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Advice for My New Build

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May 14, 2012 9:44:53 AM

Hello,

My first time building a computer and I looked up some things to get. I wanted to ask for some opinions on the parts I chose. My budget is under $1000. My uses for the computer would be to play computer games, movie watching, streaming, and general computer performances (surfing internet, multitasking, etc). I guess for now I would like to play Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2 in High setting or close to high setting.

Here is what I have so far:

CPU - Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor (~$190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASRock P67 (~$115)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - GTX 550 Ti (~$135, ~$170)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*I am not sure if I want to buy a 1gb one or a 2 gb one. The price difference is not too much that is why I listed both of them. I wanted to know if I would see significant changes from 1gb to 2gb? Also, if I do go SLI and go with 2x 1gb, would the 2x 1gb one be better than just 1x 2gb one?

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (~$50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*I am also not sure about what ram card to get. So I just picked the cheapest one. Are there any better alternatives or ones that I should look for? I want stability more than super high end performances.

PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V (~$50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*I used a power supply calculator to see how much power I would need. It came out to be around 450W. Should I buy one that's exactly 450W or would 550W be a safer bet?

Case - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX or Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Mid Tower (~$50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*I don't really see too much of a difference between the two except for the price. I would prefer a lighter tower case though. Any recommendations on ones that has a nice air flow and helps minimizes dusts?

I did not mention a hard drive yet, but so far I am looking at a SSD. Are there any SSD in particularly that's good for performance? I want it to last long (~ at least 5 years).

Thank you very much for any suggestions/advices!

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May 14, 2012 11:04:25 AM

what is your budget. also dont get the 550ti. it sucks so just get a 560. there is a massive increase between the 560 and 550ti. frame bufer does not matter in most cases. when you are running a lower resolution monitor, extra frame buffer does noting. it is only useful when runing a monitor like a 2560x1600.
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May 14, 2012 11:07:04 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/88W1

here is a 1000$ build. it has a much more powerful graphics card and will run most games at high to ultra. if you need a SSD, i would suggest getting a crucial m4 64gb or 128gb
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May 14, 2012 8:52:06 PM

Yea I am debating or not if I should get a gfx 560-ti
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