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May 16, 2012 9:57:30 AM

This is my very first build and im eagerly anticipating the day that my bank account allows me to purchase my new gaming rig. I simply want feedback, advice, suggestions, and generally anything helpful regarding the hardware i have chosen.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 months

Budget Range: 1000 is my limit

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse and i will get an Win7 for cheap since i am a student.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: have really only looked at newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia

Overclocking: In the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: highest that will run games on max settings with my system.

Additional Comments: I really like the case i have chosen for its awesome cooling features and it also got great reviews. I have done a lot of research on parts and manufacturers before posting this build up here. That being said, i want some feedback and advice from the community since i am a FIRST TIME builder. Im excited to begin this process though and i cant wait for parts to start arriving in the mail.

I opted for a 250GB HDD simply because im interested in adding an SSD in the future. Also, i will not be storing any videos or music on this PC so HUGE amounts of space are not a necessitiy to start off, but i may upgrade or add another HDD in the future.

I want to be able to plug this in to my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV and game while maintaining a good frame rate.

Also, future proofing is something that I have had in the back of my mind while piecing this together, but I want to stick to my under or at 1000 dollar budget.

Now, down to the nitty grittys...
here is my list of parts that i have selected based on perusing the toms hardware forums and my own research.

Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

MoBo:MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

GPU:GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM:Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM


Also i realize that i did not put down a monitor on my list. My budget for a monitor would be under 200 dollars.

I appreciate all input and advice. Thanks for taking the time to check out my (future) rig.

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May 16, 2012 10:22:49 AM

I would personally drop case and motherboard budget, get a higher powered PSU for SLI options down the road.

(extremly good deal with promo code, 65 bucks).

(This has a 15% off promo code, making it 95 bucks, and will SLI 560ti's)

I would also get a HDD/CD burner combo, lowers the price as well as getting a 500gb drive:

I would get this memory, its higher quality cas 8 ram and has a 15% off promo code:

I would get this asus 560ti, its 10 bucks cheaper with free shipping:

I guess the only thing i didnt change on your list was CPU, that is a solid choice : )

As for monitor, no need to spend 200 bucks, you can get a quality unit for much less:

Good luck.
May 16, 2012 10:31:29 AM

You're setting your priorities wrong (like most new builders)

Try this.

i5 2500k ($219.99)
Hyper 212 Evo ($34.99)
Asrock Z77 Extreme4 ($129.99)
GTX 480 ($229.99) (add in one more later cus they're dirt cheap)
LEPA 850w ($119.99)
Rosewill Future ($54.99)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($79.99)
G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3 1600 ($46.99)

Keep your DVD burner. The GTX 480 is a very powerful card even though it's old. :) 
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May 17, 2012 6:58:24 AM

Awesome. Thanks a lot guys. Im on my phone right now, but when i get back on my laptop ill respknd more in depth. Im close to beginning the ordering process. Thanks again for the feedback! :) 
May 26, 2012 3:37:37 PM

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May 26, 2012 3:51:07 PM

Best answer selected by boixwunder.
May 26, 2012 3:54:36 PM

DO NOT buy the GTX 480, buy a amd 7850, it cost the same and it performs better and it consumes a lot less power and makes a lot less noise

480 costs $30 less? And performs the same at stock and better when overclocked? And it actually isn't much louder than the 7850. Only if you put the fans at 100%, then it will be loud.