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Seeking input on new ~$1000 gaming build.

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February 21, 2012 2:14:55 PM

This is my first time building a PC. I asked earlier and got some extremely helpful replies, which I sort of synthesized into one build. My objective here is a low maintenance and not particularly noisy gaming PC for around $1000. I hope I'm not missing anything too major.

Anyway, this all comes to $864.91 on Newegg, which I'm comfortable with, but I can go higher. Thanks in advance for any help.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: ~1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, multimedia, web surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what these are? which means no

Here's what I have:

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 21, 2012 3:21:35 PM

WD Caviar Blacks aren't really good choices for quiet HDDs.
I would get this as the 3TB version received a positive review at SPCR:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are not overclocking (which is not possible on H61 motherboards) then there's no need to get a K series CPU.
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February 21, 2012 3:25:49 PM

downgrade to i5 2400 and get hd 6870 for 170$
dont get wd hdd, get the seagate hdd for 125$
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February 21, 2012 3:34:16 PM

Awesome! Switched to:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would this do it?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2012 4:23:23 PM

Aesshen said:
Awesome! Switched to:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would this do it?

Yep, smart changes.

+1 for manu's suggestions.
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February 21, 2012 4:45:31 PM

Aesshen, sounds like you have a Microcenter by your way. They are running a deal on i5 2500k for $179.99, and you can get the Asus P8Z68-V LX for $69.99. Which you can Over Clock later if you want/need too. If you are a Gamer this is a plus.
I just pick this up yesterday (2/20/12) from them.

This is about what you pay on just the CPU from Newegg.
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February 21, 2012 5:54:37 PM

I'm sorry, but I don't have a Microcenter near me. Not sure why you thought I did? Unfortunately, I'm not seeing the prices you describe, either. I'm going to go with this build as is, as I'm not really interested in overclocking.

Thanks to all for the assistance!
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February 21, 2012 7:00:43 PM

I actually need more storage than an SSD provides - I run a lot of space-heavy modifications on games, which need to stay on internal storage, and I'd rather leave my movies and photos on the computer than buy a bunch of external drives for them.

Just before I buy, do I need a separate ethernet card? Any external cooling? I'm very happy with this - I just want to know that I'm good to go.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2012 8:38:27 PM

Wired ethernet is built into the motherboard, if you want wireless then usually you have to buy an expansion card.

The stock cooling of individual parts, plus the fans in the case will be sufficient to keep all the parts cool. Sometimes stock cooling solutions can be criticised for being too noisy, so you may wish to install custom cooling later if you find that the system is too noisy on stock cooling.

And you can install more than one internal HDD.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2012 8:44:31 PM

Getting an SSD is one of the best upgrades for a PCs responsiveness. It isn't meant for storage. Get a secondary storage like a hard drive for your files and folders.
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February 22, 2012 3:59:51 AM

yup, if you can, ssd is strongly recommended, it does not impact games but it does impact vastly to the user experience, get a crucial m4 ssd, best in class performance and reliability.
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July 2, 2012 4:01:06 PM

I pick up a OCZ Agility 3 120GB to replace my HDD as OS.. can't wait to get this up and see the difference. I don't do gaming, some Photo eiditing, and excel.. but have all storage on a 2TB and 1TB HDD.

Since I have a few app. installed, I don't mind during a clean install since alot of post made it seem a hassle to clone/image your current C drive, and have to allign the SSD to make is work. Anyone give some advice?? Thanks all.
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