Help with $800-$1000 gamin pc

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

Budget Range: $800-$1,000 Would like to save a little money and stay toward the lower end of my budget range, but I will suck it up and throw up some more cash if it will get me a major boost in performance.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, school work and your basic surfing.

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com or anywhere else I can get a good deal.

Country: US

Parts Preferences:by brand or type - None.

Overclocking: No idea

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not necessary

Monitor Resolution: Currently looking for a new monitor as well in the $200 ish price range so help with that would be sweet

Additional Comments: I'm not the biggest gamer but I do plan on playing Diablo 3 a lot and would love a pc that could play it on high settings (ultra settings would be better :P I would love for the build to last a few years before needing to upgrade every part. So I'll defiitely go for throwing out some more cash (not over $1,000 thoguh) to get it where i need to get it. Also my first computer build so i pretty much don't know too much on what I'm doing besides what info im picking up reading through some forums here. A friend found me a build I was hoping you guys could look at and let me know what you think.

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard ($100)

CPU

Intel Core i5-2500K ($220)

RAM

Patriot G2 Series 8GB DDR3 (1600 Mhz) ($50)

Video Card

EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)

Sound Card

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 7.1 ($30)

Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($100)

Optical Drive

Sony Optiarc 24x DVDRW Drive ($18)

Case

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower ($50)

Power Supply

Corsair Builder Series CX600 (600W) ($50)


That build look alright? Looking for all the help and suggestions I can get. Thanks.
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  1. Looking good!
  2. I'd toss the sound card and put the extra money toward a better and newer GPU like the Radeon HD 7850.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

    EDIT: Here's a comparison of 7850 vs 560 Ti - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547
  3. Definitely makes sense. Thinking about tryign to just build the best I can now for my budget and just get parts I can add onto in the near future. Should I throw money toward a SSD right now? and if so which one? Also, any advice on whats a really good monitor to get these days for somewhere in the $200 range?
  4. I'd wait right now on the SSD. We're right at the point where the next-generation SSDs will be coming out from OCZ Indilinx, LSI SandForce, and Marvell. These new SSDs will not increase on the peak sequential read/write speed, but on the random read/write speed (IOPS). Right now the Vertex 4 is the only "next-gen" SSD on the market but it has some teething issues in the current firmware so I'd wait on that.
  5. Also i've read a bunch saying it'd be better to upgrade to the Z77 motherboard..advice?
  6. Certainly, if you don't plan on buying it for 1-2 months, definitely go for a Z77 motherboard and a 3570K CPU.
  7. Sounds good. Definitely going to keep reading on that for future upgrades. Also is there anything you would add that would drastically improve performance? Still have about $200 ish to play with for the desktop and another $200 for the monitor.
  8. I'd say check back at purchasing time on the state of the SSD market. We'll probably see Marvell's new controller, some updated Indilinx numbers, and a new SandForce controller. I'm not sure about the time frame though.
  9. Yea. I'll definitely be doing some more research until I actually purchase everything and see how everything unfolds. Thanks for the advice.
  10. Ditch the sound card, upgrade to an SLI, X fire board, and pony up another 100 bucks for a 7850 GPU, and spend another 30 or 40 bucks to get a better quality/wattage psu. then in a year or two all you do is buy a another grafix card and you are running everything at max again. If you decide not to you are still running everything.
  11. aicom said:
    Certainly, if you don't plan on buying it for 1-2 months, definitely go for a Z77 motherboard and a 3570K CPU.

    +1 to this and the suggestion on waiting for SSD. Good build!
  12. Updated budget is now $1000-1500... Purchaseing in mid-May
  13. aicom said:
    I'd toss the sound card and put the extra money toward a better and newer GPU like the Radeon HD 7850.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

    EDIT: Here's a comparison of 7850 vs 560 Ti - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

    I'd do the same, but wait for 660 Ti
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