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April 8, 2012 8:35:29 PM

My current pc’s days are numbered and this is my first home build so insight is really helpful!

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 900-1050 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon preferred, but anywhere cheaper/trustworthy works

Parts Preferences: No preferences as long as they are all compatible
Overclocking: I’d like to OC in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1440x900, adding a second monitor)

Additional Comments: I enjoy gaming but I’m no pro who has to have 70+ FPS.


Here is what I’ve put together so far. How does the compatibility look? As a moderate gamer, should I upgrade the GPU/Mobo? Any other advice for a noob?

Coolmaster HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Enthusiast 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SG Barracuda 1Tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Coolmaster 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 8, 2012 8:50:06 PM

I think that looks good if you arent looking for anything EXTREME. I also have the 560ti pared with the i5 2500k and I play Battlefield 3 on Ultra.
Good luck and have fun.
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April 8, 2012 10:07:13 PM

You could do alot better than that. Check out my $850 build here or my $1000 build:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

The 560 Ti is great, but the 7850/7870 are much better (the 7850 is slightly better) overclocks higher, runs cooler and consumes less power. So that's one thing and the PSU suggested in the list is going to give you more power for a similar price.
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April 8, 2012 11:24:02 PM

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