Need help with first gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: month or two

Budget range: 800-900$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, youtube searching web

Parts Not Required: keyboard mouse monitor speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, amazon, and whatever is cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: i5 2500k, GTX 560 or 570

Overclocking: maybe in future

SLI or Crossfire: noclue but maybe if it helps for anything

Monitor Resolution:1600x900

Additional Comments: good airflow and not super loud

Also i don't need this inclueded in the price but suggestions on what keyboard and mouse i should get.
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  1. Here you go:

    Here's a build I recommend for ~$1K:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $29.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $79.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $984.91

    A little over budget but the GPU is way better than the 560TI and you get Ivy Bridge as opposed to a 2500K.
  2. posting my opinion in a bit brb

    I5-2500k + Asrock Extreme3 Gen 3 314$
    WD Caviar Blue 500gb + 24 Asus Drive 80$
    G. Skill Ripjaws X 47$
    Seasonic M12II 620w Modular 90$
    Antec 300 Illusion 65$
    Hyper 212 Cooler 30$

    Total: 636$ leaving out gpu and OS if you need it. ill let you decide what you need. if you ever plan to crossfire and want a budget psu, then:
    Antec High Current Gamer 750w
    OCZ ZS 750w
    Hive 750w
    OCZ Fatal1ty are budget choices

    Is the 96$ version of win 7 home premium on amazon
  3. The only problem with what g-unit said is that he didn't include the OS, which I'm assuming you need, so that price will end up being almost $1100.

    It's a really good build, but assuming your budget, I think you should go for something more like:

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
    Total: $911.13
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-20 21:09 EDT-0400)

    This is still a great build and is also future compatible and you save some more money
  4. He didn't say he needed an OS.
  5. I like your build ironslice but I don't live near a microcenter do they ship?
  6. Yes, but you won't get the discount on the motherboard that way.
  7. azeem40 said:
    He didn't say he needed an OS.

    But on the parts not required he didn't list an OS, which is usually where people list it; therefore he must need it.

    The best way would be if the OP would just tell us lol.

    EDIT: They do ship but if you are going to buy from only one site buy from Newegg. If you are willing to buy from multiple sites to get the better prices then go ahead. The only problem with that is that you will pay for more shipping (if they charge it).
  8. Spicy_benie said:
    I like your build ironslice but I don't live near a microcenter do they ship?

    they dont ship low cost cpus, since everyone would kill for them and they would be backordered.
  9. Yeah, I got confused. He didn't mention he had an OS. :P
    I would get the PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK 600W instead of the ModXStream. More reliable.
  10. Ok so apparently they don't ship lol...

    And yeah you can get the other PSU if you want, but the PCP&C are always so expensive... I just got that OCZ because its at such a great price and it was only .1% below the standard to get 80+ bronze; it got 81.9% at max load.
  11. Thanks for all the replies I'll probably just have my aunt pick the CPU up and ship it to me ;)
  12. i know this is super duper nooby but do i put the stock 1 on the proccesor and the EVO on the back? i was searching youtube and saw this somewhere? so confused appricate the help thanks
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