~$1100 Gaming Rig (first build)

Dear tom's hardware community,

This will be my first computer build and my College Graduation present to myself. After some research and browsing for the past few days this is what i have come up with, your help and knowledge is greatly appreciated.

approximate Purchase Date: 6/1

Budget Range: ~$1100 after rebates, top end $1300 after shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mainly Skyrim, WoW and similar games. (Would like to run these games on pretty high settings.) Movie watching, internet browseing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(s), and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Residence: Vermont,USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia for graphics and Intel for CPU others up for debate (help needed).

Overclocking: yes in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: not 100% sure yet input would be helpful.

My Parts List so far:
Case- In Win Dragon rider White
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108405

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Blue 250gb 7200RPM Sata 6.0gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771

GPU- Galaxy Geforce gtx 650 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162085

Optical-Lite-on black sata DVD-rom drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

PSU- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power SupplyMemory-Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035

CPU-i5-3570k Ivy bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035

CPU fan- Cooler master hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Mobo- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Memory- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

OS- Windows 7 home premium. 64-bit

Questions.
1. How do i figure out how large of a power supply i need?
2. Is there anything here i can do to cut costs with out eliminating performance too much? ( i really like this case however)
3. There any major difference between the Windows home and windows professional?
4. Other cooling options that may be useful? like different fan sizes or configuration. Water cooling kinda scares me for my first build though.
5. Will this be easy to upgrade in the future?
6. General life span of a system with these specs?
7. Anything else that you can tell me to help me with my first build, Im getting pumped for this.
8. what about computer security? Viruses and so on.
9.

Thank you for your time and help its greatly needed and appreciated.
-Headie024
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  1. You want a 750w for the option to add another one of those cards later on.


    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 along with benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios upsdate

    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
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337277092&sr=1-2 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    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

    Total: $804.76 *not including shipping and rebates


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419 $259.99
    GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-GV-N560OC-1GI/dp/B004KM49WO $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI-I x 2 / Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N560OC-1GI


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337289831&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <---- another look at that case
  2. Don't get a 560 or 560 Ti. Either get a 7850, as suggested above, or this particular 570, which is $250 after rebate:

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Double-Graphics-012-P3-1577-KR/dp/B0057608W2
  3. 1. How do i figure out how large of a power supply i need?

    Depends on how much you want you want to upgrade later. A 750w is a good start.

    2. Is there anything here i can do to cut costs with out eliminating performance too much? ( i really like this case however)

    The suggestion posted by Why_Me is a pretty good build, can use that as a guide or copy it, is up to you.

    3. There any major difference between the Windows home and windows professional?

    Group Policy Editor is the main thing i can think of, but if you are not adding it to a network it doesn't really matter IMO.

    4. Other cooling options that may be useful? like different fan sizes or configuration. Water cooling kinda scares me for my first build though.

    Air cool should be fine depending on how much over clocking you are doing and what type of fans you have etc. A fan controller with sensor is always nice to have.

    5. Will this be easy to upgrade in the future?

    It's about the same as putting it together, if you can assemble it the first time you should be able to rip out a part and replace it. Just have to check compatibility depending on the part.

    6. General life span of a system with these specs?

    Normal life span on a computer is anywhere from a year to 5 years. Depends if you overclock, how well the cooling is, usage etc. I build my first system years ago and it's been close to 6 years and is still running though not use often any more.

    7. Anything else that you can tell me to help me with my first build, Im getting pumped for this.

    Static electricity = Bad....Not sure of your tech skill/knowledge but look at the mobo manual, it should give you some idea of whats going on.

    8. what about computer security? Viruses and so on.

    AVG anti-virus is free and is not too bad, can always buy the retail version but I personally never have much issue with viruses on my personal computer.
  4. Try this build
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Pretty much the best CPU that's not an i7.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    One of the best/the best CPU cooler for it's price.

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Excellent bang-for-your-buck motherboard, Virtu MVP, SLI-ready.

    Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    After 1600MHz, you do not really see any kind of benefit. Heat spreaders for RAM are kind of useless at 1600MHz.

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    1TB HDD, to store all of your stuff.

    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
    If you can find one, I would pay the extra $50 use a GTX670, but this DirectCU 7870 is still a solid performer.

    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case
    USB 3.0 and excellent thermals, this is a very good case.

    Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.25 @ Newegg)
    Just a normal, dependable modular PSU.

    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
    Optical drives don't matter. I would recommend saving $18 and using your current optical drive to install Windows, then take it out of the computer.

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
    What other choice is there?

    Total: $1125.07
  5. UVB076 said:
    Try this build
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Pretty much the best CPU that's not an i7.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    One of the best/the best CPU cooler for it's price.

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Excellent bang-for-your-buck motherboard, Virtu MVP, SLI-ready.

    Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    After 1600MHz, you do not really see any kind of benefit. Heat spreaders for RAM are kind of useless at 1600MHz.

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    1TB HDD, to store all of your stuff.

    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
    If you can find one, I would pay the extra $50 use a GTX670, but this DirectCU 7870 is still a solid performer.

    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case
    USB 3.0 and excellent thermals, this is a very good case.

    Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.25 @ Newegg)
    Just a normal, dependable modular PSU.

    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
    Optical drives don't matter. I would recommend saving $18 and using your current optical drive to install Windows, then take it out of the computer.

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
    What other choice is there?

    Total: $1125.07


    650w Raidmax psu?
  6. Why_Me said:
    Congrats. Not only did you manage to go over the OP's budget, but you stuck in a sucky Raidmax 650w psu.

    >Implying that Rosewill Hive is Raidmax.
    Also, to quote OP, "Budget Range: ~$1100 after rebates, top end $1300 after shipping."
    Free shipping on nearly every single item on the list.
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