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July 6, 2012 8:52:12 PM

After lots of reading and skimming discussions, I have decided to build my own gaming rig. Here is what I have come up with.

Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Disk Drive - LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would like any recommendations or suggestions. Not really looking to overclock but could be an option in the future. Saving more money would be nice, as long as it doesn't take a lot away from performance. Currently, it's sitting at around $860 in my cart right now. Don't really want to spend more than that. Keep in mind I'm a total "noobz"(?) when it comes to computers and their components so be gentle!! Thanks guys.

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July 6, 2012 10:57:57 PM

That looks really good for a first-timer, a couple of suggestions:

- If you can go with the Z77 and i5-3570K, that will enable better performance of that 7850. It shouldn't alter the cost of the build too much, and it will be more future proof.

And then swap your PSU for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 6, 2012 11:07:35 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks really good for a first-timer, a couple of suggestions:

- If you can go with the Z77 and i5-3570K, that will enable better performance of that 7850. It shouldn't alter the cost of the build too much, and it will be more future proof.

And then swap your PSU for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


So, swap out the mother board for this Z77:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why swap the PSU? Is there an advantage to the one you listed over the one I was thinking of?
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July 7, 2012 12:12:42 AM

BEARxSHARK said:
So, swap out the mother board for this Z77:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why swap the PSU? Is there an advantage to the one you listed over the one I was thinking of?


Green PSUs don't really do anything and I've heard that has a bad OEM behind it. Seasonic makes rock-solid PSUs, I have the 430W version of the one I linked to and it works great.
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July 7, 2012 1:40:41 AM

Oh, ok. So, from the looks of it, this setup is acceptable. Does everything seem like it will work together once assembled?
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July 7, 2012 1:59:07 AM

Just make sure your PSU has atleast one PCI-E 6pin connector.
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July 7, 2012 12:16:18 PM

I think I'm going to stick with my original PSU. Apparently, it has 3 PCI-E 6pin connectors. So, does anyone else have any input on my choices? Could I save some money somewhere or is this a decent setup?
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July 7, 2012 8:23:22 PM

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Do not do that, Rosewill PSUs are worthless , buy this PSU: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58381&vpn=CMPSU-650TXV... it is a lot better

Case: Antec is my favorite Case and PSU maker, but antec is a bit expensive, you can save 25$ if you buy this case: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=38039&vpn=SGC-2000-KKN...

CPU and motherboard: the total cost of your CPU and mobo is 337$, you can get something faster and save a few dollars Motherboard = 95$ with a i5 3570k ( http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazon/intel-cpu-bx80637i535... )


I'll definitely second that PSU suggestion - the only Rosewill PSUs that I've heard are good are the Capstone series but even then I'd still stick with the Corsair.

I'd actually recommend this case over the Cooler Master one as it's an Antec and has room for bigger motherboards should you want to upgrade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 8, 2012 2:59:33 PM

Well, thanks guys for all the input. I really appreciate it. One last help request, it you all don't mind. I need to decide on a monitor to display the awesomeness of my new PC. Do you guys have any suggestions? I am trying to stay below $180 and still get something that will be just as awesome as my PC. 2ms and an HDMI insert is almost a must. Would also like something that has minimal input lag. Doesn't need speakers as well, going to be using a headset. Right now, I am looking at this one:

http://www.amazon.com/VH238H-23-Inch-Full-HD-Integrated...

Tell me what you think. Thanks again!!
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July 8, 2012 10:26:55 PM

Some statement. Tell me, what makes it better?
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July 8, 2012 10:47:16 PM

azeem40 said:
Some statement. Tell me, what makes it better?


I couldn't tell any difference between the two.
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