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June 4, 2012 1:57:32 AM

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card ($227.10 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Solo ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Dell E2011H 20.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ eCost)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1268.49

Resolution - 1600 by 900

Please don't answer if you don't know anything about computers. I want an experienced person who knows what they are talking about. This is a big deal for me. Waiting for a chance to buy a full computer for 12 years now. Also, if something is wrong in here, tell me what to replace it with.

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June 4, 2012 2:34:43 AM

mocchan said:
You are overspending on your video card.

I would recommend something like a HD6870 or GTX560 Ti for that budget and resolution.

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

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


Oh ok bro thanks. I just heard someone say on youtube that whatever you spend on your CPU, spend the same on your graphics. But with the HD6870 or the GTX560, will i still get very good results on most games? I'm trying to be able to run arma 2 with no problems.
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June 4, 2012 2:37:32 AM

sandrino said:
Oh ok bro thanks. I just heard someone say on youtube that whatever you spend on your CPU, spend the same on your graphics. But with the HD6870 or the GTX560, will i still get very good results on most games? I'm trying to be able to run arma 2 with no problems.


Yes definitely, just be sure to get the Ti version, not the normal GTX560!

Actually to prove my point, I personally own a GTX560 Ti, and my brother (who's rig is always 3 feet away from me) runs a HD6870.

We can both run Battlefield 3 on High to Ultra settings depending on the situation (Single Player vs Multiplayer) with a constant 45-55 FPS :) 

Also, about that person on youtube, he's absolutely right. However, sometimes prices can be a bit deceiving! So watch out for those :) 
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June 4, 2012 2:40:41 AM

It would all work , but whether its ideal depends on what you are using it for .

If its for gaming I'd optimize it a little differently , and if its for office work then I'd optimize it a lot differently
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June 4, 2012 2:45:04 AM

Outlander_04 said:
It would all work , but whether its ideal depends on what you are using it for .

If its for gaming I'd optimize it a little differently , and if its for office work then I'd optimize it a lot differently


Can you give a little bit more? What should i change up then bro?
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June 4, 2012 2:48:54 AM

sandrino said:
Can you give a little bit more? What should i change up then bro?



If I knew what you were using it for I could .
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June 4, 2012 2:56:16 AM

Outlander_04 said:
If I knew what you were using it for I could .


Pretty much nothing but gaming. But then again, i would like to be able to surf the internet with no problems as well. My budget is 1333$

It would be awesome if you helped out brah
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June 4, 2012 2:59:43 AM

sandrino said:
Oh ok bro thanks. I just heard someone say on youtube that whatever you spend on your CPU, spend the same on your graphics. But with the HD6870 or the GTX560, will i still get very good results on most games? I'm trying to be able to run arma 2 with no problems.

Both the HD 6870 and the GTX 560 Ti are actually better than the GTX 460. The GTX 560 Ti is the better of the two, but also costs more.

Edit: And since your only focus is gaming, pour as much money as possible in the graphics card. You might even choose a cheaper processor, since games depend so much more on the graphics card.
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June 4, 2012 3:53:09 AM

I would swap out your monitor for this one (A little bigger and offers a 1080p display, also $10 cheaper): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a GTX 560 ti like others have suggested: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are willing to spend a little more on your graphics card then I would suggest the Radeon HD 7850, however it might be a little over your budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here is a slightly better Power Supply since you are going with a 560 ti (you don't necessarily have to get this but it's always good to be on the safe side): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another thing, the case you picked looks to me like it has pretty bad airflow. Go with something a little more open such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or if you don't want to spend as much, this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both also have front usb 3.0 ports.

Also, this motherboard has a Z77 chipset, which is newer and will be more future proof for $5 less then then the one you picked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, since you are getting the Hyper 212, the RAM you picked has large heat spreaders and probably won't fit under the Hyper 212's heatsink. Go with something more low-profile such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope everything works out for you :) 
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June 4, 2012 4:28:46 AM

Ironslice said:
I would swap out your monitor for this one (A little bigger and offers a 1080p display, also $10 cheaper): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a GTX 560 ti like others have suggested: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are willing to spend a little more on your graphics card then I would suggest the Radeon HD 7850, however it might be a little over your budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here is a slightly better Power Supply since you are going with a 560 ti (you don't necessarily have to get this but it's always good to be on the safe side): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another thing, the case you picked looks to me like it has pretty bad airflow. Go with something a little more open such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or if you don't want to spend as much, this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both also have front usb 3.0 ports.

Also, this motherboard has a Z77 chipset, which is newer and will be more future proof for $5 less then then the one you picked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, since you are getting the Hyper 212, the RAM you picked has large heat spreaders and probably won't fit under the Hyper 212's heatsink. Go with something more low-profile such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope everything works out for you :) 


Thank you IronSlice. You were very helpful man. Are you sure all these parts will be good now? Here's the updated list of parts.


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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.19

Will they all fit in my case? Anything else i should change? And how do i go about ordering them and when will they get to my house?
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June 4, 2012 4:32:37 AM

With newegg's default shipping, for example, if the order gets shipped on Wed., it will arrive on Fri.
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June 4, 2012 4:35:54 AM

Everything will fit perfectly in the case. The only part that you can't find on Newegg is your keyboard, so you might want to switch that up for something else, just so you can order it all from one site.

Then just add it all to cart on Newegg and wait :D 

Be aware that sometimes parts arrive damaged because of UPS shipping and you might have to send them back for a replacement. Just a heads up if it's your first computer build.
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June 4, 2012 4:58:19 AM

Alright man thanks for the help. Got all this done today. I can get to the bank tomorrow, deposit some money and start buying the parts all tomorrow.
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June 4, 2012 5:06:42 AM

sandrino said:
Thank you IronSlice. You were very helpful man. Are you sure all these parts will be good now? Here's the updated list of parts.


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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.19

Will they all fit in my case? Anything else i should change? And how do i go about ordering them and when will they get to my house?


Much better mix for a gamer .
The only thing I'd change would be the case . Its very cheaply built with thin metal . Tomshardware gave the earlier model of the challenger an award for being less than $50 , but wished they could have afforded an Antec 300 .

Since you have front USB 3 on the motherboard you should consider the Antec 300 two , the CM HAF 912 advanced
and maybe some of the corsair cases . . All better quality than the challenger for a few dollars more
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June 4, 2012 9:47:27 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Much better mix for a gamer .
The only thing I'd change would be the case . Its very cheaply built with thin metal . Tomshardware gave the earlier model of the challenger an award for being less than $50 , but wished they could have afforded an Antec 300 .

Since you have front USB 3 on the motherboard you should consider the Antec 300 two , the CM HAF 912 advanced
and maybe some of the corsair cases . . All better quality than the challenger for a few dollars more


Thanks man. If I already have windows 7 on my current computer, can i just use a cord to transfer my hard drive stuff onto the new computer im building? I dont want to have to buy windows 7 if i have it on this computer.
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