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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.)


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


CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K ($220)


RAM:
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)


Case
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.

-Sc2Fan
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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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