Gaming $1,000 -ish

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: 1000 to 1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming(FF14 and GW2), and watching anime :D

Parts Not Required: keyboard heh

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none really but prefer trustworthy site(s)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, have no exp with OC

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, trying to make a somewhat future proof build

Monitor Resolution: none really, just don't want to spend most of the budget on it

Additional Comments: I've been using an old asus laptop for gaming, its treated me well but I've saved up enough to try to build one, but I'm new to pc building, so i did some research over the last week, and became even more confused :sweat: lol.

I did try and make a build on newegg but just don't have the knowledge and savvy to make a competent purchase. I'll post what i came up with so far.

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121435

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116713

Subtotal: $913.91
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  1. cm storm enforcer case
    Get a 7850 or wait for gtx 660 ti/50 ti
    corsair vengeance 8gb
    asrock z77 extreme4, pro4 if cant afford
  2. theres no point of getting a sandy bridge on z77. just pickup a i5 3570k
  3. If your going with a Z77 motherboarb then you should also go with the Ivy Bridge cpu.

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
    $34.99

    If your building a gaming rig then you want a video card better then the 550Ti.

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $229.99 and a 430 rebate makes it $199.99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623
  4. the 6870 is also a great buy
  5. awesome guys :D
    thanks for the help
    ooooh i forgot do you have any recommendations for a decent monitor?
    and would i run into any problems if i wanted to add another graphics card in 2years or so?
  6. The motherboard that you chose will not support SLI so you would have to get a different board and one that has two slots that are x8 or x16;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128542 $129.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $134.99

    Also you want to make sure that the power supply will support twp video cards and usually a 750w will be enough for two mid range cards.
  7. This leaves you a few dollars for a mouse and keyboard.


    http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-TEMPEST-210-Massive-Midtower/dp/B0066130CM/ref=sr_1_20?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339215748&sr=1-20 $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    NZXT Technologies TEMPEST 210 Massive Mesh Style Midtower Case with USB 3.0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.964661 $144.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
    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.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506 $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148419 $22.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA160A

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST500DM002/dp/B005CT56R6/ref=sr_1_11?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339215867&sr=1-11 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-Software/dp/B006B7R9PU/ref=pd_cp_e_1 $19.95 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 $300 (due for release July/August)
    NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_b $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B003U4IROY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=19R3TC3GR85FVKMZN6YW $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

    $1,052.87 *not including shipping & rebates
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