New PC build


Newbie here and going to build my own PC very soon. Since I'm a complete novice and with very little clue about making one, I would appreciate all the help I can get.. Anyways these are the components I have decided to use

I have a budget of around 700-800$ and although an OS isn't required, I would like a wireless internet connection (optional though)
Primary focus will be on gaming and a few engineering programs, but gaming first and foremost. I own a PS3 and would like this computer to top it in terms of graphics

Case and Power Supply Combo - Cooler Master HAF 912 + Cooler Master 650 Watt power supply


Processor + Hard Drive + Motherboard + RAM combo
Processor - Intel Core I5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/S 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/S USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 X 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

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The one issue above is that the RAM is clocked at 1866 where as the motherboard says it can read RAM upto 1333Mhz only. Since this is a combo and saves me ton of money, I would like to go ahead with this but would the motherboard recognize the RAM? or would i have to buy a completely new RAM that clocks at 1333Mhz?

Video/Graphic Card
SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)

I am also looking at the HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $150

or the HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $160

The above two are cheaper options and if they don't affect the gaming graphics much then I wouldn't mind buying either of them
Also the games that I will play are

Witcher 2
Spec Ops - The Line
The Last Remnant
Portal 2
Batman: Arkham Ayslum
Darkness 2 and a few others

I don't really need to max out my settings or play in Ultra. Medium to High are sufficient enough.

The rest of the build has a

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data - $20
Now if i would connect this to the computer via USB and install the CD, would it work?? OR should I buy a PCI card and install it directly into the Motherboard?

Optical Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $20

Case Fans - COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack - $14
Again, optional. I heard the HAF 912 case already has 2, 120mm fans, so do I need to add more considering I probably wont overclock and don't think my intel CPU can be overclocked well. Again, as its part of the combo and saves me ton of money and don't wanna play in Ultra settings, I assume extra fans wouldn't be needed?

And a keyboard and Mouse - Yes :( I know who buys a keyboard and mouse but entirely new build so :D
Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse - $28

With my calculations the above build costs roughly $780 and $800 with shipping? I've thought long and hard about this and this is my max budget :(

Any alternate's would be highly appreciated, again, Gaming is my main purpose. I also considered the combo bundle that has the AMD Phenom II X4 965

This however doesn't have a big hard drive and no optical drive. I don't really need an SSD. I have a lot of patience :D

So ANY help and recommendations would be invaluable!
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  1. please avoid coolermaster power supplies; they are less than desirable. look for a seasonic, corsair, XFX. a quality 500-500 watt will have no problem running your rig with a single graphics card and still be around $110 with that case.

    you might be able to OC the ram to 1866, if not it will run just fine at 1600; so no worries getting that in the combo deal. i would like to suggest you see if you can't fit a HD7850 in your budget, about $50 more than the 6950. it will have lower power consumption and better performance for gaming in the very near future. though your choices are nothing to sneeze at and will give you adequate performance for your needs.

    here is some suggestions:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($237.49 @ CompUSA)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $722.73
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 15:46 EDT-0400)
  2. spend the extra $50 and get the 2500k (+$30) and an aftermarket cooler (+$20) and join the 4 to 4.5hgz club.
    Why kick youself later over $50 now.

    Xigamatek cooler $20 on todays shellshocker

    CM Hyper 212+
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  4. popatim said:
    spend the extra $50 and get the 2500k (+$30) and an aftermarket cooler (+$20) and join the 4 to 4.5hgz club.
    Why kick youself later over $50 now.

    Xigamatek cooler $20 on todays shellshocker

    CM Hyper 212+

    You can't overclock with B75 Mobo :kaola:
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