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Total noob with 1200$ budget...Help!

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July 17, 2012 2:51:35 AM

Any help you guys could give me would be much appreciated. I didn't even link any parts as I was sure I'd screw it up. I'm mainly looking for a solid build with the potential to be upgraded when Rome Total War 2 comes out (maybe over a year). Really looking for something that wont be dead in a year/year and a half.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week (7/16/12)

Budget Range: Around 1200$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Downloading vids/pics from Iphone to a disk and surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: No have one.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: NY

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe?

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now.

Your Monitor Resolution: Whatever's decent

Additional Comments: First build and I have a bud who will help me. Don't think I need SLI or Xfire. Really appreciate any help.

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July 17, 2012 3:04:31 AM

$1200 is enough for a very strong build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($86.99 @ eCost)
Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1195.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 17, 2012 3:44:58 AM

Thx alot Screwy. I don't mind forking over a little more for a bigger/better/ easier to work with case. Any better cases you could recommend for that build?
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July 17, 2012 3:52:21 AM

Storm scout is fairly nice actually. Other good cases in that range are the Rosewill Future Gamer, Rosewill Challenger, Antec Illusion, the CoolerMaster Elite series, the HAF 912 and 922. cases are rather subjective, so pick one in the $40-60 range you ike
July 17, 2012 3:56:43 AM

a few things i would add/change.
use a case with better cable management and be able to use long gpu cards.
if your going to upgrade like sli or over clock then buy a 700-750w ps. your better off having a power supply that larger then you need then one that cause bsod or resets on you in a game.
if your going to get into gaming with head sets and gaming keyboards. some of the newer mb have bluetooth and wifi built into them. if you can wait a few weeks the 660 line of video cards should be out..or the price they should be faster then the 580 line at 300.00 price point.
July 17, 2012 4:20:13 AM

never heard of pareema (dosent mean its bad just not in australia lol)

avoid ocz ssd's if ya can... samsung are getting good reviews, most people say intel are ok or crucial m4

rest is pretty sound
July 17, 2012 4:28:48 AM

OCZ has fixed their previous issues after a firmware upgrade, reliability is just fine now/

Pareema is a new (founded in 2010, started selling in the US in 2011). Decent stuff, and Toms has used them in a couple of the $500 system marathon builds
July 17, 2012 4:38:12 AM

Agree with previous posts.

Get a decent case that will allow better cable management, allow for longer and multiple graphic cards.

And avoid OCZ SSDs, I'd recommend the Intel 520s but they are on the expensive side, 2nd option will be the Corsair Force or Muskin Chronos drives