Need help building my gaming PC

Hi there, I have been thinking about purchasing a gaming pc for a few months now. I posted once or twice on the topic and I would like to know how my updated list is. I'm in 8th grade, and I do not own my own computer so this will be my first one ever. This will be my first build ever so please be patient.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this summer, could wait until black friday if suggested for better deals

Budget Range: $800-$1000 (after rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, school work, video editing, web, watching movies, may get into programming later

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter.com, newegg

Overclocking: Don't know what this is but heard this a lot, please explain

SLI or Crossfire: Same with overclocking

Monitor Resolution: Most likely 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a relatively quiet pc.

Here are the parts I am thinking of purchasing:

Processor: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

Mobo: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387556 ($50 off with the processor)

VGA: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0355936

HDD: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331606

SDD: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364779

RAM: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0355690

Case: Need help finding one (preferably one with usb 3.0 and less than $80)

PSU: Need help with this too (preferably less than $60ish, would love it to be less)

Cooler: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

DVD Drive: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382272

Wireless Card: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361806

Grand total (without PSU, Case, and Monitor) $810 after rebates

I have a couple of questions too:

Do you think I need 1 TB of storage? Could I get away with 750 or even 500? Can you link to another one if you think so? I found an old HDD that's 120 GB by Seagate and 7200 RPM that she probably won't use. After I wipe everything off of it, can I use it along with the other drive?

Do I need a gaming mouse and keyboard? I have this mouse: http://bit.ly/JAZRZq which I could use but no keyboard. Should i get a gaming mouse and keyboard or get just the essentials first? Can you link to a good cheap keyboard that is good for gaming?

Let me know how you think the build is and if I should change anything? All answers/opinions are greatly appreciated!!! (Sorry if it was long)
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  1. whats your total expected budget? and i wuldnt recommend a SSD cuz they're kinda unreliable because the dont last as long as HDD's and for a case, im using a cooler master HAF 912 but only use that case if u have built a PC before cuz there are no PC speakers. long rant OVER
  2. Sorry, if but total budget your including monitor, speakers, mouse/keyboard, and pretty much the whole set up I would like it to be under 1000. I'm getting a SSD just for my OS and a few select games and programs. The HDD will be for documents, most programs, most games, media, movies and music files. I'm probably forgetting a lot but those are the first things that come to mind. Also, I'm thinking of getting these speakers no matter what case I get: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0288839
  3. That old school 1.65v RAM you have up there isn't recommended for these 1155 boards. You want 1.5v RAM.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387629 $59.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
    ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101 $39.99
    Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) 1.5v

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766 $57.99 - $49.99 after rebate savings
    Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0383857 $69.99
    Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
  4. Thanks I have a few questions though, why the Mobo and I forgot to add it in the description but I would also like a window in the case.
  5. rednal16 said:
    Thanks I have a few questions though, why the Mobo and I forgot to add it in the description but I would also like a window in the case.

    Because the other mobo cost a lot more, and it's meant for dual vid cards and I don't see how your going to find a psu and case to fit everything with your budget if you plan on going the dual card route. Most people never add that second card, so with what I posted up above you have a case with side cooling and front 3.0 USB ports..which is a good thing seeing how all these Z77 boards have a front 3.0 USB header.


    Your going to need a 750w psu if you plan on ever adding a second 560 ti. Personally I would look at the 7850. It's a faster card (more FPS) and goes for $250.
  6. im a newbie, can u help me check if this is ok for gaming and if i can overclock this. very limited budget, would really appreciate your response.... thanks in advance
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