Finalizing my first home build! up to $1500 budget.

Well I am building my first ever computer. I'm a total newb and i'm looking how to do things through the internet.

Approximate Purchase Date: by this wednesday may /2/2012 i plan to have most if not all.

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, youtube videos.

Parts Not Required: all parts are up for suggestions and opinions.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or micro center yonkers.

Country: US, New york.

Parts Preferences: No real preferance.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1600x1200
Additional Comments: quiet, good temperature pc. with red led lights.


So far these are the parts I have.

Intel core i5-2500k $180

z68 Fatal1ty gen 3 professional series motherboard $270
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20Z68%20Professional%20Gen3

Haf X full tower case $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

ocz fatal1ty 750 watt power supply $105
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335913

asus 12x blue ray driver $120
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364543

corsair 2x4gb ram sticks ddr3 1600 $53
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306

asus 23.6 lcd monitor $200
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0355063

I still need a keyboard, mouse, ssd, hard drive, video card, sound car, and windows disk, and still deciding on the cooling type i want. I'm leaning more towards water cooling only because it just looks cooler lol, but please tell me if i should go with anything else. Any recommendation for what i need left would be awesome. There was a bundle in micro center with the 15 2500k and the motherboard i can't seem to find it anymore.

Is this going well so far? I want to make it a gaming computer. Anything from League of legends to games like tera online or continent of the ninth and hopefully be able to play grand theft auto 5 on it.
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  1. please fill this for for a more detailed info-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. Water cooling is indeed cool, but you need another $200 (at least) over buying the tower to do it properly. Also, consider buying a GPU with the water block already installed.

    BTW, you don't need a sound card.
  3. Oh no sound card? OKAY! what gpus have a water block already installed? I'm looking to get one with 3gb.
  4. Do you plan on ocing like crazy? If so get this cuz its top of the line and also already has a water block.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130772
  5. You do realize that Fatal1ty branded stuff is overpriced and it isn't any better than a lower priced option.
  6. You are right on that on egilbe. But if he is looking for water cooling and wants to spend the cash on it let him. Me id prefer telling him the 7970 over the 680. But im in process of sending mine back for a rma.
  7. Oh, well i already bought it =/ can't do anything about it now. so 7970 over 680? or no? i hear 3gb is much faster.
  8. Please if anyone else has any options, recommendations, suggestions please post. Thank you.
  9. 3gb is absolute overkill for 1080p.680 is faster then 7970.
  10. so it's not wise to get 3gb? i'm still looking for a good gpu with a water block already installed. can someone link me some well cooled ones with good performance?
  11. ^hell yeah-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130772
    comes with a high quality swift tech block.
  12. Looks nice that's for sure, hmm and there's good feedback! Will be put on my list! Because i do want to have room for any upgrade later to the ivy bridge series cpu's and be able to just run most games in the next 1 year or so..I really want to build something that can run bf3 on highest possible settings.
  13. 2500k+680=BF3 ultra!
  14. i have a 7970 and also does on of my buds it runs everything we throw at them. And also the 680 is better at lower res like 1080.
  15. hellfire24 said:
    2500k+680=BF3 ultra!


    Correction

    2500k + 680 + 1080p = BF3 ultra @ 60fps vsync no problem.
  16. anything above 35 fps(40 fps) is smooth and silky.you can't really tell the difference.
  17. hellfire24 said:
    anything above 35 fps(40 fps) is smooth and silky.you can't really tell the difference.


    We are talking about an ONLINE FIRST PERSON SHOOTER here bro.

    60fps = smooth. 120fps = superb. 240fps = offthewallamazing

    Personally I am ready to give up on 60fps gaming all together and buy me a TN panel 120mhz and two GTX 680s.

    Why would I do this you say, why bother upgrading to 120fps vsync when 60fps is all your eyes can see. Because I am not thinking about my eyes anymore when you move to that level of fps gaming its about what your computer can see and respond to.

    It gives you a clear advantage over 60fps gamers (not including the fact that 60fps can drop below that and cause "visual lag" where as when 120fps drops there is no more visual lag. Another factor is that having more FPS in first person shooters is better, especially if you can run vsync. Reason why people run vsync in FPS games, it gets rid of tearing but it also reduces the gpu usages which in return improves overclocking and heat headroom which in return gives better performance feedback.

    I never used vsync before bf3 because it never worked properly for most games so I said "more fps better". Now I say "stable fps cap better" which can also be more fps :)
  18. i agree on the point that stable fps>more fps.
  19. ok So, i just need to wait and see if that 680 will become available -_-. Any suggestions on good keyboards, mouses, ssd's, and water cooling system? I will be buying windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. Just need to see some good suggestions :)
  20. watercooling isn't a 'necessity'.good air cooler is enough.sidewinder x4 and g500 make a great couple as a gaming keyboard and mouse.crucial,mushkin,samsung,kingstones are great ssds.just stay away from OCZs.
  21. What about patriot ssds? I saw them on a maximumpc mag. Not sure how good they are.
  22. can't really say.
  23. straldo said:
    What about patriot ssds? I saw them on a maximumpc mag. Not sure how good they are.


    Patriot Wildfire and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe are ones of the top teir SSDs on the market because of their quality/type of nand flash.

    One of the most reliable SSDs out right now is the Crucial M4 and when I think of a SSD lasting 5+ years I think of reliability first and speed second which Crucial M4s meet. (I own 1 and a Crucial Adrenaline, both excellent products as well I own an Intel 320 series)

    Right now one of the best deals on SSDs are the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120gb (not the deluxe version) for around $1/gb
  24. Sounds good, can you link me?
  25. I know water cooling isn't a necessity also but, it does make your build look sick and look cool. Plus i can put in the money.
  26. ^if you can then you should :)
  27. Ok so i have all the above PLUS an h100 and a 1000 psu! Imma just get a keyboard and mouse today! i hope this will be okay for now, I also settled for a gtx 570 hd 2.5gb video card.
  28. Any other add ones i can put on a build? I've seen different tyes of drives with lights on them, not sure what those are, and i've seen an object with a )( shape right next to the cpu cooler.
  29. Or banana weapon! The hilarious thing is usually, I was on this website plus i has been holding them in since I didn't have to get out connected with bed yet i ultimately got up buying enough I was at the restroom I thought normally the one would be perfect for this website. hah consequently glad someone else thought of computer!
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    My favorite make of polish is OPI although China Glaze comes in at a detailed second! Anna would love to suck his dick
  30. OCZ Fatal1ty 750W isnt the best PSU on the market, and apparently has a short PCI-E lead if you have a big case (which is exactly what you'v got). If your willing to get an extension and absolutely love the red LED, get it. But there are better options.
  31. I changed it and got the silent pro gold 1000w
  32. ^don't listen to the boys who say it's crap.m brother has got the same unit and it works like a charm.
  33. straldo said:
    I changed it and got the silent pro gold 1000w




    Planning on tri/quad firing anything?

    You could get a Rosewill CAPSTONE/HIVE 750W that is a epic psu can easily sli 2x 680s. Or a NZXT Hale90/Hale82.

    Cooler Master Silent Pro... never see them get recommended (doesn't mean its bad just never see em). Especially when no1 needs 1000W psus anymore unless they are going all out on the graphics array.
  34. ^FYI,hive is one of the worst power supplies.i agree with capstone and nzxt units as they are rebranded superflower.a friend of mine runs a hd 7950 CF setup on a capstone gold 750w unit.
    i don't know why he got that psu(yeah it's an exception in cooler master power supplies)but i am damn sure that it's going to perform well.
  35. hellfire24 said:
    ^FYI,hive is one of the worst power supplies.i agree with capstone and nzxt units as they are rebranded superflower.a friend of mine runs a hd 7950 CF setup on a capstone gold 750w unit.
    i don't know why he got that psu(yeah it's an exception in cooler master power supplies)but i am damn sure that it's going to perform well.


    I don't see where you are getting that a HIVE is one of the worst power supplies? Especially considering how many good reviews and affordable it is for modular cables. It is pretty much a OCZ ZS, which is better than a Fatality ;)

    I own a HIVE myself and its quality is very nice. Beats my Corsair TX by a long shot.
  36. ^i don't agree,HIVE series is made by high power aka sirfa.TX is made by seasonic which is the best power supply manufacturer followed by super flower.
    i am saying that HIVE series is crap because i know a guy who is a rosewill fanboy.he recently built his system with 2500k and hd 7950 CF,first he tried HIVE 750w,it died out with in a week.then i did some research and suggested him capstone gold series which is working like a champ.
  37. hellfire24 said:
    ^i don't agree,HIVE series is made by high power aka sirfa.TX is made by seasonic which is the best power supply manufacturer followed by super flower.
    i am saying that HIVE series is crap because i know a guy who is a rosewill fanboy.he recently built his system with 2500k and hd 7950 CF,first he tried HIVE 750w,it died out with in a week.then i did some research and suggested him capstone gold series which is working like a champ.


    So because 1 bad unit = bad in total?

    If its made by the same people that make OCZ ZS which is a great psu for what it is, I don't see where you are getting your information.

    My two 6950s In CF with my 2500K @ 4.5ghz (and gpus max overclock) have been running strong on my 750W HIVE for months k. not to mention they use more power than 2x 7950s.


    As for the TX 850, well lets see I paid $140~ for mine and got less than what I paid for. Where as I paid $79 for my HIVE 750.

    The NZXT Hale82 is a great purchase as well and would have been what I would have ordered over the HIVE 750 just for NZXT sleeved cables ;3
  38. ^calm down LOL.i was complaining just because i suffered a psu failure.
  39. hellfire24 said:
    ^calm down LOL.i was complaining just because i suffered a psu failure.


    <3 I am very calm my friend, ;3

    so calm, for some reason I have the urge to go viking raider style on my fridge!

    afk, raiding.
  40. ^ :lol:
  41. o.o hmmm meh, i know i'm going to learn about overclocking, will do that, will do sli as well. WIll be buying 2 more screens. Hopefully it all comes out well. I wanna build a nasty computer.
  42. ^good luck mate :)
  43. Thank you ^_^!

    Anyone know of a site where i can figure out how to do good cable management on my haf x case?
  44. ^well you can google it or take a look here-
    http://www.overclock.net/t/911080/haf-x-cable-management
  45. Any other nice things to add unto the computer? I'm trying to learn about modding water coolers, I think i can buy a thermaltake water cooler and connect it to the h80, maybe that works well.
  46. don't mess up with these 'prebuilt' things bro,better go with full custom loop when you are ready.
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