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First time builder, Gamer, looking for compatability advice

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May 25, 2012 2:24:06 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: STAT!!!!

Budget Range: around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing web, general use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Overclocking: No clue on how to even start, I would eventually try I'm sure, but definitely not initially

SLI or Crossfire: Same as OC response above

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure, I am going to be using an older flat screen from an HP computer (4 years old'ish). It is an HP S2031, which I looked up and said that it is 20 inches and according to the internet it's native resolution is 1600 x 900. Eventually a new monitor will be invested in if this one isn't cutting it!

Additional Comments: The main reason I am building a computer is that my laptop that I've used for everything is 3 years old now and has been worked HARD over those 3 years. It is time for a new one! I wanted to build my own because I've always been curious about the hardware side of computers, as I am very savvy with the software side. My graphics requirement is WoW at at least high settings, preferably ultra. Internet connection speed is not an option as I have tremendous speed where I live. Multi-tasking is also something that I do frequently with moderately intensive programs. Below is a list of parts that I compiled that I think will be easiest to build with for a first timer, and also that would meet my requirement of high/ultra WoW settings.

Please be aware that I am, for some reason, TERRIFIED at the prospect of adding an aftermarket heatsink due to the thermal paste application!

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) $219.99

Motherboard ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 $149.99

Hard Drive Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $99.99

Video Card EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 $134.99

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $43.99

Case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC $44.99

PSU OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular High Performance Power Supply $89.99

Optical Drive LITE-ON DVD Burner $17.99

OS Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

Total before shipping/taxes/rebates $901.91

Thanks in advanced for any input...I truly love just browsing these forums for tech info and knowledge!!!


Edit: I think for the case I will change what I have above with the Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, solely because it comes with 3 fans already as opposed to the one that the Cooler Master Elite comes with. I do still like the look of the CM one though.... <----Rosewill case

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May 25, 2012 2:33:08 AM

P 67 chipset motherboards were the original socket 1155 boards . The Z68 and newer Z77 chipsets add a lot of features . Buy one of those instead

If you get a motherboard with internal USB 3 headers you will need a case with front USB 3 ports . The Antec One is budget . The CM HAF 912 advanced or the Antec 300 two are better .

The 550 ti is a fairly basic graphics card . You wont play games in high detail at 1080p resolution . For that you should consider the Radeon 7850 at around $250 .
Even if that means making changes elsewhere a cheaper quadcore processor [ i5 3550 ] or 2 x2 gig of RAM

It will also mean you can use a 500 watt power supply . 80+ bronze rated or better
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May 25, 2012 2:45:01 AM

@ kvtaco17: As in the description, my benchmark is WoW in high, preferably Ultra settings
@ Outlander_04: Ok so Z68 or Z77 MB, I can do that! Also, Can the screen that I listed get to 1080p? I didn't think that it could. The 550 ti gets great reviews on Newegg and beyond, that's really why I selected that one. What one would you recommend for less than $150?
May 25, 2012 3:18:26 AM

Sorry I see in your post that your resolution is 1600 x 900 . Thats less challenging for a graphics card , but you can still do better than the 550ti
The best graphics card for $150 is usually the Radeon 6870 . That will give excellent game play on your monitor