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First time build. Need suggestions

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June 21, 2012 4:19:38 AM

Hi, im new and want to try building my own gaming pc for gaming high end if possible within my price range. im just not sure what to put though. any suggestion and advice is appreciated. thanks in advance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: maybe within a month or two

BUDGET RANGE: i want to try keep it below 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: mainly gaming, surfing web, movies, downloads, etc general

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning more towards intel like the i5 sandy bridge

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure yet havent decided but would like at least a 21" minimum

Here's what i sort of put together:

Case: Antec 900

CPU: i5 sandy bridge

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

GPU: Radeon HD 6850

PSU: OCZ ModstreamX pro 700W

Memory: G.Skill 8gb (2x4gb)

Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB F3

Monitor: 23.6" Asus

DVD burner: Asus 24X burner

Total comes to be about $1,030 or so.
but after MIR it should be around $960 or so.

If you can suggest anything to be replaced without something better or cheaper or even more convenient wise. Please do so. I want to try keep things lower on price due to budget. I want to be able to play majority of games today on high end settings like skyrim, diablo 3, starcraft 2, etc.

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a c 287 4 Gaming
June 21, 2012 4:30:34 AM

Get a different case - the Antec 900 has no cable management - and adding or removing drives on this case is quite the chore, and go Ivy Bridge with a Radeon 7850.

Switch your CPU to an i5-3450 and the motherboard to the Asrock H77 Pro.

For the case go with the Corsair Carbide 300R.