Building First Gaming Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Before October 2012

Budget Range: $700 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website for Parts: (if you personally know where to buy a specific part from at a lower value I am fine with that)

Location: CA zip 92335

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768

I currently have this monitor: Emerson LC220EM1

Additional Comments: I NEVER want to experience FPS lag. I don't mind if I have to play a game on mid settings. This is my biggest concern when it comes to buying a graphics card/processor; I don't mind having a less powerful card as long as I can play the games below without a problem:


I have a DVD writer from my old 2005 HP desktop... it should be compatible with any build, right?

Build I am currently looking at:

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim

and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Total(after tax +shipping) = $705

I haven't done extensive research on compatibility and value/performance of specific parts.
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  1. The 550 ti is somewhat overpriced for its performance. If you can shell out a bit more cash than the radeon hd 6850, 6870, or gtx 560 will give you more bang for your buck. If you want to stay in that price range than the radeon hd 7770 will be your best bet as nvidia has not yet released low range 600 series cards. Note that you can get away with only a 300w psu if you use an hd 7750.

    You don't need an h77 mobo. Save yourself some cash and get a cheap asrock h61 mobo, but note that h61 can only utilize ram up to 1066/1333 depending on the model and if you want to utilize the 1600 speed then you will need a b75 mobo which is still cheaper than the h77. You honestly won't notice the difference in ram speed if you arent overclocking your cpu (which you can't).

    The old dvd drive will work if its sata but chances are its ata.
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