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1200 build, first rig

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February 13, 2012 6:01:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next couple weeks

Budget Range: 1000-1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: In the future when I have money to upgrade, not now though

Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: would like it to be quiet

Let me know what you guys think. Everything look good? Everything seem balanced? This will be my first time building a computer.

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February 13, 2012 6:47:51 AM

Good build, but a few unnecessarily expensive parts there.

1. Kinda expensive motherboard for the budget. You can get a good Asus Z68 Gen 3 board for $180.

2. Go for a i5 2500k instead of the i7 2600k. Proven time and again that it makes no difference in gaming.

3. 500GB hard drives cost $90.

Look for something along the lines of the $1500 build in my sig, dropping the SSD and getting a HD7950 instead of the HD7970 should bring you down to around $1200. Get a TX750 if you plan to crossfire them in the future.
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February 13, 2012 7:14:45 AM

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 120$
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 130$ and is 1T
If you want a silent PC look at these cases :
COOLER MASTER Silencio 450 70$
This is bigger than Silencio 450 : COOLER MASTER Silencio 550 110$
Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance 100$
Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC 110$
RAM better to buy 2 X 8GB not 4 x2 gb
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
And for gaming like zero_ said i5 2500k is more than enough is the best bang for buck.
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February 13, 2012 4:28:42 PM

Dont forget Thermal Paste for your CPU cooler (if it doesnt already come with it), also the Hard Drive market is rediculously expensive right now due to Tailand flooding, youre better off going with a smaller HDD for now and then upgrading at a later date, especially for gaming you dont need a 1tb HDD, i went for the Western Digital 500gb on newegg for $90, when everything cools down you can pick up another 500gb or another 1tb HDD, BUT thats just my personal opinion on that one.
February 13, 2012 8:30:15 PM

Thanks for the swift replys guys! I got all the info I need.