$1200 Gaming PC - My First Build

Concerns: This is my first build so I have a few concerns.

Monitors: I have 2 potential monitor setups. I don't know much about monitors so I want to make sure that my video card is a good match.

Games: I'm not that in to gaming but I want the machine to be able to play Skyrim, GTA V, and N64 emulators.

Fans: Will everything including the CPU be adequately cooled?

PSU: I don't know anything about PSUs. I've picked out two that I'm looking at. Suggestions?

Approximate Purchase Date: July/August 2012

Budget Range: $1000-$1300 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, minor video and photo editing, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Configuration: One of two of the following setups. Possibly both setups at once.

Proview 19" LCD and HP 17" LCD


JVC 26" Widescreen LCD TV Model 26X506

Motherboard: $150
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CPU: $220
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Video Card: $220
EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

RAM: $49
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996776

Hard Drive 1: $115
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive 2: $120
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: $17
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

CPU Fan: $30
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

Case: $150
COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

PSU 1: $60
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

PSU 2: $46
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply

The above price list should total around $1150 or so. I'm comfortable paying up to $1300 or $1400 for the right system, but I obviously don't want to waste money on stuff I don't need.

Any advice with this build would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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  1. With an SSD, a Caviar Black is unneeded. Get a Caviar Green and upgrade SSD to Vertex 4.
  2. This is what your build should look like with your budget. It's 2012 and you have a 2011 board, and a 2010 card that's been discontinued along with two psu's that are pretty much over priced paper weights.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339880127&sr=1-6 $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956955 $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975453 $339.98 save: $15.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    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.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=gno_cart_title_1 $34.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339866458&sr=1-2 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339879346&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

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  3. Thanks, wm. I like a lot of that stuff. What you you recomend as an alternate video card, since the GTX 660 isn't out yet?
  4. dademan said:
    Thanks, wm. I like a lot of that stuff. What you you recomend as an alternate video card, since the GTX 660 isn't out yet?

    Looking at when you plan on purchasing that card will be out by then. Otherwise look at the AMD 7850 (MSI Twin Frzr version).
  5. cool, thanks
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