First Time PC Build - $1200 USD

Hi guys, I'm really new towards computer hardwares and would like some advice on some of the components that I might need for building a gaming computer.

System usage: Mainly for gaming (Assassin's Creed, WoW, COD etc), being able to surf the internet, stream videos, run multiple applications

I have done research on the parts that I might need and would like your input on them:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570/3570K Processor - $235
http://ark.intel.com/products/65520/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Processor-(6M-Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro - $210
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_PRO/

DDR3 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit - $55

I don't intend to overclock.

Parts not required: Power supply, keyboard, mouse, computer case, hard drive

Additional comments:
I am now looking for a suitable graphics card but am confused by vast amounts of different cards they have out there. I am looking mostly at Radeon HDs but don't mind getting an NVidia card.

I am being advised to buy 2 Radeon HD 4830/4850 but am not sure how crossfire or SLI works.

I would prefer to have a quiet PC and lots of cooling because the space where my computer will fit in is rather enclosed, so any tips on that would be greatly appreciated :)

Thank you guys!
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  1. If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

    4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :)

    Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
  2. $hawn said:
    If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

    4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :)

    Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html


    Hi Shawn, sorry I forgot to mention that I intend to get two of those :P

    Am wondering how much should I spend on a graphics card in tandem with my motherboard and cpu. I heard that if I spent alot on a single graphics card and bought a less than decent cpu, the performance would suck either way.

    But thank you for your input! I appreciate it :)
  3. $hawn said:
    If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

    4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :)

    Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html


    Hi Shawn, sorry I forgot to mention that I intend to get two of those :P

    Am wondering how much should I spend on a graphics card in tandem with my motherboard and cpu. I heard that if I spent alot on a single graphics card and bought a less than decent cpu, the performance would suck either way.

    But thank you for your input! I appreciate it :)
  4. What is your total budget....if your not OC'ing, you can save yourself quite some money by getting a $120 range mobo :)
  5. $hawn said:
    What is your total budget....if your not OC'ing, you can save yourself quite some money by getting a $120 range mobo :)


    My budget is $1200 USD

    I want my parts to last for quite awhile so I don't mind paying more in case I want to upgrade or anything in future.

    What would you recommend for a non-overclocking motherboard though? :)
  6. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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