1200 build, first rig

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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  1. 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 $1200. Get a TX750 if you plan to crossfire them in the future.
  2. HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073 120$
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 130$ and is 1T
    If you want a silent PC look at these cases :
    COOLER MASTER Silencio 450
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119250 70$
    This is bigger than Silencio 450 : COOLER MASTER Silencio 550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119251 110$
    Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007 100$
    Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352016 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.
  3. Thanks for the help guys! Heres an updated version.


    Let me know if that looks better. The price has dropped by 100 bucks!
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks for the swift replys guys! I got all the info I need.
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