First Time Gaming Build...Suggestions

Purchase Date: Before the end of April if possible

Budget Range: 700-750 before rebates and without cost of monitor/os/keyboard

System Usage: Will only be using it for gaming. (WoW and D3)

Parts not Req.: Mouse, Speakers

Preffered site: I like Newegg but this is my first build so I'm open to other reliable websites

Country: USA

Overclocking: most likely not - first build

SLI/Crossfire: most likely not - first build

Addition info: I do need a OS but the price for that doesn't need to be included in the budget. Likewise for a cheap decent keyboard.

These are my suggestions so far from other threads I have read:

CPU: i5-2400 ($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

GPU: Radeon HD 6870 ($159.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

Case: Rosewill Challenger ($54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
*Am open to other options/opinions

RAM: PNY Optima 8G ($40.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM ($85.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
*Is this okay?

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO550W ($72.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

Motherboard: Suggestions?

DVD Drive: Suggestions?

Total w/o motherboard is roughly $605 before rebates and with out tax/shipping

Suggestions for a monitor & keyboard as well?
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  1. here ya go:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    - COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
    - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified: $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    - Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM: $85

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
    - ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $105

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost): $190

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544
    - G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $45

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383
    - GIGABYTE GV-N56GOC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB: $185

    TOTAL: $746 before rebates...
  2. Look at this and the benchmarks in it. Substitute parts as needed. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html
    I bought a Rosewill Challenger case about a month ago on a Daily Deal for $39. I wouldn't wish that case on my worst enemy! I've never actually had to fight a computer case until this one. I'll stick with Antec 300's.
  3. What is the difference I'd be looking at between the 2 graphics cards?
  4. DelroyMonjo said:
    Look at this and the benchmarks in it. Substitute parts as needed. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html
    I bought a Rosewill Challenger case about a month ago on a Daily Deal for $39. I wouldn't wish that case on my worst enemy! I've never actually had to fight a computer case until this one. I'll stick with Antec 300's.


    Oh no! I'm suprised I haven't really heard any bad things on that case before
  5. The difference between the Radeon 6870 and a 7770 is not too much when comparing performance to performance, but at 2x less power consumption at the cost of slightly less performance, I would get a Radeon 7770.
  6. The build from wasupmike looks really good but I would make 2 substitutions (if it fits within your budget) -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    ASUS 24X DVD burner: $19.99
    (I have 2 in my build; I create training DVDs and CDs on a daily basis and these have been rock solid through hundreds of burns)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136697
    Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM: $129.99
    (from personal experience only, I've found WD drives to be the most reliable)
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