First time build, and suggestions??

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 week

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage: Gaming, school work

Parts Not Required : Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: US

Overclocking: I'm looking into it so probably.

SLI : yeah

Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet


This is my first build so I am not sure if everything will work together I've been doing some research and this is what I have came up with so far, any suggestion or anything would be a great help :)


Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125406

Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182238

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
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  1. What are you going to do for ram as well as an operating system?
  2. I would suggest going with a 1333 ram and a lower profile on it as well get a goot heat sink for your cpu if you plan to over clock.

    The 1333 ram as it will void your intel cpu warranty on anything higher. A low profile so the after market cooler you will need to over clock will fit well and easier.

    And the new heat sink so you can better overclock to keep your system cool as stock heat sinks that come with the cpus do not generally over clock well.
  3. zolton33 said:
    What are you going to do for ram as well as an operating system?


    For the OS I'm going to use Windows 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716

    and for ram Corsair vengeance 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233254
  4. zolton33 said:
    I would suggest going with a 1333 ram and a lower profile on it as well get a goot heat sink for your cpu if you plan to over clock.

    The 1333 ram as it will void your intel cpu warranty on anything higher. A low profile so the after market cooler you will need to over clock will fit well and easier.

    And the new heat sink so you can better overclock to keep your system cool as stock heat sinks that come with the cpus do not generally over clock well.


    Okay are there any heat sink's that you would recommend i haven't looked into them really?
  5. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 as a heat sink its pretty popular at the moment.
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    That case is alot more popular and loads of reviews and almost half the price of the one you chose.
  7. zolton33 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    That case is alot more popular and loads of reviews and almost half the price of the one you chose.


    Okay I added the ram, case and heat sink that you suggested, what do you think about my choice of video card?
  8. I'm not a big video card fan so no expert at all. But i do know that alot of people recommend the radeon type cards over nvidia (could be there personal preference).
    Some reading for you to make up your own mind:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    And some benchmarks:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/graphics-cards,1.html
  9. zolton33 said:


    Yeah I've read this one already haha it's what made me decide to go with the card I chose.
  10. Lol then you should be golden i like that review as it allows you to scale it to your budget and leave out alot of guess work lol.
  11. here's a killer $1500 rig-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146087
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102963
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
    it's under $1500,and powerful enough to max out anygame at the moment.you have a good looking case,lightning fast gpu more than enough for 1080p.7970 can be adjusted but it's a kinda wastage and overkill for 1080p.overclock 7950 ;)
    $99 high quality psu with enough wattage to run crossfire.quality mobo with pci-e 3.0.blazing fast SSD and good cooler.this machine is going to be epic lollllllllll!!!!
  12. another suggestions... take a look...

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $230

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $50

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $25 after MIR

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $125

    odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017
    XFX PRO850W XXX Edition - $125 after MIR

    gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102962
    SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $450

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R - $70 after MIR


    total: $1216 after MIR excluding shipping...
  13. ^good but my views are-
    good mobo but not Asus quality.
    Heatsink is expensive and loud.
    400R and 500R are good but 300R doesn't seem much impressive.912 is better.
  14. I haven't really looked at the Radeon video cards how does the 7950 compare to a gtx 560 ti 448 cores?
  15. roughly 30~40% faster.
  16. hellfire24 said:
    roughly 30~40% faster.


    It's quite a bit more expensive also would getting a 560 now and then another one when later be good?
  17. nope.... i would get a hd 7950 over two gtx 560ti in any day....
  18. ^ me too.
  19. If it helps at all -

    I was running BF3 on low settings with 2 x SLI: Nvidia GTS 250s

    I recently upgraded to a single GTX 560. It's killer. If you are gonna SLI, you could probably get 2 x 540's or lower and we perfectly fine.

    (Yeah, not a fan of Radeon's) Nothing against them, I just had a bad experience with one dying from overheat and never went back. (Maybe i'll look into radeon's in the future)

    Good luck, it's a fun but frustrating hobby.

    - 0bi
  20. running BF3 on max is not the only point.you have to think about upgrades and new tech too.560 Sli is roughly 25~30% more than a single gtx 580 or almost equal to a 7970.but cons-
    no upgrades
    more power
    some games don't support SLi
    more heat etc.
    7970 is a better option.
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