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March 13, 2012 12:42:05 PM

Well I just placed an order for all the parts to build my first gaming computer. I am quite excited because I have been an Xbox Live guy for close to 8 years now. I am curious as to how online gaming will differ from XBL, other than obvious visual improvements. (Community, games played online, and overall experience). I am a bit nervous about making a "system switch" because being on Xbox live for so long I have established a good list of people that I play regularly with. Hopefully the PC community is welcoming? I had a $1000 budget, and I finished up at around $950.00 shipped. I did months of research on best bang for your buck deals and finally decided on this system:


Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor


GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5


PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model


HD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


Obviously a cd drive and OS as well. I also have a 23.6" Asus LED 1080P monitor, with a Razer keyboard and gaming mouse.


As a first time builder, do you guys have any good advice for me? I did buy the anti static wrist thing for $5. I figured what's $5 to be on the safe side? My boss recently built his first gaming PC and will be assisting me. Anyway, all advice is appreciated. I already ordered, so there is no point in harping me for not going with alternate components and such. First game I am picking up is BF3, even though I have logged over 4days played on Xbox, I think it will be a completely different experience. I am also interested in SWTOR, although I am not sure I will have the amount of time needed to invest in that one. Thanks guys!!

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March 13, 2012 1:13:38 PM

I have a good friend who is playing SWTOR (like you, his first computer for gaming after being on XBL for God knows how long) and he tells me the community is awesome! having played MMORPGs (not recently), the community is usually very welcoming.

If you're getting a 2500K, I would suggest a CPU cooler and Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO (~30$)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste (~10$)

I would suggest the ASUS P8Z68-V LX motherboard instead (cheaper and very solid board). Seeing as your case doesn't have USB3 on the front panel, it's a good board (otherwise, see ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3). (edit)

I would also recommend an SSD. It will really make a difference in your everyday computing as a drive for the OS and some other programs.
The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is on special at NCIX.com
~150$ with MIR

Enjoy your build!

EDIT: Sorry! Just noticed the order was already placed! Ignore my motherboard recommendation :p , but the SSD and CPU cooler suggestions still stand! :D 
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March 13, 2012 1:22:22 PM

normhimself said:
Well I just placed an order for all the parts to build my first gaming computer. I am quite excited because I have been an Xbox Live guy for close to 8 years now. I am curious as to how online gaming will differ from XBL, other than obvious visual improvements. (Community, games played online, and overall experience). I am a bit nervous about making a "system switch" because being on Xbox live for so long I have established a good list of people that I play regularly with. Hopefully the PC community is welcoming? I had a $1000 budget, and I finished up at around $950.00 shipped. I did months of research on best bang for your buck deals and finally decided on this system:


Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor


GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5


PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model


HD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


Obviously a cd drive and OS as well. I also have a 23.6" Asus LED 1080P monitor, with a Razer keyboard and gaming mouse.


As a first time builder, do you guys have any good advice for me? I did buy the anti static wrist thing for $5. I figured what's $5 to be on the safe side? My boss recently built his first gaming PC and will be assisting me. Anyway, all advice is appreciated. I already ordered, so there is no point in harping me for not going with alternate components and such. First game I am picking up is BF3, even though I have logged over 4days played on Xbox, I think it will be a completely different experience. I am also interested in SWTOR, although I am not sure I will have the amount of time needed to invest in that one. Thanks guys!!


install ram, cpu and HSF before placing the mobo in the case and after installing the power supply. Then install HDD's and cables and usually video card last.
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