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May 24, 2012 4:05:23 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking to build my first gaming PC, and I'm trying to keep it under $1000 total.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple weeks, but no rush
Budget Range: Less than $1k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming movies, web browsing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter
Country: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Yes for the GPU, maybe in the future for the CPU
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (I may add a 2nd in the future)

CPU: Core i5 3570K - $190
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $90 with CPU
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 - $40
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $80 after rebate
GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $250
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case - $65
PSU: Corsair 650W ATX12V - $71 after rebates
Optical drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $17
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) - $96

Total: $899

Thoughts? Any compatibility issues or other stuff I should be aware of?

The HD $30 discount ends today, so unless there's something really wrong with it I'm gonna buy it in the next few hours.

Thanks all, any advice is much appreciated.

a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2012 4:09:29 PM

i recommend the seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb of cache because its faster than the spinpoint.

also, you should get some 1600mhz ram because its faster. a good kit is mushkin enhanced blackline or some crucial ballistix sport. just remember to set your memory to 1600mhz and not 1333mhz as 1333 is what i elive is the default speed
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May 24, 2012 4:44:36 PM

I agree with TheBigTroll. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are natively 1600 mhz, so getting faster RAM would be worth it and it'll only be about $10 more for the same amount of memory.
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May 24, 2012 5:16:53 PM

yankee172 said:
Sounds good. So something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... should work, right?


That one is 1.65 V. The Ivy Bridge CPUs use the 1.5 V. Its unlikely that the difference in voltage would do much, but can create issues. If you really want Munchkin then, Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB will be better.

Some other Munchkin RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191

I personally use G-Skill Sniper, but the Ripjaws X and Corsair Vengeance are also quite popular.
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May 24, 2012 6:09:18 PM

moornix said:
That one is 1.65 V. The Ivy Bridge CPUs use the 1.5 V. Its unlikely that the difference in voltage would do much, but can create issues. If you really want Munchkin then, Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB will be better.

Some other Munchkin RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191

I personally use G-Skill Sniper, but the Ripjaws X and Corsair Vengeance are also quite popular.



Ok, then I'll go for these guys:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have no brand loyalty, I'm just looking to get good stuff for reasonable prices.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2012 12:16:49 AM

get some thats more low profile
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2012 12:22:00 AM

Those are fine.
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