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My first gaming build, $850, will this work?

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March 22, 2012 2:42:17 AM

So I've done some research and have come up with a parts list, this is my first build. I'm not sure these parts are even compatible I'm hoping you guys will help me out.

I've basically looked at reviews and other builds and put together this list.

If there is anything you guys think I could save money on without downgrading, maybe a cheaper manufacturer or bundling or something let me know please! And if I'm missing anything let me know, I don't plan on OCing right now so I don't need an after market fan just yet.

Oh also, will 600W be enough power?


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow morning

Budget Range: $800-$850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing, web based games

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: not sure, haven't purchased the monitor yet, will purchase after I order the parts.


Chassis: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Was also considering this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 864.92

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March 22, 2012 3:21:07 AM

Overall the build looks great. The Ram is about as much as you need for gaming in most scenarios, although, if you're going to be using this computer for other purposes like editing you might want to add more. Also the speed on the ram you chose was only 1333, I'd recommend bumping that up to 1600 as it isn't much more expensive.
I like your choice of MoBo, although, if you want to save like 8 bucks, the Asrock Z68 is a really good choice, and it's my personal choice for a MoBo.
Do you plan on gaming primarily? If you do you might want to get a more powerful GPU. Most of the time if you plan on making a gaming machine, you want to put more money into the GPU, over the CPU.
Lastly, do you plan on OCing? If you do I reccomend you buy an after market heatsink, a cheap solution could be the CM 212 plus or CM 212 EVO (being slightly more expensive). Both of them are excellent CPU coolers.
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March 22, 2012 3:28:01 AM

nice build.
although I would get 8gb of ram
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March 22, 2012 3:36:16 AM

nikopappas said:
Overall the build looks great. The Ram is about as much as you need for gaming in most scenarios, although, if you're going to be using this computer for other purposes like editing you might want to add more. Also the speed on the ram you chose was only 1333, I'd recommend bumping that up to 1600 as it isn't much more expensive.
I like your choice of MoBo, although, if you want to save like 8 bucks, the Asrock Z68 is a really good choice, and it's my personal choice for a MoBo.
Do you plan on gaming primarily? If you do you might want to get a more powerful GPU. Most of the time if you plan on making a gaming machine, you want to put more money into the GPU, over the CPU.
Lastly, do you plan on OCing? If you do I reccomend you buy an after market heatsink, a cheap solution could be the CM 212 plus or CM 212 EVO (being slightly more expensive). Both of them are excellent CPU coolers.


Thanks for the reply, yeah I plan on primarily gaming, web browsing being second, but yeah gaming will basically be the only intense thing I'll be doing.

I understand that maybe my GPU might not be as good as it could be but thats why I got a MOBO that supports 2 GPU's so that if I do think I need more gpu power I can always just go spend another $170 and get another card.

And with OC'ing I doubt I will need to but if in the future I do plan on doing it then I'll just order a fan then.
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March 22, 2012 3:50:35 AM

Good work......... :) 
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March 22, 2012 4:14:43 AM

klancenet said:
Thanks for the reply, yeah I plan on primarily gaming, web browsing being second, but yeah gaming will basically be the only intense thing I'll be doing.

I understand that maybe my GPU might not be as good as it could be but thats why I got a MOBO that supports 2 GPU's so that if I do think I need more gpu power I can always just go spend another $170 and get another card.

And with OC'ing I doubt I will need to but if in the future I do plan on doing it then I'll just order a fan then.


Well then, I think you're basically set! The 6870 will probably be enough for your purposes and the 600W PSU is more than enough. Although I wouldn't suggest going any lower. Also, not to make you feel rushed, but the Samsung 500 GB HDD that you have listed currently has a $15 off coupon. The coupon expires tonight (3/21) which means that it will cost you $15 dollars more if you order your stuff tomorrow. Don't want to rush you into making rash decisions but that might be something you want to consider. Also I advise that you get the HDD you have listed, I own one and it works like a charm! My favorite HDD, even though it is only 500GB.
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March 22, 2012 11:44:21 AM

Thanks everyone! I'm going to be ordering parts within a couple hours, I did upgrade the ram to 1600 speed, so hopefully that was my only issue. NOW I just have to worry about building it haha.
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March 22, 2012 11:48:42 AM

Do u live near microcenter??

You'll save 60-80 bucks buying the CPU and mobo there.

Then spend more on a gfx card
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March 22, 2012 12:04:06 PM

I live like an hour away from one, not really worth it for me, I'd rather just get it all at once.
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March 22, 2012 12:14:54 PM

I just ordered everything, came out to $890 with shipping, a little more than I wanted to spend but thats alright it'll be worth it, thanks guys.
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