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First time, 800-1K Build need lots of help.

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May 3, 2012 7:01:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in late June /early July

Budget Range:900-1100 USD Before Rebates (EDIT: added $100 to budget)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (pretty intense ones, like Skyrim, Crysis 2, [lol] Garry's Mod and TF2)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Value is more important than vendor loyalty

Country: NY, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No real preference... Quality is more important than brand loyalty

Overclocking: Unlikely

SLI or Crossfire: Later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd prefer a quiet case

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May 3, 2012 7:10:10 PM

What I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 30GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg) {For OS installation}
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Hannspree HF225DPB 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Wired Gaming Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $996.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-03 15:05 EDT-0400)
If anyone could tell me just how bad I screwed up, and/or give me a suggestion for a case I could fit all this stuff in, that'd be great! :D 
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May 3, 2012 7:13:15 PM

All suggestions are welcome.
I'm not confident in my choice of pretty much everything, especially the video card, PSU, and case.
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May 13, 2012 7:08:32 AM

For the Case I'm considering this, just because it's so cheap: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
For the GPU I'm thinking a Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure If i picked the right wattage, but the PSU I saw looked good with 80+gold rating at the price : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If anyone has anything they wanna say, please do! (like if all the parts I picked will explode when near each other or something)
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May 13, 2012 12:02:39 PM

Wow you haven't had feedback in a while. Usually there are people here who will pounce to show off their knowledge.

I would go with the HD6870 you initially put up, only $15 difference for more performance.
That case is a good pick, the HAF range is quite good.
May want a beefier power supply as 430W isnt all that much. Look for something around 620-700W. Corsair and Seasonic are known to be good brands.
Maybe bump up the SSD capacity to 60Gb, 30GB will hold your OS and that's about it.
You are paying too much for the Optical Drive, unless you are burning lots of discs, a $20 drive will be sufficient

Rest of the build should serve you well, but if you want a very good gaming rig you may want to increase your budget. Especially since it seems your buying everything that a PC needs.

Have you considered the Operating System? You'l need a 64bit version for this system since it has more than 3Gb of RAM.
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May 14, 2012 12:33:13 AM

Ok, I'll take your advice and go with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 30 GB SSD is pretty much only for the OS and core programs...
I'm also getting a 1TB HDD ... uuh this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
After a little more looking around, I found what looks like a reliable psu : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I plan on getting another gpu down the line to use in SLI, so that makes more sense to have more power capacity...
The optical drive I picked, while expensive, is the cheapest one I could find with blu-ray reading capacities along with CD/DVD write.
As for the operating system, I have a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 that I think I can re-use (can you uninstall a single licensed copy from one computer then re-install it onto another?)...
Any other advice or suggestions or warnings are welcome...
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