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February 12, 2012 1:17:07 AM

I am new to computer gaming. Have always played games on xbox 360. Interested in BF3, Crysis, Borderlands, Deus Ex. I also download and watch a lot of movies. I have my pc hooked up to my tv.

Approximate Purchase Date: Month or so

Budget Range: Around $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, multimedia, internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg also close to microcenter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



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COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 11196-02-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 Limited Edition 92mm High Performance CPU Cooler for Intel and AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is a little over 1600 before mail in rebates.


Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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February 12, 2012 2:11:17 AM

good selection.my recommendation for ya-
2500k for $180-
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
these are newegg links-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

912 is good but phantom 410 looks a lot cooler and better.
HDD you selected was dirt slow that's why a reasonably priced fast HDD is suggested.
i kinda feel that 7970 is overkill and wastage for 1080p.OC that 7950 and you are good to go.even without OC it can max out any game at 1080p.
650w is enough for your build with single card.
Getting low profile eliminates clearance issues.
that mobo is good for OC.it meets your requirements and is very cheap.
those fans are high quality,silent fans.add two of those to enhance cooling.
hyper 212 EVO is a better cooler.five star rated and cheap.
SSD is very fast and reliable.i own a crucial but they are a bit slower.
this under $1600.this machine can max out any game for now at 1080p :D 
all the best ;) 
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February 12, 2012 2:33:40 AM

hellfire pretty much nailed it as far as improvements go, looks like a great build :) 
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February 12, 2012 2:39:47 AM

+1 for hellfire 2500k and an EVO 212 and you instantly have easy 4.5gHz overclock
green hdds are sloooow and the 410 looks the biz compared to the haf
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February 19, 2012 12:41:48 PM

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