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Hello! This is my first post and my first PC build (going to be used mainly for gaming). I’ve done a lot of research on these parts and I believe the following parts should work together but I definitely want some input from someone who has more experience than me. I’ve been saving up for some time and will be buying the parts within the next month or so. I’m definitely set on the GPU as it is a beast. As for the other parts, if you know of a cheaper part that does the same or better work I am open to suggestions. I will be installing Windows 64 bit on the SSD. I do not know how to overclock but it is a possibility in the future if I ever learn how to. I probably will not be setting up SLI, but again that is a possibility in the future when I can invest more. I mainly just want to make sure these parts are compatible before I make my purchases. Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers are not required at this time.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OC-Ready LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6990
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102927

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

CD/DVD Drive: Sony SATA CD/DVD Drive (I don’t need a Blu-Ray drive since I have a PS3, plus I could always upgrade later down the road)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Sound Card: HT OMEGA STRIKER (used to connect my gaming headset to)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001

Wireless Card: Linksys Dual-Band Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342&Tpk=N82E16833124342

Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W (Just want plenty of power…)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171049

Case: APEVIA ATX Full Tower (I like this full ATX tower, the color is nice and it should have plenty of room, right?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144180

I won’t be buying exclusively from Newegg since other places may have better deals; I’m just including the links because Newegg lists part specs like champs. Again, I am a PC noob so please excuse any ignorance that you may have come across. Please let me know if I am missing anything necessary other than the keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!
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    Lelander said:
    Hello! This is my first post and my first PC build (going to be used mainly for gaming). I’ve done a lot of research on these parts and I believe the following parts should work together but I definitely want some input from someone who has more experience than me. I’ve been saving up for some time and will be buying the parts within the next month or so. I’m definitely set on the GPU as it is a beast. As for the other parts, if you know of a cheaper part that does the same or better work I am open to suggestions. I will be installing Windows 64 bit on the SSD. I do not know how to overclock but it is a possibility in the future if I ever learn how to. I probably will not be setting up SLI, but again that is a possibility in the future when I can invest more. I mainly just want to make sure these parts are compatible before I make my purchases. Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers are not required at this time.

    CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OC-Ready LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
    CM 212 would do the same job and save about $20

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6990
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102927

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
    Ram is fine except that I prefer low profile to make sure there are no issues with clearance about the cpu fan

    CD/DVD Drive: Sony SATA CD/DVD Drive (I don’t need a Blu-Ray drive since I have a PS3, plus I could always upgrade later down the road)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

    SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Give Hdd prices a 500gb right now is more than plenty and will save you money

    Sound Card: HT OMEGA STRIKER (used to connect my gaming headset to)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001
    Unless there is a specific reason you are going to use a SC I wouldn't waste the money. Haven;t used one for years. The onboards do just fine

    Wireless Card: Linksys Dual-Band Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342&Tpk=N82E16833124342
    I stopped using board based wireless cards several years ago and only use USB dongle based now. Easier to use, don;t take a slot and will be less expensive. Lots of choices that you should be able to get for $50 or less (that assumes N and 300mbps)

    Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W (Just want plenty of power…)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171049
    Here you are going way over board. A 550w or 6650w is more than plenty now and down the road. Corsair, Seasonic or similar high quality will do the job and save money

    Case: APEVIA ATX Full Tower (I like this full ATX tower, the color is nice and it should have plenty of room, right?)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144180
    Are you buying it for the looks? Not a lot of systems for gaming use are built these days with full towers. Most use mid. Lots of cases are popular with the Haf series 912-922-932 well liked. Consider saving some money and getting a high quality case. If you are in love with the looks then love is blind


    I won’t be buying exclusively from Newegg since other places may have better deals; I’m just including the links because Newegg lists part specs like champs. Again, I am a PC noob so please excuse any ignorance that you may have come across. Please let me know if I am missing anything necessary other than the keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!


    Try this site for shopping to see if it helps with prices: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
  2. Better to buy one 7970 and add another one in the future , and is cheaper than 6990.
    Change the case with one of this:
    Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX 2011 Tom's hardware: Top cooling performance for value
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107
    Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
    Any of these cases are much better than any Apevia case and comes with better cooling.
    Your build looks great.
  3. i'd go with a 7970 over the 6990 due to a much lower power consumption and the option to crossfire in the future.
    you most likely won't need a sound card for your headset.
    ditch the coolermaster psu, get corsair, antec, or seasonic 750w or 850w (i believe you can cfx 7970s on those wattages)
  4. the build looks nice
    i would change out the 6990 for a 7970
    you can get the 2550k, it gives you 100mhz boost over 2500k and it has the integrated video disabled (you will be using a nice card anyway)
  5. i'd say stick with 2500k, 100 mhz isn't a lot and if OP overclocks it won't make a difference (and 2500k is cheaper)
  6. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll probably be switching the CPU cooler to QuietPC's suggestion. I like my original case's looks but based on all the suggestions to change I'll probably go with sosofm's COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE suggestion since that looks sexy and is... 'cooler' ;). I'm wanting the soundcard to connect my Astro A40 system via optical cable and I didn't notice an optical cable plug on the mobo. The wireless card is to connect to our router via the 5GHz wireless connection (I want the wireless connection rather than wired). I might switch up the power supply to the 850W like morgoth780 mentioned, but I figured the 1000W would be plenty and wouldn’t need to be upgraded until way later down the road. So you all are basically saying the 7970 is better than the 6990? The main games this will be used for is BF3 and SC2. I take it the 7970 will run BF3 just as good as the 6990?
  7. The 7970 is a great video card and can be overclocked like hell. Its perform close to the 590 and 6990 , here some reviews http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review/ , http://www.anandtech.com/show/5261/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review , and in the future with another in Crossfire your PC will fly.
  8. Thanks for the help! You all rock! xD
  9. Best answer selected by Lelander.
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