First Time Builder, budget around $1500, need help

Approximate Purchase Date: This month or next (May or June)

Budget Range: $1,500 max, includes shipping and tax.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most important is gaming. Trying to build a great gaming pc, mainly to play Shogun 2 Total War: Fall of the Samurai in maxed out settings. And to future proof the system.

Parts Not Required: Do not require a mouse, keyboard, speaker, and monitor. Will try to get a 1080p monitor later on.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: Live in the USA

Parts Preferences: no preference really... as long as the part from the manufacturer doesn't break down in a few months.

Overclocking: I'm a noob at this. Will hopefully learn more about overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't really know a lot about what these are.

Monitor Resolution: current monitor is 1440x900, but will upgrade it to 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Feel free to give me advice to change parts. Maybe a different GPU...
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB

All of these above products add up to $1,694.65, tax and shipping included.


I'm a noob at this, never have built a computer before besides installing a GPU. Recently watched a video on how to build a computer by NewEgg and was I guess inspired to build a computer.

Please tell me if all these parts would be compatible with each other. And if I should change parts. Thanks Alot!!
And tips for new builders!
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  1. Since you're not CF/SLIng, get a MOBO with only one PCIe 3.0 slot, like the Pro4 Gen3 Z77 ASRock Board.
  2. Thanks for the reply! I took your advice and yeah kind of unnecessary to get a mobo with multiple pci slots since i will not use SLI or CrossFire.

    So I picked this


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    How about the GPU or CPU. Can I get a better deal by going with a nVidia? or a AMD cpu? all I want is to future proof and play Shogun 2 Total War: Fall of the Samurai maxed out. Thanks!!
  3. NOTHING beats the i5-3570k/2500k in gaming. Right now, NVIDIA has no comparable to the Radeon 7950 until the GTX 670 comes out in July or so.
  4. Best answer
    MOBO/CPU:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H with i5 3570k - $414.98
    This mobo is pretty great, seen a lot of my friends happy with it's look and performance.
    Case/PSU:CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 with Corsair 500R - $239.98
    really love this case still using one now(take this PSU over yours because its modular which means it will be more organised)
    HDD/Burner:Seagate Barracuda 1TB and ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X - $104.98
    1Tb in my opinion is a lot for gaming bought 2 tb 3 years ago and still haven't used half of 1Tb yet(i am a hardcore gamer don't doubt it)
    Ram:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB @ 1600 - $46.99
    doubt u will need 16GB of ram just get 8Gb at 1600 speed a lot more useful not to mention faster than your 16GB(note: only get more than 8GB if you are going to do some kind of programming or run a server)
    SSD:just use the one that you found cruical is a very good brand for SSD
    OS: same as SSD
    Heat Skin:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
    Evo is a bit better compared to hyper i would say spend the extra money. if you want u can just save yourself some money and go with the hyper
    GPU: a 7970! - $479.99

    $1421.90 not with tax and shipping yet hope you have a great time and yes this build will run all your needs
  5. Nice, will stay with Intel then. Is SSD a big necessity? because I might not get it and maybe change the Radeon 7950 to a Radeon 7970, nvidia 680 or 690? Thanks!
  6. SSD isn't necessary, but I can say with honesty that the SSD was the best decision I ever made. My OS load times have been cut by over 400% (was 40 seconds and now is 10 seconds).
  7. SSD is not a necessity its a luxury. it boots up your computer a lot faster than a HDD

    don't get it if you don't want to i bought myself a 200 gb(estimated) and load most of my games on it pretty fast (WoW, LoL, Hon, SC2)
  8. Wow, thanks. Greatly appreciate the help.

    But i think i will pass on the SSD, save more money for a monitor. And keep the 7950

    Thanks boulbox, those combos were great. Saved money on it too.
  9. $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW <----- another look at that case $74.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code XFXS10, ends 5/6
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $354.98 save: $15.00
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K <----- another look at that board $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $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 $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express Graphic Card GV-R795WF3-3GD $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM $104.98
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $149.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) <----- that same monitor @ newegg
  10. armandjordan58 said:
    Wow, thanks. Greatly appreciate the help.

    But i think i will pass on the SSD, save more money for a monitor. And keep the 7950

    Thanks boulbox, those combos were great. Saved money on it too.

    I'd consider stepping up from a Green (5400 RPM) HDD to a 7200 RPM if you're going to be using it as your primary drive, since you won't be getting an SSD.
  11. Best answer selected by ArmandJordan58.
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