$1000 First Build Need Criticism/Opinions

Hi,

So I'm basically just going for a gaming rig that can run games like bf3, skyrim, minecraft, on decent settings but not ultra. Not interested in OC or SLI really. Trying to keep it under $1000 as best as possible lol, but yea need some opinions :p.

What I have so far:

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

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

GPU: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXLv http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

hdd: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Moniter: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 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-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 (This Necessary?)

HDMI cable(I need one right?): Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series High Speed HDMI® cable (6 FEET) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882021128

Mouse: Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104577

Keyboard: LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823107120

Total $1114
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  1. you dont need a cpu cooler.

    and get this mobo if you are not going to do sli/xfire

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 - $104.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    and upgrade your gpu to

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523 - $239.99
    XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  2. Your monitor comes with a DVI cable, thus you don't need the HDMI cable unless you want it.
  3. drunkducki said:
    you dont need a cpu cooler.

    and get this mobo if you are not going to do sli/xfire

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 - $104.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    and upgrade your gpu to

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523 - $239.99
    XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity



    Would this card be better instead, that one got so so ratings: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    And yeah going to drop the cooler thanks :)
  4. Crush3d said:
    Your monitor comes with a DVI cable, thus you don't need the HDMI cable unless you want it.


    thank you
  5. Just noticed that your monitor has speakers.

    One of the reasons that people like HDMI is that it has sound built in. Since you are getting a monitor with speakers this may be handy (prevents running two cables). I'm not a fan of having speakers built in, thus I don't, so DVI works great. Unless you prefer the speakers on the monitor I'd get one without them and buy actual speakers, although this can be pricier.

    In summary..

    Monitor with speakers:
    1 HDMI
    or
    1 DVI, 1 Sound

    Montior without speakers:
    1 HDMI
    or
    1 DVI

    Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that is one of the primary differences between HDMI/DVI.
  6. lols said:
    Would this card be better instead, that one got so so ratings: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    And yeah going to drop the cooler thanks :)



    sure
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