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$1500 PC build (Is my research right?)

I'll start out saying that I'm a complete newbie at building computers and this will be my first PC build ever. The last few days I have tried to educate myself on computers by using this and other hardware forums as well as a textbook from one of my CS class (I wanted to be educated not informed if that makes since). I thought I would not only list my parts, but also give you a brief reason why I picked those parts. I also want to add that before I did my research I built a computer for $2000, but after my research my build came out to be around $1500 (hardware marketers are cleaver with their big numbers). One big question of mine is if I'm creating any bottle necks.


Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two. I always sleep on a purchase bigger then $300 lol...

Budget Range: I feel comfortable with spending around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I'm a gamer so anything from FPS to DoTa), Surfing, Homework...

Parts Not Required: I need everything, and I mean everything.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com I feel like I should buy everything there because I used them a lot for my product research and for that they should obtain all of the profit from my build.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I don't really have any preference because I'm so new this, but I feel Intel is where its at...

Overclocking: Maybe and by this I mean most likely yes If I feel comfortable doing it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: If possible I want a future proof computer, but if it's not possible without spending a lot more then forget about it.

My parts and reasons for wanting them.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Reason: I choose Intel over AMD because The six and eight cores that AMD provide usually aren't used because programs don't take advantage of them in coding. Also the i5 has a better L2 cache because they split it up 4 times and of course its "k" so i can over clock it if I get the balls to.

$229.99


Mother Board: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240

Reason: I chose a P67 because I don't understand the use of Z68 because I'm buying an after market video card so what do I care if my mobo can have an inboard graphics chip. Mostly I picked this one because because I love the look of it and it matches my all red theme. Also its a far price

$189.99


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Reason: 16gb I would never use to it seems pointless. I got 1600 because its faster than 1333.

$46.99


Video Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

Reason: Um video cards are video cards to pick for newbies so I might need some help, but I think I picked a great one. I also could be creating a bottle neck with this bad boy.

$259.99


SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

Reason: I want to use a SSD for a boot drive and keep my main games on it so its faster. Its also SATA III.

$104.99


HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145531

Reason: I wont store many videos so a TB is overkill so used that money saved to get a 7200RPM and a 32 Cache.

$79.99


Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

Reason: Only power supply that matches my theme

$74.99


Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

$89.99


Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

$174.99


Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191

$47.99


Mouse: Tt eSPORTS BLACK Laser Gaming Mouse MO-BLK002DT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826254001

$46.00


Optic Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

$17.99


Speakers: Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121033


$56.99


Other: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Lifetime
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832562001

$21.99


TOTAL: $1,442.87 (this price doesn't include the near $100 of mail-in rebates)


Ok guys thank you so much for you input. I know you guys wont steer me in the wrong direction
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  1. Quote:
    Reason: I chose a P67 because I don't understand the use of Z68 because I'm buying an after market video card so what do I care if my mobo can have an inboard graphics chip. Mostly I picked this one because because I love the look of it and it matches my all red theme. Also its a far price


    It doesn't really make a difference. Having onboard video is actually beneficial in diagnosing GPU problems. This is the board I use - it only connects through the onboard with an HDMI output, but it can easily be disabled: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    Quote:

    Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341022

    Reason: Only power supply that matches my theme


    Don't build a system around a theme - that PSU is not a good choice. Get the best parts you can for the money. This would be a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Quote:


    Other: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Lifetime
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832562001

    $21.99


    You don't need this - a lot of software like that is pretty useless and actually makes more malware in your system than it tries to stop. Ditch this and put that money elsewhere.

    Quote:

    HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145531

    Reason: I wont store many videos so a TB is overkill so used that money saved to get a 7200RPM and a 32 Cache.


    500GB is fine, but Hitachi HDs are HORRIBLE - they have one of the highest failure rates in the industry. It's better to get something from Seagate or Western Digital instead. Try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    Quote:

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

    Reason: 16gb I would never use to it seems pointless. I got 1600 because its faster than 1333.


    RAM speeds are just kind of there - they're pretty meaningless unless you're planning to overclock. By default, your motherboard will always run the lowest speeds and timings it can handle. You'll probably never see the speed difference and you'll probably never use all 8GB.

    Quote:

    Video Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127608

    Reason: Um video cards are video cards to pick for newbies so I might need some help, but I think I picked a great one. I also could be creating a bottle neck with this bad boy.

    $259.99


    The 560TI is an excellent choice but I'm not the biggest fan of MSI around here. This would be a better choice for the money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Quote:


    Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119240


    That's a decent choice (not my favorite CM case but a lot of people seem to like it). Check out a couple of these:
    - Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007
    - Corsair Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
  2. Thanks for replying and taking as much time as you did. I will look into the parts you told me to sub out.
  3. Best answer
    xl BliNDSiD3 lx said:
    I'll start out saying that I'm a complete newbie at building computers and this will be my first PC build ever. The last few days I have tried to educate myself on computers by using this and other hardware forums as well as a textbook from one of my CS class (I wanted to be educated not informed if that makes since). I thought I would not only list my parts, but also give you a brief reason why I picked those parts. I also want to add that before I did my research I built a computer for $2000, but after my research my build came out to be around $1500 (hardware marketers are cleaver with their big numbers). One big question of mine is if I'm creating any bottle necks.


    Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two. I always sleep on a purchase bigger then $300 lol...

    Budget Range: I feel comfortable with spending around $1500

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I'm a gamer so anything from FPS to DoTa), Surfing, Homework...

    Parts Not Required: I need everything, and I mean everything.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com I feel like I should buy everything there because I used them a lot for my product research and for that they should obtain all of the profit from my build.

    Country: United States

    Parts Preferences: I don't really have any preference because I'm so new this, but I feel Intel is where its at...

    Overclocking: Maybe and by this I mean most likely yes If I feel comfortable doing it.

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: If possible I want a future proof computer, but if it's not possible without spending a lot more then forget about it.

    My parts and reasons for wanting them.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Reason: I choose Intel over AMD because The six and eight cores that AMD provide usually aren't used because programs don't take advantage of them in coding. Also the i5 has a better L2 cache because they split it up 4 times and of course its "k" so i can over clock it if I get the balls to.

    $229.99


    Mother Board: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240

    Reason: I chose a P67 because I don't understand the use of Z68 because I'm buying an after market video card so what do I care if my mobo can have an inboard graphics chip. Mostly I picked this one because because I love the look of it and it matches my all red theme. Also its a far price

    $189.99


    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Reason: 16gb I would never use to it seems pointless. I got 1600 because its faster than 1333.

    $46.99


    Video Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

    Reason: Um video cards are video cards to pick for newbies so I might need some help, but I think I picked a great one. I also could be creating a bottle neck with this bad boy.

    $259.99


    SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    Reason: I want to use a SSD for a boot drive and keep my main games on it so its faster. Its also SATA III.

    $104.99


    HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145531

    Reason: I wont store many videos so a TB is overkill so used that money saved to get a 7200RPM and a 32 Cache.

    $79.99


    Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    Reason: Only power supply that matches my theme

    $74.99


    Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    $89.99


    Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

    $174.99


    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191

    $47.99


    Mouse: Tt eSPORTS BLACK Laser Gaming Mouse MO-BLK002DT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826254001

    $46.00


    Optic Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    $17.99


    Speakers: Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121033


    $56.99


    Other: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Lifetime
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832562001

    $21.99


    TOTAL: $1,442.87 (this price doesn't include the near $100 of mail-in rebates)


    Ok guys thank you so much for you input. I know you guys wont steer me in the wrong direction


    Hey Blind,

    Check out this mobo, its cheaper and had basically everything you need. Great reviews

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

    You will also need an after market cooler if you might OC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Great 23" monitor cheaper as well

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315

    Recommended haf 912 case 49.99 great airflow with added fans

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    Get 6 2k rpm fans to go with this case to keep this bad boy cool, what I like about it over the case you posted is that this has a side fan slot.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200048

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200061

    You could drop the SSD card for now and pick it up later to save money, it doesn't help with FPS anyways.

    The psu and HDD the gentleman posted above me is fantastic for the price.

    With the money saved over you would probably be looking at 1300-1350, with the extra money you can get a HD 7950 instead of a 560 ti and still be in budget of 1500.
  4. Check my $1500 build. HD7970 all the way for that budget :D
  5. Zero_ said:
    Check my $1500 build. HD7970 all the way for that budget :D
    He's looking for keyboard mouse monitor as well.
  6. Best answer selected by xl BliNDSiD3 lx.
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