First Time Gaming System Under $1,000: Please Evaluate

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I know my build will work.

Budget Range: Sub-$1,000 before rebates, ideally. Could push to $1,100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming almost exclusively

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Disc Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Breakdown (What I currently intend to buy, but open to any suggestions):

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core $88. Is this current enough, or would it make sense to bite the bullet and buy an Ivy Bridge now?

Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $85 Intend to upgrade to Ivy Bridge sometime down the road.

Video Card: GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB $180- is this overkill?

Memory (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $99.99- Should I get an SSD for OS?

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $40

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C $70- Is this (550W) too low?

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite Black Steel $80- How can I check compatibility with my components? Is there adequate room/ cooling?

Cooling: Intend to go with the fans in the case. Is that not enough for my rig?

Keyboard/Mouse: Any recommendations?

Overclocking: Probably not my specs become too outdated.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road.

Monitor Resolution: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor $170- 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
Ideally quiet, but not of enormous importance. Cost and graphics are the most important factors for me. Cost on Newegg comes to about $990 including Windows 7 64-bit OS.

What kinds of settings could I play on in recent games (ex. Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, Crysis 2)? And what are recommendations on warranties? What components should I get them for, if at all?

Any general comments or concerns about this system, as well on home-building in general would be greatly appreciated. I intend to keep this rig and continue to update and outfit it as time goes on. Thanks for any and all help.


Edit: Moved to New Build from Home-Build. My mistake.
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  1. Try this.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.939071 $151.98 save: $8.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.913999 $144.98 save: $15.00
    OCZ ZT Series 550W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637I53450/dp/B007SZ0ECE/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338055945&sr=1-15 $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338056741&sr=1-1 $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.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-56TIOC $218.99 - $198.99 after rebate Free Shipping
    MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX-TI M2D1GD5 OC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $997.89 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, and promo codes


    alternate vid card...

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-785OC2G $259.99 Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE AMD Radeon HD7850 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - GV-R785OC-2GD

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_hd7850_oc_windforce_review,1.html <----- review of that card w/benchmarks
  2. Thanks so much! I definitely prefer those combo prices to what I had. Just a few more questions:
    Would getting the HD 7850 over the GTX 560 ti be worth the $30 price bump?
    Does this build need any extra cooling?
    What mouse/keyboard/headset reccomendations do people have? Any good deals out there?
  3. Dr_moose said:
    Thanks so much! I definitely prefer those combo prices to what I had. Just a few more questions:
    Would getting the HD 7850 over the GTX 560 ti be worth the $30 price bump?
    Does this build need any extra cooling?
    What mouse/keyboard/headset reccomendations do people have? Any good deals out there?

    I use an el cheapo $15 logitech keyboard and a $40 logitech tracball mouse out of habit so I'm not that up to date but I see these items recommended a lot on here.


    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Precision-910-002277/dp/B0055QZ216/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $38.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine (910-002277)

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-Programmable-Controls-910-002358/dp/B005EWB3AU/ref=sr_1_3?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1338134531&sr=1-3 $32.09 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 with Nine Programmable Controls (910-002358)

    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-JQD-00001-SideWinder-X4-Keyboard/dp/B002ZV51DI/ref=dp_cp_ob_vg_title_0 $47.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/other?redirect=true&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A%21493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A172456%2Cn%3A173454&bbn=173454&pickerToList=brandtextbin&ie=UTF8&qid=1338134470&rd=1 <----- gaming headsets. I prefer Analog over USB. The sound comes out cleaner imo.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-9011111-WW-Vengeance-Analog-Headset/dp/B005QUQP7Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338135968&sr=1-3 <---- that's a high end set but there's cheaper out there in the $25 - $35 that will do the trick.

    For the vid card that's a tough call. That Gigabyte 7850 over clocks to run on par with a gtx 570, but the 560 ti over clocks pretty good itself. Personally I would use the on die graphics for the next month to surf the net, check emails, etc... until this card down below is released. It will go for an est $250 - to the high end non reference cooling cards @ $300. And if it's anything like it's big brothers that just got released (gtx 670), it's going to be a monster and then some.

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 <----- that card will be hitting the shelves in July/August and it's going to be worth the wait.
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