First time build. Any advice?

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon...maybe today

Budget Range: 600-800 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, others are fine

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't need to run games on the highest settings. They just need to look decent. I'm a bit of a noob here, so advice would be great!


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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)


Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX3200ENC-NRSN 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  1. Hello, I'm starting my build here soon as well for the first time.. If i was you I would get a z77 motherboard, that way you can run the new ivy bridge chip coming out tomorrow. You can use a z68 mobo, but a z77 i think is more beneficial and efficient with IB.
    Here is the asrock z77 which is in your same price range.
  2. The 550ti is weak - get the 6850 or the 560ti.
  3. For 800$ I think that's the best you can get! The one you've build is bad for 1080p gaming...I don't even think 550ti is a gaming card :??:

    Case with USB III in front panel

    COUGAR Solution Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fan and USB 3.0

    High quality 80+ Bronze PSU

    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Quad Core CPU with high chance to unlock into a Six Core! Great overclocker too!

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

    A great motherboard for such price! It has everything, from USB & SATA & eSATA III, solid caps, core unlocker (the utility to unlock 960t -->6 Core) to 8X/8X Crossfire/Sli which is consider viable and future AMD CPUs support (at least from what I read)

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    A true gaming card! The best in terms of perfomance/$$ right now!

    HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Any modern system must have a SSD so there you go

    ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    And your regular 500GB one, for storage

    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SUM 837$ with 15$ MIR from the case
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    I would stick with the original build and just change the 550ti to a 560.
  5. I would recommend to swap i5 2500k and 550ti with i3 2120 and hd 7850/7870

    Intel i3 2120
    Asrock z77 pro4
    corsair vengence 2x4gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram
    sapphire hd 7850
    Seasonic 520w 80+ bronze psu
    asus 24x dvd burner
    wd carvier blue 500gb 7200rpm hdd
    same case.
  6. Best answer selected by jrmitche18.
  7. Went with the 560 instead. Working quite nicely. Thanks for the advice!
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