First Gaming Build (<$1000)

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few days most likely; possibly next tues/wed

Budget Range: Less than $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Flight Sim, Gaming

Parts Not Required: everything outside of the case; HDD possibly

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country:USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU; NVIDIA GPU strongly preferred

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Looking to build one that will last at least a few years before needing to be replaced (Im on year 8 with my current one); running 2 DVI monitors; current wishlist on newegg (will be updated if/when I choose different parts: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=26942628

Parts:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Compatible with Core i7, i5 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Also friend recommended 2x 550 Ti in SLI, any opinions on this?

Any help/feedback will be appreciated.
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  1. Drop that PSU. Get a solid Seasonic or Corsair 650w. I don't see any ram, an optical drive, or windows.
  2. kelthic said:
    Drop that PSU. Get a solid Seasonic or Corsair 650w. I don't see any ram, an optical drive, or windows.


    A friend of mine recommended a 750w PSU to allow for future upgrades, but I wouldnt mind switching to a better quality 650w if everything will work ok. The ram is in the list (G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB) and the OS & optical drive are in the wishlist.
  3. kelthic said:


    I took a look at all of this, and subbed in a few of them. I looked up a lot about PSUs and I realize now how bad the original was. But I am currently considering 2, one is the 750w version of the one you linked ($95 after rebate) and the other is a Rosewill 750w ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182133 ) that is currently on sale for $75. It looks relativity similar to the Corsair. Would it be an ok substitute?
  4. all is good, resolution is very low so there is plenty of gfx horsepower avoid the sli and get a good 650w psu will handle more power than a cheaper 750 buy a new monitor 1600x900 is so 5 yrs ago
  5. jasont78 said:
    all is good, resolution is very low so there is plenty of gfx horsepower avoid the sli and get a good 650w psu will handle more power than a cheaper 750 buy a new monitor 1600x900 is so 5 yrs ago


    My primary monitor (used for games & flight sim) can do 1920x1080, but my secondary (used for web browsing, charts, and checklists) can only do 1600x900. About the PSU, I want a 750 to allow for any future expansions, just to give me a little more wiggle room. Its not too much more between the Rosewill and the Corsair, and they do look pretty similar, but I am willing to pay for the Corsair if it would make that much of a difference.
  6. rule number 1 just cos i says 750 watts doesnt mean it can handle that you will probably find the corsair/antec/seasonic 650 watt will be able to cope with more power than the rosewill 750 and give you less trouble. there are plenty of no name psu's that claim double the wattage on the label that they can actually handle before either popping or destroying your kit (yeah alot of them dont have fail safes to protect your **** when they die!) and why would you say 1600x900 if you have 1080p
  7. jasont78 said:
    rule number 1 just cos i says 750 watts doesnt mean it can handle that you will probably find the corsair/antec/seasonic 650 watt will be able to cope with more power than the rosewill 750 and give you less trouble. there are plenty of no name psu's that claim double the wattage on the label that they can actually handle before either popping or destroying your kit (yeah alot of them dont have fail safes to protect your **** when they die!) and why would you say 1600x900 if you have 1080p


    Ok, I will go with the Corsair, after rebates its only $20 more from the 650w to the 750w in the same series, do you think it would be worth the extra just for a little wiggle room down the road? and I currently run both monitors at 1600x900 because my current PC is very old (coming up on 8yrs). If I push it to 1080p, the performance hit is too great, but it does ok at 1600x900, and still looks fine to me... so my min would be 1600x900 for the new build, but I would probably be bumping up the primary to 1080.
  8. It takes all of a few minutes to o/c a card yourself. This one down below is a bargain for that price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127616 $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    You want a 750w psu if you ever plan on pushing two of those cards in SLI. This psu down below has gotten great reviews across the net.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    This RAM is new on the market so it's probably not on that boards supported list yet seeing how Asrock takes forever to update there site, but trust me when I say this RAM will work fine, and you want something with low heat spreaders for an after market cpu h/s.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
  9. Agree. Don't pick the Rosewill go with the 750w Corsair. Sorry, had to sleep.
  10. Why_Me said:
    It takes all of a few minutes to o/c a card yourself. This one down below is a bargain for that price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127616 $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    You want a 750w psu if you ever plan on pushing two of those cards in SLI. This psu down below has gotten great reviews across the net.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    This RAM is new on the market so it's probably not on that boards supported list yet seeing how Asrock takes forever to update there site, but trust me when I say this RAM will work fine, and you want something with low heat spreaders for an after market cpu h/s.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB


    I decided to go ahead with the GPU from EVGA, its not that much more and I trust EVGA (not too sure about MSI). I went with the OCZ PSU, just in case I do decide to go SLI later. I am looking into the RAM, but i'm not sure yet. Thanks for the advice.

    kelthic said:
    Agree. Don't pick the Rosewill go with the 750w Corsair. Sorry, had to sleep.


    It's all good, you posted before I woke up anyways lol

    I think other than deciding on the RAM, I have a good final build, the only thing I wish I could add is another 1TB+ HDD, but my current ones will work for the time being (1.5tb + 500GB), and I can probably put the mail in rebates towards another 1.5 to replace the 500. I will probably be ordering tonight, but if anyone has any more advice or sees any problems let me know; I'll check here before I make the purchase. Otherwise, thanks to everyone for all of the help!
  11. MSI are strong GPUs, especially the Twin Frozr models, but it boils down to your preference. What was your final build parts, for one last check through them?
  12. The current choices can be found on this wishlist: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=26942628

    Also, I may have found another GPU. Its a 560Ti - 448 cores, and from the benchmarks I've seen it is significantly better. After considering the MIR's for both, it is only $15 more... what do you think?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130758
  13. Go with the 560 ti 448 core.
  14. kelthic said:
    Go with the 560 ti 448 core.


    That's what I was thinking, It seems like a great deal. From the benchmarks I'm looking at it is just below the 570 but about $50 less. Does the rest of the build look good?
  15. Yes it looks good to me. you had an upgrade copy of windows? Just so you are sure you will need a license for an old copy of windows for this to work.
  16. rangingwarr said:
    That's what I was thinking, It seems like a great deal. From the benchmarks I'm looking at it is just below the 570 but about $50 less. Does the rest of the build look good?

    This one down below is the **** of the block when it comes to those 560 ti 448's. Google the reviews...when o/c it runs close to on par with a stock 580.

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX-Ti-448-III-PE/dp/B006FCCOII $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozer III PE/OC - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card
  17. kelthic said:
    Yes it looks good to me. you had an upgrade copy of windows? Just so you are sure you will need a license for an old copy of windows for this to work.


    Yea, I have XP on my current PC. I had originally picked out an OEM copy, but someone told me it was not a good idea (most of what I took from it was it would be tied to one mobo, but there was some other stuff too) so I went with the upgrade edition.
  18. he didn't want an MSI card. :)
  19. Why_Me said:
    This one down below is the **** of the block when it comes to those 560 ti 448's. Google the reviews...when o/c it runs close to on par with a stock 580.

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX-Ti-448-III-PE/dp/B006FCCOII $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozer III PE/OC - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card


    I need to purchase everything from newegg (financing), and that one is a little out of my price range

    kelthic said:
    he didn't want an MSI card. :)


    It's not so much that I dont want a MSI card, I'm just more familiar with EVGA, so I'm willing to pay a little bit more for one, assuming its equal or better. That aside, the MSI 560 Ti 448 would put me a little over budget.
  20. i would get an msi or evga any day of the week
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