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Advice on building a gaming computer for a newbie

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February 23, 2012 11:07:19 PM

Hi everyone :hello: , I am currently looking into building my own gaming rig. For the past few years, I've been using a very weak machine to do my gaming, and I've finally decided it's time for an new computer. My budget is around $1000, and I don't need any accesories such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse, ect.

I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to building a gaming PC, so I could really use some advice. I don't plan on doing any video rendering or Photoshopping, I just want a PC that can play modern games on high settings without FPS drops. I don't want to do anything crazy like multiple graphics cards, either. I would like my new computer computer to future proof, and to be able to OC it.

After doing some research, I found this site that has a custom PC build inside of my price range. Here it is. (Sorry about not having links, I couldn't quite figure out how to add them.)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 ($140)

Intel Core i5-2500K ($220)

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) ($45)

Video Card:
EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)

Sound Card:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 7.1 ($30)

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($115)

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc 24x DVDRW Drive ($18)

NZXT M59 Gaming Mid Tower ($50)

Power Supply
Corsair Builder Series CX600 (600W) ($50)

Total Cost: $873 (USD)

I am COMPLETELY open to any advice on these parts. Would this be a good build for a modern day gaming PC? I also read that Cool Master cases were very good for gaming. Is this true? If needed, I would be more than happy to chock up another $100-$150 for anything I would need (fans,cooling, better GPU). Any advice would be much appreciated.


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February 24, 2012 12:24:34 AM

Looks great all id do is get a better psu only because i read somewhere that the CX 600 series only runs truly at 430 but could be a myth. now a days sound cards arent really needed so your fine without one. anything else seems solid. :)  if you really want to fork over another 50 or so bucks id get the 560 ti 448 cores, theres a article on here that benchmarked it OVERCLOCKED and it was almost head to head with the 580.


either are great the msi has better cooling though because of the dual fans :) 
February 24, 2012 4:52:10 PM

Hey, thanks for the advice. I'll look into the dual fan card. One thing I am curious about is what kind of case I should buy. Should I just go with the build case, or should I spring for a higher end one? I heard that cooler master was good.