Building a gaming pc! I need some expert tips please!

Hello,
So my brother birthday is on the 17th and im looking to buy him an entry level gaming PC. I was originally planning on buying a pre-built PC something along the lines of

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227385

but now i think building my own would be a better value.

So far I have selected these specifications. Let me know if there are any suggestions, tips, or even incompatibilities you see!

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA II
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB
Case: Raidmax Altas ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt

This comes out to approximately $750. (787.27)

Any input is appreciated!
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  1. Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506
    That HDD is going to slow down loading times BTW. HDD prices are crazy so just go with the cheapest option you can find.
    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Change your parts to this and you have one, great build :)
  2. Do you have a power supply picked out? I don't see one listed, you will need one!

    I would also go with the previous posters case recommendation, but I would personally have to disagree with the motherboard suggestion. I just can't really see a justification for spending the extra 65 dollars.
  3. AH! Great case! I'll definitely look into getting that instead.

    As for the motherboard I have 2 questions.
    First are Z68's compatible with the GPU (EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti) that i picked?

    Second, what about this motherboard? Its in the middle of both of the listed price ranges!
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=353599&CatId=6975&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-wQhzNezTY3RR_wtuvVhg6g
  4. GenericUser said:
    Do you have a power supply picked out? I don't see one listed, you will need one!

    I would also go with the previous posters case recommendation, but I would personally have to disagree with the motherboard suggestion. I just can't really see a justification for spending the extra 65 dollars.



    Ooops, i forgot to mention that. So far I've found the Corsair Builder Series CX600 600watt power supply. To my knowledge 600 watt should be enough for the i5 and the GPU.
  5. The mobo is fine. The one that I listed has a better heatsink but since you're not OCing, you should be fine. The 550 Ti is compatible with all motherboards with a PCI-e slot.

    Don't get the CX600. It makes an annoying high pitched noise.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=xjoksbtwjul1
    This PSU will do a better, quieter job.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recommended-psus
    Here is a list of good PSUs
  6. But what if i go with either the 2400k or the 2500k; then should i go with the mobo you listed? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506)

    Also what is the difference between the 2400k and the 2500, and which is the better value in your opinion?
  7. Yes, go with that motherboard if you can.

    The 2400 is really just clock speed but it really shouldn't make that much of a difference than the 2500.
    The 2500K, on the other hand, overclocks to 4.7Ghz+ which can greatly improve performance.
  8. If you are going to overclock, get the i5 2500k and upgrade your motherboard to this (OCs much better):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    You will also want a better cpu cooler if you plan to OC. Like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    or,

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&Tpk=h60

    The i5 2500k is a better value now than the i5 2400.

    Otherwise, your build looks good.
  9. free-man said:
    Hello,
    So my brother birthday is on the 17th and im looking to buy him an entry level gaming PC. I was originally planning on buying a pre-built PC something along the lines of

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227385

    but now i think building my own would be a better value.

    So far I have selected these specifications. Let me know if there are any suggestions, tips, or even incompatibilities you see!

    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
    RAM: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA II
    Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB
    Case: Raidmax Altas ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt

    This comes out to approximately $750. (787.27)

    Any input is appreciated!

    Add a case and hard drive to this build and it will allow you to add another one of those vid cards later on for dual card set up. This card runs on par with a gtx 560 (non ti)


    http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B005C8RTTU/ref=pd_vtp_pc_6 $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $121.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1328736610&sr=1-2 $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c $24.39 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_vtp_e_4 $22.88 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  10. The Asus board will give you a higher, more stable OC.
  11. vollman1 said:
    The Asus board will give you a higher, more stable OC.

    I don't know the OP's budget, but looking at his build and seeing how he has a gtx 550, I'm going to guess it's not a monster budget. Also seeing how anything past 4.4Ghz on these Sandy Bridge cpu's nets you nothing other than bragging rights I would guess to drop down to a cheaper board, a better gpu and psu.
  12. I think bumping the 550ti up to a 560ti would net a big improvement.
  13. Guys one more question. If i buy these specifications will i need to buy a separate fan aswell? Or are the ones that come with the case enough??
  14. If you mean an extra fan for the case, it will probably help somewhat, but it's not critical or the end of the world if you don't.
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