1st attempt at budget gaming build

Before stumbling upon this site, I had just completed finding parts for the build I am currently at. Finished the build minutes before coming here and learning a little more. Any help or suggestions would be great!

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can afford (a month or 2?)

Budget Range: $1,500 max. The cheaper, the better however!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Anything not listed here won't be taken into account until later.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but any place is fine!

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, unless a cheaper and/or better AMD solution is presented.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future for sure! (SLI)

Monitor Resolution: undetermined. high! (on par with or better than my laptops 1600 x 900 resolution)

Additional Comments: Trying to create a low cost, high performance rig that can run any game on the market at max settings or very close. I just got a part-time job and money will be tight, so the cheaper I can get my rig, the happier I will be! I don't want to sacrifice too much performance or reliability though.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 - $209.99
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77 WS - $339.99
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 - $69.99
Storage Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 10000 RPM - $229.99
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1536MB - $229.99
Case: COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower w/ 2 12cm fans built in - $89.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W - $149.99

TOTAL: $1,324.93

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  1. 900 watts is to much change Ram in 40-50$ ones
    don't go 10k rpm
    add an SSD
    if gaming is priority GPU should be Priority
    Change case
    Change mobo
    will be getting to you soon with links


    Case/Mobo:Corsair Carbide Series 500R and ASRock Z77 - $239.98
    i think you deserve a nice looking case for your kind of build and money. it is a very nice white and will fit all you will need.
    for mobo it is a really nice board it has 2x PCI slots for future upgrade in SLI

    SSD:Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB - $102.99
    fairly cheap SSD will do your Boot up drive will be fast and can store a few games

    PSU:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W - $89.99
    great PSU and it is Modular. you can change into something like their Seasonic x650, it is more silent and it is gold rated meaning more efficient but i think this 620 watt will be all you need even for a 670 SLI

    GPU:GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $399.99

    HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM - $89.99 with the $10 rebate

    Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB @ 1600 $49.99

    Heatsink Fan:for minor overclock COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $19.99
    if you want something stronger i really like this one
    Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $95.99
    cools just as good sometimes even better than a water cooler

    if you live near a Microcenter you can pick up a i5 3570k for $190 if not here is one from newegg

    Total $1282.91

    can get more space on SSD if you need(this is the total with the Hyper 212+)

    this build right now is $100 cheaper than what you have now and it will perform a whole lot better
  2. boulbox said:
    900 watts is to much change Ram in 40-50$ ones
    don't go 10k rpm
    add an SSD
    if gaming is priority GPU should be Priority
    Change case
    Change mobo
    will be getting to you soon with links

    Thank you very much! I get the fundamentals of building a rig, but have no experience with it! I figured that I could bring down the cost quite a bit but am unsure what to look for specifically. With the GPU, I tried to snag a really good one at a low price point but if I need to go pricier for better results on high-end graphics I will! (SLI would be great but don't want to hurt the pocket!)

    and just to be sure, the CPU was a good selection for budget correct?
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