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1300 gaming computer, first build ever, need help thx

Approximate Purchase Date: possibly the end of this month

Budget Range: 1300 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly, Starcraft 2, WoW, Battlefield, basically any kind of good game: watching videos: surfing the web

Parts Not Required: I need everything except a mouse

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

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer intel since in most benchmarks they seem to come out with a better performance

Overclocking: possibly in the future when i learn more about it and i notice a decline in system performance.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in like 2 years or something in the mid future

Monitor Resolution: I would like a new monitor 22-25 inches if possible

Additional Comments: noise isn't that much of an issue for me as long as it is not super loud.


CPU: i5-3570k I have read a coulple of reviews and other threads and this seems to be a good gaming cpu in the IB line up

Case:(need) I would like a case that has nice room to make the instalation smooth and with good ventilation since i live in South tx where sometimes it is still 95 degrees during winter

HD: (need) I would say a 500 gb would do just fine as i have an external drive that i use for music.

Memory:(need) i've read that sometimes the top of the sticks can get in the way of the cpu cooler or a problem with the mobo so i would like one that wont have this problem and 8gb of ram since i think ive read this is the most that gaming requires

Motherboard: (need)

GPU: I would like the evga gtx 670 2g superclocked since it is a top of the line card and im mostly going to do gaming, i dont want to skimp out on this part

PSU: (need)

Optical Drive: (Need)

SSD: (Need) i would like an ssd so I can put the OS in there and a coulple of games.

OS: (Need)

CPU Cooler: Idk if to buy this because of what i have stated, in the summer it gets pretty hot down here and wouldnt like the heat generated by the cpu and gpu plus the one outside damage my components. also i dont have in mind overclocking right now unless the cpu cannot play the games on ultra settings with its stock settings.

*for the monitor, if by getting it under this budget it is going to have an impact on the type of performance in the parts that i get, then i wouldnt mind just not getting it right now and just wait a while to buy it since i have an old one which i used to hook up to my laptop but idk the resolutions sorry. Now, if you tell me that by increasing the budget by an extra 50-100 bucks i could get better stuff than feel free to do so. my max that i cannot possibly go over would be 1500 but i would like to keep it under that if possible


I know im probably asking for a lot here given the budget that i posted but if it is possible to make a gaming computer future proof for about 4-5 years (even if later on i wont be playing on ultra and high). This is going to be the first computer i try building since i have gotten the courage from this community. I currently play games in 15 inch laptop that was around 600 bucks 3 years ago so i think anything you guys choose for me will be far better than what i was used to.

Thank you guys for your help
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  1. For a case my vote is to the rosewill thor..i have one and the ventilation is amazing and there is a ton of room.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

    HD: I like the seagate barracuda. Get the 7200 rpm with sata 6.0 gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Memory: I like G Skill. Get like 8 gb of DDR3 (1600mhz)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Motherboard: any asus z77 will prob be the best bet..asus makes great boards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

    PSU: A 600 W psu should be plenty..corsair makes great ones
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Optical: Any dvd drive is fine
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SSD: Crucial M4 or OCZ Vertex
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    OS: win 7 Home premium
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
  2. this may sounds bad, but since its your first build
    have you look at the DIY kits the newegg has
    maybe something there of interest
  3. yeah i have looked at them but either they have an not so good gpu or the ones that do have another part that makes me want to stay away from them.
  4. mad2 said:
    For a case my vote is to the rosewill thor..i have one and the ventilation is amazing and there is a ton of room.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

    HD: I like the seagate barracuda. Get the 7200 rpm with sata 6.0 gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Memory: I like G Skill. Get like 8 gb of DDR3 (1600mhz)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Motherboard: any asus z77 will prob be the best bet..asus makes great boards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

    PSU: A 600 W psu should be plenty..corsair makes great ones
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Optical: Any dvd drive is fine
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SSD: Crucial M4 or OCZ Vertex
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    OS: win 7 Home premium
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986



    the case looks awesome and with very good ventilation. thx for the list Mad2
  5. no prob. feel free to change it up. good luck!
  6. For the SSD i will get SAMSUNG 830 128GB, Crucial M4 128GB, or Mushkin Chronos or Enhanced Chrono DX.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%20600038478&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=636|20-226-236^20-226-236-TS%2C20-148-442^20-148-442-TS%2C20-147-137^20-147-137-04%23

    If you are not hurry to get one you can shop around or wait, last time i got my M4 128GB is $100 from newegg.com
  7. cin19 said:
    For the SSD i will get SAMSUNG 830 128GB, Crucial M4 128GB, or Mushkin Chronos or Enhanced Chrono DX.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%20600038478&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=636|20-226-236^20-226-236-TS%2C20-148-442^20-148-442-TS%2C20-147-137^20-147-137-04%23

    If you are not hurry to get one you can shop around or wait, last time i got my M4 128GB is $100 from newegg.com



    Nice deal. Ill probably wait for next friday since tiger direct has good deals the last friday of every month.
  8. anyone else have other suggestions, should i go with the build that mad 2 provided? any monitor recommendations aswell?
  9. combo up the HDD with a driver
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937023
    save $13

    the TX series is not modular which means you will have some useless wires inside your case i recommend this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

    i am not much of a fan of Rose cases i much rather have a antec or Corsair at its price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    this antec is not as big as rosewill but will do the job and save some money
    if not here is a Corsair case that has a beautiful white finsh
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.919543
    and i combo-ed it with an ASrock extreme 4
    it is a great mobo and has 2x PCI slots for a future SLI config

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    costs a bit more but this will fit in almost any Heatsink fan and goes well with the color scheme of black and grey

    Heatsink Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    $19.99 at a good price cheaper than Hyper 212 evo and performs just as good as it
    if you want something stronger go with Noctua $80-100 ones but with your budget i suggest you don't

    SSD: either go with
    Crucial M4/Mushkin
    do not go with OCZ 3 if you want more performance then go with their new OCZ 4
  10. boulbox said:
    combo up the HDD with a driver
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937023
    save $13

    the TX series is not modular which means you will have some useless wires inside your case i recommend this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

    i am not much of a fan of Rose cases i much rather have a antec or Corsair at its price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    this antec is not as big as rosewill but will do the job and save some money
    if not here is a Corsair case that has a beautiful white finsh
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.919543
    and i combo-ed it with an ASrock extreme 4
    it is a great mobo and has 2x PCI slots for a future SLI config

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    costs a bit more but this will fit in almost any Heatsink fan and goes well with the color scheme of black and grey

    Heatsink Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    $19.99 at a good price cheaper than Hyper 212 evo and performs just as good as it
    if you want something stronger go with Noctua $80-100 ones but with your budget i suggest you don't

    SSD: either go with
    Crucial M4/Mushkin
    do not go with OCZ 3 if you want more performance then go with their new OCZ 4

    I don't see a reason to go with Modular when there is a thing called cable management. :)
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    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

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    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337224563&sr=1-6 $228.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

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    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+

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    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-787DGD5 $349.99 Free Shipping
    Asus ATI Radeon HD7870 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- review of that card with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_cp_sw_0 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-Monitor/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_1 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,284.74 *not including shipping and rebates
  12. Why_Me said:
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337225714&sr=1-8 $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $89.99
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.944624 $209.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337224563&sr=1-6 $228.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $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+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
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    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

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    Asus ATI Radeon HD7870 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- review of that card with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_cp_sw_0 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-Monitor/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_1 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,284.74 *not including shipping and rebates



    thx for the list why_me but if i replace the 7870 with the gtx 670 will all the parts stay compatible?
  13. fightclub25 said:
    thx for the list why_me but if i replace the 7870 with the gtx 670 will all the parts stay compatible?

    Yep it will work fine. The only reason I didn't include the gtx 670 was because it exceeded your budget otherwise I would have put it in that build.
  14. Why_Me said:
    Yep it will work fine. The only reason I didn't include the gtx 670 was because it exceeded your budget otherwise I would have put it in that build.



    one last thing, i havent bought anything that has been defective with amazon. If for some reason something is wrong with it, is the process of returning and customer service as easy as some ppl say that newegg and tigerdirect is?

    also, would you recomend me dropping the heatsink in order for me to stay more close to my budget since im going to get the gtx 670? thanks for ur time
  15. fightclub25 said:
    one last thing, i havent bought anything that has been defective with amazon. If for some reason something is wrong with it, is the process of returning and customer service as easy as some ppl say that newegg and tigerdirect is?

    also, would you recomend me dropping the heatsink in order for me to stay more close to my budget since im going to get the gtx 670? thanks for ur time

    Amazon has a great return policy. Also good idea on dropping the h/s for now if to make budget and if and when you ever get the urge to over clock then pick one up.
  16. Best answer selected by fightclub25.
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