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May 26, 2012 7:24:38 AM

Hello everyone,

First post here. It’s been a little over a year since I graduated from college, and I want to build a gaming PC to have a temporary escape from my repetitive life while I look for a better job in this economy. I’m a first-time builder, btw. (novice tech-level)

Thank you very much in advance for your advice and suggestions.

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Approximate Purchase Date:: within the next month or two (i.e. soon)

Budget Range: around $1,000 U.S (after rebates)

System Usage: *gaming, internet/daily use

Parts Not Required: Monitor (thinking about just using my LCD tv via hdmi connection for now), mouse/keyboard/speakers (I’ll research those on my own)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.tigerdirect.com (they don’t charge tax in CA, unlike newegg.com)

Country: United States (California)

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, Nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: maybe (too noob for that though)

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: I honestly don’t know, whatever is standard for gaming? (1920x1080 I think?)

Additional Comments:
- my main concern is upgradability; I’d like to be able to just simply upgrade the memory/cpu/video card in the future (instead of a major overhaul) to keep up with PC gaming
- the types of games I plan to play are: Diablo 3, first-person shooter (COD4, Crysis 2, Battlefield, etc.) on mid-to-high settings (i.e. as good as I can get with the budget)
- my tech level is low but hopefully the experience of building my first pc will change that ;) 
- as an average pc user, not sure if I’ll benefit from Windows 7 Pro 64-bit so maybe I can shave some dollars by going with Home Premium
- since I won’t be overclocking immediately, is the H60 cooling system overkill/unnecessary? also, i'm not sure if that comes with 1, 2 or no fans so I'll need to factor those prices in as well
-*what are some other things needed for the build? (screwdrivers, thermal grease, anti-static wrist strap, non-carpet floor surface, non-conductive liquid for the cooling system, etc.)
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Researched Build-list (grand total was $982.88 when I previewed the parts in the cart): model# on the side for reference
Motherboard: 120-SB-E682-KR
EVGA 120-SB-E682-KR SLI Micro Z68 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Intel Z68 Express, Socket H2 (LGA1155), 2133MHz+ DDR3, SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, SLI Ready $99 (after rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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CPU: BX80623I52310
Intel Core i5-2310 BX80623I52310 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 2.90 GHz (3.20 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Intel HD Graphics, Retail
$184.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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MEMORY: CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered $65
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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HARD DRIVE: TSD-1000FAEX
Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs
$120
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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VIDEO CARD: 01G-P3-1556-KR
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready $115 (after rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/sea...
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CASE: RC-912-KKN1
Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX
$60
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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POWER SUPPLY: LSP750
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan
$70
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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COOLING SYSTEM: CWCH60
Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - Socket LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, Core i5, Core i7
$70
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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OPERATING SYSTEM:
WINDOWS 7 PRO 64-BIT: FQC-04649
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$140
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DVD-DRIVE: AD7280S-OB
Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM
$18
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/sea...


Once again, thank you very much for your help! :) 


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May 26, 2012 2:31:55 PM

Get the Intel Core i5 3450 instead and a Asus H77 Motherboard for it
or
Intel Core i5 3570K and a Z77 MOBO if you are about to overclock



And Do you really use up your HDD to 1tb ..........instead i would get a 120 GB SSD and 320 GB HDD

And Youv'e really chosen a crappy PSU.....

any 400 - 500W Good Quality PSU should be enough

Get a Corsair , Antec , Seasonic or a XFX

Rest of them are good
May 26, 2012 6:03:43 PM

Hi imranfarid99,

Thank you very much for the suggestions.

I probably won't overclock right away but I would like to have the capability to somewhat "future-proof" my build.

Here is what I found:
CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard:
BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2600MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I'm confused though, on tigerdirect it says that this mobo supports only 2nd generation i5

power supply:
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 Power Supply - 650 Watts, ATX, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready, Active PFC
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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If you noticed, I tried to make all the components "SLI-ready" as another way to "future-proof" the build. I just hope all the hardware will be compatible with each other

As for the SSD/HDD combo, there's a 120GB San Disk SSD for $145 and a Western Digital Caviar Black HDD for $80. I really don't see the utility in having a SSD right now, and that HDD I mentioned seems to only be for laptop/notebook computers?


Thanks for your help though, I appreciate it! :) 
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May 26, 2012 6:20:13 PM

Go try out this website here: http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/ and look at the $1000 bill

I used it for my 2nd PC build and although I went up to 1TB (cause I store a ton of videos) and went up to 750W (because I might add another GPU later) I am completely satisfied with how awesome the build is that he recommends. No problems so far so I would definitely give his suggestion some thought.

Hope this helps.
May 26, 2012 7:44:00 PM

aDevilishTurtle said:
Go try out this website here: http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/ and look at the $1000 bill

I used it for my 2nd PC build and although I went up to 1TB (cause I store a ton of videos) and went up to 750W (because I might add another GPU later) I am completely satisfied with how awesome the build is that he recommends. No problems so far so I would definitely give his suggestion some thought.

Hope this helps.


Thanks for the link to the blog. I think his $1,000 is nice but I'm not sure how "future-proof"/upgradeable it is. For example, his build has a $400 GPU. I'd rather use that extra money to build a foundation for upgrading while still being able to play today's games at mid-high settings.

I posted my build list in the comments list for comparison.

Thank you again for your advice!
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