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December 16, 2011 9:57:35 PM

Hi everybody this is my first time building a gaming pc and I want to do it right so if you can please give me some suggestions on changing some criteria or adding some hardware let me know

First off my budget is around 1200 dollars, I wont need a monitor, mouse, keyboard or audio(but if you do have any suggestions for good value audio let me know... might upgrade)

First off

Mobo: Asrock z68 extreme 4 socket 1155

Processor: will probably be intel i5 2500k( if i have money leftover might go for intel i7-2600k)
(I am 99% sure the motherboard and cpu are compatible but if someone can double check I would appreciate it)

Graphics card: currently no idea lots of suggestions would be appreciated something mid range, good value

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) I think this is a pretty good choice any other suggestions

PSU: No idea really some suggestions here... thxs

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600 speed

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3160316AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive is this a good one let me know please, as well is this hdd it didn't say on website

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, or................. NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower, thought these were good let me know if you have other opinions

Alright that's my whole potential setup thanks to anyone who is still reading this I know it was quite long please give me some feedback everywhere if possible, and have a nice day
December 16, 2011 10:03:16 PM

What is the size and native resolution of the monitor you plan on using? Do you plan on crossfire or sli in the future? Is this rig mainly for gaming? also have you considered a hdd larger than 160gb?
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2011 11:06:57 PM

Stick with the 2500K for gaming and get a good monitor. A decent buy can be had on the GTX 560 ti 448 (it is a declocked GTX 570), and they will only be around for a while. Price should be about $290.

A larger HDD or even a second SSD is recommended. $75 on a 160 GB HDD is a waste. You could get a Seagate 1TB for $130. Look at these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...



A good PSU of 600 W + is recommended. Good brands are Corsair, Antec, OCZ, Seasonic and PC Power & Cooling. Here are some to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

You can do well with 1333 RAM as the Sandybridge doesn't use the high end (declocks it).

I love that case (the Corsair 600T White). I wish it was available when I built my rig in March, but I settled on the black model. But it is a wonderful case for a build.
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December 17, 2011 12:00:26 AM

thanks for the reply guys,

First off I've considered the larger hdd but i've had my laptop for 3 and a half years now and have only used 70 gb of space, if i ever need to get more i'll do it, but for now i'll minimize my cost where possible since ill almost for certain never use more than 280gb

The monitor i plan to use for this setup will be Viewsonic 21.5" Widescreen LED Monitor With 2ms Response Time it looks like this is pretty good any other suggestion would be appreciated though since this is kind of expensive it is 1080p

As for the psu thxs for the links very useful...... is there a way to tell how much watts will be needed for this setup so i can be sure before i purchase?.... this is my first time so i am a bit of a noob

also will i need a super drive/dvd drive for this setup I assume so any suggestions would be appreciated

another question on ram is there a difference between DDR3 1333(PC 10666, PC 10660 and PC 10600) Confused here

as for the gpu still kind of confused any other suggestions would be appreciated

anyways thxs for the replys, have a nice day
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2011 12:25:43 AM

For a GPU, I would say go for a HD6950, or GTX560 Ti (448 if you can get it) but if those are too much for you, HD6870 or GTX460 would be nice.

DDR3-1333 has a 1333mHz transfer speed, 1600 has 1600, and so on. The higher the number, the faster it is.

For this setup, I would say it would run on a 650w with a 6950 or GTX560Ti, but it's always worth having a bit of leeway (100w or so) in case you upgrade.

Monitor wise, it's mainly personal preference.

Get an ASUS DVD drive, or LG SuperMulti, they are both good. It's worth getting the bigger hard drive too, or forking out any extra money on a SSD, as a solid state is amazingly fast. You could, as an alternative, try to get hold of a Western Digital Velociraptor, they are fast and have gone down since SSD have become a large thing.
a c 225 U Graphics card
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December 17, 2011 12:39:09 AM

MoBo- If the short 2 year warranty doesn't b other ya, stick with it....otherwise I'd suggest the Asus

$185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$220 - 2500k, the 2600k / 2700k have significant advantages in video editing and other apps ...... but only a slight advantage in gaming

$230 - Over $200. the factory OC'd 560 Ti's are an excellent bang for the buck..... OC's of 30% are not unusual. Under $200, I like the 6870

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
$ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50
$ 340.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.65 - $ 0.78
$ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05

SSD - AT $149, the Agility is a decent buy....... but it's Tier 8 SSD on THG' chart here

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

The best 120/128 Giggers are Tier 3

$210 Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
$205 OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200 Patriot WildFire 120 GB
$230 Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

According t the chart, each tier represents a 10% difference in performance ..... that would make the Tier 3's 61% faster than the Tier 8's

PSU - At your budget, I'd look for a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating. Best price ya gonna find for one of those is from XFX.....Assuming you go w/ the 560 Ti (factory OC'd), I'd use the 850 watter assuming someday ya would have 2 cards......650 watter if ya convinced that 1 card is the furthest you would go.

$90 850 watter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 650 watter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $110 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $40 off w/ promo code EMCJHJE29, ends 12/21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 17, 2011 1:26:05 AM

Alright Thanks for all the help guys this is my updated setup now that I have read all of your suggestions

Mobo: Asrock z68 extreme 4 socket 1155

Processor: will probably be intel i5 2500k

GPU: GTX 560 Ti 448

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3160316AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Super Multi Drive: LG Black 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA Slim Internal Blu-ray Super-Multi Combo Drive Model CT21N - OEM


Alright any suggestions again after this update to my setup would be greatly appreciated, aswell if you notice that some aspect of my setup is not compatible with all of the rest let me know I think it is all compatible but not 100% sure. Also is this a good super multi drive not too sure but looks good. Finally what kind of software will i have to buy to get this setup up and going im going to run this setup with norton as my antivirus and windows 7 as operating system
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2011 2:18:16 AM

I'm not too sure about that DVD drive, I'm pretty sure my LG was 22x... You'll need to buy Windows 7. and... that's about it. Get norton if you want, won't be too bad. Also, I have a slight aversion to XFX products, especially the PSUs... Check reviews.

All drivers are normally free to download, so you do't need to buy them.
December 17, 2011 2:37:13 AM

One last question for everybody since I am a bit of a noob should I go to a pc place and get them to assemble all of the hardware or is it pretty self explanatory with the manuals and online video guides?
December 17, 2011 4:12:12 AM

chesteracorgi said:
Stick with the 2500K for gaming and get a good monitor. A decent buy can be had on the GTX 560 ti 448 (it is a declocked GTX 570), and they will only be around for a while. Price should be about $290.

A larger HDD or even a second SSD is recommended. $75 on a 160 GB HDD is a waste. You could get a Seagate 1TB for $130. Look at these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...



A good PSU of 600 W + is recommended. Good brands are Corsair, Antec, OCZ, Seasonic and PC Power & Cooling. Here are some to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

You can do well with 1333 RAM as the Sandybridge doesn't use the high end (declocks it).

I love that case (the Corsair 600T White). I wish it was available when I built my rig in March, but I settled on the black model. But it is a wonderful case for a build.



are you sure that it declocks the 1600 ram, just double checking before I purchase
December 17, 2011 5:46:00 AM

coopjo45 said:
One last question for everybody since I am a bit of a noob should I go to a pc place and get them to assemble all of the hardware or is it pretty self explanatory with the manuals and online video guides?

Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

This is part 1 of building a computer, part 2 and 3 are in the description.

On another note, I know everyone else has said this too, but I definitely recommend getting a bigger hard drive. You don't think you need a big one right now, but retail games are about 10GB+ each of space, and unless you plan to uninstall games to install new ones, I recommend getting at least a 500GB (or a 1TB if you want some leeway).
December 17, 2011 11:08:53 PM

alright thxs everyone for the help i think im going to order all these parts sometime this week and thxs for the link to the videos really helped clear up some questions i had
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