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First time build gaming rig $1000-$1200 need advice

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June 20, 2012 9:12:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1000--$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, and possible video editing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

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

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

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

SSD - Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Optical Drive - 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

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Cooler - 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

Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

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June 20, 2012 9:56:12 AM

Combo the RAM with the psu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
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

Combo the board with cpu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Better quality case than that Antec 900

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCNDJA27, ends 6/25
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

This card is due out towards the end of July.

http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-66... $300
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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June 21, 2012 5:16:22 AM

How about a good video card that is already out?
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June 21, 2012 5:23:48 AM

GTX 670.
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June 27, 2012 7:01:49 AM

Not really. The build you have in OP is better.
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June 27, 2012 7:19:31 AM

ok thanks for that
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August 8, 2013 11:14:35 AM

I'm building a gaming rig for the first time. I wanted it to be compact yet powerful out of the gate, but with a lot of room for upgrades in the future as well. AND...I'm wanting to do this on the cheap. My budgets around $1200 so I did a good job of staying within my means, but I wouldn't mind going as cheap as possible without sacrificing too much power. Any advice on any changes I could make to make this build more efficient/cost-effective would be appreciated :D 


Tower: Cooler Master HAF series RC-902XB-KKN1
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Hero
Processor: Intel Core i5-4670k Haswell 3.4 GHz
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu Red series 16GB (2x8GB)
GPU: ASUS GTX 760 (GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDRS PCI Express 3.0x16
Hard Drive: Segate Barracuda 500GB HDD
Power Supply: SeaSonic x series x650 Gold. 650W ATX 12v v2.3/EPS 12v v2.91
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