforms 6950 by a bit and the CF/SLI is the same nearly. Get GTX 560TI as it runs cooler and less noisy. I recommend MSI/Gigabyte

    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $235 before $20 rebate

    -CPU cooler can get Cooler Master 212 EVO. Great budget cooler.
  5. Are you talking about my parts picked or his? You will want to get 1600 speed memory, it shouldn't void your warranty and even if it does you will overclock which will. CPU's don't normally die at stock settings (unless DOA).
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