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February 29, 2012 2:30:56 AM

Sorry to bother you with my concerns but what better can I do than ask the experts?

So my budget was originally $1,000 but everything added up to nearly $1400.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Fast load times, ability to play demanding*ish* games on high-max at a reasonable fps (30+), watching movies and shows, YouTube, web browsing etc. Simple right? Not so much for me.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, it's cheaper than the parts I found on newegg.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None, whatever works the best.

Overclocking: Maybe - In the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - In the future. I don't quite understand how all that works ~Noob~

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

The Problems: As I've made obvious I'm new to building. While it's not difficult to physically build the computer, it's much harder getting all the correct parts. I've done decent amount of research but research doesn't always provide everything you need to know so I came to you guys. I'm looking to reduce the price of my rig while I'm sure I don't need this much power in my system, I just don't want to under do it. So I picked mostly high-end stuff which may or may not be necessary; tell me what I should swap any of these out for something giving me the performance I need. One thing I want to keep is the video card, cause I know it can run many demanding games on max and eat anything I throw at it. I'm also kind of concerned with foward compatibility - in a year or two. Also, may overclock sometime in the future once I learn enough about it (Don't want to buy a cooling fan right now, but will if needed). I also have nihilistic knowledge of the case and PSU.

A Little Background: (Skip if you don't enjoy reading) I've been living my life with an outdated laptop for the past 2 years. So I'm forced to use my Xbox to play new games; the only downfall about that is I enjoy modding (more than enjoy). I have a need to extend the game and make it as interesting as possible as I can. I love Skyrim (Who doesn't?) And if you played it on Xbox then you understand my pain. My sister loves Sims 3 and she can't even run it on medium settings with my laptop without constant lag spikes, so she suffers also. Me and my sister have complained for years and we are all moving into a house handed over from my great grandmother to my grandmother and we will have about 15 hundred extra money each month now (No rent, cheap utilities). Also don't have to help my mother pay her rent every month and she will be living with us and she's only paying electric so she will have extra money to; so they decided to let me build a decent budget computer, I'm 16 btw. (Sorry for the rambling).

I want to reduce the price as far to 1000 as possible with giving the performance I need. Tell me what parts I need to add or swap. Or even give me a whole other build that's worked for you.

(Newegg links, Amazon prices)

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme LGA 1155 Rebublic of Gamers Intel P67 DDR3 2400 - $260.99
(Picked This Because on All of The Amazon Reviews I Saw Zero Complaints)

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k - $299.99

Video Card: VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 6970 - $369.99

Hard Drive: Western-Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache - $145.88

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 - $97.24

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750W - $94.99
(Not Sure If I Need 750W)

Case NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black/Green Trim Full Tower: - $129.99
(Need Big to Fit the Mobo)

Total: $1399.07 (Not including Shipping)

Comments? Suggestions?
February 29, 2012 2:59:22 AM

Change the 2600K to a 2500K

Go with 2x4GB of RAM

Change the 6970 to a 6950 or gtx 560 ti

Find a cheaper motherboard...like one for $200 or even less

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February 29, 2012 3:16:57 AM
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This build allows you to add another one of those gtx 560 ti's later on in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500... $224.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.05 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Barracuda-7200RPM-Cache-3-5-Inch-... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Barracuda 7200RPM 1 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive - ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $911.97 *not including shipping and mail in rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $142.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
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February 29, 2012 4:32:18 AM

A suggestion would be in my sig. You should be looking at i5 2500k + HD7970 for that budget + the links are from Amazon :) 
February 29, 2012 5:13:14 AM

Why_Me has it right!
The only thing that mightbe worth changing is the PSU to save $5 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...
and the motherboard to save $25, but take a small hit in future SLI/CrossfireX
http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z68-PRO3-GEN3-Intel/dp/B00...

Also, if you dont have to buy windows 7 then get a 500GB HDD instead of 1TB and get the SSD that Why_Me picked out.

zero_'s build sacrifices performance to get the 7950 in his $1000 build.
February 29, 2012 5:22:38 AM

Delirious788 said:
Why_Me has it right!
The only thing that mightbe worth changing is the PSU to save $5 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...
and the motherboard to save $25, but take a small hit in future SLI/CrossfireX
http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z68-PRO3-GEN3-Intel/dp/B00...

Also, if you dont have to buy windows 7 then get a 500GB HDD instead of 1TB and get the SSD that Why_Me picked out.

zero_'s build sacrifices performance to get the 7950 in his $1000 build.

Like you pointed out the hitch with that motherboard you linked to amazon doesn't give the OP any chance for dual vid cards in the future...no biggy if the OP doesn't want to go that route, but then you would only need a 520w - 550w psu for a single 560 ti.
February 29, 2012 5:35:56 AM

+1 to why me, ur a legend.
February 29, 2012 6:57:51 AM

Yeah I was obviously going waaaay overboard on my build, as I am new though. About the SSD, this may sound like a dumb question but I install all the programs I want loading fast installed on the SSD correct? Also I would be modding Skyrim and my sister Sims 3, so would the mod folders need to be in the SSD or would it work in the HDD? I know a lot about software but not much about hardware so I apologize if your rolling on your floor having a heart attack. Also I realized that I don't really multi-task much or photo/video edit either so there's no need for the i7 because most games these days won't even take full advantage of what the i7 has to offer. Why_Me I will go with your build cause it has everything I need. I was thinking about the 560 but I want to be able to play future games so I picked the 6970 (My friend favors AMD over nVidia anyday) but I realize that with dual the 560 be just as powerful as the 580 and the 6970. So I'm going with the SSD along with the 1TB because as of now the price is nearly the same for a 500GB. Thanks.
February 29, 2012 7:04:20 AM

Best answer selected by Monstrux.
February 29, 2012 12:09:16 PM

Monstrux said:
Yeah I was obviously going waaaay overboard on my build, as I am new though. About the SSD, this may sound like a dumb question but I install all the programs I want loading fast installed on the SSD correct? Also I would be modding Skyrim and my sister Sims 3, so would the mod folders need to be in the SSD or would it work in the HDD? I know a lot about software but not much about hardware so I apologize if your rolling on your floor having a heart attack. Also I realized that I don't really multi-task much or photo/video edit either so there's no need for the i7 because most games these days won't even take full advantage of what the i7 has to offer. Why_Me I will go with your build cause it has everything I need. I was thinking about the 560 but I want to be able to play future games so I picked the 6970 (My friend favors AMD over nVidia anyday) but I realize that with dual the 560 be just as powerful as the 580 and the 6970. So I'm going with the SSD along with the 1TB because as of now the price is nearly the same for a 500GB. Thanks.

This gtx 560 down below won't get as many FPS as that 560 ti I linked above, but it will save you a few dollars if your looking to cut the price down a bit and still do decent at your resolution.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- review with benchmarks of the gtx 560 vs gtx 560 ti

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-0... $184.88 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1460-KR

As far as the SSD goes you load your O/S, desktop/browser, and whatever games and/or proggies you use the most and can fit on there. If you mod anything on your storage drive then make sure you stick it back on your SSD if it's going to be part of the game your playing that's loaded on the SSD.
February 29, 2012 9:04:21 PM

Why_Me said:
This gtx 560 down below won't get as many FPS as that 560 ti I linked above, but it will save you a few dollars if your looking to cut the price down a bit and still do decent at your resolution.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- review with benchmarks of the gtx 560 vs gtx 560 ti

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-0... $184.88 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1460-KR

As far as the SSD goes you load your O/S, desktop/browser, and whatever games and/or proggies you use the most and can fit on there. If you mod anything on your storage drive then make sure you stick it back on your SSD if it's going to be part of the game your playing that's loaded on the SSD.


Nah, going with the ti. About the SSD, I thought so. Just wasn't really sure. I've watched youtube videos regarding the 560ti and it seems to run pretty well. Thanks.
March 5, 2012 4:37:25 AM

Why_Me said:
Like you pointed out the hitch with that motherboard you linked to amazon doesn't give the OP any chance for dual vid cards in the future...no biggy if the OP doesn't want to go that route, but then you would only need a 520w - 550w psu for a single 560 ti.

How does the motherboard "doesn't give the OP any chance for dual vid cards in the future"? It has the slots, just not x16...doesnt mean you cant do it period like the stated?
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