1000-1500 gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two months

Budget Range: 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording with capture card (intensity shuttle usb 3.0 required), internet (youtube, tomshardware, etc.)

Parts Not Required: speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United states

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: 24" screen. Full tower case. No real preference to brand yet because I'm knew to the market, Ill check out what ever is recommended.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Need it to be fast and efficient with great graphics, needs usb 3.0.

Also i was interested in investing in a water cooling system, what do you think? Is it worth it?
this is the one i had in mind.
Zalman Cpu Water Cooling System Reserator 1 V2 Intel P4 Amd Sempron Amd64

I apologies for the lack of knowledge on parts and the lack of a preexisting build.
But this is the first PC i'm customizing myself and not buying. I'm also having someone else put it together for me. (It's in good hands)
I'm looking for suggestions and advice on what parts would be good.
Also the template above is a baseline for what i want. Feel free to change things around to what you think is the best setup.
Any questions still remaining? just ask.
I appreciate your time.
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  1. I like to try out new stuff frequently, so I wouldn't fool with it. It's overkill for most people. I would focus on the placement of case fans instead and a fan controller to control noise. Here's a sample of parts for an 1155 build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112304 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 $ 90 (after rebate).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504 $240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661 $167 (after rebate).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148321 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725 $54 (after rebate; this is my boot drive; I've had no issues).

    Approximate total: $950.

    I highly recommend the retail box drives just for the extra protection during shipping, plus they come with connectors and a software cd. I use maxblast 5.0 to clone my drives. Install the ssd first as the only drive; load windows; power down and reboot, then install the seagate while windows is running so it's a secondary drive. Then you can install maxblast or boot up with it on the software cd that you should get with the seagate drive retail box kit. Then clone the ssd to the seagate drive and finish loading your games on the seagate. The lian li case is plain but very functional; good quality cases are light and won't cut your fingers when mounting the motherboard. Have your builder do a breadboard test out of the case before mounting the board. He should know what that procedure is. After you get a post screen with the cpu/ram/video, then you can finish the build. Good luck.
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. Any components listed on here from amazon can be found on newegg.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339278942&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-compatible/dp/B003U29C3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339278413&sr=1-1 $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.977991 $214.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

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

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1MD6J1KVR2O2V $34.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $21.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Dual-Link-Graphics-02G-P4-2670-KR/dp/B007Z3HZIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339278477&sr=1-1&keywords=gtx+670 $399.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <----- GTX 670 review w/benchmarks

    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

    Total: $1,397.51 *not including rebates


    *** Alternative card

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 $300 (due out July/August)
    NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660
  4. o1die said:
    I like to try out new stuff frequently, so I wouldn't fool with it. It's overkill for most people. I would focus on the placement of case fans instead and a fan controller to control noise. Here's a sample of parts for an 1155 build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112304 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 $ 90 (after rebate).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504 $240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661 $167 (after rebate).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148321 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725 $54 (after rebate; this is my boot drive; I've had no issues).

    Approximate total: $950.

    I highly recommend the retail box drives just for the extra protection during shipping, plus they come with connectors and a software cd. I use maxblast 5.0 to clone my drives. Install the ssd first as the only drive; load windows; power down and reboot, then install the seagate while windows is running so it's a secondary drive. Then you can install maxblast or boot up with it on the software cd that you should get with the seagate drive retail box kit. Then clone the ssd to the seagate drive and finish loading your games on the seagate. The lian li case is plain but very functional; good quality cases are light and won't cut your fingers when mounting the motherboard. Have your builder do a breadboard test out of the case before mounting the board. He should know what that procedure is. After you get a post screen with the cpu/ram/video, then you can finish the build. Good luck.



    i want to thank you, this did give me a good base line of what i should be looking for.
  5. Why_Me said:
    Any components listed on here from amazon can be found on newegg.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339278942&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW
    .......

    *** Alternative card

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



    thanks man you helped me more than you know
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