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April 9, 2012 11:27:39 PM

Hi, I'm looking for components to build a computer for under $1200. I'm thinking of getting a i5 2500k processor and a evga gtx 560 ti but I don't know what else to get (clueless when it comes to parts/compatibility). I will mostly be using this computer for entertainment such as watching videos/movies and playing games (bf3, dota2, d3...etc). Please give me some good recommendations :D 

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 10, 2012 3:23:06 PM

ok2nv said:
Hi, I'm looking for components to build a computer for under $1200. I'm thinking of getting a i5 2500k processor and a evga gtx 560 ti but I don't know what else to get (clueless when it comes to parts/compatibility). I will mostly be using this computer for entertainment such as watching videos/movies and playing games (bf3, dota2, d3...etc). Please give me some good recommendations :D 


try CyberpowerPC they have a bunch of specials right now. The below link should put you into the configurator for the i5 2500k's

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Mega_Special_III/

just select a the options you want. on your budget you should be able to get and SSD drive and a storage drive along with at GTX 560ti GPU and have them Over clock it for you.
April 10, 2012 10:51:55 PM

On the configurator, what are necessary (or recommended) to get? I don't know whats better than what (ie cooling fans, motherboard, etc)
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 11, 2012 12:41:25 AM

here is a suggestion

i5-2550k - $215 w/ promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 7850 - $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W -$110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -$47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor - $150 w/ promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner -$19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1145 before taxes and shipping

heres a comparison between the 7850 and the gtx 560 ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

the i5-2550k is clocked 100mhz higher than the i5-2500k and its $5 cheaper w/ the promo code at the moment. it doesnt have Integrated graphics but thats not a problem because you are getting a discrete graphics card.


also that computer for $1345 is a bit expensive. You dont need a 1000w power supply especially from Raidmax. Good power supply brands are corsair, seasonic, antec, ocz.

The other computer for $1200 has an i7-2600k. For gaming there is no advantage of getting an i7-2600k but you spend $100 more. It has dual HD 6850 which can lead to microstuttering in games.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...
id rather have a single more powerful graphics card. Also the watercooling is unecessary and more expensive.
April 11, 2012 2:01:14 AM

Thank you for the response! I think I'll follow the build you recommended me but would be nice if more people can give their feedback. Also, are those compartments the only thing I need or do I need additional parts to build a computer?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 11, 2012 2:17:11 AM

well you also need a keyboard mouse and speakers but you can pick whatever you want. (By the way that ASUS monitor comes with built in speakers so you dont have to buy extra speakers if you dont want.)

If you have extra money, you should consider getting a mechanical keyboard. They are a joy to type and game on. I switched over from a traditional membrane keyboard and i will never go back. They are a bit more expensive though. Some good mechanical keyboards are from Das, Filco, razer, Roswill. $80- $150. heres all the info you need on mechanical keyboards
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-g...

Also some good gaming mouse are razer deathadder, steelseries xai, Zowie Black EC1 and 2, and Logitech g9x. $50-$100
a b B Homebuilt system
April 11, 2012 9:38:16 AM

ok2nv said:
On the configurator, what are necessary (or recommended) to get? I don't know whats better than what (ie cooling fans, motherboard, etc)


seems like a solid build. the default choices for fan and liquid cooling are just fine. if I was going to upgrade from the stock PSU i would go with a Corsair PSU. they are running a spring special where you get a 850w for the price of a 750W corsair. I think it isonly $12 more than the Raidmax PSU you selected. (I would not get a raidmax psu they have voltage stability issues)

[Spring Gaming Sale - FREE Upgrade from CMPSU-750TXV2] * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
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