$750-800 Gaming PC build.

First off, this is my first build ever, I'll be building it this coming week. I'm unfamiliar with the process but I'm sure I'll be fine, any advice would be appreciated as far as building, initial config, etc. I would like you all to critique my choices, suggest new parts. I'm really after performance/reliability, games I play include swtor and mw3. Whatever you think would improve, I really don't want to go over $800 by much at all. without further adieu...

CPU/MB combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.824952

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL021712&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL021712-_-EMC-021712-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsVideoCards-_-14150563-L05D (the second one seems better value, I don't know, please help!

Power supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-036&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo (reviews seem iffy about reliability?)

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094&Tpk=VL80001W2Z or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078 (once again, idk. Depends how expensive my build is and what you say)

Disc drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335&Tpk=IHAS424-98 (I want something that reads and burns cds/dvds)

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=10k6xnleydlkj
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  1. Do you need to buy an OS?
    You also need a hard drive unless you are salvaging one from a previous system.
  2. my two cents:

    for the power supply I would pay a little more for a well reviewed brand like these two. ( listed 750 watts) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Personally I just bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345 for my ram and love it. those G.Skills are great too though.

    For the case I love your 2nd pic. if your looking for more options http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 seems to be a fav. of many builders. The Cooler Master Haf cases are all pretty decent.

    For a Hard Drive I have no idea what you want but for a decent 7200 500gb drive there is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 . Until the 20th you can get it for 74.99. just need that sata data cable.

    For you're OS if your getting Windows 7 you can get good deals if your a student. Also remember windows 8 is on the horizon.

    Hope these help
  3. also if your thinking that 200 dollar GPU is a good deal and can dish out 50 bucks more you can get a 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161388. its only 240 until the 21st so thats even closer to the cost of that 2nd gpu
  4. HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233254

    Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371020

    Note: You may wonder why a i3 2120, will, It wont be bottlenecking you games or GPU and that's the reason... Your only choice is to get a faster GPU rather than CPU IF a cheap CPU isn't bottlenecking you...

    EDIT: Total price is $788 with shippings added...

    You can save like $400 and upgrade CPU + a new heatsink later in like June or so...
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523 for that GPU i Linked earlier the old one got removed ><
  6. Oh I forgot all about the new 7000 series. That 7770 is SICK for the price
  7. kcsmacker said:
    Oh I forgot all about the new 7000 series. That 7770 is SICK for the price

    If by sick you mean it costs more than the 6850 while giving less performance than i agree with you.
  8. yea I am looking at the stats right now... nvm lol fail on my part there. sooo go with that 6950 ^_~ or even the 6850/70
  9. Yeah for HDD I was going to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    I really don't want to spend ANY more than $850. That is my absolute top dollar, can't go higher. Think I could get a smaller power supply from a better brand for still around $60 or so? Idk If I need the full 750w with my setup. What is bottlenecking and why get a slower cpu? I was planning on overclocking the intel i5-2500k. I'm all ears and open to all advice.

    This is the case I was going to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096 But I think I like that nzxt and the reviews say the customer service is bad ass. Don't need an OS, got a version. I greatly appreciate any and all advice, thank you. P.S. Should I be worried about the initial setup and config? That's the only thing I'm worried about.
  10. bottlenecking is when you have one piece of hardware that is keeping you're system from preforming at what it could. EX: really old CPU and slow down/ lower the performance of your FPS even if you have a 7970 or gtx590. The i5 I s good option and a good overclocking chip. Be aware that intel is releasing their new chipset in the near future if you wish to wait for that. It may lower the prices of the current set. If you plan to overclock your CPU however I hope you invest in a good aftermarket CPU cooler.
  11. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037



    One is 60 and one is 70 after MIR so thats about the price range you needed and is still 700 watt.
  12. I appreciate all of you kind people's advice very much. I think this is going to be my final build, could you make sure it is all compatible, etc please? Thank you, any critiquing is still welcome. But I can not go a penny more on any of the parts.

    dvd writer - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

    case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    Power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    It's my first build, but I've done a lot of research this past week and I think that it is all compatible, purdy, and should make a damn nice system. Hoping to run swtor at max settings and play MW3/skyrim at above average settings as well.
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