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Newcomer, need help with build (1500 budget)

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February 28, 2012 4:16:36 AM

Hey everyone,

New to building... Really am at a loss for what I'm doing so looking for some solid advice. My main use will be for gaming, but want it to function otherwise with other things...

Here' what I got.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $225

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $140

G.SKILL 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG4GA-C4 $7

Video Card: Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $450

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $130

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $150


Cooling: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60


Monitor: ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI $160


Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $90


Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $122

Comes out to a little over 1,500. Thoughts and suggestions? Always looking to make it cheaper to keep the same performance... =)
February 28, 2012 4:28:08 AM

You get (2x8GB ) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $140
better get (4x4GB) should be under $100 ....8GB one pieces RAM is so new .... don't know have any compatitable issue..

If you want to cut some you can save on the power supply .... a good 600W will be fine
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February 28, 2012 4:29:47 AM

Why do you need 16GB of ram for gaming? And if you do need 16 gigs, get a 4x4 kit. They're $50 bucks cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you could drop to 8GB (which is all you really need, for gaming at least): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And for a PSU, I'd go with a Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, or Seasonic model. This one is only $80 and it's 750w so if you ever wanted to go Crossfire, you could: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 28, 2012 4:55:51 AM

You don't need 16GB for gaming. 8GB will do.

Check the $1500 build in my sig. Contains a HD7970.
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February 29, 2012 3:45:43 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone! Gonna do a little tweaking then post up my changes.
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February 29, 2012 5:47:45 PM

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