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July 4, 2012 5:53:17 AM

I'm currently building my first PC for gaming. I've done a bit of research already but I'd love to hear actual responses to what I have so far.

I'm building this PC for Diablo 3 mainly. Trying to make it so It can run with High settings and will have a good FPS. I'll also be using this PC as a Blueray player and hopefully 3D gaming/movies in the future. My current Budget is $1000. The 3D is optional but would be a nice bonus.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $879.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Need to know if i'm missing something or If it's possible to get better hardware while staying in budget. Budget includes standard shipping prices.

I would prefer GeForce video cards just seem to appeal to me.

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July 4, 2012 7:18:55 AM

Case: NZXT Tempest 210 Mid-Tower Gaming Case (Black Color)

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

Freebies: FREE! Tribes: Ascend Promo Pack ($60 value)

Cooling Fan: Intel Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink

Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified)

Freebies: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card

Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+101] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

Power Supply Upgrade: 700 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

Keyboard: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Razer Cyclosa Gaming Keyboard & Abyssus Gaming Mouse [-4]


Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)


Cyber power is having a 4th of july sale today only and thinking I may get. Any opinions on this build verse the Original?

Totals at 901 without shipping calculated
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July 4, 2012 7:45:46 AM

If the second build uses a no-Brand PSU switch it!Never buy no brand parts.I recoomend you take a look at this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It isnt very expensive but is bery powerfull and has a modular design.

If you were you i would switch the graphics card with a 560 Ti (to get better performance) or HD 6870 (A bit faster and uses much less power).

If youve got some extra cash spend it on this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want to save some while getting better performance than a GTX 560 get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the motherboard thats the last place you want to save money if you intend to overclock.
Get this one instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will allow for a much higher overclock.

Or this one below.Its also pretty good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also save some money while getting a better case overall.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the second build is better than the first
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July 4, 2012 7:49:37 AM

1) Stay away from cheap power supplies. I recommend Corsair first and foremost. But there are others out there to consider, like Seasonic. Cheaply made power supplies are a deal breaker. Don't skimp on the very thing that keeps your PC running!

2) Always keep "upgrade" in the back of your mind. Are there any parts here that you can use later for a more improved build? Doing this will prevent you from spending money of items you may not need or won't be able to use later on, when you do decide to upgrade...

It pays to save money on the things you really do want or need in the future.

3)Find a good CPU heat sink, be it fan or water based, for that Intel chip. Do some research and find one that fits into your price range. Visit the site FrostyTech for reviews or use this one even.

In most cases, it comes down to personal taste and effectiveness.

One last thing here (I really kept this short and easy to remember...), it's just my opinion really, but I believe that the first Case you buy, should be your last. Now, I realize this isn't always true, everyone has a different circumstance or they really want something better. But finding a good Case off the bat, will prevent you from having to buy another one in the future. My Case for example, a Lian-Li V1000B Plus II, I've had it for almost 4 years now. It still does the job well and looks almost as good as the day I bought it. It was my first case and I don't regret having it. A lot of research went into looking for a good Case that I'll like for awhile. And so far, I've only found 2 other Cases that I'd replace it with...
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July 4, 2012 12:11:30 PM

Ok, first of all, you dont need a sound card, trust me. Drop 700W down to 600W. No one really consumes 2TB of data and drop down to 1TB. Get a 7850 with the saved money from dropping down to the above. :)  That build would play even BF3 at high settings with almost no lag.
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July 4, 2012 7:54:21 PM

Nw333 said:
Ok, first of all, you dont need a sound card, trust me. Drop 700W down to 600W. No one really consumes 2TB of data and drop down to 1TB. Get a 7850 with the saved money from dropping down to the above. :)  That build would play even BF3 at high settings with almost no lag.


Ohh i didn't mention did I the 2tb is the same as the 1tb for the sale and the 2gb video card is the same as the 1g.

With the site i'm thinking of ordering from the sound card is required but it doesn't take a toll on the price.
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July 4, 2012 9:47:57 PM

kbar25 said:
Ohh i didn't mention did I the 2tb is the same as the 1tb for the sale and the 2gb video card is the same as the 1g.

With the site i'm thinking of ordering from the sound card is required but it doesn't take a toll on the price.

All on you. :) 
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July 7, 2012 12:50:35 AM

Well I've ordered the 2nd build and now i'm in the process of looking for a monitor.

Anyone got some pointers?

Looking for a LCD possibly LED backlight for under $200 and can run 1920x1080 resolution.

Best I can get for my money that works with the system above.

Thanks in advance.
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July 7, 2012 5:20:39 AM

New egg and Tiger Direct are holding sales right now. Check them out for what you're looking for....

I went with an actual LCD TV (40in Sharp) so I really have no clue whats out there. But I'm very satisfied, seeing as I was able to save space by omitting the extra screen.
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