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$~900 gaming rig ( first build advice!)

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June 18, 2012 5:36:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About one month

Budget Range: $ 900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Video streaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg pref ( any if price cheaper)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Pref i5 with a 560ti

Overclocking: in future

SLI or Crossfire: in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like to run World of Warcraft Ultra settings and maybe some BF3 CS etc.. mainly good gaming rig with possible of upgrading in future if needed

Sorry no newegg links at work atm with update later with links


Intel Core i5-2500k

ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3

MSI GTX 560ti Twin Frozr II 1gb

G.Skill Ripjaws X Seires 8gb (2x4GB) DDR3 1600

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700W

Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Seagate 7200 1TB HDD

Cooler Master HAF 912

Total = 815.92

I think missing only a disk drive which is going to be a random $20 one

Any suggestions on what i should change or anything better for the price please help!

Thank you

Chris. Miami, FL

More about : 900 gaming rig build advice

June 18, 2012 5:40:06 PM

Get an XFX 550W as it is more reliable and enough power for one 560ti.
June 18, 2012 5:50:09 PM

^ I agree. Go look for 80plus certified PSUs.

Look for Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, FSP or PCP&C... for starters.

If you have a choice, I think the CoolerMaster Hyper212 EVO is marginally better than the Hyper212 PLUS... maybe go for that one if you can. They should be the same price or so.

Other than that, you've got a great bang for buck gaming PC!
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June 18, 2012 5:53:41 PM

I definitely agree about the PSU, but swap your GPU for a Radeon 7850 - that will be a far better GPU choice than the GTX 560 will be.
June 18, 2012 5:54:04 PM


Your motherboard supports USB3.0, but the CoolerMaster HAF 912 does not...
If it were me, I would go for the new Antec Gaming Series ONE case.

I saw this on sale for 24.99 - 29.99 last week, making this the best bang for buck case.
June 18, 2012 5:57:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely agree about the PSU, but swap your GPU for a Radeon 7850 - that will be a far better GPU choice than the GTX 560 will be.

June 18, 2012 5:57:49 PM

As for the gpu I was thinking the gtx since I was reading that wow runs better on a nvidia card
June 18, 2012 5:59:29 PM

hi! i am from India and i recently assembled my own gaming rig for Rs 50,000 which roughly comes to ur budget in USD.

Processor - i5 2500k
Mobo - Intel DH67BL
GPU - Asus nvidia gtx 560ti
Ram - 2 x G.Skill NT 4gb
HDD - 1tb Seagate barracuda 7200rpm
Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B3ST
PSU - Seasonic S12 II 520W
Cabinet - Cooler Master Elite 311

It is working extremely fine for me! able to play all games on 1080p resolution smoothly.
The mobo is a micro atx one, if u want u can go for an atx one which will give you more room.
Also you can go for the Cooler Master elite 311 plus for the cabinet as it has front usb 3.0 ports and a transparent window on the side which looks cool!

I am getting extremely high ratings on windows 7 performance info and tools.